Co-founder Mike Harding on the Recruiting Animal Show

The Recruiting Animal

After a twitter exchange with @ResumeStrategy last month, Mike was suggested to be a guest on the Recruiting Animal show on Blog Talk Radio.

It should be interesting to get the recruiting view on and to discuss hiring, careers, etc. There will be a lively exchange and who knows, maybe there will be something to learn too.

Check out Recruiting Animal’s website here and join us for the show Weds March 25th at 9am Pacific. The dial in details are there on the site in the right hand column.


Pinterest boards for

Best of profiles on Pinterest

We have established 2 Pinterest boards for The first is a "best of" profiles located here. The second is a collection of all of the articles we can find that have been written about located here.

Check them out, like them if you want. Add to them too!

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Unlucky Thursday

Map of Vanuatu

If you tried to access your on Thursday February 9th, 2012 between 6am and 6pm PDT, you will have noticed that you were unable to do so.

Let me start by apologizing to our user community. This kind of outage is unacceptable on every level, to you and to us. We will explain what happened, what the fix was, and how we plan to prevent such an outage in the future.

The .vu top-level domain equates to the island nation of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia. The name server infrastructure is operated by Telecom Vanuatu. In an unlikely sequence of events, there were a series of earthquakes followed by two cyclones (think hurricanes south of the equator) that caused mayhem on many of the 83 islands that comprise Vanuatu.

We are not exactly sure, because we still haven't been able to speak with anyone from Vunic or Telecom Vanuatu on the phone, what caused the name server infrastructure to go down - but the natural phenomena provide a plausible reason for the name server outage. We speculate that at some point during a recovery action, a dated DNS database was restored that contained old (bad) internet addresses for the servers. We caught and corrected this as of 7am PDT this morning.

At this point, we believed the DNS root would read the new information and propagate it throughout the internet bringing the service back into action. However, some subset of the DNS infrastructure in Vanuatu was still inaccessible and thus the changes did not take effect in a timely manner. Persistent attempts to contact the Vunic postmaster and Telecom Vanuatu did not yield results. Ultimately, they seem to have addressed these issues and brought the broken infrastructure fully up around 6pm PDT this evening.

Since there seems to be no reliable news source on Vanuatu at this moment, we don't really know what the situation is on the islands. We certainly wish the people and the country well as they recover from these natural disasters.

While we have planned and tested for all sorts of different outage scenarios, this outage, we did not anticipate. We believed that TLDs have adequate fault tolerance and redundancy built-in in order to qualify as and operate a TLD. In order to prevent future outages of this sort, we will be working with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Post to insure that a resilient name server infrastructure is put in place and TESTED.

Additionally, we have taken the step of creating an alternate domain path to keep things up in the case of catastrophic failure in the form of -> credentials, URLs, etc are consistent between and i.e. is equivalent to

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. We take this sort of situation very seriously and will do everything in our power to make your personal brand site stable, secure, and useful. Thank you for using

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7Feb/120 CEO Stephen Years Interviewed on The Social Hour

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Help us win a Shorty!

Nominate for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

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12Jan/120 Featured on Laughing Squid!



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9Jan/120 Featured on The Next Web: Does More Than Create Your CV, It Lets You Share Your Story With Personalized Infographics

"This past year has seen people get pretty creative with their job applications and makes it easier than ever for those of us who don’t have the know-how or the resources to get in on the action."


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Social Sharing Icons for!

We've recently put together a set of social sharing icons for our users to use! Feel free to incorporate these anywhere you see fit around the web.


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What Would Scott Beale (founder of Look Like on

We've been a huge Laughing Squid fans for years, so when we decided to create another "celebrity" page to illustrate what an infographic resume could look like on, we chose Laughing Squid founder Scott Beale. Check out his page at


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