It’s commencement season and that means news organizations and companies across the country are being flooded with resumes. Whether you’ve just graduated or are a more experienced professional, your resume needs to stand out. So why not take a page from Christopher Spurlock’s book and create an infographic resume? (An infographic resume visually depicts your work history.)
Spurlock took the Internet by storm in Februrary 2011, when the then University of Missouri senior’s infographic resume went viral on his college’s blog, Facebook, and Twitter. It then caught the attention of the Huffington Post’s Craig Kanalley and Spurlock ultimately landed a job as an infographic design editor at the Huffington Post.
Yes, these can be time consuming to create and don’t replace the traditional Word document resume. But if you’re serious about landing a job in today’s media landscape, here are three reasons why you should consider making an infographic resume.
1. It demonstrates you “get” multimedia
If your resume is an infographic, it’s clear you already understand how to use the latest media tools to their fullest advantage. You stay on top of current trends and will bring that knowledge with you to the organization.
For example, Clay Duda recently posted his infographic resume on his website and on LinkedIn. Duda, a multi-platform journalist based in Atlanta, Ga., received tons of comments regarding his resume. The general theme was positive, with a bit of constructive criticism, but it all added up to a person who is thinking about turning their resume into an infographic is someone an employer wants to meet.
2. It shows you’re more than just a writer
Landing a gig in the media requires you to bring more to the table than just writing well. Learning some design will increase your marketability. Creative designers help take their newsroom to the next level by developing innovative and exciting ways to depict news. If you can take a resume, which is pretty bland to begin with, and turn it into something people actually want to look at, imagine what you could do with a relevant and visually appealing topic. Creating your own decent infographic resume also means your knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is pretty darn good.
3. It illustrates your creativity
Infographics are currently one of the most popular ways news organizations display information and engage readers. (Check out a post by Jessica Roy on the best infographics for understanding the crisis in Japan.) They look good online and on mobile sites, grab a lot of eyeballs, and simply put, are fun. By using one as a resume, you are demonstrating your ability to think outside of the box and be creative. The one you send out to employers should be the best to depict you and your work in the most interesting and compelling way.
For good examples of different kinds of infographic resumes, check out MostCreativeResumes.com or take a look here. While you can hire someone to create this kind of document for you, why not try to do it yourself? Get started with these free templates.
What’s your take on these? Employers, would you ever hire someone with this type of resume? Job seekers, would you consider sending this as part of a job application?