A new startup is about to give LinkedIn and AOL/About.me a run for their money. Zerply is a new professional network that allows users to build an aesthetically pleasing yet informative resume with similar social functions as other networks like LinkedIn.  Users can design a resume that is focused entirely on professional achievements, or highlight personal success. Many early adopters are using Zerply to detail the best of both aspects of their lives.

Zerply is free, easy to sign up for, and even easier to manage. You can choose a profile picture, connect services such as Facebook or Twitter, add a portfolio, your location, and a short bio. Zerply users can also add a “one-liner” to their bio to sum up their interests, qualifications, or personality. You can also add an extended bio to help others find out more about you, whether on a personal or professional level. Finally, Zerply features the ability to add tags and list skills on a profile to help users categorize interests, skillsets, or their career. Other Zerply users can then find your Zerply profile based on these tags.

Zerply is an Attractive Alternative to LinkedInWhile you may not need another social network, Zerply is a great solution for those looking to develop a more comprehensive personal profile with a focus on professional achievements than is capable with sites like About.me and Flavors.me. While there are some options for custom layouts, the Zerply profile is really about being a professional hub without the glitz of other splash sites, or without the cost and extra features of a blog. Zerply even features stats about your profile, such as profile visits and link clicks, all for free. Zerply could easily become a go-to site for the unemployed or looking, as it also features a social component that allows you to connect with other Facebook friends and Twitter users on Zerply and offer these users endorsements, which is a feature strikingly similar to LinkedIn. However, with more informative and custom profiles and intuitive search components, Zerply is anything but a copycat of other social services and professional networks.

Interested in setting up your on Zerply profile? Sign up at Zerply.com and let us know what you think in the comments.