The prospect of turning a resume into a visually engaging infochart is something that actually strikes my fancy. As straightforward as putting together a resume may be, the hardest part about getting it done, for me at least, is finding the motivation to keep interested in the rather dull process. ResumUP, created by Eugene Barulin, seeks to play on both the highly creative and practical potentials of using the infochart to transform the traditionally black and white format of the resume.
In the same strain as vizualize.me, a Toronto-based service in the same vein, ResumUP fits every important component of a resume into an imaginative timeline. From an employer’s perspective, this form of resume display could very well be seen as unique and impressive, especially because it is not so typically used in the mainstream. Some employers and applicants, of course, may be of the strong opinion that the point of a resume is to be as neutral as possible; that is, to not display any trace of personality that could end up being of detriment to one’s image — particularly within a professional frame.
PiktoChart, an infographic-centered company previously covered by Fueled, has certainly picked up on the feasibility of using this specific form of data visualization within a professional context. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the infographic resume is the ability to completely charge it with personality and depth. It could just be the trick to helping you stand out (in a good way) among a crowd of other qualified applicants.
Whether or not this can be seen as charming or excessively ostentatious is certainly a debate that will prove to be ongoing as resume infographics continue to gain momentum. It is fair to say that for positions in creative fields, like advertising and entertainment, these innovative types of resumes would in all likelihood be praised. Yet one belief has been persistently pervasive among many — less flash, less fluff, and better organization are the key to impressing an employer.