The biggest problem job-seekers face is how they grab the attention of hiring managers, like HR people and recruiters. A resume is something that helps their application get noticed for an initial job interview.
But can an ‘ordinary’ piece of paper actually help you impress recruiter? Is there any way to create a resume that looks different from others applying for the same job? Is it possible to engage and tell your story quickly to the recruiter?
So, what is the solution? – An infographic resume. That’s all you need!
Keep in mind that your recruiter is a human being. We, people, are biologically programmed to pay our attention to great visuals. According to a study, 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text.
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What is an Infographic Resume?
An infographic resume is a creative and visual representation of your career-related information, text, and data that is organized in a clear, easy to understand, and engaging way.
An infographic resume differs from a traditional resume in the sense that it uses visual and graphic elements such as colors, icons, font styling, charts etc., on the other hand, a traditional resume will simply use basic text to list career-related information.
Here is how a ‘great’ infographic resume looks like –
Infographic Resumes: Good or Bad?
Before you turn your resume into charts and visuals, make sure to consider these things that will help you know when you should use an infographic resume over traditional resume.
- An infographic resume is not applicable to every job and not every recruiter will appreciate it. It also reduces your seriousness about the job. People in few sectors such as accounting which is more conservative sector may find it useless. However, if you are a creative person such as a graphic designer, it’s highly advised to have one.
- Putting it online, especially on LinkedIn is recommended and the best way to show your skills and experience quickly.
- A combination of traditional resume and a clear, sharp and impressive infographic representation of growth numbers or other industrial experience is recommended.
- It’s important that you know the rules of data visualization – color scheme, font style, type of charts etc. so that you can make it easy for the reader to understand what you want to convey. Because your recruiters do not have enough time to guess at the meaning of your visual resume. They won’t.
- Make sure your infographic resume is really a great awesome version, otherwise, it will leave a bad impression.
- It should always be simple and straightforward, even with the usage of graphics, the text should be easy to read.
Things to Consider in Your ‘Visual’ Resume
Regardless of your experience, there are several things or rules that you should always consider while creating an infographic resume.
1. Highlight Numbers
If you are trying to tell your story with numbers and data, it’s good to highlight those number in a sense that it clearly represents your milestones.
2. Add Fun and Humor
Always remember it is a professional document. A bad use of fonts, colors, cartoon-ish images etc. will make your impression bad to the recruiter. If you are adding fun and humor, make sure to have readability on top of the priority. Your text should not be boring.
3. Use Beautiful Icons
Icons are the essential element in web design that brings essential content to point. Your icons could be the only thing in your infographic resume to sustain your interviewer’s attention.
4. Pick the Right Colors
Colors excite you, they can feel you better or even worse. Isn’t? Warm colors invoke a sense of aggression, boldness, and passion in the design. On the other hand, Cool colors are less aggressive and bold but are more soothing. Think of a blue sky, trees or crystal clear blue water.
5. Use a Headline or Tagline
Do you have a memorable dramatic phrase that will sum up what your story is about? A good headline or tagline will show your values and help recruiter know how you are different from others.
6. Showcase Your Skills
Skills matter most than anything. But how you can creatively showcase your skills in an image? You can use company logos, smart typography, icons, or with a graph to show your expertise. Here is an amazing infographic from Deda that you can use to get inspiration from it.
7. Tell Your Story
Make sure your resume tells a story – why are you a good fit for the job? Keep everything in a logical and chronological order. Your story could be your career journey which can easily be represented by a timeline design.
Tools to Create a ‘Stunning’ Infographic Resume
Case 1: No experience
If you have no experience in designing infographics and this is the first time you’ve heard about infographics, I’d recommend you hire a freelance graphic designer. Recommended websites where you can find freelance infographic designers are Fiverr.com and Upwork.
Case 2: Experience with graphic design
If you are familiar with rules of data visualization and how to design infographics, you can start with a predefined graphic resume template. Recommended tools are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and online portals such as Canva, easel.ly and vizualize.me
Over to you!
In terms of design, there is no fixed rule. Keep it simple, easy to understand and engaging. Always consider: will this resume help or hurt my job application?
Have you ever applied for a job with an infographic resume? What were the results? I’d like to hear your thoughts in comments.