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You don’t need us to tell you how important your resume is. It sums up your qualifications for a recruiter or hiring manager, and it’s the document they use to decide whether or not you might be a fit for your dream job. (No pressure!)
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So you definitely want it to be the best it can be—and you definitely don’t want it to look messy, outdated, or hard to read. With all that in mind, what should a resume look like in 2020? We’ve got the best advice for how to create a resume that will stand out from the crowd and land you that interview.
1. Keep It Simple
Unless you’re applying for a design role, a clean, simple layout is best.
- Use clear section headings and make them stand out with bold type, capital letters, and/or a different color.
- Make sure there’s plenty of white space—an overstuffed resume is hard to read.
- Skip the fancy graphics, pie charts, and illustrations, which don’t play well with resume-scanning software.
2. Use a Summary Statement Instead of an Objective
A resume objective (“Seeking a senior-level product management role in the fintech space”) tells the recruiter what you want. A summary statement, on the other hand, explains what value you can bring to them.
3. Spotlight Key Skills
Whether you put your skills section at the top of your resume (like the example here) or at the bottom, after your work experience, make sure the skills you list match the requirements for the job you’re applying to. Not sure what those are? Read the job description carefully to see which skills, programs, and keywords are mentioned. If there’s a requirement or responsibility listed in the job description that you’ve performed in a current or previous role, it should be on your resume.
4. Put Your Latest Experience First
Recruiters still prefer the traditional reverse chronological format, where you list your current or most recent job first.
5. Break It Down
For each job, list out your responsibilities and accomplishments in easy-to-skim bullets, not in paragraphs, which look denser and harder to read. Make sure you start each of these bullets with a strong action verb.
6. Consider Adding Volunteer or Other Experience
Listing volunteer work or other interests can add personality to your resume and help you seem more three-dimensional. These experiences can also help you highlight transferable skills you’ve gained outside of the workplace.
7. Quantify Your Bullets
Wherever possible, add numbers and results to your bullet points to show the impact you had in a role. You can do this even if you’re not in a numbers- or dollars-oriented role: How frequently did you do a task? How big was your team? How many people used your product?
Use these tips to get your resume ready for the new decade—and get yourself that much closer to the perfect job.
In a high-competition environment, some job seekers are turning to tools like infographic resumes to stand out from the crowd. Should you have an infographic resume? The best answer is: it depends.
In general, you should only create an infographic resume if you have the resources (either your skills and expertise or the ability to hire a designer) to pull off an exceptional final product. Anything sub-par will only harm your job search, especially because in the vast majority of cases, infographic resumes are not required.
Here’s more information on when to use an infographic resume and how to create one.
What Is an Infographic Resume?
An infographic resume differs from traditional resume styles in that it uses graphic design elements. Whereas a traditional resume will simply use basic text to list information from top-to-bottom, an infographic resume uses layout, color, icons, and font styling to organize content.
When to Use One
Unless requested, hiring managers typically prefer traditional resumes over infographic resumes. Unless you are a design professional, it can be really hard to pull off a great infographic resume, and sending in a not-so-great one is likely to do more damage than good.
Another major downside of an infographic resume is that they can be missed in the job application process, as a company’s Application Tracking System, which automatically scans resumes for keywords, may not be able to recognize text in an infographic resume.
So, when should you use an infographic resume? Unless it is specifically requested, consider it as a supplement to post on your LinkedIn profile, or to attach if you are emailing directly with a recruiting or a hiring manager (but always be sure to include your traditional, original version).
How to Create One
Once again, great infographic resumes are hard to pull off. In addition to having the ability to execute a high-level design, you’ll also need an understanding of common graphs and visualizations used to express data. After all, the definition of an infographic is a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data.
Let’s break it down. How to create an infographic resume depends on your experience not just with design, but with infographics. Messing it up will reflect poorly on you, not just because the final product will look bad, but an improperly used graph (for example, using a bar chart or pie graph incorrectly) also conveys a lack of knowledge beyond design. If this sounds like tricky territory, that’s because it is.
If you’re brand new to design and this is the first time you’ve heard the word “infographic,” you may want to consider hiring a freelance designer (try a site like Upwork.com, or even Fiverr, though remember, you get what you pay for) to guide you through the process. It can be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to create a good infographic resume with zero experience.
If you’re familiar or experienced with graphic design, your best bet is to start out with a template. Even if you don’t have access to design software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, sites like Canva or Easel.ly can be great options. Canva is easy to use, free, and has a ton of resume templates, and although not all of them are “true” infographics, they do employ elements of design, color, and layout that will jazz up your resume.
If for some reason, the job you’re applying to specifically requested an “infographic” resume, you will need to use charts to represent your resume’s “data,” so you will need to do more than just use a hip font and place your text on a colored background.
Infographic Resume Tips & Tricks for All Skill Levels
Regardless of your experience, there are several guidelines you should always follow.
Minimize Your Use of Colors
The best bet is to stick to three to four colors, either varying shades or separate colors that work well together. Blues and greens are a good starting point. Ideally, your background should be a solid light color, with darker text.
Remember This Is a Professional Document
Avoid loud, cutesy, or cartoon-ish graphics that will detract from the content of your resume. Be mindful of your font use.
Make readability your number one priority, and avoid using any outlandish or highly-stylized fonts.
A good check to use can be, “Do I see this font commonly used around the Internet?” Or, even better, would the font be used on the company’s website? If the answer is a resounding no, that’s probably your answer, too.
Ensure Your Layout Makes Coherent Sense
You should aim to follow some sort of logical, or chronological, flow of information. For example, your name and email shouldn’t be at the bottom of the document. If you’re brand new, this is where a template will come in handy.
The Most Important Tip
"Keep it Simple." It cannot be stressed enough. Even if your design employs a masterful use of charts and uses beautiful colors, if it’s hard to read or if the key components of your resume are challenging to decipher, the infographic resume is going to work against you.
Keep it clean, keep it simple, and remember that you’ll still need to include essentials such as your name, contact information, academic background and work experience.
In terms of design, there are so many more unwritten “rules” to consider. Your best bet is to research sample infographics and infographic resumes to get a sense of what other people are doing. Be objective with your work, and get a second opinion from a trusted friend.
Especially if the document is not required, the most important question to consider is: will this help, or hurt, my job application? You don’t get bonus points just for providing an infographic resume. For the document to do you any favors, it has to be exceptional.
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  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  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:
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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.
Before you get started on your infographic resume, it’s ideal that you have an updated traditional resume ready to work from so that you can easily copy and paste text.
This will save you a lot of time when designing. You also want to remember that you still need to have a traditional resume ready to go for online applications that need to be submitted in traditional formats. Infographic resumes shouldn’t replace your traditional resume. They should supplement your job search by having a more creative and visual resume alternative that shows off your unique personality, creativity, and originality to potential employers!
If you are using Easelly PRO, you can select “Resume” from the Template categories list. We highly recommend using a professionally designed template that you can edit and customize with your information and style.
Once you find a template you’d like to work with, just click and drag your template onto the canvas. Here’s a quick glimpse of our infographic resume templates.
Here are 3 main things you can do to customize a resume template:
1. To Change the Background Color
- Click on the BACKGROUND button and change the color of your background.
2. To Edit, Add or Delete Text
- Double click on the TEXT BOX and edit your text.
- You can then go to the EDIT MENU for all the customization options for your text.
- To add text, click on the TEXT button and drag the type of text you would like to add to your canvas.
- To delete text, click on the text and hit DELETE or click on the TRASH button from the edit menu.
3. To Edit, Add or Delete Icons and Graphics
- Click on the OBJECT and drag the handles to enlarge or shrink it down
- Grab the HANDLE on the object to rotate an object
- Grab the SIDES of an object to flip an image
- Go to the EDIT MENU for all the customization options for your icon or graphic such as changing the color or the opacity. Keep in mind that customization options will vary depending on the type of graphic, icon, or image being used.
- To add icons and graphics, click on the OBJECTS button, and do a search for the type of icon you are looking for. For example, do a search for “Education” to find an icon appropriate for your resume that represents Education.
- To delete, click on the object and hit DELETE or click on the TRASH button from the edit menu.
If you’re an Easelly Pro subscriber, don’t forget that you have design help from our designer included in your subscription!
Email us at [email protected] to have your final infographic resume reviewed .
For more tips on infographic resumes, check out these resources we made for you:
Whether you want to make a bold move and work in a new industry or would love to find job roles that are more meaningful to you, you’ll need to stand out and shine your brightest!
Finding a job though is a tough task when there’s too much competition. It’s either there aren’t always openings in your field of work, or when a dream job pops up, a lot of other folks have already set their sights on it too.
Here’s how you can impress your potential employer, stand out from the competition, and get invited for an interview with an amazing resume in just five steps.
You’ll also find free infographic resume templates below that you can customize right away!
Before you get started why not check out what NOT to do below:
Starting with the basics
No matter what your resume looks like in the end, there are a few basic things (and a trick or two!) to keep in mind when you’re just drawing it up.
All the best and worst resumes out there share some common content. These include the basic stuff like contact information, your particular skills, a layout of your education, and the most decent photo you’ve got. Regardless of how unique your infographic should look like, set them up in a clear, logical arrangement.
Step 1: Read the job advert several times and find the bits that stick out.
These are the ad’s keywords and one of your best bullets in the battle for that interview. They’ll be fairly easy to spot: “dedicated”, “communication”, “hours”, “energetic”, and“adaptable” are some that are pretty commonly used. These keywords are actually the most precise image of what the employers are looking for in a candidate.
Once you sieve them out, it’ll be an easy bit of work to fit them into the text of your resume. Since you’re using the same words as the one who put the ad out, you have a better chance of getting their attention right off the bat.
Step 2: Once you’ve got your basic information sorted out, it’s time to present it in a creative and easy-to-understand timeline.
Ditch the plain old bulleted list and choose a design of your own – a line with different colored segments, or a pyramid, or whatever else comes to your mind. This is when you start making your resume into something unique.
Step 3: Keep your resume clutter-free, concise, and relevant to the job role.
For a start, find out which area of work these people are hiring in, and then see what kind of experience and achievements you have in it. It’s a good idea to consider skills and knowledge that might not directly fit in there, but are still related.
Think about your highlights – what’s the best you’ve done, the most you sold or made or promoted? Point them out.
Finally, keep your resume clutter-free, especially in the Hobbies and Skills section! Throw out anything that won’t make a clear statement about why it’s a good contribution to your case. Also, make sure you don’t repeat yourself!
Step 4: Let your creative juices run wild.
Black and white paper-print resumes that look like they popped up from a newspaper’s page are totally out. Nowadays, you’ll probably have to send yours as a .pdf to an email address, and that gives you huge freedom in whipping up an impressive resume.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to make an impressive infographic resume quickly:
Free infographic resume templates by Easelly
Choose from our infographic resume templates and background images we’ve got and see what feels good. There’s no way to mess anything up. You can test out tens or hundreds of templates until you find just the right one.
Here are some infographic resume templates that you can tweak and customize!
Try out all the various layouts and color schemes you can think of. Play around with it!
Take your time. Place your elements (photo, contact, timelines, and any sorts of graphs or charts) in various spots on your resume template page.
Ultimately, see what works best, grabs attention, and gets your worth across clearly. Make sure your chosen font is easily readable and that there aren’t any mistakes in your writing.
Step five: Edit, proofread, and review.
This last step gets your friends to join the party. Ask for some help with proofreading from fresh eyes. Also, get a little role play going on and have someone play pretend – ask them to see your resume from an employer’s point of view. A look from the sidelines is a great way to point out anything that needs to be improved, refined or cleared up.
When you’re happy with your creation, compose a cover letter (if you’ll need one) and throw it out of the nest into the world of job-hunting. Alternatively, you can reach out to our infographic design team and we’ll whip up an infographic resume for you within 24-48 hours.
Here are some additional infographic resume resources to help aid your job search and get that appointment for an interview:
*Editor’s Note: This blog post was updated on March 18, 2019 for accuracy and comprehensiveness. It was originally published on October 17, 2015
Looking for infographic CV inspiration? Look no further!
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Let’s face it: nobody particularly enjoys putting together a CV. You have to remember dates, make mundane responsibilities sound interesting and authoritative and – worst of all – promote yourself in the kind of uncomfortably glowing terms that would make Narcissus blush. But for some people, creating a CV isn’t actually a chore; it’s a chance to be imaginative and flex some design muscles.
This is because CVs no longer have to be black and white – literally. Infographic résumés have injected a little colour into the job application process, with the very best designers showcasing their ideas online for all the world (and, hopefully, a couple of recruiters) to see.
We’ve trawled through hundreds of templates, from the abstract to the downright amazing, in order to show you some of the best. So, if you’re thinking of doing something a little different for your next job search, and you’re in need of some inspiration, then look no further.
These are the coolest infographic résumé templates on the web…
1. Chris Spurlock
Chris Spurlock via Visual.ly
There’s no better place to start than with the original infographic résumé that started it all. Spurlock, a self-described ‘visual journalist’, saw his revolutionary design go viral while still in college in 2011, resulting in a successful job offer from the Huffington Post (he is still the media company’s infographic design editor). It could have all been very different, though; the CV’s soothing blue colour scheme was actually recommended by a graphic design colleague, with Spurlock himself admitting that the original colour design resembled ‘a pack of Skittles’.
2. Irsyaduddin Ifwat
Irsyaduddin Ifwat via Behance
One of the key requisites for building an infographic résumé is actually understanding visualisation. This means knowing which charts, graphs and diagrams are the most appropriate for conveying a certain type of information and structuring it in a clear and appealing way. The CV of Singaporean design student Irsyaduddin Ifwat is a great example of how to do exactly that, with every section neatly formatted and aesthetically attractive.
3. Harrison Watkins
Harrison Watkins via Behance
As already mentioned, colour choices are important in design. Not only do they have a visual impact, but they represent meaning, too – red, for instance, conveys boldness and adventure. In this instance, it’s a suitable choice, with graphic designer Harrison Watkins opting for a striking and visually brave approach; the result is a gorgeous concept that makes great use of the space, as well as demonstrates his sense of flair and ambition. It also proves that you don’t need a degree to be a good designer, something Watkins swerves elegantly in his ‘About Me’ section.
4. Drew Ocampo
iamthe_avatar via Behance
The downside of the popularity boom in infographic résumés means that, just as with traditional CVs, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd. On the upside, designers are having to adapt and discover ever more inventive ways to be unique. This is certainly the case with Filipino design student Drew Ocampo, whose CV – a playful take on a roleplaying video game – demonstrates his photographic and illustrative flair, while managing to actually display a lot of substance and information within his neatly formatted text.
5. Paulo Estriga
Paulo Estriga via Visual.ly
Paulo Estriga’s infographic résumé from 2012 is commonly referred to as a gold standard of the format, and for good reason, too. Even six years later, its aesthetic remains fresh, different and engaging. The real brilliance is in how intuitive the layout is, though. Estriga’s ‘career cycles’ visual not only looks great but also corresponds with the rest of his text via subtle colour coordination. It contains far more information than you might notice at first glance, offers a welcome touch of fun and showcases an impressive array of skills and experience – a masterclass, in fact, in how to create the perfect infographic résumé.
If you have looked for a job before, which we are sure you have, you already know that making a resume can be challenging. You can use many templates to make the process faster and condense your entire life into one or two pages.
But, it is not only that; you also need to come across as professional and qualified in those few pages, so your resume needs to do a lot in a very small space. How can you achieve it by also making an impact on your potential employer or recruiter? It’s time to get creative.
The good news is that there is a way to do all of this through an infographic resume.
What is an infographic resume?
Infographic resumes allow you to combine text and visuals and therefore presenting your information creatively. This way, it will be able to stand out from the pile of resumes that land on recruiters’ desks, and it also tells your story.
This particular type of resume combines elements, such as text, images, charts, maps, timelines , and graphics. The goal is to make it easy to understand and, at the same time, tell your story in a meaningful manner.
However, how do you know that an infographic resume is for you? We are going to be clear about this: It is not an easy task. Nonetheless, it is worth it because the impact that it will have on your career is enormous.
Why should you make an infographic resume?
We can name a few reasons why you should make an infographic resume, such as:
- It is easy-to-read : Like many professionals worldwide today, recruiters don’t have too much time to read all of the resumes they receive. They want something that they can glance through very fast to make a quick decision.
- It is creative : A standard Word resume has no personality and looks bland. Even though all of the information about you is there, it is not impactful, and it does not have a creative touch, which can be a plus for some companies. For instance, you could even want to add a performance review of your latest project. An excellent way to do it is with an infographic resume to include several elements that you feel the recruiter may want to know.
- Easy-to-use : Your infographic resume is not only helpful in applying for a job, but you can also easily upload it to your LinkedIn profile, your blog, and any job website where you have a profile.
How do you make an infographic resume?
Making an infographic resume does not have to be complicated. You do not need to learn Photoshop and become a professional designer because today, there are digital cloud-based tools available. One of them is Venngage, an infographic maker that is very easy to use, even if you have no notions about design.
These tools allow you to choose a resume template that you like and customize it. You can edit text, change entire sections, select different colours, and add new elements.
Nonetheless, there are a few elements that your infographic resume should always have:
- Contact details
- Website/ portfolio
- Social media links
You can also include a short bio at the top, references at the bottom, interests, and hobbies, awards that you have received, and more.
While an infographic resume can be very useful because of the reasons we explained above, it does not replace a traditional resume. However, both can work together to get you the job you are looking for.
A traditional resume will have your entire professional experience and portray them in a very serious manner; an infographic resume conveys your personality and your skills at the same time.
In the present time, when people have little to no time to spend on reading documents, including resumes, an infographic resume can be an attractive way to catch their attention.
An infographic resume can be a great way to display your skills and experience, whether you're applying to creative positions or just want to stand out from other candidates. In this article, we explain what an infographic resume is and its advantages, when to use one, how to make an infographic resume and tips to design an effective one (or find the right person or template to help you).
What is an infographic resume?
An infographic resume differs from a written resume because you're employing your graphic design skills to tell the story about your experience. Another way to describe an infographic resume is that it uses, colors, stylish fonts and icons to organize an applicant's information that's easily digestible for the employer to read. An infographic resume can be used for any highly competitive job, but it's useful if you plan on working in a creative profession throughout your career.
When to use an infographic resume
You have a variety of reasons to use an infographic resume to increase your chances of getting a job that matches your career path. A few reasons to use an infographic resume include:
- When it's requested by an employer. A job posting can specifically state if you need to create and attach a file of your graphic resume to your application. Therefore, it's best if you look at the job requirements before you send your application. However, the creation of a high-quality infographic resume can still attract an employer's interest if it's visually appealing and easy to read. Try networking with employers in your area to see if they require a graphic resume for open roles at their company.
- If a designer is building your resume. You can have a designer build your infographic resume as they can offer unique tips and design elements that embody your brand. A designer can also render advice on how you can enhance your graphic design skills to build a resume on your own time. If you enhance your graphic design skills, you can start building your resume and offer freelance services to others who need someone with graphic design skills to complete a specific project.
- As a tool to be posted on your website. Once you complete your infographic resume, you can post a file of it on your personal and professional networking website. The difference is that you can present your website to employers upon request, but recruiters and other job seekers can review your graphic resume once it's posted on your professional networking website. Either way, you want to use a style for your resume that portrays the type of industry and profession that you want to work in.
How to create an infographic resume
Review this list of steps to help you create an infographic resume:
- Limit the use of colors
- Use a legible font
- Organize content in chronological order
- Simplify your layout
1. Limit the use of colors
You should only use three colors for the design of your graphic resume. It's best if you use shades of colors that blend well with each other. For example, you can blend dark-blue with cyan and a yellowish-green color to begin your design, but you can expand your color selection if it represents you. You should intend on using darker-colors to increase the readability of your resume's content.
2. Use a legible font
Consider the type of font that you want to proceed with when creating your infographic resume. A simple font is ideal for maintaining the readability of your content, but the text should be bolded if you want the reader to pay close attention to the experience that you can offer to an employer. Check to see if the font you use is one you see when you're browsing the internet and on websites that you visit often.
3. Organize content in chronological order
When you're listing your academic and education experience, make sure that you list them in chronological order. You'll list your most recent experience at the top of your resume going on down. This way, you can have a steady flow of information that demonstrates your experience and the timeline in which you earned it during your professional career.
Also, your name and contact information should be at the top of the resume, since your name and where to contact you is the primary information an employee wants to access before reading about your experience.
4. Simplify your layout
It's vital to keep a simplified layout of your resume, so the reader can focus on content related to your experience. Remember that showing your accomplishments and skills you can offer is your top priority and increases your chances of getting an opportunity to interview with your prospective employer. Take a look at the samples of infographic resumes that you can draw inspiration from and ask for someone to read over your resume to get their opinion on the final product.
Tips to help you design an infographic resume
Check out the list of tips below to aid you in crafting your infographic resume:
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Infographic resumes have been getting a lot of attention recently.
After all, with such a saturated job market, many job seekers are looking for creative ways to stand out from the pool of other applicants.
And consider this: according to a report by CareerXroads that analyzed 250 companies, the average job posting receives about 74 applications. And according to a CareerBuilder study , 1 in 5 managers spend less than 30 seconds reviewing applications. So if you can communicate what you bring to the table in one visually interesting page, all the better.
There has been some debate, however, on the effectiveness of an infographic resume. One of the biggest critiques of infographic resumes is that they will repel recruiters is made poorly and that your qualifications should stand on their own.
But when made well, an infographic resume can do quite the opposite. In fact, they can be an effective way to showcase your ability to communicate effectively in few words, to show off your design chops, and to demonstrate your ability to visualize data. Those skills can apply to a wide range of positions not just in the creative field, but also in marketing, data analytics, education, publishing, and more.
Hannah Morgan of CareerSherpa.net, and author of The Infographic Resume, recently published a post on how to create an infographic resume. She suggested that while an infographic resume is creative and fun, it won’t be able to fully replace a traditional resume. Many recruiters will want to see a traditional resume and Applicant Tracking Systems can’t read images.
Instead, you should use an infographic resume as a supplementary document that you send directly to hiring managers or that you bring to interviews. They’re also great for sharing on social media, to let your peers in your industry know what your story is, which can help build your personal brand.
If you’re going to go to the effort of creating an infographic resume, you really should share it with the world.
This infographic walks you through the steps for how to create and share an infographic resume.