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With LinkedIn now a staple of the recruitment world, having a profile is pretty much essential for job-hunters and people wanting to showcase their skills.
However, Berlin-based startup Somewhere thinks that the new world of work deserves a new way of showcasing your talents. As such, it has just opened up its image-oriented work skills platform to the public, although you’ll still need to request an invite for now.
A main profile page looks a little like a Pinterest board, with little square boxes of information (called ‘Sparks’) arranged on the page containing information about skills, work history etc. On the main profile page, all the Sparks are shown together – but there are also links for jumping directly to specific information about a person, with categories like: ‘What I do’, ‘How I work’, ‘What I’ve done’, ‘Interest and inspiration’, ‘Aspirations’, ‘People who matter’ and more.
The site also has its own social elements too – like allowing users to follow each other and specific company profiles – but its co-founder Justin McMurray said that it’s the visual display of information and dynamic access to relevant associated information that will set Somewhere apart from the crowd.
“Work is a crucially important part of your life and yet the static nature of CVs and LinkedIn profiles act like a straight-jacket. Nowadays the real story of your work is much richer than a record of jobs,” McMurray said. “We want to make sharing and exploring work feel more personal, like you’re right there behind the scenes.”
Clearly, Somewhere isn’t alone in thinking that potential recruiters might want to dig a little deeper than LinkedIn allows, or see that information presented in a less tedious way – Sumry, an interactive timeline of your work history, launched just last week and aims to bring a more visually-led approach to recruitment and showcasing skills.
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