SOURCE: Zapoint

November 01, 2007 08:30 ET

Take Charge and Get "Zapoint" of Your Career

Combining a Visual Approach to the Standard Resume With Social Networking Leads to a Whole New World for Career Management

BROOKLINE, MA--(Marketwire - November 1, 2007) -


News Facts

  • Recognizing that job seekers are frustrated with online job boards and stodgy classifieds, Zapoint has introduced a new way to approach career management and professional networking.


  • The Zapoint career management tool is based on the following:


    • Everyone has a resume but they take so many different forms it can be hard to know how to put your qualifications in the best light. The Zapoint LifeChart tackles this problem head on by presenting your qualifications and achievements in visual form. Zapoint uses its special sauce, i.e. a tested algorithm, to calculate your career trajectory based on information you enter. The result is the LifeChart.


    • Zapoint also allows you to define and stake out your career territory so you can see how you stack up against others with similar backgrounds. This is of critical interest to you both in terms of your chances to get the new job you want and as a way to determine what qualifications you need to make yourself more competitive. Zapoint profiles include tags so you can narrow down the entire Zapoint database to just those individuals who are most similar to you to help you compare yourself to your competitors. Worried about privacy and being publicly identified? No need! Everyone uses self-selected screen names so only you know it's you.


    • Want to connect with people who have a similar background to you? Zapoint includes social networking tools to keep you in touch with people who matter to you. Want to find fellow alumni from your college? Zapoint helps you do it.


    • During the course of your career, you have many managers and performance reviews. Ever wish you had a record of a great review that you could include in your job application? Ever had to chase down old references when applying for a new job and wished you had a signed, validated way employers could see previous performance reviews? Zapoint helps you tackle these issues with tools enabling you to stay on top of your career -- and document it.


  • As yet another proof point that Zapoint's approach is a departure from existing services, any individual who secures a job through Zapoint will earn $1,000.


  • People looking to add their LifeChart to their Facebook profile can do so using this Facebook application.


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Please use this link to access Zapoint's homepage which includes a video explaining how Zapoint is different

Please use this link to access Chris Twyman's life chart

Please use this link to access Lew Rambo's life chart

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Quote, attributable to Chris Twyman, CEO and Founder, Zapoint

"Anyone who has ever looked for a job knows first-hand how difficult and frustrating it can be to navigate the job market. The resume should make you stand out, but it never does, especially in a pile 200 high. I decided to take a whole new approach to an age-old problem. In the process of taking a harder look at the world of recruiting, it seemed to me that nothing currently existed to help people manage all aspects of their career. So I created Zapoint to do just that."

Quote, attributable to Lew Rambo, Advisor and User

"I've been in HR for many years and have long grappled with the perennial search for talented people. Nothing's worse than staring at a pile of resumes wondering if you would miss the perfect candidate because their resume is done a little differently or you simply don't make it through the pile. So when I saw what Chris had in mind, I was instantly intrigued and thought many people would be attracted to a resume in visual form. And when I saw my own life chart, I was hooked."

Quote, attributable to Keith Giarman, Advisor

"Zapoint has hit on something unique. Job search was forever changed by the Internet in the late 90s and Zapoint is one company that is continuing to innovate and challenge the status quo. The integration of Web 2.0 components coupled with the visual resume concept positions Zapoint as one of the more exciting companies to be launched recently."

About Zapoint:

Brookline, MA-based Zapoint aims to fundamentally change the hiring process by combining online recruiting, career management and social networking into a tool that serves employers and employees alike. Zapoint lets people create LifeCharts that more effectively showcase their experience and skills to prospective employers and forge meaningful connections with past and present colleagues. Employers gain from the Zapoint system's ability to quickly narrow down a candidate pool to only the most qualified people. Founded in 2007, Zapoint is privately held and funded. For more information, visit www.zapoint.com.

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