The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job

The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job

by Hannah Morgan


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The Infographic Resume: How to Create a Visual Portfolio that Showcases Your Skills and Lands the Job by Hannah Morgan

The STANDOUT guide to creating a stunning resume

Applying for a job used to require two pieces of paper: a resume and an application. Times have changed.

Infographic resumes are in, and they’re not just for designers. Free online tools are popping up every day to help anyone create a dynamic, visual resume—adding panache without sacrificing substance for style.

The Infographic Resume provides essential tips and ideas for how to create visual resumes and portfolios that will make you stand out from the crowd. Richly illustrated in full color and including lots of inspiring examples, the book will teach you how to:

  • Create a powerful digital presence and develop the right digital content for your goals
  • Build your self-brand and manage your online reputation
  • Showcase your best work online
  • Grab a hiring manager’s attention in seconds

Packed with dynamic infographics, visual resumes, and other creative digital portfolios, The Infographic Resume reveals the most effective tools, eye-catching strategies, and best practices to position yourself for any job in any kind of business.

“In today’s free-agent economy, The Infographic Resume is a must for anyone looking to stand out among the competition.”
— Sharlyn Lauby, president of ITM Group, Inc.

“If you’re on the market, you need to read this book and follow its guidance immediately.”
— Alexandra Levit , author of Blind Spots

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071825573
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2014
Edition description: List
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,224,397
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

HANNAH MORGAN is a career and social media strategist and owner of Career A nationally recognized speaker and author on proactive job search techniques, she and her work have been featured in the Huffington Post, USA Today, and U.S. News & World Report, and on Lifehacker, BlogHer, and Business Insider.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Chapter 1 How We Got Where We Are Today 1

Changes in Hiring, Workforce, and Technology 2

1 The Death of the Paper Resume 2

2 The Morphing of Job Boards and Resume Databases 3

3 The Dreaded Black Hole 4

4 The Rise of Referrals 4

5 Employer-Candidate Mismatch 5

6 Communication Mismatch 5

7 The Gig Economy 6

8 The Web as a Tool for the Masses 7

9 Trend Setters as Trailblazers 7

10 The Rise of Linkedln 9

Power to the People?Look Like a Rock Star 10

New Thinking 10

The Many Hats You'll Wear 10

Your Strategy for Success 11

Chapter 2 Your Online Portfolio 13

What Will You Include in Your Portfolio? 15

What to Showcase 16

Samples of Work 16

Headshot 18

Your Bio or Summary 19

Resume 19

Social Media Outlet Links 19

Letters of Recommendation 19

Satisfied Customer and Client E-mails 19

Awards or Recognition 20

Special Projects 20

Volunteer Involvement 20

The Best Portfolio Is One You Own: Claim Your Domain 20

Buy the URL 21

Option 1 Create Your Site 21

Pages for Your Online Portfolio or Website 22

Option 2 Use Creative Portfolio Platforms and Communities 24

Behance ( 24

Carbonmade ( 24

DeviantArt ( 24

Dribbble ( 25

GitHub ( 25

Sample Portfolios 25

Chapter 3 Telling the Story of You 29

Inventory Your Assets 30

Personality Traits 31

Your Technical Skills 32

Industry Experience 33

Projects 33

Accomplishments 33

A Framework for Documenting Your Accomplishment 34

Summing It Up 35

A System for Explaining 35

The Pitch 37

Key Components to Gather 38

Headshot 39

Bio or Summary 40

Resume 42

Social Media Outlet Links 42

Social Media Outlets 43

Most Popular Social Networks 43

Claim Your Profiles Across Social Media Outlets 44

Tools for Hosting and Sharing Files 45

Portfolio of Work 46

Consistency 46

Chapter 4 Resumes with Visual Flair 49

Making the Initial Cut 50

Does Your Resume Answer These Questions? 54

Test Your Resume 54

The Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid 55

Learn from Graphic Designers 56

Visual Resumes 56

Putting Your Toe in the Graphic Water 64

Totally Out of the Box 66

What Won't Work 68

Words of Caution 69

Chapter 5 Infographic Resumes 71

Data Visualization 72

Proof 73

Who Is Using Infographic Resume? 75

Infographics Used by Noncreatives 75

The Beauty Is in Shareability 108

Success Stories 108

Generating Ideas Is Only Step One 110

Chapter 6 Professionally Crafted Infographic Resumes 111

Get a Winning Design 112

Anyone Can Have an Infographic Resume 114

No Two Snowflakes Are Alike 122

Chapter 7 Creating Your Own Infographic Resume 123

Design Basics 124

Components of Design 124

Color Makes an Impact 125

Color-Combination Tools 126

Typography 127

Art, Illustration, and Photography 128

Texture 129

Rules for Creating Great Infographics 129

Planning Your Infographic 129

Gather Ideas from Other Infographics 130

Choose the Best Infographic Elements 130

Tools to Create Infographics 135

Infographic Resume Applications 136

Advice to Ponder 142

Chapter 8 Don't Overlook LinkedIn 143

Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into a Portfolio 144

What Media Can I Add? 145

Where to Put Embedded Media 146

What to Showcase 146

I've Got Nothing 147

LinkedIn Profile Checklist 147

Headline 148

Photo 148

E-mail 148

Vanity URL 148

Other Web References 148

Summary 149

Work Experience 149

Embed Media 149

Skills and Endorsements 149

Education 149

Certifications, Test Scores, and Courses 149

Projects 150

Recommendations 150

Honors and Awards, Publications, and Patents 150

Organizations, Volunteering, and Causes 150

Personal Details 150

Make It Complete 150

Make It Public 151

Special Sections for College Students and Recent Graduates 151

How to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn 151

Endorsements 151

Share What You Know in Group Descussions 152

Follow Companies 152

Applying for Jobs Through LinkedIn 152

More Ways to Get More from LinkedIn 153

Keep Up with Industry News 153

Who's Influencing You 153

Connect with People 153

Keep in Touch 154

Write Recommendations 154

Reconsider How You Use LinkedIn 154

Sample LinkedIn Profiles 154

One Final Word of Caution: There Are Few Absolutes 156

Chapter 9 Social Resumes 157

Who Benefits Most? 159

How to Set Up Social Resumes 159

Don't Be Too Wordy 160

Choosing the Right Name and Handle 160

Choosing the Right Photo 160

Connecting Sites and Content Your Profile 161

Link or Post Your Social Resume to Your Website or Online Portfolio 161

Ways to Share Your Social Resume 162

Proactively Send It to a Potential Employer 163

Fringe Benefits 163

Social Resume Sites 164 164 166 168

Career Cloud's Social Resume 169

Claim Your Terrain 170

Chapter 10 Interactive Resumes and Slide Shows 171

Presentations Rock 172

How to Get Started 172

Emulate Great Presenters 175

Start with a Storyboard 176

Find and Use Images 177

Design Elements 178

Presentation Tools 179

It's Not the Tool; It's the Content 180

Success Stories 180

Company-Specific Compaigns 180

Going Viral 181

Step Up Your Game 182

Chapter 11 Choose What You Share Online Carefully 183

Do Recruiters Really Care What You Are Saying Online? 184

Prominent Social Networks 186

Independent Adoption of Social Media 186

Company Adoption of Social Media 187

Plan What You'll Talk About Online 187

Share Industry News 188

Share Events or Activities You Participate In 188

Find and Follow Online Talent Communities 189

What to Avoid Saying Online 189

Attract Attention with Hashtags 190

Proactive Targeting 191

Do the Two-Step 193

Step One 193

Ste Two 193

Use the Power of LinkedIn 194

Don't Stop There 194

How to Share Your Infographic Resume 195

Name It Wisely 195

Give Your Infographic Resume a Home 195

Get a Tumblr Page for Your Career 196

Share It with Your Network 196

Share It with People at Target Companies 196

Post It Everywhere and Often 197

Create a Pinboard for Your Career Documentation 197

Instagram Updates 198

Pulling It All Together 199

Chapter 12 Numbers Speak 201

Yours First Priority 202

Your Second Priority 202

Your Third Priority?Monitor How Many Views You Get 203

No Tracking, No Problem 204

Social Proof Through Measurement 204

Take Corrective Action Before It's Too Late 205

Tap into Objective Resources 205

Your Campaign Never Truly Ends 206

Conclusion 207

The Quest for Talent 208

Reach Out and Stand Out 209

Create and Innovate 209

Proactively Manage Your Career 209

Hiring Is Ultimately About Likability 210

Look Outside Your Industry for Trends and Ideas 210

Maximize Tools to Simplify the Work 210

Diversify Your Marketing Materials 211

Images Are Powerful 211

Your Real-Time Resume Is on the Web 211

Build the Right Digital Dirt 212

Final Checklist 212

Stay Connected and Informed 213

Notes 215

Figure Credits 219

Index 221

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