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How to Create an Infographic Resume That Will Impress Your Future Employer

How to Create an Infographic Resume That Will Impress Your Future Employer

There you are again – scouring listings, submitting your resume for the nth time, and sending follow ups in hopes of grabbing your next job. You may land an interview or two, but they most likely ended with the dreaded words: “we’ll be in touch.”

Nobody likes to play the waiting game, especially when it comes to job hunting. With the corporate world growing more competitive each day, jobseekers need to be extra creative to get noticed by potential employers. Some invest in an online portfolio [1] to highlight their skills, positive qualities, and experience. Others, on the other hand, focus on spicing up their resumes to make a solid first impression.

Going Visual with Your Resume

Let’s face it, the best employers probably receive mountains of resumes each day. You simply can’t afford to send something that looks generic, plain, and straight up uninspiring. But with an infographic resume, you will—at the very least—intrigue them enough to view your entire application from start to finish.

An infographic utilizes visual elements such as charts and graphical lists to make information more digestible for readers. And believe it or not, you don’t need to be a professional designer to create a stunning infographic resume. Here’s how:

1. Start with a Killer Infographic Idea

The best accomplishments always start with a brilliant idea. Before you create your infographic resume, you must first understand the different types of data visualizations [2] and how they work. Charts, for example, is a great way to represent measurable data whereas timelines are useful for understanding the history behind any particular topic.

Of course, you’re free to utilize multiple visualizations in your infographic resume. For example, you can kick off with a timeline that highlights your educational background and work experience. Once you’ve grabbed the employer’s attention, follow up with a graphical anatomy that breaks down your skills, strengths, and hobbies. And to seal the deal, create a simple comparison between you and the average employee in your field.

Just remember that cluttering too much visualizations in one infographic may confuse prospective employers. To make sure it flows and reads naturally, use a long-scrolling format to show one data visualization at a time. This will also make your infographic more readable in mobile displays.

Here’s an example on how to creatively organize visualizations in your infographic resume – featuring Hollywood’s Ashton Kutcher:

    Infographic Source [3]

    2. Select a Color Scheme

    After choosing the data visualization types to represent the information in your resume, the next step is to pick a color scheme to ensure cohesive design. Apart from your creative flair, you also need a bit of psychology to give employers the right impression.

    Take note that certain colors can inspire different emotions such as trust, warmth, optimism, and relaxation. Although it’s tempting to use your favorite color, remember that your resume isn’t for you – it’s for your potential employers.

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    Below are what popular colors can instill into your personal brand:

    Red

    • Intense

    • Passionate

    • Impulsive

    Yellow

    • Approachable

    • Cheerful

    • Optimistic

    • Youthful

    Blue

    • Trustworthy

    • Productive

    • Calm

    • Sincere

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    Orange

    • Enthusiastic

    • Cautious

    • Aggressive

    • Confident

    Green

    • Relaxed

    • Financial-savvy

    • Environmentally aware

    Purple

    • Success-driven

    • Imaginative

    • Creative

    Below is a simple infographic to put everything in perspective:

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      Infographic source [4]

      3. Get to Know Your Tools

      It’s nearly time to give your resume that much-needed makeover. But before you get your hands dirty, you must first get to know the tools you need to use. The obvious choice is Adobe Photoshop [5], which has all the firepower you need to create professional graphics for all purposes. But apart from its price, it also has a steep learning curve.

      The quickest way to learn Photoshop is to browse for online tutorials [6]and various learning resources. If you want a simpler alternative, however, then Canva [7]can provide you with plenty of built-in resources specifically designed for infographics and resumes. You can get started by heading over to their site and registering for a free account.

      Here is a closer look on how Canva works:

      After signing up, click the More button located in the upper right corner of the main dashboard. From there, scroll down and select Resume or Infographic. The resume option is more straightforward, but choosing an infographic template gives you more flexibility.

        You can breeze through the design process by selecting a premade layout. Simply click on the Layouts tab from the left panel to start editing your infographic’s content.

          To customize your design, you can insert additional elements such as icons, grids, charts, and photos from the Elements tab. You can take advantage of the platform’s drag-and-drop interface to quickly add, edit, and adjust elements as you go.

            You can also edit the finer details of your design such as text alignment, fonts, and spacing. For further personalization, you can upload your own background, photos, and other self-made assets.

            If you think Canva isn’t a great fit for your needs, you can also consider other alternatives like Visual.ly. These platforms have similar features, so it should be easy to pick them up in the soonest possible time.

            4. Highlight Your References and Certifications

            All employers need to answer one question before finalizing a new hire: are you trustworthy? Sure, you probably have a fancy resume and some artistic skills. But at the end of the day, resumes and interviews are only meant to boost your employer’s confidence in bringing you onboard.

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            Fortunately, infographics make it easy to show off your certifications, accolades, and noteworthy achievements through logos. And as icing on the cake, try to include testimonials or commendations from previous employers, university professors, and other references. Of course, you just need to secure their permission to use their words, name, and basic information.

            Below is an example on how testimonials can fit into infographics:

              Infographic source [8]

              5. Do It the Easy Way

              Creating an infographic resume DIY-style can be attainable, but it sure is time-consuming. If you want to avoid the hassle and complexity involved with creating infographic resumes, consider hiring a freelancer or professional infographic design agency [9].

              Once you do get the job, then you should be free to experiment with your own design skills. Keep in mind that infographics are not only useful for resumes, they can also spice up your reporting, brand management, and social media skills. Here’s an infographic that fully explores all the possibilities:

                Infographic source [10]

                Final Words

                Finally, remember that there are no rules when it comes to getting ahead. You need to leverage all the tools you can lay your hands on if you really want your personal brand to stand out. Visualize your resume, build an online portfolio, attend more seminars – the only limit is your own willingness to go the extra mile.

                Good luck on your next job interview!

                Reference

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                Vikas Agrawal

                Vikas is the co-founder of Infobrandz, an Infographic design agency that offers creative visual content solutions to medium to large companies.

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                Psychologists Say It’s Really Possible To Change Our Personality

                Psychologists Say It’s Really Possible To Change Our Personality

                Do you feel that you can become a better person, but your personality is hindering you from doing so?

                Are you one of those people who is making a conscious effort to change, but no matter how hard you try, you remain a prisoner of your personality traits?

                Don’t lose hope – it is indeed possible to change your personality!

                Personality Crisis

                According to the widely accepted model of personality with over 50 years worth of research and study, there are five dimensions of our personality, known as the “Big Five:”

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                • Extraversion: People with high levels of this personality dimension are much more outgoing and tend to be more comfortable in social situations compared to others.
                • Agreeableness: Your level in this dimension determines whether you are more cooperative with other people or competitive (even to the point of being manipulative) with other people.
                • Conscientiousness: Thoughtful people who have high levels of this trait dimension are much more detail-oriented and driven.
                • Neuroticism: Moodiness and the propensity for sadness are associated with people who possess excessive amounts of this personality dimension.
                • Openness: Imaginative and insightful people are very receptive to change and new experiences, whereas those who are not are much more stubborn and reluctant to try out new things.

                These personality dimensions are further shaped by our genetics and our upbringing, the latter of which also involves our living environment and culture. These factors ultimately help shape your personality as you grow up, some of which could lead to personality disorders.

                However, your personality is never fully set in stone. In fact, it is not uncommon for adults to tweak their personalities as they prepare themselves for new challenges and life situations. For example, stubborn partners will find themselves making an effort to become more cooperative with their loved ones if they want their relationship to work. While these instances may not necessarily lead to positive results, it is evidence enough that changing your personality is not impossible.

                The question that begs to be asked is this:

                How Much Effort Are People Willing to Put in to Make That Change?

                According to a recent study at the University of Illinois, only 13% of respondents were satisfied with their personalities – most of them wanted to change for the better. However, instead of encouraging these people to get help from experts or take courses, R. Chris Fraley and Nathan Hudson conducted different tests instead to see if the respondents can quantify their personalities to make the necessary changes. The results of the test were published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, which you can view here.

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                The first experiment involved an introductory psychology class, who were educated about the Big Five personality dimensions and asked to grade their personalities by filling out a rating form. They were then asked if they wanted something to change in their personality over the 16-week period of this study. To do this, they needed to find a way to change their undesirable personality traits using goals and metrics to track their progress.

                Among the 135 participants, half joined the “change plan” condition, in which they were given writing assignments over the same period to assess the changes they need to make for their personalities. Every week, they were also required to complete additional writing assignments to evaluate their progress further. The other half were not asked to write – instead, they were placed in a controlled setting and were provided feedback about their development.

                The second experiment involved roughly the same number of participants. The only variable that Fraley and Hudson changed is that, instead of focusing on personality traits, they targeted daily behavior related to the traits that defined their personalities.

                The result of both experiments demonstrates the capacity for people to make breakthroughs with their personalities. Participants were able to make strides by getting better scores on personality traits that they wanted to improve. However, the comprehensive change plans only had a modest impact on the actual changes in personality. Also, the 16-week period for the study was not enough for the participants to make the drastic changes one might expect.

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                Steps to a Better You

                Now that you are aware that you can still change your personality, below are some proactive steps that you can take so you can make the change as early as possible.

                1. Do not let “labels” define you

                You are not a shy and timid person. Nor are you a cold and callous one. You are simply a person full of potential to change and become a better version of yourself every day. You can be anything, as long as you put your mind to it.

                2. Do good deeds

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                Getting rid of a terrible personality can start with doing something good. A study published in Motivation and Emotion suggests that engaging in acts of kindness allows you to overcome anxiety. Letting the focus from yourself shift to others leads to more opportunities for social engagement.

                3. Just wait

                If you cannot force change, then let it come to you. According to a study conducted at the University of Manchester and the London School of Economics, change that naturally takes place is not out of the question. The more you undergo transformative experiences in life as you grow older, the more chances that changes in your personality take place.

                At the end of the day, change is inevitable. As mentioned above, our personalities are shaped by our experiences in life. By exposing ourselves to positive experiences that we can live by and keeping an open mind for our own identities, there is no doubt that change for the better is indeed possible.

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