Any given day, a recruiter probably has to sift through a handful (or a mountain!) of resumes. After a while, all those resumes will look so similar and the recruiter’s eyes may glaze over. If your resume is in the middle of the pile, chances are the recruiter will pass it by. That is, unless you have an infographic resume!
What Is An Infographic Resume?
An infographic is an image like a chart or diagram that represents information and data. The purpose of your resume is to provide someone with information detailing your experience and skills quickly and effectively. By combining these two mediums to create an infographic resume, you are giving your resume the chance to stand out and catch the recruiter’s eye.
With that said, it is important that your infographic resume is designed well and is used thoughtfully. When done correctly, the benefits of using an infographic resume include:
Your resume will stand out from the crowd. In a world where people believe a text-based resume is the only way to go, an infographic resume can be a breath of fresh air for someone going through applications and resumes. Because your resume doesn’t look like the rest, it will cause the reader to 1) read your resume and 2) remember it.
They demonstrate your talent and creativity. These resumes are a great way to show recruiters how creative you are and get a taste of your winning personality. These resumes are a great way to appeal to people who are looking for creatives and/or tech-savvy individuals.
These resumes can also show off your marketing and branding knowledge, your ability to write engaging but informative content, your ability to create interesting and engaging presentations, your ability to use design software, as well as your understanding of social media trends.
Infographic resumes can be easier to read. Recruiters and employers are busy people, and one of the things the like the least is sifting through countless resumes. Most of the time, they will just skim the resume to find the important bits.
With an infographic resume, you can give the reader exactly what they are looking for quickly and effectively. You have the chance to highlight the most important skills and experiences without all the fluff.
They give you an opportunity to tell your unique story in a memorable way. Resumes, in general, are just a bunch of bullet points that details jobs you’ve had, job duties, skills, and so forth. It gets pretty boring and a lot of times, the information isn’t memorable.
By using an infographic resume to tell your story, you have more flexibility and creative freedom. You can take the information and make them visually appealing so that it shows your personality, but it also sticks in the reader’s mind.
Your resume can be a great networking tool. Most people don’t think of giving their resume when they are networking – instead they’ll offer business cards. However, when you opt to present an infographic resume, not only will it be a conversation starter, but it’ll be something people will want to pass on to their boss or someone who would be interested.
Even if you do provide a business card at networking events, you can have a web address that will bring the person to the web version of your resume.
With all of these benefits, you might want to run off and turn your resume into an infographic. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks to having one of these resumes. They are:
They may not be easy to read for some recruiters. With a traditional resume, recruiters know to look toward the bottom for educational background and other bits of information; however, with an infographic resume, there is no logical order or template to follow. This could be confusing for some recruiters.
A poorly designed infographic resume could cost you the job. In your attempt at being creative and unique, you could alienate the recruiter if the design of your resume is jarring or disorganized.
These resumes are not meant for every industry or position. Traditional resumes have been the golden standard for so long, conservative companies may not appreciate your infographic and not even consider you, despite your qualifications.
The infographic resume isn’t suitable for professions like finance or the medical field, for example. Creative professions like IT, communications, advertising, marketing, and PR, however, can appreciate these types of resumes.
What Goes Into Making The Best Infographic Resume?
If you are interested in creating an infographic resume, you may want to use these features:
- A professional photograph is a feature that many recruiters appreciate and respond well to
- A timeline is a perfect way to highlight employment history, career achievements, and even important milestones in your career, such as getting a big promotion
- A section for testimonials from references is a great way to show credibility, but also show off press mentions or other mentions within the industry
- Create a headline or a tagline to summarize who you are as a professional, but don’t be afraid to show off a bit of your personality too. You can even use buzzwords and phrases
- Create a chart or stats that shows your strengths in numbers. This can include years of experience, number of successes, percentage of client satisfaction, and so fort
- A trendy feature to these infographics is to include a tag cloud. Words in this cloud can include skills, areas you excel at, personal qualities, goals, and strengths
While many people feel the interview process is grueling, the first challenge is to stand out among the sea of resumes that pass a recruiter’s desk. An infographic resume is a great way to do that because in most professions, applicants will provide the traditional resume.
Depending on your desired career, these resumes will give you the edge to snag that position you covet!