If you were born to rock, why is your resume so boring?
Do you want a more interesting resume?
Are you wondering if an infographic resume could work for you?
Competition in the job market is getting tougher and tougher, making it difficult for your CV to stick out.
In this article, you’ll learn all about what infographic resumes could do for your career.
I work in marketing, so I’m always having to stack myself up against other creative types. But it’s easy to look like a jerk whenever you say you are ‘a better creative type’ than others. “My designs are good” – sounds a bit braggadocious right? So, in keeping with my philosophy of “showing, not telling” on one’s resume, I decided to create something new: an infographic resume.
With an infographic resume, I realized I could convey that I’m creative, good at layout and design, and open-minded without having to write a single word about it. All that works great for me in the marketing field, but if you’re an accountant thinking that an infographic resume is going to help you score your next job – hold yer horses there Bessie.
These here ‘infographic things’ represent the wild-west of resumes. If you’re in a field that isn’t open to creativity, I’d suggest you pass on the infographic style and stick to something a bit more by the numbers.
If an Infographic Resume Suits You, Read on
Still with us? Good. To be honest, I don’t trust finance or lawyers types anyway. Now that we’re a bit more alone, let’s get to the nitty gritty. You want an infographic resume because you want to flaunt your skills in the most fabulous way possible.
You know it’s going to take a lot of work – but you don’t care. You are willing to spend time clicking, shifting, cropping and plopping until your new infographic CV comes to life. A true representation of you and your abilities on the wonderfully designed page. Wait, you are a designer aren’t you?
Well, if you aren’t a designer, I’m not going to lie: this is going to be a bit difficult. Let’s break down what we actually need in order to pull this off with style:
➤ Slick Photoshop skills
➤ Sharp Illustrator know-how
➤ Full-on Indesign wizardry
➤ Creativity hat with matching gloves
➤ A legit bunch of time
If you’re a little less than pro with any of the above skills, don’t be afraid. You can still give this a try. After all, you’ve got to start somewhere. But before you get too excited, some bad news: this isn’t a tutorial.
Instead, I’m going to walk you through the overall process to give you an idea of what is possible. Before we get into that, here’s a reality check. I’ve been working with the Adobe suite of products for around 10 years – and it was still pretty hard for me to make a decent infographic resume. Be strong young one. Be strong.
Before you get started…
Before you get started, you want to think about the reason why you are making an infographic resume. There are four main reasons in my experience:
➤ To make your resume to stand out
➤ You want to showcase your design skills
➤ To represent your experience in an interesting way
➤ You want to showcase your creativity
You don’t necessarily need to check all those boxes, however. My infographic resume doesn’t use visuals to represent my skills in the classic infographic style. That’s because I designed my infographic resume as a tool to push people to my much more detailed LinkedIn page.
Now, if I were an engineer or a developer, I’d definitely be using charts and other visual elements to give people a graphical breakdown of my skills. I plan on writing more about how to visually represent data in the future, so sit tight if you’re looking for more of that.
Infographic Resume: Step 1 – The Theme
The theme is critical when you make an infographic resume. You’ll also want to think about the colors. If you’re like me and terrible at coming up with design ideas, just go do a Google image search for some inspiration. It’s not like Picasso lived in a vacuum, so feel free to borrow ideas. Just don’t blatantly copy. If you’re stuck on color, check out a website like Colour Lovers for some ideas. Here’s the theme that I eventually came up with for my infographic resume:
Right now it doesn’t look like much, but there are some elements that I can build up to frame out different sections of the resume in a creative way. I’ve also got some nice contrasting colors that seem to work well together. Again, I want to remind you that this isn’t a tutorial. But I’ll still tell you that to finalize these elements, I had to work with both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Indesign.
Infographic Resume: Step 2 – Formatting
What we want to do now is to take these elements and start making sections out of them:
Don’t expect this process to happen quickly. I’ve done a lot of print layout work and this still took me several hours of fiddling around. Building a document out like this also has the fun bonus of being deceptive work. It can be hard to tell whether or not the frame you’ve built will look good once the content is plunked inside. Keep this in mind if things don’t work out perfectly the first time!
Infographic Resume: Step 3 – The Content
Let’s start plunking that content in to see what happens:
Here you can see the content and the design come together nicely. Again, don’t be deceived: this took me a long time to create. I fused together a bunch of different shapes to do it. Altogether this one section probably took me 2 hours. So yes, a bit more work than making a bulleted list in Microsoft Word. But the goal is to stand out, remember, so the extra effort will be worth it.
Infographic Resume: Step 4 – The Finished Product
Now just rinse and repeat. Easier said than done, but you’ll hopefully end up with something like this:
So there you have it, an introduction to the infographic resume. A great option for creative types and people who want their resume to stand out amongst the endless crowd of competitors. Think of it like an advertisement for your professionalism. So put on your design hat, roll up your sleeves, and be different! (Cue up 90’s style motivational music and fade to black…)
Did I miss anything? Feel free to tell me on LinkedIn or comment below!