I was really fortunate to run into Gavin and Alex at last week’s BlogOrlando conference. They are the makers of a resume management tool called Emurse.com, a word-play on the word “resume”. The application was launched only 2 short weeks ago, and I’ve been told that 2 offers for buyout have already been made.
Last night I finally got around to testing Emurse out, and I was very impressed to say the least. You have the option of uploading a resume to the system, or creating one from scratch. I chose the latter and simply copied and pasted most of the content from my old Word Doc resume to Emurse – this would allow me to come back at later dates and edit it as needed. The whole process was easy to figure out and had helpful pointers in every section.
A few of the things that you can do:
- Host your resume on your own “http://_______.emurse.com” page for easy reference by potential employers (you can password protect this if you like)
- Save multiple versions of your resume for different types of job opportunities
- Send your resume by email, fax or post office
- Download your resume as a Word file, PDF, OpenDoc, RTF, HTML or Plain text
- Add or remove fields as needed
- See statistics of how many people have viewed your resume
- Track who has seen your resume, and also track where you are in the hiring process
The business model is built around an annual subscription model. You can host 2 resumes for free, but it will cost your $25/year to host up to 10 resumes and will give you access to “premium templates” and the statistics package. At $99/year you can get unlimited amounts of everything.
So, why is all this important? I never knew that I needed a tool to help me manage my resume anyway, and if I did there was always Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com to do that. What Emurse has done is provide a tool specifically designed to put you in control of your resume, allowing you to build and edit it in a user-friendly manner, and also controlling who sees specific resumes.
Applications like this go to show that if you look at a field and find a niche, you are more than likely going to find an area that is underserved, or served in an inadequate manner. By executing on a solid idea with laser-focus, you can make a real impact.