It can get very competitive in the job market, so some job seekers are choosing to use tools like infographic resumes to gain an edge on the competition by setting themselves apart. Many creative applicants are turning to the infographic resume, but whether you should use one depends on several factors. But first:
What is an infographic resume?
An infographic resume is based on the principle that a picture is worth a thousand words. It distinguishes itself from traditional resumes in that it uses the elements of graphic design. While a traditional resume typically uses text to provide information on skills, experience and education in a top-to-bottom format, the infographic resume employs layouts, stylish fonts, colors and icons to deliver the content.
Should you be using an infographic resume?
Even though visual content resumes might be more appealing to look at, they’re not accepted by every employer. If you are going to use one, make sure it’s done professionally. Nothing can ruin your job search quicker than an amateurish infographic resume. Since your prospective employer will probably do an internet search on you, here are some places where the infographic resume could work well:
- Your website or blog
- Your online portfolio
- Your LinkedIn profile
- Your Pinterest page
What are some of the pros of infographics?
- They can help you stand out from the crowd. Competition is fierce. Being able to differentiate yourself from your competitors is crucial.
- More visual appeal. As mentioned earlier, graphics are more interesting and appealing than documents full of text and bullet points.
- It showcases your information. Infographics sort, arrange and showcase data in an easy-to-understand manner.
- Sharing online is easy. Infographics work well on social media. With one link, you can showcase your expertise in a visually compelling way.
What’s the downside?
- Infographic resumes may be perceived as less professional. Depending on the type of job to which you are applying, this could be the biggest downside. If you think there’s a chance a company will frown on your infographic resume, stick with the traditional kind.
- Not all jobs are suited to infographic resumes. Many employers require a traditional resume. In some cases, they are using an applicant tracking system to scan and find keywords that measure an applicant’s suitability for the job. The tracking system doesn’t work with infographics, so your resume would be eliminated.
- Not all employers are open to infographic resumes. Some employers are old school and want to see a traditional resume. It’s okay to be creative, as long as you’re not annoying a potential employer.
Do you need help deciding which type of resume to use?
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