Get to the top of the job pile with an infographic CV
Using an infographic CV could be just the ticket to make a big impression with recruiters and get you a step closer to landing the job you want.
If you are involved with social media then chances are you will have seen countless infographics over the past few months – done with varying shades of quality and creativity – as they just seem to be all the rage. But have you ever thought about tapping into this current trend to promote yourself and your resume by creating an infographic CV?
Recreating a text-heavy resume as an eye-catching graphic is an interesting way to present your professional background and experience and to mark yourself out from the pile.
If you skilled in design software, then you have infinite possibilities before you, but if your Adobe skills are limited or your creative juices are just not flowing then there are other, pre-fabricated (and free) options available to you.
Mashable discusses 4 Simple Tools for Creating an Infographic Resume. Before I posted this piece, I had play with kinzaa and vizualize.me – the former because it told me the process would take only three minutes (it didn’t) and the latter because the comments below the article were enthusiastic about the service.
Interestingly, neither really worked for me.
Although kinzaa‘s presentation was clear and flexible, its graphics were dull and, for me at least, rather uninspiring. It might be interesting to present your CV in a different kind of way, but really, if you are going to go to the trouble, at least make it fun. Having said that, kinzaa gives the option to turn your online infographic CV into a pdf, which is definitely useful.
Much more interesting in terms of presentation, vizualize.me fell down because it’s pre-set education fixtures did not allow me to include the fact that I am currently enrolled in a Masters Degree, which is, in my opinion, quite an important for me to include in my CV. Granted, it’s not such a big issue, but it changed the feel of my professional activity.
If you Google infograpics CV there are a host of amazing design and ideas which you could use to adapt to meet your own needs. Some of them are suitable for remodelling using Microsoft Word if you know your way around the program.
Using an infographic CV could be a great way to get noticed. I will definitely be including a link on my Word CV to the kinzaa infographic CV that I built or perhaps include it as a complementary document. And, should I have a moment of inspiration, I might even try building a unique one with Adobe Indesign. But I won’t be throwing out my MS Word resume just yet!
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