Taking a Resume Risk

5 Apr

With my diversity of experience, I’m unlikely to be hired by anyone with the “I want a zombie who has done THIS JOB for at least 5 years already” mentality. So I have decided not to worry about autobot recruiters, beyond ensuring that I’m using the right keywords in both my resume and cover letter.

Optimizing for what I do excel at – flexible, accurate, brief and impactful information presentation – ought to win me a few points on the job market playing field.

My new, improved resume starts with an info-graphic – in this case, a fancy chart.

Torrey's resume infographicThe on left hand side and across the top are the sweet spots found in eyeball-tracking usability studies. So that’s where the juiciest data lives: experience keywords, years of experience, and companies worked for.

I’ll admit – it took some effort to get right. The first iteration of the chart didn’t include a key. After some usability testing (“hey, tell me what you think this means?”) I found out that it needed both color and a key. Since I’ve added that, the response has been immediately positive.

Sure, it’s a risk to have a resume that steps outside the norm. But I’m already outside the norm – the greatest risk I can take is to not be me.

Disagree? Suggestions? I’m all ears.

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2 Responses to “Taking a Resume Risk”

  1. Sherry April 5, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I think it’s a very interesting approach. I’m always hearing that employers want to get a quick, easy idea about skills, and this seems to do it pretty well. I’m not sure what the (hotels) part means, but it looks good otherwise.

  2. Allyn April 5, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I think that’s a very clever way of putting across experience in a very understandable way.

    The graphic shows that some thought, effort, and creativity were expended. I used to read lots of resumes, and after a while they became, well, mind-numbing because they were all the same. (Also, I developed an allergy to the typeface Garamond, but that’s a tale for another time.)

    Yes, I would give a resume with a graphic like that some additional karma points were it to cross my desk.

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