Updated: July 18, 2020
A friend of mine lost his job last December, around a week before Christmas, due to the company’s decision to cut costs.
That was a really devastating experience for him, and another proof that having a job as your only source of income can be dangerous.
Anyway, I’m glad that my friend is now back on his feet, and busy applying for a new job. He just updated his resume and I was at awe when I learned and saw that he made an infographic resume.
What’s an infographic resume?
It’s simply a graphic representation of your skills, experience and education.
It’s usually used by people seeking work in creative industries such as web design, photography and art. But more and more people, specially those working in social media, are using it to give their resume an extra boost of attention and recall.
Infographic Resume Samples
To help you understand better what an infographic resume is, specially how it looks like, here are some examples below. Just click the image to get a closer look.
If you want to see more examples, there are a lot of them HERE.
How to create an infographic resume:
However, doing one on your own, asking an artist friend, or hiring a graphic designer to make one for you is a better option; because it will make sure that your design is unique and relevant to your personality.
In general, here are some tips you should remember:
- Plan your content. Make a text resume first and then work on a layout. Sketch several design studies and see which one will appeal to you most.
- Choose a good color scheme. Decide on a primary color and 1-2 secondary colors. Use color psychology to enhance your character.
- Consider your medium. Are you going to send this as a digital file, or are you going to print it? If it’s the latter, what paper or cardboard are you going to use? Your design should have the same dimension, and it’s best to use standard paper sizes.
- Print a sample and ask for feedback. Your infographic resume should have a good balance of text and graphics. It should look organized, professional, and the graphics should represent the right information.
When NOT to use an infographic resume:
Personally, I believe that you should either do it well, or not do it at all. So if you don’t have the creative skills, or can’t find someone who can do it for you – then just stick to the classic text resume.
A traditional CV can still look good visually. Experiment on fonts and text colors, as well as different layouts and types of paper – and I’m sure, it will look as great.
Lastly, remember that in the end, it’s your skills, talents and work experience that matters. Your colorful graphics can only take you as far as getting the attention of your potential employer. In the end, it’s the one best suited for the job that gets hired.