When CTO, Rik Heywood, acquired WorkFu he had big plans and promised WorkFu users ”a whole host of new ideas to make it even better than it already is”. True to his word, today we launch the first of many additional features - the “Influence Graph”. We’ll let Rik explain…
I’ve been hard at work for the last couple of weeks working on a brand new feature called the “Influence Graph”. If you’ve used WorkFu, you will have seen the slightly blurred out teaser for this feature for quite a while now, but the first step is now live. Why not go and check out my Influence Graph, so you can see what it’s all about.
So what is the Influence Graph? We wanted to take the idea of WorkFu’s unique Smart Profiles further and help talented individuals promote their skills. The idea was to use all your social networks and other data to give you a rating for each of the skills that you claim to have. With a traditional CV you can make bold claims about your skills and achievements, but there is nothing much to back up those claims. WorkFu is able to look for evidence of your skills and allocates points to each of them, based on that data. The more points you have for a given skill, the more experience and reputation within the industry you have on that subject.
The important thing is that you don’t need to do anything to generate this score, other than be the best you can be in your core disciplines. WorkFu will do the rest, so you can say goodbye to trying to get people to endorse you, or click your like button or whatever. Just carry on being awesome at what you’re good at, and WorkFu will recognise your strengths and proudly show it off in your Smart Profile.
Now I am a PHP developer who has been around a fair while. I’ve also started my fair share of new businesses and enjoy being a bit of an entrepreneur. When I look at my WorkFu Influence Graph, my top 10 skills include PHP5 (number 1), web development, MySQL, entrepreneur, founder and ‘geek’ (errr, glances to the side to see a crowd of Lego mini-figures sitting on top of my Sonos, shrug, fair enough, back to work). In fact, all the things I would want to be near the top are near the top, plus I get really good scores in the most important ones.
The WorkFu Influence Graph is the first in a series of new features on WorkFu that we hope will really help talented individuals in the tech industry stand out from the crowd and find the most interesting new work opportunities. In addition to this, if you are looking to hire the best talent, we’ll also be working these new features into that part of WorkFu, making it easier to find talent with the right experience and compare candidates against each other.