Infographic Resumes are Hot… But Do They Tell Your Story?

Infographic resumes are hot in the tech-heavy job search world right now.

A lot of people love infographic resumes because they are just plain bored of reading resumes, they’d rather look at a lovely, colorful picture book and decide to hire that person. And honestly, wouldn’t you rather work for a boss who was exciting and innovative and asked you to draw pictures about yourself instead of answering tedious questions about improbable work scenarios?

In a unique spin on the infographic resume, this job applicant was asked to fill a small paper bag with items that represented his skills, interests and experience. In this case, the candidate is male.

Let’s see what we can learn about him:

  • The magnetic chess game in the back illustrates his ability to not only plan his own moves but predict the moves of his opponent. Great for long-term strategic planning in the sales world.
  • He’s competitive, and is into team sports like football as well as individual activities like golf. In the workforce, this means he’ll fit into the team but excel on any solo projects he might be assigned.
  • The Transformers logo at bottom center tells you he doesn’t think in terms of black & white because this specific logo is a blend of the pure good Autobots and the evil Decepticons. He understands that some situations are not always clear and simple. He can handle nuance and subtlety.
  • But, when it comes down to it, he’s like Ironman. A brilliant thinker who can turn his powers of invention and innovation to protect and defend what’s right and good. So don’t worry, no lawsuits here, but maybe a little late-night celebrating.
  • The Apple stickers reveal his tech experience. A self-professed computer geek, he is very comfortable on the new Lion OS and operates smartphones and iPads with ease.
  • Notice the small Dublin lapel pin and learn that this candidate is a world-traveler who can approach problems with a global perspective and is culturally sensitive. He’s not provincial or short-sighted.
  • Finally, the dinosaur. Specifically, a parasaurolophus. While some might see a toy, what you’re really seeing is someone who is curious about the natural world, thoughtful, and familiar with the scientific process of investigation. He questions assumptions and doesn’t operate on blind faith. He’ll analyze and prefers logical, evidentiary based thinking. When you need analysis, and enthusiasm, along with the ability to memorize and pronounce complex words, this is your perfect candidate.

Don’t you want to hire this guy right now? Unfortunately, he’s only six years old, which means he’ll work for things like nickels and ring-pops, but he’ll also lose interest quickly and sometimes forget to use the bathroom in time.

The infographic resume is not a new idea. This “application” above is a homework assignment given to my first grader. He doesn’t know it, but he was really asked to build his first resume by collecting small items that defined his interests, skills and experience. At this age, he was brutally honest about his interests.

As we get older, some of us may hide or obscure what we really want in an effort to give the employer what we think they want. We’re probably better off telling our true, essential story if we ever hope to find a career where we can thrive.

So, let’s hear – what would be in your bag?


About the Author: Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan is Chief Creative Officer of Sweet Tooth Communications LLC, a freelance writer and social media consultant whose writing specialties include parenting, fitness and communication. She is a runner, loves SCUBA and geocaching and, as the mother of three, offers insights on the masterpieces and mistakes of raising kids on her blog Try It and You May. With over ten years experience in the non-profit sector, Elizabeth offers consulting on volunteer recruiting, training with a focus on diversity. Connect with Elizabeth on Twitter.



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