RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume

Subject: RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume
From: <laura_johnson -at- agilent -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2009 10:57:25 -0600

At the risk of sounding like an HR manager at Old Stodgycon Inc., I have to say I'd be turned off by this format. (I'm a tech writer at present, but I have been a hiring manager many times in the past.) Or let me put it differently ... if the graphic were provided as additional information to supplement a textual, conventional employment history, I might find it interesting (assuming that the applicant passed my initial screening and I was really interested in him). But I wouldn't want to figure out how to read the graphic in order to do the initial screening, and if I had more than a handful of resumes to consider, I'd be inclined to toss this one rather than invest the effort.

A big part of my problem has already been mentioned -- this guy is asking me to decipher a lot of information I don't care about. Energy expenditure? Personal time investment? Why do I care? If he simplified the graphics to focus on things I care about as a prospective employer, I'd like them better. The "daily intake and output" chart is obviously humorous and is simple. I'm actually OK with that one -- I glance at it, I grasp it, I get a chuckle, I move on. But the other two charts require me to expend energy to mentally factor out the info I don't care about in order to grasp the info I do care about, and I get the feeling it's not worth the effort.


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References:
Interesting use of infographics for a resume: From: William Gaffga
RE: Interesting use of infographics for a resume: From: Fred Ridder

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