After four years of serving as a platform for users to create an online portfolio, VisualCV will be shutting down its site on December 30, 2011, according to an e-mail sent out by the company to users today. The company has instructed users to remove all of the content that’s on the site, since no VisualCV will exist after December 30th. Below is trhe fulls text of the e-mail:
Dear VisualCV Member
We regret to inform you that the VisualCV.com website will be ceasing operations, effective December 30, 2011.
Since our launch almost four years ago we’ve been gratified by the response to VisualCV, and how it has enabled thousands of professionals to better represent themselves online. Even more importantly we have been delighted to see VisualCV help people secure significant new career positions. However, we have been unable to turn the site into a viable, self-supporting business and therefore we reluctantly made this decision.
We recognize that many of you need time to recover your resume data from VisualCV — which is why we are providing you with thirty days’ notice. We recommend saving a PDF copy of your current VisualCV. You can easily do this by clicking on the button on the bottom of the page you see when viewing or editing your VisualCV. We also recommend you separately save any images, videos or documents in your portfolio that you do not currently have stored somewhere else.
To ensure we meet all our members’ privacy concerns, we will destroy all user data once website operations have ceased. This includes any and all backups we have. As a result, once the deadline has passed it will not be possible for us to recover any member data. You can be assured that we will not be providing any user data to third parties of any kind.
We will be contacting the small number of paying customers that still have active subscriptions to arrange a prorated refund for the months remaining on their annual subscription.
Thank you for all your support over the past four years. We wish you well in your future career endeavors.
The VisualCV Team
Because TOG Solutions has long served as one of the advocates for people to create online portfolios, and VisualCV in particular, we will be researching and reporting on some of the alternatives out that for you to use once VisualCV ceases to exist.