These are some of the questions we've been asked about inviting and networking with other members, including professionals and companies:

How can I network with other VisualCV members?

Share | With ProfessionalsOur Professionals Directory page is where you can meet and network with other VisualCV individual (professional) members. To get to the directory, click the selector arrow next to Share and select With Professionals.

On the right-hand side of the page, you'll see a list of folders:

  • FoldersAll Sent Shares: This category lists the people with whom you have shared your VisualCVs.
  • All Received Shares: This category lists the people who have shared their VisualCVs with you.
  • My Folders: Although you can quickly locate a member in the Professionals Directory using the search feature, it is helpful to keep track of members by organizing them into folders (for example, friends, customers, co-workers, fellow alumni, or any other category you can think of). You can create as many folders as you'd like and add members to them as those members share their VisualCVs with you. Tell me more about organizing my professional network

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I'd rather not be seen in the Professionals Directory. Can you take me off this page?

There are two ways to remove yourself from the Professionals Directory:

  • Set your public VisualCV's privacy setting to "Only me."
  • Clear the Allow Professionals to search for this VisualCV and Allow Employers to search for this VisualCV display setting boxes on your VisualCV's Privacy Settings page.

Tell me more about privacy settings

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Can I control whether I show up in search results?

If you want to prevent your VisualCV from showing up in Internet search results, set your VisualCV's privacy setting to "Only me" or "People I share with."

If you want to prevent your VisualCV from showing up in searches conducted within VisualCV, do one of the following:

  • Set your VisualCV's privacy setting to "Only me."
  • Set your VisualCV's privacy setting to "People I share with" AND clear the Allow Professionals to search for this VisualCV and Allow Employers to search for this VisualCV display setting boxes on your VisualCV's Privacy Settings page.

Tell me more about privacy settings

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Why would I want to invite someone to join VisualCV?

The main reason to invite someone to join is because you want to share your VisualCV with them. Another reason is, why hog all the fun? If you've created a VisualCV and you think it's neat, chances are your associates will too.

Inviting someone to join is as easy as clicking Tell a Friend! at the top of any page, listing the email addresses of people you would like to invite, and (if you'd like) personalizing a message to them. We'll send them a welcome message to get them started.

Have more than just a couple of people you would like to invite? (Thanks!) You can import contacts from sources such as Outlook, Mac Address Book, AOL, Yahoo!, Gmail, Plaxo, and others. Tell me how

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Is there an easy way to invite all of my contacts?

If you want to invite several people without having to type their email addresses separately, you can easily import contacts from sources such as mail and messaging services or social networking sites. Here's how:

  1. Click Tell a Friend! at the top of any page.
  2. On the Invite page, click the My Address Book link.

    You'll import and select your contacts in the next few steps. The steps will be different depending on where you keep your contacts. In some cases we'll be able to pick them up directly; in other cases you'll need to first export them to a separate file, such as a .csv, .vcf, or .txt file. Step 3 explains how to import contacts from the most common sources.

  3. Import contacts as follows:
    From AOL, Yahoo!, Plaxo, or Gmail:
    Select your service, sign in to your account, and continue with step 4.

    From Outlook/Outlook Express: Select Outlook or Outlook Express, click Next, and continue with step 4.

    From Mac Address Book: Select Other and then click Next. Select vCard (.vcf) as the file type. If you have not already exported your address book contacts as a vCard file, click Show detailed instructions for steps. Then, click Browse to locate the .vcf file on your computer. Click Next and continue with step 4.

    From LinkedIn: First, export your LinkedIn contacts to an Outlook .csv file on Windows or, if you work on a Macintosh, a Mac OSX Address Book or vCard .vcf file (click Contacts > Connections, click Export Connections at the bottom of the page, and then export your contacts to the appropriate file type). Then, in the wizard, select Other and then click Next. Select the appropriate file type (.csv or .vcf) and click Browse to locate the file on your computer. Click Next and continue with step 4.

  4. Select the people you want to invite to VisualCV and then click Next.
  5. Personalize a message to your contacts, if you'd like.
  6. Select one of your VisualCVs to attach to the invitation, if you'd like.
  7. Click Send Invitations. We'll send your contacts a welcome message to get them started.

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How do I use my VisualCV with other job services?

The easiest way to turn someone on to your VisualCV when using a job service is to include your VisualCV's URL on the resume you upload to the job service. Before you do so, set your public VisualCV to "Anyone" and make sure it is up to date. Tell me more about VisualCV privacy settings

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I'm all about networking. Can people view my VisualCV from social networking sites?

Absolutely! Most social networks now let their members link to certain pieces of information from other sites. After you set your public VisualCV to the "Anyone" privacy setting, it's easy to add your VisualCV URL to your LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, or Friendster profile, for example. Tell me how

TIP: If your member URL does not work when you view your profile (that is, it is just plain text that doesn't link anywhere), edit your profile again and add the following HTML code before and after the URL:

  • Before the URL, add: <a href="http://www.visualcv.com/LoginName"> (be sure to replace LoginName with your actual information)
  • After the URL, add: </a>

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Can I link my VisualCV to a social network profile?

Yes, you can link text and images in your VisualCV to your public profile on a social network site.

To link an image to your social network profile:

You can link an image in your VisualCV to your social network profile. (For example, if you have a LinkedIn profile, you can link the FAQ LinkedIn Profile Button button to your LinkedIn public profile.) Here's how:

  1. Upload the image to your portfolio.
  2. Add a portfolio section to your VisualCV.
  3. Choose the image to add it to your portfolio section.
  4. In the Click-through Behavior section, click "Link Image to a Website"
  5. Enter the URL you want viewers to see when they click the image.
  6. Add this portfolio item to the section.
  7. Save the portfolio section.

To link text to your social network profile:

You can also link text (for example, "View my LinkedIn profile") within a text section in your VisualCV to your social network profile. Here's how:

  1. Highlight the text you want to link.
  2. Click Link icon.
  3. In the Link to URL box, type the URL of your social network profile and then click Insert.

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