I recently came across this question about infographics being the new resume as part of a media query and found it so intriguing, I had to weigh in. Pam Baker writes about this subject on the Hewlett-Packard corporate blog and not only quotes us in the article, but also shows our infograhics to illustrate the power of supplementing your resume appropriately. There were three main questions in the query:
- Is the traditional resume forever dead?
- Are infographics the best say to show future employers hard data?
- Will social media become our only or primary resumes?
One thing is abundantly clear: the traditional resume is NOT dead. In fact, it’s more alive than ever. Career infographics, however, are an incredible supplement that would never have been acceptable in previous eras. A career visualization can paint the picture of success that a traditional resume often lacks. As an example, here are two career visualizations that I use with my clients to illustrate how to represent their success: salary progress visualization http://springraise.com/wp-
Now to explicitly answer the questions:
1. Is the traditional resume forever dead? Not a chance. A solid resume that quantifies success at every point throughout a career still tells a story and will always be part of job submissions. The key to getting a job is finding the job that needs you instead of you needing a job.
2. Are infographics the best say to show future employers hard
data? The ol’ school resume is STILL the best way to quantify success. Infographics, while creative, have no standard and therefore there’s no guarantee the reader knows how to interpret the particular chart submitted. Never send an infographic alone as a resume submission. It will find the
3. Will social media become our only or primary resumes? Social media could end up being our resumes, but the only platform that allows for this is LinkedIn, and it has one major limitation: you can only have one profile for your experience. I always recommend customizing resumes for an open position description because it maximizes the chance of getting an interview. Using LinkedIn (or, heaven forbid, Facebook Timeline) as a
stand-alone resume limits the opportunity for a candidate to customize the message and story. Plus it makes the recruiter work to find out who you
are as a candidate by requiring a click to a website rather than being able to review and sort immediately. Don’t make recruiters do extra work. They
don’t like it.
Check out our podcast on the subject as well! Good luck.