Yes your next CV should definitely be an infographic [infographic]

A little while ago I asked the question will your next CV be an infographic? A lot of you liked that post as it was widely shared. If you haven’t already heard by now the answer is a big fat yes courtesy of Chris Spurlock.

A couple of weeks after I asked that question Spurlock saw his  infographic  resume (below) go viral after appearing on the Huffington Post’s college site, HuffPost College.  The next step? Huffpo hired the journalism gradate to design infographics. Nice job.

The now AOL owned Huffpo has hired Spurlock as infographics editor after his original post racked up thousands of Facebook “Likes” and tweets and got a whole generation of students rethinking their resumes.

Of course, a infographic might not be right for every job application, but if you’re someone who wants to work in the world of digital can it hurt?

All this convined Huffpo traffic & trends editor Craig Kanalley to write a follow-up post: “How to Make Your Resume Stand Out: 5 Tips From Chris Spurlock” and then offer the guy a job. Anyways check out the infographic. Hats of to Mr Spurlock.

Chris Spurlock's guide to creating a infogrpahic CV

  • Marco

    It’s a good idea if the needs fit. That above example however, is very difficult to get any information from. It’s also not very good at showing exact examples.

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  • JM

    If you want a job designing infographics, then , yes, they’ll come in really handy, but beyond helpfully pointing out how long he’s been using Twitter and Photoshop, it doesn’t actually say anything about the responsibilities he’s had or anything about him as a person, except that he’s relying on gimmickery to get noticed by potential employers. The CV equivalent of bursting out of a birthday cake and then just standing there

  • Delfin Vassallo

    Nothing really new. I have been using an infographic-like CV for almost 6 months now and results have been mixed:

    On one hand I have received great comments from corporate HR persons that “have never seen before” this kind of CV´s, and despite it took a moment to get familiar with it they accept it really influenced on the decision to call me.

    On the other hand there are the old-fashioned and sometimes square-minded recruiters that simply don´t get it (and hate it) immediately asking for my “normal CV”.

    Which is true is that most of websites / job boards / recruiters systems are designed from the recruiting viewpoint, trying to facilitate their job. But not to make job seekers tasks easier, standarising and treating persons like one more number on their lists.

    My learning from all this has been:

    Depending on the type of company I send a different version: the visual CV for digital agencies and normal text (but link-rich) to big corporations.

    Depending how reliable I see the independent recruiter I send one or another.

    Even if it may be risky, it has helped me a lot to get to know more about company´s culture and persons’ openness to embrace change/new things, providing valuable hints to evaluate if I´d really like to work with that company/recruiter.

  • Ally Manock

    Love it!

    I’m looking for a Social Media Director (Head of Social Media) at the moment and I’ve been really hoping that I’d get some creative social media/infographic style approaches… sadly not, as yet.

  • karen

    So i dont get it. The infographic resume you show/and talk about is an image??? I was expecting like interactive site or powerpoint, or word doc. Care to provide full info to this article? Is like half-written.

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  • Dan Perez

    I tried this when applying to Google.

    I didn’t submit this, but I did get the job! Whilst it might stand out, the most important measure is how effective it is and whether you can still keep it simple.

  • ML

    what programs do people use to make these? is it easy for someone who’s not skilled in graphic design?

  • Richard Hamilton

    Great if you are applying for a job designing infographics, don’t try this if you are anyone else.

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  • Philip Harper

    As a young and fresh, soon-to-be Design Graduate currently working on my CV, using Infographics is a good way of showing skills and experience even if you don’t really have a lot of experience in industry. I think I will toy with this idea as a possible solution to aid the job-seeking process.

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  • Stephane Deslauriers

    I think it is great if you are looking for someone based only on his/her experience and expertise. But if you are looking for a senior/manager person, I would prefer a traditional cv with more emphasis on the true goal, motivation, personality etc. In a nutshell, I don’t think it is the best method to present a human 😉