If you are applying for a job where creativity and designing skills are necessary, you should know about infographic resumes. In this article, we’re going to talk about the dos and do-not’s when creating your first infographic resume. After reading this article, I hope you will go take action and get creative!
Let’s clarify what I mean by an infographic resume before we begin. If you are visiting this site, you probably already know what infographics are. If not, I advise you to look around at the different categories. What you perhaps didn’t know is that submitting resumes in the form of an infographic has become popular during the last years. Web designers and graphic artists are often eager to show off their designing abilities when applying for a job, and infographic resumes are one effective way of doing it.
“Why?” you might ask. And if you’re applying for a non-creative job that question might be valid. If applying for a job as a plumber or pilot or anything like that, I would not recommend an infographic resume, since there really isn’t a need for one. A good-looking, eye-catching infographic resume will, however, have a positive effect if applying for a job where skills in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, etc. are necessary. Also, if you know what you’re doing, they are also quite fun to create!
“What does a good infographic resume look like” might be your next question. Do not go for looks only. As with a normal resume, it has to be informative, honest and easy to parse. Remember to not make it too flashy either; it is a resume after all. Here Is an example of an, in my opinion, good resume:
This is an infographic resume that has almost gone viral on social media like Twitter, Digg and Reddit. It clearly shows earlier experience, skill sets and adds a bit of humor in by adding the bottom left diagram. Remember, don’t copy this, but come up with your own design; that’s probably what you’re going to have to do at the job you’re applying for anyway!
In conclusion, infographic resumes can be highly effective as long as they’re created for the appropriate application, look good and clean and are informative. Failing in even one of these things can result in the infographic backfiring and you having a lower chance of actually getting the job, so be careful, and have someone else, with a good eye for design look over it for you just in case!