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Subject:Re: Interesting use of infographics for a resume From:Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com> To:"Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- soleratec -dot- com> Date:Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:54:31 -0500
This thread has been interesting to me because of all the comments people
have made--it gives me a better understanding of how one might go about
creating a better example of what was done.
My questions to the critics
1. Would you say that the creator would have been better off if she or he
had done a simple/basic resume?
2. Do you think he/she has been hired for anything? I.e., do you think the
quality prevented being hired?
3. If all the defects you've mentioned were fixed, would you hire the person
(given an opening) or at least interview her/him?
Personally, I found it hard to read and the email address was a bit
uninformed. But I was impressed by the creativity. So under the right
circumstances, I definitely would have interviewed him/her.
On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 10:36 AM, Leonard C. Porrello <
Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- soleratec -dot- com> wrote:
> I'd have to add to Fred's critique. The concept is very interesting and
> the graphic is eye catching, but I think this iteration ultimately fails
> on several levels. First, the y-axis of employment/academics makes sense
> only if you happen to notice the very small key at the top-left of the
> graph. Unfortunately, the key is lost amid the rest of the activity on
> the graphic. Primary Skill Set has a similar problem. Second, the graphs
> all use mostly the same colors, and the colors have meaning for only one
> of them. The first few times I tried reading the graphic, I thought the
> color key (at the bottom- middle of the page) was suppose to apply to
> all of the graphs, and that was very confusing. Finally, the units of
> measurement (energy expenditure/personal time investment) are mostly
> useless. As a hiring manager, I care about what the applicant can
> actually do, not how much energy they expend doing it. Similarly, I care
> about their objective level of expertise with tools and technology, not
> how good they are at Y relative to Z.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+leonard -dot- porrello=soleratec -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> =soleratec -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- c
> om] On Behalf Of Fred Ridder
> Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2009 7:30 PM
> To: wilg -at- gibbscam -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume
> FWIW, my own inclination is to automatically and irrevocably reject any
> person applying for a position that involves any form of graphic design
> who didn't know enough not to use the lossy JPEG format for presentation
> of content that includes a significant amount of text. This guy's
> portfolio is really hard to read and basically unattractive simply
> because he used the wrong file format.
> Yes, this is a pet peeve of mine, but it is also one of the most
> commonly made errors in web page design. JPEG is for *photographs*,
> dammit, not text or line art.
> -Fred Ridder
kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com
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