Anybody out there got a good eye for design, as well as for analysis? If so, you might want to consider jumping into the growing field of infographics, since I see more and more signs that this occupation, which specializes in the visual representation of facts and data, is going to be a hot profession in the years to come!
On that note, I recently had a client alert me about an interesting new website called Visualize.me (currently in beta testing stage) that allows you to import your resume, or alternatively, your LinkedIn profile, and have your professional background and credentials transformed instantly into a flashy, colorful infographic! It’s a pretty cool technology and if you visit the site, you can view several demos of peoples’ resumes who have done this — or you can feel free to click here if you want to see my own preliminary version, even though I haven’t taken the time to edit or fine-tune it in any way since the initial “raw” import from my LinkedIn profile.
Once you get your document uploaded, you can then edit each of the sections in detail, if needed, or select from a variety of display options and themes to give your info-resume the exact look desired. There’s even a “dashboard’ feature where you can track how many people have viewed your on-line presentation, should you start spreading the word about it to people. In order to unlock that feature, though, you have to steer at least five other people to Visualize.me and have them sign up — which is a pain — but you can at least see what’s possible, and what statistics would be tracked, if you click on the “dashboard’ button and peer behind the floating message box that comes up.
The usefulness of this new tool, and others like it, in a practical sense? It’s hard to say right now. While everybody agrees that there surely must be a “better mousetrap” out there we can all shift to one day, beyond the traditional paper resume, I’m not sure if these kinds of infographic resumes will catch on, whether video resumes will rule the day, whether LinkedIn profiles will become the de facto standard, or something else entirely will come along. So for now, I’m showcasing this website more for the “coolness” factor than anything else, but it’s worth a look — and kind of fun to see what all of your experience looks like, once expert infographers have their way with it!
Let me know your thoughts, if you decide to check it out…
P.S. Want to see some other infographic resumes, besides the ones created by this website? Click here!