Back in January of 2010, I posted 16 Infographic Resumes, A Visual Trend that highlighted the start of the trend of infographics and data visualization moving into resumes. Why 16? Because that’s how many good examples I could find at the time on the Internet to showcase the concept. Two and a half years later, that post continues to be one of the most viewed blog posts on Cool Infographics with an average of 3,500 views every month. A 2.5 year-old blog post!
Since then, the idea of infographic visual resumes has exploded. I have continued to gather links to infographic resumes, and my collection is now over 200 examples of infographic resumes that have been published online. Instead of trying to post them here on the blog like I did in 2010, I’m experimenting by creating a Pinterest Board dedicated to sharing Infographic Visual Resumes. I will continue to add resumes and grow the board, so follow the board if you want to see new ones as they are addded. If you know of any that I should include, add the link in the comments or send a link through the Contact form with “Infographic Resume” in the Subject line.
The Cinderella Story example is the Chris Spurlock resume shown below. The story is that Chris was a graduating Journalism major at Missouri School of Journalism in early 2011, and created his infographic resume because he wanted to pursue data journalism as a career. It was posted on the J-School blog, but quickly went viral on the Internet. As a result, he was hired as an Infographic Design Editor for the Huffington Post!
I haven’t made any distintion between good and bad designs on the Pinterest board, because all of the designs can give you good ideas about types of data visualizations you can include in your own design. The only distinction I have made is that they have to include some type of data visualization to be considered infographic. There are many, many great graphic designer visual resumes that aren’t “infographic” so they aren’t included on the board.
Also, I have attempted to link each design back to the original owner’s site (like Chris’ resume above), but for many the public posting is on a portfolio site like Behance or Visual.ly. If any of these should be linking to a different location, please send me a note through the Contact page, and I’ll get them linking to the correct places.
It’s definitely worth mentioning that there are a whole bunch of new online sites launching to capitalize on this growing trend. The service they offer is to create an automatic infographic resume for you, usually based on your LinkedIN profile. Vizualize.me, re.vu, Kinzaa, ResumUP and cvgram.me all create an infographic resume for you using their pre-designed templates. I’ve tried to only include a couple examples from each service because 50 resumes based on the same template won’t provide you more inspiration to design your own. My opinion is that these sites and templates are currently new enough to help your resume stand out, but very quickly the risk is that the templates will become recognized (like PowerPoint templates).
I’m planning a separate, future post about the best practices when designing your own infographic resume, but I wanted to shared the Pinterest Board with you as a resource for inspiration.
Please add a comment with your thoughts about the future of infographic resumes!