Infographic resumes have become popular over the past few years.
And it isn’t surprising why—they are an excellent way to grab an HR manager’s attention and get job seekers the interviews they deserve
So, what is an infographic? It is a graphic that combines images, icons, illustrations, graphs, charts, and text to share a large amount of information within a limited space.
You can already see how an infographic lends itself to building a resume—infographics can share your qualifications and interests in succinct ways, without taking up too much space.
A key aspect of infographic resumes is that you have a lot more flexibility in terms of layouts.
Not only do most infographic makers offer a variety of templates but you can also customize them according to your specific needs and interests.
We outline how you can create an infographic resume below whether or not you are using a template.
Infographic Resume Essentials
No matter which role you are applying for, your infographic resume will need to include these essential elements:
- Your Name.
- Job Role.
- Work Experience.
- Contact details.
- Website/ portfolio.
- Social Media links.
While including these elements in your resume is important, you also need to be aware of one other thing—tailoring your resume for your job.
The last thing you want to do is to create a stunning infographic resume when applying for a content writer role, only to send the resume with ‘Graphic Designer’ emblazoned on top.
This is particularly important in North America where the standard practice is to send a different resume for every single job application.
It can be difficult to keep this in mind when sending our 10-15 applications a day, but to make a great impression on your future employer, making a few small edits should be a priority.
You also have the option of including some of these other elements:
- Short bio.
- Interests and Hobbies.
It is important to get these basics out of the way when creating your infographic resume so you can then focus on making it look good.
If you wanted to keep your resume text-only, you would have made a traditional resume in a Word doc.
The reasoning behind making an infographic resume is to include imagery and graphics—elements that will make your resume stand out from the pile sitting on HR’s desk.
There are a number of different graphical elements you can use to make your infographic resume not just attractive, but also to get information across succinctly.
Most infographic resume templates give you the option to add a photograph of yourself. Ensure that it is professional but speaks to your personality.
You can also use charts, graphs, or Venn diagrams—these are a great way to show off your qualifications without having to write an entire paragraph about it.
Icons are another great graphical element because they draw the eye and convey a great deal of information in one glance. You can use icons to illustrate your skills, or as bullet points.
Another way to incorporate icons in your resume is to use them as graphical dividers—icons can be used to denote a new section such as education or skills.
You can also add a patterned border that will make your resume stand out better. But make sure it isn’t too busy or it will distract from the details of your resume, instead of enhancing it.
Color Use in Infographic Resumes
Traditional resumes tend to be black and white but infographic resumes can be resplendent in color.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you use every color available to you—a limited number of colors can have a bigger impact. 2-4 colors are more than enough for your infographic resume.
Though you may be tempted to use a different color for each segment of your resume—one for education, one for work experience, one for contact details, and so on—this is not wise.
Too many colors will make your resume look too busy—worse, it can come across as unprofessional, almost amateurish.
Make a good impression as a company’s professional future employee by paring back the colors you use in your resume.
And this goes for the palette you use—you may think that using different hues within the same palette isn’t the same as different colors, but the effect is the same.
Also, avoid the overuse of bright colors—one bright color to highlight points in your resume is fine, but for the most part, use a muted color palette.
This helps with legibility, which is the main goal of your infographic resume.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the blue color palette has become incredibly popular over the past few years so you can create a blue-hued resume to engage with your future employer.
When using a border for your resume, try matching the color of your text with your border color to create a more symmetrical look.
The same goes for header colors—the color scheme you use in your resume header should inform the colors you use in the rest of the resume.
Avoid using colors in the background of your resume, as that could affect readability, though a very muted color could work with darker fonts.
Choosing the Right Fonts
Like colors, fonts have a major impact on the readability of your infographic resume. It is imperative that you use fonts that are professional, and can be read easily.
A font may speak to your soul, but it needs to be able to convey to your future employer why you are the right person for their organization.
The best way to do this is by limiting yourself to a maximum of three resume fonts.
You can use one font for your heading, one for your subheadings and section headings, and one for your body copy.
You have the choice of only using two fonts—your subheadings and body copy could employ the same font. You can distinguish the two by changing the size or weight.
Also, remember to keep enough white space around your text to make it more legible.
Choosing the right fonts can be a difficult task—it is best to keep some time aside for this part of the process.
There are a large number of fonts that you can choose from, but there are some that you can immediately ignore—stylized italic fonts are hard to read so you can avoid using them.
Sans serif fonts and minimalist fonts are easier for humans and machines to scan over—which makes them an ideal choice for an infographic resume.
Personalizing Your Infographic Resume
We have mentioned the importance of tailoring your infographic resume for each role that you apply for.
But it is also important to add a personal touch to your infographic resume. This will help to make your resume uniquely your own and will make you stand out from the other resumes.
One of the ways to personalize your resume is to create a unique but simple logo.
This is an element that adds personality to your infographic resume—your resume’s logo design needn’t be elaborate but it should be memorable.
You can use a logo maker to create one or make one yourself by adding icons together. You can also use a stylized font and make a logo of your initials.
Making a logo does not have to be a difficult task—something simple can be far more impactful than an intricate design.
The point of adding a logo to your resume is to stamp your personal brand on it—just like businesses, individuals also need to have brand awareness.
A personal brand gives your resume and other aspects of your professional profile—such as your website, portfolio, and social presence—a cohesive look and feel.
An infographic resume is a great way to share your qualifications with a prospective employer because it brings together multiple elements to make your resume attractive and informative.
You should still have a traditional resume alongside your infographic resume.
This means double the work but many companies use software that can’t properly read infographic resumes yet, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
When you are creating your infographic resume, remember to include essential elements like the job role you are applying for, your skills, and your contact details.
Include graphics like icons and images to make the resume more attractive.
Choose colors wisely—no more than four are required. The same goes for fonts—2-3 maximum or your resume will look too busy.
Finally, make your infographic resume personal—create a simple but memorable logo that will make your resume stand out more.
Using this guide, you can create a stunning and powerful infographic resume that will help you get the job you have been searching for.