Infographic of the Day: Ditch the Resume; Make a Chart Instead

Could infographics aid your job search?

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We all know it: Polish that resume all you want, but it's gonna be "read" for 10 seconds, tops. So it makes a lot of sense to ditch the resume altogether, and create a chart instead.

Via Patrick Dubois comes two examples. The first, above, is a graphic timeline with a couple of charts. A stickler for infographics would point out that the heights of the charts don't really correspond to any data—surely there's a way to fudge that with an axis, and make them into real graphs (this also illustrates the pitfalls of graphing your resume for a bunch of design geeks—the design better be tight). But nonetheless, it all works well enough.

The second example is somewhat more straightforward and utilitarian—it's basically a subway stop map, of the sort that has been used to graph everything from the best movies of all-time to the year's hottest Webtrends. These graphs are obviously good for showing the intersections between otherwise unaffiliated strands of information. Leaving aside the youthful arrogance of quoting Ayn Rand at the bottom of the key, the only confusing part here is the rather muddled timeline—it would have worked a lot better if the lines were rearranged to make the time periods of each strand easier to discern in parallel.

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Some interesting experiments. The only dilemma is getting the right words onto these charts to explain exactly what all this stuff means. (What, for example, is APAC forensics?) Ergo, probably the smartest way to pull all this off is to insert charts at germane points of a resume, thus providing some context for things you'd like to highlight.

For other interesting but also less successful attempts at graphic resumes, check out this post.

[Via VisualThinkMap]

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  • There isn't a single creative employer or recruiter in London that would accept this. It sounds like a great idea, not in 2009, not in 2015.

  • Rob Hernandez

    Beautiful Article - testament that design and technology are moving in wickedly fun direction. One of my resumes was linked to in the "other interesting attemps" link ( link) which is how I tracked back to this article.

    I have found that while these resumes do really well when recruiters see them, I have found thatthe Applicant tracking system filtering process is actually a bottleneck - leveling the playing field by not accepting attachments - which i think is ridiculously flawed. ATS's should not disqualify creative efforts, but recognize going above and beyond with top of the heap consideration. How that happens is the challenge HR technology should be looking to overcome.

  • Mel P

    Graphical resumes are indeed becoming a hot topic nowadays. A few months ago, a close friend of mine sent a digital resume to his employer that actually gave him an edge over the other people that were going for the same exact job. He used a graphical list building format to structure his resume so that he can get the ecommerce position that he was hoping to get.

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  • sandy jack

    Resume is becoming primitive. Nowadays, web-based resume are now demanding for the coporate company.Moreover, chart pattern is coming up which is more specific and easy eye-catchy about his or her work experience.

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  • bryan smith

    with the use of adobe illustrator, we can make the report for whole process or a project. It helps us to understand the all variable invloved in it and can easily access the information by anyone.
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  • Robert Bruce

    "...APAC is a frequently used acronym for the Asia Pacific region. LARS is Latin America, EMEA is Europe and Middle East and there are other variants...."

    EMEA is actually an acronym for Europe, Middle East & AFRICA.

  • Thom Mitchell

    While those graphs are visually appealing, as a hiring manager they make it really hard to find a coherent career story. If they were for a person applying for design jobs - sure they'd be interesting as supporting material - but for most business opportunties they would be an unwelcome novelty. Plus how would you input them into the database for keyword searches? (just kidding).

    Thom Mitchell

  • Zane Parker

    Yes! 100% correct. It would be Adobe Illustrator. It's an industry software standard when it comes to vector graphics. Part of Adobe's Creative Suite.

  • Christopher Korody

    APAC is a frequently used acronym for the Asia Pacific region. LARS is Latin America, EMEA is Europe and Middle East and there are other variants.

    I would think that the weapon of choice for the project would be Adobe Illustrator. Would give you good control overall the line weights and colors, any font in the book and no problem setting on angles

  • Clarke Madigan

    What kind of program would you use to design something like the first one?