As the job market becomes ever more crowded jobseekers continue to look at new ways to engage recruiters and employers. One such way gaining in popularity is the use of infographics to outline and highlight career experience and skills.
If you set out to make an infographic CV on your own, here are a few key components of these creative CVs and how they affect the impact of your document:
1. The map
What does a map say about you? It could say you’re willing to move for the right opportunity, you’re not afraid of travelling for work or it could say you’re a carefree traveller and haven’t quite made up your mind about what you want to do.
If you’re looking to maximise overseas work or want to show your global reach for strategic management opportunities, using a map is probably a good fit. If you’re simply showing someone you’re adventurous, it could backfire.
When you put a map on a resume, you want to make sure it’s in line with both your personality and the job you’re looking for. If there’s a disconnect between either of those things, it’s probably a good idea to scrap it.
2. The recommendations, praise or quotes section
Often, in a more traditional CV, you’ll see references attached at the end: a name, title, number and maybe an email address for each person. But who says references have to be at the end of a CV as an afterthought?
The question to ask yourself is: Who are the three most important or well-known people (or people with recognisable titles) you could get references from? It’s important that important people think you’re important!
3. The QR code
This is a tricky one. QR codes are often misused and, even more often, don’t offer the kind of interactive experience they promise.
Should you use a QR code? If you’re going to direct somebody to a portfolio or some other interactive area on the Web, then this is acceptable. If you’re not going to give them something useful, forget about it.
If you’re absolutely sure about putting a QR code on your CV, here are some QR dos and don’t’s:
DO link to portfolios, reels, an app you made, an interactive online piece you’ve created or a place where someone can buy your stuff.
DON’T link to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, another copy of your resume, a printable version of your resume or a home page. Instead, make the PDF interactive and include links where relevant. Besides, how often is this really going to get printed?
4. The skills chart
There are many different charts you can use to define skills. Two favourites are the skill bubble and skill growth charts.
Here’s an example of a CV with a skill bubble chart:
You can see the growth in this person’s skills going from tactical to strategic over her career. It shows willingness to take on tasks with higher levels of thinking and responsibility. It’s something an employer interested in developing people for management positions likes to see.
Here’s a CV with a skill growth chart:
You can see what this person has done over time and how he’s learned and augmented his skill set. This chart is powerful for showing growth as well.
If you can show an employer, who might think less of your CV if you haven’t held a job title similar to the one you’re applying for, that your skills add up to awesomeness, that’s a big plus. That’s what these charts can do.
No matter which components you use, everything will convey a different message depending on the way it’s applied. Tailor each attribute of your new, creative CV to the right audience, and you’ll be on your way to infographic resume success.