Among the many both professional and personal assessments I make at the first of each year includes taking a deep dive review of my resume. Even if I’m in the same position from the previous year, there is always a skill set, new job function or professional development I’ve acquired over the past year that I may need to add to my resume.
Recently, I’ve noticed a resume trend towards a Infographic Resume. This resume style can be very eye-catching and have your resume stick out in a sometimes very crowded job market. The Infographic Resume can also help you market yourself on your social medial platforms in addition to provide another option to present yourself to job market or hiring manager. I also have several clients who have posted their infographic resume specifically on their Instagram sites as this type of resume fits well with this platform presentation.
So you might ask, what is a Infographic Resume? I’m glad you asked, so let me provide you a quick overview.
What is an Infographic Resume?
Infographic resumes are an attention-grabbing marketing tool that tell a career path by using images. Timelines, color schemes, and even profile photos are among the many types of visuals incorporated to convey a message. Infographics work well in any kind of marketing – yes, job searching counts as marketing – because the human brain is designed to respond to color schemes and visual storytelling.
Visual storytelling can even work for a resume. As you use a traditional resume as a marketing document to sell your skills and highlight relevant work experience, adding an infographic can help you stand out even more. An infographic resume is a creative resume that is meant to engage the hiring manager, and ultimately get you an interview.
An infographic helps viewers engage with the content and understand the message better. As a job seeker, your resume has to be able to do the same thing in order to land you more interviews.
Infographic resumes are not for everyone, however, and sometimes a traditional resume will be more appropriate, depending on the situation. Creative resumes are an excellent tool for job seekers to use in addition to a traditional resume, and in some cases, when done correctly, an exceptional infographic resume can replace a traditional resume.
Why Use an Infographic Resume?
A more visual resume helps ensure that an employer will remember you. Not only do you stand out with a creative resume, but you can use creative infographic to highlight the most important aspects that you want employers to see.
Straying from the traditional resume format allows you to show your creativity, personality, and design sensibility. If an employer is looking for a creative individual to fit their job description, an infographic resume is a great idea because it acts as a sample of your work, whereas a traditional resume may limit you from showing your unique talent. Think of your infographic resume design as a portfolio piece.
In addition to design, an infographic resume allows you to showcase your skills in marketing, branding, writing, presentation, and social media. When you’re not constricted by the generic format of a traditional resume, you have the freedom and flexibility to represent your skills in a way that comes naturally to you with your infographic resume design. Even if you’re not in a creative field, these skills are impressive to an employer who knows that everything in business is lending itself to the more digital, visual world.
When to Use an Infographic Resume
While infographic resumes are effective among the right employer, they’re not meant for every professional field. Some professions – like law or healthcare – will always want to see a more traditional resume. Stick to the black-and-white formatted professional resume designs for the more conservative professions.
Infographic resumes are great for job seekers in a creative industry or profession. If you’re a developer, web designer, or writer, a creative resume format is right up your alley. Even job seekers in the marketing industry can benefit from a more visual resume, because they are showing creativity in how to market themselves to the employer.
In many cases, it may be appropriate to send an infographic resume along with a traditional resume. If you’re not sure of whether to use one over the other, sending both can be a good choice. The employer gets the information they need as well as the bonus of seeing your creativity at work.
Infographic resumes also come in handy at in-person networking events. Job seekers can hand their infographic resume to a potential employer and immediately capture their attention. The employer is able to digest the visual information much quicker in that moment than a paragraph-form resume.
Though an infographic resume is a great way to stand out, you want to be sure you stand out in a positive way. It’s important to get the design right, so as not to overwhelm the viewer. Keep reading to learn what components and color schemes make for a great infographic design.
Special Offer from Proverbs Consulting
Starting January 21, 2019 through February 16, 2019 Proverbs Consulting will offer a one-page Infographic Resume for $100.
Click here for the informational flyer and details or you may reach me at 817.723.5370.