The transition of the corporate realm from physical to online has been anything but business as usual. Companies have scrambled to harmonize with an unfamiliar world that has, by all accounts, become the most important platform to recruit customers and clients, as well as employees. The progression of the Online-Era saw the inception of scores of corporate-oriented social media websites, but two quickly established themselves as top-dogs: LinkedIn and VisualCV. One continues to flourish and expand, and the other is quickly becoming an afterthought.
LinkedIn is trending upward in the corporate arena, with new users signing up in droves daily. The prevailing reason for the site’s alpha-dominance boils down to involvement; along with crafting a qualifications-based profile, users have the ability to connect with others in their field; including prospective clients. VisualCV is essentially a static online résumé which does not offer the interaction available with its strongest competitor.
In many circles, shaking hands with the right people and corporate networking is as (or even more) important as your accomplishments and credentials. LinkedIn is serving as an online 18th hole; where connections are made and deals potentially consummated. VisualCV allows you to merely project your career-qualifications; LinkedIn provides the capability to discuss them with decision makers.
A tip of the cap to Visual CV, however; they trumped LinkedIn in the multimedia game, as they allowed the hosting of YouTube and Vimeo videos: a functionality LinkedIn does not support. For those looking for self-promotion, especially for speaking engagements, there is no better evidence of your aptitudes than a video confirmation. Unfortunately, their visual capabilities did not translate into success.
The world of social media oft acts as a world of social Darwinism, and LinkedIn’s massive popularity and effectiveness is spelling the extinction of VisualCV. It goes to show that online success begins and ends at the ability to interact, and while LinkedIn has established itself as the destination for the corporate world, VisualCV is looking more like Social Media Siberia.
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