You fight to protect your data and take care of privacy – but your password stinks!

How many passwords do you have ? Take care of privacy!

take care of privaciesIt seems that the world can be divided into two – those of us who have 1 password for everything and those of us who have 3 passwords. The later – which actually used to include me – have a short one for fast access, a in-between and thus more protective password for those more private logins and a third and complicated password for the bank accounts and other important stuff !Remember to take care of privacy.

How can I make that postulate – unfortunately some at the large hacks of password at Sony and Gawker showed that a lot of the people using both systems used the same password – and please notice that the passwords on these systems were not encrypted – anybody working at these sites or at similar sites could actually see the password. It should be an unspoken requirement that passwords are encrypted (at Comoto your password is encrypted and we cannot see it – we take care of your privacy).

How strong is your password ?

take care of privaciesA strong password would for instance be 2hCP7quTEufK – where qwerty12345 is not. Making passwords like that is not always easy and I have personally started to use Roboform to generate and remember my passwords (I choose Roboform password software because it works in my IE Explorer and Firefox and both on Mac and Windows as well as my phone and my tablet). If you don’t like or dont trust password software then start using some logical combining and higher numbers of characters – for example combing a complicated password 2hCP7qu**** by changing the last 4 characters with something related to the site or use – 2hCP7qu**** becomes 2hCP7qucomo at Comoto. You can test the strenght of your password here. You might wonder – why a password is important on a Resume builder and Resume databases – first and foremost because it is your data and privacy – but have you ever considered what could happens if somebody you didn’t know, started using your data and Resume just to harm you  – applying for a job in general, mailed an application to your current employer’s worst competitor or…. I will leave it up to you to think about other nasty examples – or use the time instead to make sure you have a proper password strategy.

Use your new Google+ profile as an interactive Resume

Google+ Profile

We have previously – for instance with Facebook – seen a Social Network being used as an interactive Resume. With this guide you can be one of the first to use Google+’s new social network features to create an online and interactive Resume profile – simply by following the easy steps in this post. Remember that the innovative Comoto Team came first again, exclusively for you.

This guide explains how to create the Google+ Resume manually, but we are working on a solution were you can create the necessary 4-5 image files with the Comoto Resume Builder. We will be adding an easy feature to export your Resume template as image files. We will make a follow up post when we launch the export feature.

Use your Google+ profile as an interactive Resume

To get a feeling of the look and feel of this feature and how it could be done please have a look at the profile below. (you can try it out here)

Now that you have had a look at how it works let’s get back to the guide. The overall idea behind this “hack” is to create images that are wider than they are tall – a good image ratio will be 1200×600 – then fill these images with information from you Resume. Creating a picture with these dimension will create an image where the part of the image being visible in the photostrip on your Google+ profile will be the center 600×600 pixels of that image (just reduced in size, down to 125×125). When pressing the small image the entire image will be visible, and voila you have an interactive Resume on your Google+ profile.

The result of pressing the “CV Summary” image in the above Google’ profile, is that it will show an image as seen in the image below.

The images visible in the image strip in Google+ have a size of 125×125 pixels. For you to create a perfect image and have the illusion of an interactive Resume you need to work with these numbers.

You can just use the standard image sizes we have used here, put you can also play with the image sizes and try out alternative numbers. With the size of 1200×600 you will have a sidebar of 300 pixels on each side of the center of the image where you can put Resume related information. Most people today have a screen size bigger than 1200×600 so when viewing this size of image, there will be no cropping or resizing, so the illusion of an interactive Resume in your Google+ profile will be complete.

In our example we have made the following images Resume Summary, Work Experience, Education and Languages and Recommendations, there is still one missing to be used as the photo-strip includes 5 pictures.

After you have created the images with your data you simply upload them by entering your Google+ profile and upload the created images. We recommend to upload the pictures in the sequence you want them shown. (You can modify the photo-strip afterwards but that can be a bit tedious).

If you have question or want to share your newly created Google+ Resume with the world, feel free to leave a comment below or contact us via our contact page (here) for further info and/or sample files on this Google+ “hack”.

Differences between resume templates, example, design and sample used in relation to a Resume

Differences between Resume Templates, example, design and sample used in relation to a Resume

resume template

resume templates

What are the differences within using the terms Resume Templates, Sample, Example and Design, when working with your Resume – and what are actually your needs?

Have you ever considered what the differences are when using these terms, because these terms are used differently and might create a lot of confusion and misunderstanding. Have you decided how you will use them and how they fit into to your vocabulary?

To give you some inspiration we will try to describe how we see the differences between the terms in the following article.

Comoto has a clear distinction between the terms and their functionality.

Resume Templates

A  template is a fixed format for your Resume to present your data within a certain structure.

The advantage is that you don’t have to change any data to see or use another Template – just change the Template with a few clicks and see the effect.

Actually in Comoto the phrase “fixed format” would be wrong as we gives you the option to save Word format and change the final version as you like. This can be useful especially for page formatting and minor changes.

At Comoto we give you access to download our templates for free if you prefer to use them manually, but we strongly believe that you soon learn the advantage of using our builder instead – just a few clicks and you have created a new Resume with your already existing Resume data.

Example – the text

We use the term Example to describe a Resume with texts describing actual jobs, experiences, objectives and professional summaries. Often without any thoughts of presentation. We have also examples here of text you should consider or not consider.

An example could also be an example on a specific job type for instance a salesperson example and how it is valid to write a Resume for these types of jobs. We do not show live examples containing actual candidates data (but you can find them if they are made public by the owner).

Sample – the outcome

We use the term Sample to describe an illustration of how a Resume could look like – i.e. how it would be presented to the receiver. This is typically with dummy content so no real content just the design and structure  showed to you with dummy content.

For example we have small sample pictures illustrating all our templates and designs, that would be called samples by us.

Design – the graphical parts

The Design of a Resume is the term for the presentation format for your data. At Comoto we give you the option to either leave out or add graphics to pinpoint your strength, your belief or interest – or simply an option to make the Resume more personal and compelling to look at.

The advantage of having your Data separated from the Template and Design is that you don’t have to change any data to see or use another template – just choose another template to see how it looks, and remember exporting your data to another template only takes a couple of seconds and can be done with “one” click by you mouse.

Hope this has given you and idea on how we see the differences between Templates, Samples, Designs and Examples.