And since we are such a visually driven culture (studies show that you can convey more information faster with pictures than you can with words), it’s not surprising that some job seekers are considering turning their resumes into infographics.
These visualizations of data are everywhere, from the best places in the world to start a business to the sleep schedules of some of history’s greatest minds.
And some believe that the data on your resume is the next logical step. Matt Cooper, CEO of Visual.ly, an online visual content marketplace, argues that it’s getting more difficult to fit an entire career into a simple chronological list.
“The world has gotten so competitive that employers are less likely to take a risk on a new employee without doing a thorough check of their job performance. And that means data—lots of it,” he says.
But before you turn everything on your resume into a bar graph and pie chart, there are a few things to consider:
KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE—IT’S NOT FOR EVERY JOB
Not all hiring managers will appreciate an infographic resume. Dana Manciagli, a career coach and former hiring manager for companies like Microsoft and Kodak, advises against infographic resumes and warns that sending one is the quickest way to have your application put in the “no” pile. While Manciagli says it’s fine to post an infographic resume on your LinkedIn profile, you should never send one in addition to—and especially not instead of—a traditional resume.
“There is a flow to a resume for a reason—so the viewer can easily review by cruising down the document in an expected way,” she explains. In addition, Manciagli believes an infographic resume minimizes the seriousness of the job application process. She also points out that one wouldn’t scan in a company’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which scans resumes and captures keywords to assess a fit.
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