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Jamaican college grad launches first interactive social résumé

Published:Monday | May 6, 2013
Jannic Nielssen

Jannic Nielssen, a recent communications graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, launched www.KickJannic.com on April 8. It's an interactive social media résumé inspired by Kickstarter to connect, network, and share his résumé in an innovative and unique fashion.

A dual citizen of Jamaica and Norway, Nielssen had a deadline of May 1 to receive an employment offer or he would have to leave the United States. He turned his situation towards social media to create an opportunity - and in return, change the way résumés are viewed and approached.

Inspired by Kickstarter, visitors can both watch and read about Nielssen's professional experiences and select from a variety of backer tiers from having a custom design made all the way to full-time employment. However, visitors would not have to pledge financially to support Nielssen's goal.

Instead, viewers are encouraged to pledge to share the site through their own social-media profiles, speak to and email Nielssen, ask questions, and most important, help Nielssen achieve a position at a forward-thinking company.

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Already having a strong social-media presence, Nielssen's experiences have included achieving high Klout (measurement of social influence) and search-engine optimisation rankings for his personal brand, accumulating more than nine million YouTube views through his original video creations, having a strong résumé of social-media efforts and influence in event planning and advertising for collegiate events and professional internships.

"Kickstarter serves as a great metaphor for my situation, from the time limits set on projects to the people who take it upon themselves to help support and launch something."

Nielssen told The Gleaner about the inspiration for his project in an email interview.

"I hope everyone who helped me managed to feel a part of a community that has assisted me to reach my goals," Nielssen said.