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Contacted by a headhunter and need a fast Resume or a full Resume?

CEO comments –  Have you been contacted by a headhunter/recruiter and need a full or fast Resume?

fast resumeHave you been contacted by a headhunter? Need a fast Resume or a full Resume?  Comoto can create one in 32 secs. Read about the differences between Comoto and LinkedIn.

We have been asked several times about the difference between LinkedIn and Comoto. Comoto is a Resume builder and your personal Resume database and LinkedIn is a relationship database so from our perspective the difference is clear – in particular if you wants to separate between building a network and getting a job.

Differences:

  • The relationship network (LinkedIn) is based on people and people interconnections. Your Resume illustrates your personal background and achievements.
  • Profile versus a full Resume. Get judged by a the full Resume you can create in Comoto, instead of the public profile in LinkedIn
  • One profile versus many Resumes – target each Resume for that particular job by using the unique multiple Resumes feature in Comoto
  • Profile in English versus many different Resumes in whatever language you want

Similarities:

  • The facts – Always remember to ensure facts are the same. Short in LinkedIn – detailed and precise in your Comoto resume

As Comoto works closely with your LinkedIn profile it is easy to ensure the data consistency – and the same feature makes is fast to create your first Comoto Resume or update a Comoto Resume.

Ambitious Resume, Party Animal on Facebook!

Ambitious Resume, Party Animal on Facebook!

Ambitious ResumeMy ambitious Resume depicts me as an ambitious leader and I always know how to behave correctly but on Facebook I am a Party Animal! Beware, the inconsistent information or signals can be an issue!

In the world of fast data exchange and social network your history and presence might not be neither consistent nor showing the person you might be trying to show in your Resume.

I am not saying you should avoid to use social networks and the like – just be aware that the information about you might not be consistent or underestood by a recruiter as you had expected, hereby raising an issue that moves you away from the top spot and the dream job!

Therefore be consistent and use Social media wisely!

It can be difficult to remove information after they have been published – deleting, changing might be possible else pausing or deleting a profile might be necessary if it is possible or even an option. The last option is to drown the unwanted information – lots of new pictures and text depicting you as a different person, as the Recruiter seldom reads all availbale information about you.

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private).

 

 

Your use of the internet is being followed – also on a Resume database !

CEO comments –  your use of the internet is being followed – also on a Resume database!

resume databaseSting’s famous song lyrics from 1983 is as actually as ever !

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break

Every step you take

as an illustration of what happens when you use the Internet. Cookies, flash etc. collects and records every step and click you make to ensure the site-owners knowledge about you and your peers.

Is this good or bad – all depends on how the data eventually is used – it can actually be nice to be recognized – for example to start on the same page you left earlier – but it can also be misused either to pinpoint information and/or adds to you.

If you combine the information trail you leave behind and the info in your CV / Resume it would actually be a lot of private information that could be of harm to you (or great benefit for a guy trying to sell you something).

What can you do to avoid it – The latest versions of browser either have features or add in’s that lets you turn of cookies and similar website user data registration tools.

Can you completely avoid it – hardly !

The EU rules for cookies seems difficult to Implement by the member countries and is delayed. Other new features not covered In full by the EU rules is evolving – in particular your web fingerprint seems to give even more information to site ownership.

The web fingerprint is the almost unique combination of information about you (your browser, computer, etc.) making it possible to know when you return.

Be aware out there and remember the words…..

Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take

Cyberstalking a new trend or?

Cyberstalking a new trend or?

Cyberstalking Cyberstalking –  is that a new fitness trend to loose weight, a new Hollywood movie or something you should know and have the proper precautions against !

Maybe cyberstalking sounds interesting and nothing you think of as a factor you should need to consider in your day to day use of computers and the Internet.

First – a definition: Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass. Harass means when the possession of information is sufficient to cause or have caused another reasonable person distress.

I believe most of us have tried to receive a subscription or other stuff we never ordered just because somebody felt it was either a good joke or a necessary annoyance they wanted to put on us – but what if it takes another and much more serious character and really becomes a problem for you. Our authorities and our legal systems seems to be one step behind the people trying to gain something out off cyberstalking. With regards to how to handle both the technology and methods used you should consider how to avoid or limit the threat.

Therefore with regards to your Resumes you should consider how the behave and how any of your information can be misused

  • First and foremost – never ever show personal identification numbers, bank information and the like – seems obvious but have you never mailed that information? In Denmark we have a personal number combined of our birthday and some other digits and often it is needed to send to someone in an mail. I have made it a habit only to send the first digits and in a call informing the receiver about the other numbers.
  • Should you show your full address – often it is needed and can be found if needed. I don’t think you can avoid it being found but at least make it more difficult and not easily read by a simple scraper or another type of a computer automatized system searching for full information about a person.
  • Should you show your email address – again often it is needed and can be found if needed. I don’t think you should avoid it being found but at least make it more difficult to read automatically. Why not show your email address as a small graphic file or without the @ (type [at] instead).
  • Use the same line of thoughts – should the information be public, limited to a defined group or made password protected or not shown at all (hereby I hope you can see another use of the Comoto multiple Resumes and multiple profile (protected or not) features.

One of the most often used information to harass you with is when somebody is spreading false accusations or are encouraging others to harass you maybe after having attempted to gather information about you – consider the situation that somebody at work wants the promotion so badly they are digging for dirt about you – not only the drunk picture at Facebook can do you harm (maybe it is funny among your colleagues but the boss thinks differently), a search on the Internet shows different resumes stating titles / responsibilities in the past – just consider the examples and take the necessary precautions and for the time proper precautions is all I suggest because it is a question about finding the right balance and neither be too risky or live in a technological solitude.

Carefully consider the Resume information you write in your Resume!

Carefully consider the Resume information you write in your Resume!

Your just updated your Resume or profile and made these changes public – but is the Resume information you write in there already made public ? – or have you just blown your company’s big secret !

Consider these constructed examples

  • You have just been appointed head of Coca Cola’s new beer division; or
  • You been appointed to the group working on the launch of Apple’s new Windows 7 computer

just imagine which impact that would have if you just just added this new position to your curriculum vitae or profile before it was public information!

Maybe theoretical examples but there are many examples of people putting nonpublic information in their public CV / Resume or social network profile. Lately it was one of the top guy’s in HP that made this mistake. But you company might not the amongst the biggest companies in the world. But revealing non public information can harm every company if you make it public.

Latest real life Example:

May 3 2011 – VP of cloud services Scott McClellan updated his LinkedIn profile with different details on HP’s development and strategy in regards to Cloud Services. The Register published it before McClellan was able to pull it back and suddenly the news was out. All people now know that HP is working on a competitive solution to Microsoft Azure Platform, which they agreed to support last year.

Therefore – please not only consider if you want to make your Resume public but also consider what you actually write in it!


How can I make the right decision in regards to my privacy!

How can I make the right decision between having my full information made public, limited access or no access – some of the privacy factors to consider!

privacyFinding the right balance between having detailed information public available on the net or not – taking the benefits and risks into consideration should involve several factors

  • The proper balance depends on your situation / wishes and will change over time and should be flexible and easy to change
    Make it easy to change between being public and not – ensure you can change accessibility or can delete / pause your presence at every CV database or Profile network you use
  • The level of details should also be taken into consideration and be part of your planning
    What is  the purpose – relationship building, personal branding, experience marketing or job searching.  There are different sites and or tools for each purpose – one size does fit it all!
  • The freshness and correctness in the information should be considered carefully – to make it manageable
    Besides relevant for your purpose, remember the more detailed you get, the more difficult it is to update and to ensure consistency in the data – ignoring  this can have a substantial consequence as a serious reader would pick the next candidate,  if the information creates more confusion.
  • The general risk for any harassment’s from public information should be considered thoroughly
    Need to show your full address ? Need to show phone (all) numbers ?

Please do have in mind that if your Resume information is public it will indexed by search engines and can also be found by any spammer. It would be rather simple not to show your email or obscure it by writing it as name[at]domain[dot]com or to show your name and email as a graphic file instead of text, these  just to mention a few easy steps. Same principles applies for text formats – does it need to be as an editable text– or could it for instance  be a non-editable PDF document?

I would also recommend some sort of read analysis – does anybody actually read the information – if not why not just close it down or change  – and remember to update or change the text on a regular basis as it would drive more attention towards that specific document.

When developing Comoto it was evident for us that we had to make it possible for you to have several Resumes and give you the control if they should be either public or password protected – thus  giving you not only full control of accessibility but also over the level of details  – and we also make it easy for you to ensure consistency in your data with our inheritance of data from one Resume to another Resume.

How to Use: Make a clone Resume copy of your Resume to test alternative wordings

How to Use: Make a clone Resume copy of your Resume to test alternative wording

resume copy

Comoto’s clone is a great feature to test alternative wordings before picking the optimal version of your resume and cover letter  – it is like having track changes on steroids.

Just like you can test different Resume Template designs with a few clicks in Comoto you can also save any Resume and then clone them (make a resume copy) to as many Resumes versions as you want. This is done for you to alter each of them individually to see which text and/or structure is the best wording for this specific Resume.

Having different but still full versions to look at gives you a complete overview at all times and if you want to test a new version just clone it again and make the changes in the clone (this way you still have the old version to revert to). In this way you are ensuring you have the optimal tool for building the optimal Resume for that particular job.

I hope that you will find this cloning/copying Resume feature beneficial for you compared to using your word processor software – this is only one of the many features you have for free in Comoto. This features and other like our backup, privacy control features and other to are added to make you take full control of your Resume building efforts.

 

Unique Resume Templates feature – Filter function

Unique Resume Templates feature – Filter function

We have launched a Unique Resume Template feature where you can filter all the different Resume Templates you can use to export your multiple Resumes. Remember that you can have as many Resumes you like have the in different version and targeting different sectors you work in. Resume Templates feature

The new Resume filter will help you find the right Resume template for that very important Resume you want to make. There are different ways you can filter the available Resume templates as described below:

  • Language: Filter on different languages (now we only have English ones, but we might have an idea to launch our templates in different languages)
  • Picture: Does the Resume Template include a picture of you or not
  • Graphics: Does the Resume Template include graphical elements or is it plain text
  • Cover letter: Does the Resume Template contain a cover-letter (cover letter will be implemented shortly)
  • Template Type: Short, Basic, Complete or special Resume Template

As you can see we have prepared for new features which includes, Resume Templates in different languages and Resumes including a cover letter in the same design as the Resume.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.

New free Resume Templates

New free Resume Templates

6 new free Resume templates coming your way as promised. It is a standard template with and without picture of you and in 3 different versions, short Resume, basic Resume and complete Resume. Hope you enjoy them. Try them out and give us some feedback on theteam@140.82.38.88

If you have some special wishes or a special template that you want to use together with comoto, send them to us and we will convert them to a Comoto Template for you to use.

Best regards

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.


New free Resume Templates available now!

New free Resume templates

Please notice Comoto launch a new and more advanced Template section of the Comoto application early 2013 with more and new free Resume templates.

New free Resume templates

We have just launched a bunch of new free Resume templates for you to use. All our templates are free and easy to use. Import your Resume from LinkedIn and use our templates it freely in Comoto. Export you Resume in multiple versions, and maintain several versions of your Resume in the Comoto Resume Manager.

Do you have a template you want to use?
If you have a favorite template that you want to use – to get the job of your dream – and you want this done easier and faster to work with, then send the template of your choice to theteam@140.82.38.88 and we will put it up on Comoto. The template will be freely available for all of our users.

The Comoto Team

Comoto‘s aim is to become “The Central Place” where you can create, clone, copy, manage, backup and distribute your Resume and Cover letters fast and easy. To create your first Comoto Resume, signup for free and just add your data (or use one of the many easy import features), pick one of our special designed templates, preview your Resume and finally export to your favorite format (.DOC – .PDF – .PNG) or publish it in a Web Profile (Public/Private). Now you are ready to have full control of your Resume. Notice other unique features – like multiple Resumes – a few clicks and you can create a Resume targeted for a specific job.