I have been fascinated with the potential for visual resumes since I first came across them in my early outplacement workshops. They feel like a great fit for those of us in the communication and publishing business. It’s the medium of choice for conveying information. Easy to say, tough to do.
As I gave this further thought, I considered how to do the graphics to convey the critical information. I also wondered if I needed to do an actual video element at all. At the same time, I was giving some thought to using an infographic to communicate the 10 different phases of my career (from grocery clerk working with my grandfather during elementary school to my current freelance business). I was also wondering about the real need for a visual resume — truly considering the pros and cons. For example, would it reveal too much about my age? Or, would it allow me to convey my energy and enthusiasm far better than the dry pages of a resume or LinkedIn profile?
The tipping point for me came around my work on Elance. In this highly competitive environment I felt that a visual resume could give me a boost by talking directly to the person that was making an online project hiring decision. Moreover, about this same time I came across a graphic treatment that would not only help with the potential infographic but also could be used in the visual resume. So that’s what I’ve pulled together.
The key test questions for a visual resume are:
- Concise — try to stay under 90 seconds — mine weighs in at 113 seconds.
- Creative — this medium calls for creativity — that’s why you choose it.
- Classy — everyone is used to watching shows that cost millions to produce — how does your visual resume stand up to that standard?
Having said all that, here’s my first attempt at a visual resume. Let me know what you think.