Infographic resumes have been getting a lot of attention recently.
After all, with such a saturated job market, many job seekers are looking for creative ways to stand out from the pool of other applicants.
And consider this: according to a report by CareerXroads that analyzed 250 companies, the average job posting receives about 74 applications. And according to a CareerBuilder study, 1 in 5 managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing applications. So if you can communicate what you bring to the table in one visually interesting page, all the better.
There has been some debate, however, on the effectiveness of an infographic resume. One of the biggest critiques of infographic resumes is that they will repel recruiters is made poorly and that your qualifications should stand on their own.
But when made well, an infographic resume can do quite the opposite. In fact, they can be an effective way to showcase your ability to communicate effectively in few words, to show off your design chops, and to demonstrate your ability to visualize data. Those skills can apply to a wide range of positions not just in the creative field, but also in marketing, data analytics, education, publishing, and more.
Hannah Morgan of CareerSherpa.net, and author of The Infographic Resume, recently published a post on how to create an infographic resume. She suggested that while an infographic resume is creative and fun, it won’t be able to fully replace a traditional resume. Many recruiters will want to see a traditional resume and Applicant Tracking Systems can’t read images.
Instead, you should use an infographic resume as a supplementary document that you send directly to hiring managers or that you bring to interviews. They’re also great for sharing on social media, to let your peers in your industry know what your story is, which can help build your personal brand.
If you’re going to go to the effort of creating an infographic resume, you really should share it with the world.
This infographic walks you through the steps for how to create and share an infographic resume.
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