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Infographic resumes have become immensely popular in the last few years. Just take a look at Randy Krum’s Pinterest Board on the topic, and you’ll find more than 1,100 examples of unique, eye-catching infographic visual resumes—all with their own style and creative twist.
You might think that infographic resumes are strictly the terrain of graphic designers and illustrators looking to stand out from the competition, but the truth is that it can work for any type of professional. Journalist Jonathan Frost, for example, created this highly visual and appealing infographic resume and was offered two positions right away.
The key to grabbing recruiters’ attention is not only to showcase your skills by designing a polished and professional-looking resume, it also entails showing off your ability to think outside of the box, while maintaining a style that is appropriate for your industry.
To aid you on your job search, we’ve handpicked 20 examples of stunning infographic resumes that will make the perfect first impression on any hiring manager and inspire you to create your own.
With an innovative design and layout, this infographic resume immediately catches your attention. By resorting to circular shapes and bright, contrasting colors, this infographic clearly stands out in a pile of text-heavy, traditional resumes. Wisely chosen accent colors and font combinations also make for a visually appealing piece and an enjoyable read.
Full of colorful data visualizations in the form of graphs and timelines, this infographic resume is unique in its ability to communicate a ton of information through visuals in just a few seconds. If you want to impress recruiters who don’t have a lot of time to read through paragraphs of text, then this is definitely the way to go.
By using light-colored text over a dark background, this example deviates from the traditional resume. Appropriate accent colors and a clean two-column layout help make this piece’s design visually appealing, highly informational (specific strengths are highlighted) and functional at the same time.
This resume perfectly illustrates why you shouldn’t be afraid to be imaginative and unique in your approach. While some applicants might be concerned with coming across as immature in the excessive use of color and illustrations, this candidate struck just the right chord with this playful yet attractive design. The use of a timeline of personal and professional development also allows recruiters to quickly get a sense of who the candidate is.
In a world where time is money and recruiters spend an average of 30 seconds to two minutes (in the case of the really good ones) reviewing a single resume, it is more imperative now than ever to take those first few seconds to make an impression. Since visual information is processed 60,000 times faster than the written word, you would be wise to resort to visual data that is not only appealing, but highly informational. This resume does just that by giving you the most essential information in a quickly digestible visual format.
Bright colors such as the one used in this background yell, “Read me!” Although this design is simple—with an adequate amount of negative space and contrast, as well as effective font combinations—it does the job of grabbing your attention right off the bat and then taking you through to the end of the page.
By using elements that literally pop out at you, this highly original resume dares to step beyond the limits of current flat design trends. The result is a 3D effect that creates an eye-catching illusion of depth.
Choosing an appropriate theme for your infographic can help inspire some of your most creative ideas and provide unity and cohesion to the overall message. This infographic, for example, ingeniously resorts to a single theme that guided the content and layout of the entire resume.
With an innovative, clean and sleek-looking design, this piece breaks the traditional resume mold by incorporating a large, circular timeline. Its effective use of negative space coupled with a functional and harmonious color combination makes this design intriguing and appealing to the eye. On the downside, however, its functionality may be limited due to the fact that the reader must look back and forth between the timeline and the color legend to decipher each circular band.
Like any good infographic, this piece uses easily interpreted graphs and charts, along with concrete figures, to build a solid case for the applicant’s expertise in the field of social media strategy. With one glance, the reader can decipher what the candidate’s relative strengths are and the results achieved in previous positions.
This resume stands out for its use of a personal and informal approach. While not all companies will appreciate this playful tone, if directed at the right recruiters, this piece will certainly arouse interest in the reader. One of its weak points, though, is the use of a bar chart that makes the reader work more—instead of less--to decipher it by using a separate, and unnecessary, color legend.
This dynamic and clean design communicates pages worth of information in a few visualizations. The particular color combinations chosen clearly transmits the candidate’s passionate personality, while the graphs reveal his professional work ethic and his unique approach to graphic design.
Sometimes the smallest changes can make all the difference. The accent color used here, for instance, adds just the right touch to this airy and simple, yet effective resume.
Besides effectively using a clean design and efficient distribution of information, this resume sticks to only a few colors and provides a glimpse into the values and interests of the candidate. This approach is perfect for companies in search not only for the right experience and talent, but also the right fit for their culture in terms of personality and values.
In creative industries such as graphic design, it is completely acceptable and welcomed to start a conversation through your resume with a simple “hi” or “hello.” Considering that this is the first impression you will make on hiring managers, you want to make it a good one.
Again, the better able you are to break molds with your resume, the more likely you are to turn heads in your direction. This resume, for example, does a noteworthy job of visualizing all important professional and academic information in one circular timeline.
Although you might be tempted to experiment with all kinds of color combinations, the most effective infographics usually stick to a maximum of two to three well-chosen colors, as seen in the example above.
This infographic does a nice job of making information easy to ready and process by separating data into modular compartments. Through the application of basic design principles such as hierarchy and contrast, this resume achieves its purpose of providing recruiters with a ton of information in one glance.
In this example, the personality of the candidate shines through the creative use of diverse fonts that are artfully combined. If done right, this approach can endear you to more than one recruiter out there. If done wrong, however, this can go awfully awry, so choose and combine wisely.
You’ve heard it many times before, but here it is again: Less is more. The minimalist’s golden rule is realized here perfectly with the use of a small amount of text, subtle tones and only the most necessary information. The final effect is an elegant and eye-pleasing resume that will surely make hiring managers spend a little more time reviewing this candidate’s credentials.