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Have you discovered the Infographic Resume yet? Could this be the next big thing?
In my recent community discussion on the top 5 free infographic creation sites, I mentioned about the current trending #infographicresume.
Or Infographic résumé depending on how you say it, or which language you use to describe it. The résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) has always been useful in getting a job! Employers can see what your skills, qualifications or work experience are. But up to now, CV's and resumes have usually been pretty boring to look at! Sure some of them can tick all the right boxes and help you to really sell yourself. But it seems these old style resumes & CV's could be a thing of the past.
The latest trending type of resume are not white paper reports but are Infographics. Infographic resumes are much more visually pleasing to look at and can be much more effective. The first infographic resume was created by Zhi Liang and it got him the job! The employer was so impressed by the initiative but he did have the skills to boot.
Zhi Liang's infographic resume displaying his education and experience and skills with those with the most pencils he is the strongest in. Including his likes and contact details all on one page. It's basic, but it works!
Why Freelancers should have an infographic resume
Résumés are used for much more than for showing to an employer to get a job with! They can be used like you'd use business cards, leaflets or flyers for example. But they can be used to help you attract and get more new clients, sales and revenue. By listing out all your skills, experience, credentials and contact details of course! All in a very easy visually pleasing and enjoyable way that people will remember! Make sure to add your contact details, website, social media or #hashtags relevant to you. You can place these everywhere and use them in your promotional marketing campaigns. Post to your site and social media sites and anywhere else where you promote on.
So considering this, and that they're easy to create. And that you probably have a lot of skills and experience and likes you can put on it, you should probably make one!?
How to create an infographic resume?
You don't need to be a professional with a lot of image editing skills and talents.
You don't have to purchase any expensive software and learn it before you can use it.
You can use one of the free infographic creation sites to create one for free.
Of the top 5 infographic creation sites reviewed, Vizualize.me is the first of its kind free online infographic generator sites which will enable you to create an infographic resume in just a few clicks. You can even import your data from LinkedIn too which is helpful to auto populating some of the templates it provides you with.
Literally Vizualize.me lets you visualize yourself, visually!
Vizualize.me is still in BETA though. There's not many themes and styles to choose from right now but they're very active and updates would probably be coming as this is a very new thing that could take off in a very big way.
Are Infographic Resumes the Future?
What do you think about the infographic resume? Do you think it could replace the standard white paper CV from days past? Do you think that employers would understand it?
I personally think that it would be good to provide one along with your CV as well. Considering you can print it out on an A4 sized page and include it on the back of your CV as well. Or just give the employer the infographic resume only!
I also think that the infographic resume will go on to completely replace the old traditional format of resume. Especially since they can be emailed to employers or printed out and included with a white paper resume anyway.
Or are you an employer and have you received an infographic CV from a candidate you interviewed or are interviewing? Or as an employer, what would you rather like to receive the traditional white paper resume or an colourful infographic resume?