The Infographic Resume

As millennials rising in the workplace, we are all looking for new and innovative ways to catch the attention of a potential employer. A visual, or infographic, resume could provide new opportunities for applicants to showcase and highlight their most relevant and impressive skills.Recruiters spend an average of 80% of their time looking at six data points: name, current title and company, previous title and company, current start and end dates, previous start and end dates, and education. Which means you want to make these elements stand out!

What is an infographic resume:

“Infographic — An infographic takes a large amount of information in text or numerical form and then condenses it into a combination of images and text, allowing viewers to quickly grasp the essential insights the data contains.” – Techopedia

You’ll notice the goal, then, of an infographic is similar to that of a resume — for viewers to grasp the essential insights and data you’re attempting to showcase (that is, what makes you the best candidate for this position). A lot of times employers look at so many resumes when considering applicants for one position that they end up glossing over your qualifications without proper analyzing.

Benefits to an infographic resume:

  1. Stand out from the Crowd:

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(Image from: http://blog.biginterview.netdna-cdn.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/BryanLovgrenResume1.jpg?c92c47)

One can quickly gather where Bryan has lived and studied and when, as well as his interests. If these qualities appeal to an employer it is likely Bryan will be asked for an interview so he can elaborate on how these skills translate as beneficial for his potential employer.

  1. Show off your Creativity and Talents

Companies are always looking for the next big thing and for someone who solves problems differently. Demonstrate what it is that makes you unique and essential, as well as useful past experiences.

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(Image from: http://mashable.com/2011/05/20/social-media-resumes/#146356-Add-Personality-to-Your-Print-Resume)

  1. Tailor your Resume to the Job you’re Applying for

This is especially crucial when applying for a job that integrates the use of visuals. In this way an infographic resume can act as your interview before the interview. Make your marketing, writing, and design expertise your first impression.

Here is the difference infographics make in Senior Director of Corporate Marketing Gregor Perotto’s resume:

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(image from: http://biginterview.com/blog/2013/06/infographic-resumes.html)

  1. Emphasis

A visual resume allows you to take control of telling your story and emphasize your most relevant and impressive characteristics. Infographic resumes have a virtually unlimited amount of formatting options. THIS MEANS YOU HAVE NO LIMITS!

  1. Networking

When people see a well-done visual resume they want to pass it along, it’s a conversation starter. Furthermore, professionals are beginning to use infographics to create an online brand/biography. Once they complete their online bio, many add the link to their more traditional resume.

Vizify (recently bought by Yahoo!) is an online bio creating platform. Check it out here: https://www.vizify.com/yahoo#what

The Cons:

  1. Not every profession will be welcome or be open to pictures of your hamster. Do not attach said picture to your medical school applications. In this way, the infographic resume is not ideal for every job application, but is more appropriate design/marketing/visually inclined professions. Many managers are also familiar with the systematic way they know how to quickly scan and characterize a resume and do not want to change this.
  2. Infographics are Hard. Creating a digital resume is not easy and a poorly done one can make a bad impression that says you don’t know what you’re doing and you don’t care how it looks.

Not to worry, an infographic resume doesn’t have to be an all or nothing ultimatum. If you’re worried about the risks or of a potential employer’s reaction to your infographics you still have options: try a combination approach or make it visually compelling while not going over the top with graphics.

Here are some examples: (Image from: http://mashable.com/2013/03/02/resume-design/)

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Some ideas to get started:

  1. Include a timeline, especially if it will show growth of your job and field experiences.
  2. Section of quotes and references to highlight them,
  3. Include a professional, flattering, LinkedIn-esque photo.
  4. Use a headline and brief summary of yourself (in place of an objective). (Ex: Perotto’s says: “I’m a storyteller. Comms strategist. Brand ambassador. World traveler.”)
  5. Show your strengths using statistics — years of education, successful projects (percentage of which you were the leader?), etc.
  6. Display the logos of top companies you worked for.
  7. Find a unique way to display your skills. (Many people like the tag cloud idea.)
  8. 4. Re-vu – Re-vu is another tool that creates a visual resume in a few easy steps.
  9. 5. Infogr.am – This tool allows non-designers to quickly generate infographics from any data (for a resume or any other purpose).

Testimonials:

1. “What I’ve noticed through my network is that more and more marketing/adverting/sales professionals are creating hybrid resumes like mine. First part infographic, second part (work history) traditional. This seems to capture the attention of HR while allowing them to read through the resume like a traditional one.”– Anton Dobrosevic, senior marketing manager.

2. “A digital resume gives you so much more freedom and creative flexibility to tell your story,” says Perotto of DocuSign. “You can take your experiences and make them visually appealing and unique to you through graphics.”

3. “The infographic resume is also a great way to show your creativity, design sensibility, and personality,” says recruiter Lauren Ferrara.

4. “I’ve had people tell me they almost hired me on the spot because of my creative resume,” says Lovgren, Digital Marketing Manager for Skyrocket Media. “I created it to inject more of my personality and make my experience more consumable by recruiters and hiring agencies.”

Works Cited

Fankhauser, Dani. “Can Beautiful Design Make Your Resume Stand Out?” Mashable. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://mashable.com/2013/03/02/resume-design/>.

Hernandez, Brian. “10 Creative Social Media Resumes To Learn From.” Mashable. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://mashable.com/2011/05/20/social-media-resumes/#146356-Add-Personality-to-Your-Print-Resume>.

“Pinterest.” Pinterest. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=visual resumes&term_meta[]=visual|typed&term_meta[]=resumes|typed>.

“Pros and Cons of Visual Resumes and Traditional Resumes.” Difference between Visual Resume and Traditional Resume. 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://blogote.com/difference-visual-resume-traditional-resume/>.

Skillings, Pamela. “The Ultimate Guide to Infographic Resumes.” Big Interview. 18 June 2013. Web. 19 Feb. 2015. <http://biginterview.com/blog/2013/06/infographic-resumes.html&gt;.

Taylor Thomas

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4 thoughts on “The Infographic Resume

  1. Taylor,

    I really like the idea of an infographic resume! I learn and retain info best from a combo of words and visuals. I think this could help employers remember candidates better. Also, it can more easily showcase creativity and personality. However, I have heard that a lot of employers aren’t receptive to visual resumes. Whether they’re not familiar enough with them or just don’t like them, I’m not sure. I’m interested to see if the infographic resume gains popularity overtime or strictly stays within creative and visual job areas. Thanks for you interesting post!

    Becca

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  2. Taylor,

    I love infographic resumes. I think they’re a great idea. They allow individuals to showcase their personality and give employers something interesting to read. If I were an employer, I would prefer to read an infographic over the standard resume, but maybe that’s just me. Like you said, infographics probably work best when applying for marketing/design driven jobs – I’m not sure that a hiring manager from a scientific research lab would be too receptive. That being said, I am really interested in the hybrid resume that uses a small amount of graphic design to make your resume stand out. I would be interested to try that myself, but I’m a little bit nervous that the resume could also be seen as unprofessional.

    Alex

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  3. Hi Taylor,

    Great topic! Including the testimonials was a really nice touch. It helped me understand better the types of professionals that use the infographic-style resumes. Even though I do not think that this resume style fits the field I am in, I may try and take some of the elements from an infographic resume and apply them to my own to break up the bulk of my resume.

    Thanks,
    Rachel

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  4. Hey Taylor!?

    I really liked this blog post! This type of resume is something I never really considered. I feel like I would be lost on making something that looks presentable though. I lack the creativity that some of these people seem to have. There are so many things are possible with this type of resume, which kind of frightens me. I don’t like when there are just so many options!

    However, it would a great way to make my resume noticeable and set me apart from the other candidates. When I get over my fear of too many options, I definitely will consider turning my resume into something like this.

    –Myah

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