Infograhic Resume vs Traditional Resume

Four years ago, I received direction on the typical Canadian preferred format of a resume. Since then, the “resume” has evolved into more than a formal list about who, where and when you contributed to your industry. It has become a picture story, an infographic.

Maps are one example for instance, showing underground subway routes. People have used maps for hundreds of years so we are well experienced in converting drawings into useful information but how do we convert our resumes, lists of skills, lists of companies and lists of education?

If you like scrap-booking then you will definitly have fun putting together an infographic resume. Knowing how difficult it is to get a job, I have offered to help some friends re-do their resumes.

My first challenge was to create an elementary teaching resume. The original document I was given had lists. A list for places of employment, in this case, schools. It also had a list of tasks performed as well as a list of universities and colleges. It didn’t have a list of character qualities or show the rapport between student and teacher that is inevitability built in the lower grades. I hope that the hiring principle will value this knowledge as much as the parent who entrusts their child to the school and specifically the teacher.

After a couple of attempts of drawing this rapport, I decided on showing “circle-time”, an action very familiar to elementary children and teachers alike. I used a small assortment of speech bubbles to represent an instance of connection between the teacher and student. These small moments in time have direct and often long lasting impressions on us. It’s these qualities that lead parents and children alike to say “She was a good teacher!”

To avoid creating a child-like drawing, I included a description of each quality. After identifying and confirming these values in the teacher concerned, I expounded on context of the speech bubbles alongside the relevant bubble.

I used the big bold yellow hard-to-miss star to include the name and contact details, obviously ommitted in this infographic and to indicate the achievements, what else is there but a thumbs-up?

Creating an infographic of your experience can be useful. It can contain information not traditionally found in a purely text resume. In some corporate roles, this could be the deciding factor but in more traditional roles, it could also be frowned upon. It might do you well to have a resume in a few formats, a straight forward text document summarising skills and experience followed by work experience and education gained as well as a graphic depiction of this information.

Keep your audience in mind. Some on-line job application sites strip the document of graphics and only use the text to populate their fields in which case the infographic will be useless.

Test the waters with new and old techniques and ALL THE BEST.

If you would like some help with your infographic, please email me caroline@circleofthink.com

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve

New Hampshire, 1929 –

Honora Willard marries Sexton Beecher – deciding to overlook his flaws. They begin their new life in a dilapidated beach house Fortune’s Rocks. However dreams are short lived, with the far reaching consequences of the Wall Street Crash – the suffering being most evident in the Mill working community of nearby Ely Falls.

One of Honora’s joys, as she walks along the beach is collecting sea glass, rainbow colours of sand scowered shards – kept for luck

A vivid and evocative novel, portraying an honest and perceptive feel for human nature.

by Ruby’s Review

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