On average employers spend somewhere around 45 seconds reviewing a resume.
Resume writing aims to enable the employer to effortlessly extract and retain the most vital information. The art of resume writing consists of successfully transferring the story of your professional life onto one page.
Enter the infographic, a tool that visually represents and simplifies complex data. An infographic resume is a unique way to condense and quantify the information on your resume. Not to mention it looks slick, contemporary and really awesome.
Vancouver-based Information Designer Cheryl Ticne, a recent BCIT graduate, has developed a template for her own infographic resume (pictured above) and has been testing the efficiency of this tool in the workforce.
Cheryl says she chose to try this approach to give employers an instant idea of her skills. With the endless submissions of resumes received by HR departments, the infographic resume makes it easy to process information quickly in an organized and catchy format.
It took Cheryl around three days to come up with the initial design for her resume. The inspiration comes from other designs combined with her own ideas. “It was quite a process for me to finally have a resume that presented me very well,” she says.
This is a familiar struggle among job-seekers. The infographic resume for Cheryl is a perfect example of a unique, relevant, and interesting way to present your skills.
The numbers on the resume represent either duration of experience or percentage amount of knowledge regarding a specific skill, based on Cheryl’s interpretation. The purpose of these numbers is to provide a visual comparison of information that gives employers a stronger idea of her strengths. That type of visual impact just isn’t possible using text alone.
In Cheryl’s experience, using an infographic resume has been a successful tactic that has resulted in various interviews. One employer even told Cheryl that her resume was at the top of his pile due to its unique and professional aesthetics.
An infographic resume is not an option limited to those in the field of design or graphics. This format is perfect for individuals who carry a lot of information on their resume since it helps employers quickly understand exactly what the candidate is about. Incorporating this concept doesn’t mean that the entire resume has to be an infographic, either. Simply adding a few infographic images can give your resume a little something extra. Breaking up the sometimes mundane text can really help prevent you from being lost in the black hole of redundant submissions.
We know all too well the importance of having a perfect resume. Finding the balance between creativity and professionalism can be the ultimate challenge. Tactics such as adding infographics can be helpful as long as it is in line with the context of the position for which you are applying.
If an employer is only going to spend 45 seconds reviewing your resume, you better make them count. How you do that is entirely up to you.
Here is Cheryl’s infographic resume as well as a few others we found. Click the thumbnail to view the full-sized image.
Would you ever make and send an employer an infographic resume?
Photo credit: Cheryl T