In David McCandless’ fantastic TedTalk he says that “by visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful.” Employers these days receive hundreds of resumes. One way to standout from the ever-competitive job market is to present yourself in a way that engages others visually. This allows you to separate from the pack and present your skill set that employers can “explore with their eyes” (McCandless). The advent of various social media networks allows you to do this for free! Using the tools listed below you can show visual information about you that “tells a story and teases out unseen patterns and connections” (McCandless) that an employer might miss in a text heavy resume/cover letter.
David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/david_mccandless_the_beauty_of_data_visualization.html
Create a resume infographic with re.vu
*Update 4/9/17: Unfortunately re.vu has shut down. On their website they recommend using Impress.ly.
- Area for short bio
- Timeline visual for past work experience
- Include links to linkein, twitter, etc
- Ability to make visual statistics (pie chart, concept maps)
Create a digital portfolio with Wix
- Choose from a variety of different templates
- Create a different tab for each subject/specialty
Create an about.me Page
- Link it to your wordpress blog and other social networks
- Option to include your blog feed