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

© 2014
by Hannah Morgan

1st Edition Active, In-Print 240 Pages Paperback / softback
9780071825573 0071825576

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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

Chapter 1: How We Got Where We Are Today

Changes in Hiring, Workforce and Technology

1. The Paper Resume Is Dying

2. Job Boards and Resume Databases Are Morphing

3. The Dreaded Black Hole

4. The Rise of Referrals

5. Employer Candidate Mismatch

6. Communication Mismatch

7. The Gig Economy

8. The Web becomes a tool for the masses

9. Trend Setters Open Doors

10. The Rise of LinkedIn

Power to the People- Look like a rock star

New Thinking

The Many Hats You?ll Wear

Today Is Your Day

Chapter 2: Your Online Portfolio

What Will You Include in Your Portfolio

What to Showcase


Your Bio or Summary


Social Media outlet links

Letters of recommendation

Satisfied customer/client emails

Awards or recognition

Special projects

Volunteer involvement

The Best Portfolio Is One You Own: Claim Your Domain

Buy the URL

Option 1: Create Your Site

Pages for Your Online Portfolio/Website

Option 2: Creative Portfolio Platforms and Communities

Sample Portfolios

Chapter 3: Telling The Story of You

Inventory Your Assets

Personality Traits

Your Technical Skills

Industry Experience



A Framework for Documenting Your Accomplishment

Summing It Up

A System for Explaining

The Pitch

Key Components To Gather

The All Important, Yet Dreaded, Headshot

Bio or Summary

The Summary On Your Resume

Your LinkedIn Summary

Your Bio

Your Value Proposition

Your Resume

Social Media Outlets

Most Popular Social Networks

Claim Your Profiles Across Social Media Outlets

Tools For Hosting and Sharing Files

Media Sharing Networks

Portfolio of Work

Chapter 4: Resumes With Visual Flare

Making the Initial Cut

Does Your Resume Answer These Questions

Test Your Resume

The Most Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Learn From Graphic Designers

Visual Resumes

Putting Your Toe in the Graphic Water

Totally Out of the Box

What Won?t Work

Words of Caution

Chapter 5: Infographic Resumes

Data Visualization


Who Is Using Infographic Resumes?

Infographics Used By Non-Creatives

The Beauty Is In Share-ability

Success Stories

Generating Ideas Is Only Step One

Chapter 6: Professionally Crafted Infographic Resumes

Get A Winning Design

Anyone Can Have An Infographic Resume

No two snowflakes are alike

Chapter 7: Creating Your Own Infographic Resume

Design Basics

Components of Design




Color Combination Tools


Typeface Matters

Art, Illustration & Photography


Rules for Creating Great Infographics

Planning Your Infographic

Gather Ideas From Other Infographics

Chose The Best Infographic Elements

Create Your Own Word Cloud

Stats or Key Facts


QR Code Generator

Tools To Create Infographics

Infographic Resume Applications

Advice To Ponder

Chapter 8: Don?t Overlook LinkedIn

Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into A Portfolio

What Media Can I Add?

Where To Put Embedded Media

What to Showcase

I?ve Got Nothing

LinkedIn Profile Check List




Vanity URL

Other Web References


Work Experience

Embed Media

Skills and Expertise


Certifications, Test Scores, Courses



Honors & Awards, Publications, Patents

Organizations, Volunteering & Causes

Personal Details

Make it Complete

Make It Public

Special Sections for College Students or Recent Graduates

How To Get The Most Out of LinkedIn


Share What You Know In Group Discussions

Follow Companies

Applying for Jobs Through LinkedIn

More Ways to Get More From LinkedIn

Sample LinkedIn Profiles

One Final Word of Caution

Chapter 9: Social Resumes

Who Benefits Most?

How To Set Up Social Resumes

Don?t Be Too Wordy

Choosing the Right Name and Handle

Choosing the Right Photo

Connecting Sites and Content to Your Profile

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

Ways to Share Your Social Resume

Proactively Send It To A Potential Employer

Fringe Benefits

Social Resume Sites

Career Cloud's Social Resume

Claim Your Terrain

Chapter 10: Interactive Resumes and Slideshows

Presentations Rock

How To Get Started

Emulate Great Presenters

Start With A Story Board



Convert to a Presentation

Find and Use Images

Design Elements

Presentation Tools

It's not the tool, it's the content

Super Simple and Slick

Vizify Profile Options

Success Stories

Company Specific Campaigns

Going Viral

Step Up Your Game

Chapter 11: Choose What You Share Online Carefully

Do Recruiters Really Care What You Are Saying Online?

Prominent Social Networks

Independent Adoption of Social Media

Company Adoption of Social Media

Plan What You?ll Talk About On-line

Share Industry News

Share Events or Activities You Participate In

Find and Follow Online Talent Communities, Recruiter and Employer Accounts

What To Avoid Saying Online

Attract Attention With Hashtags

Proactive Targeting

Do The Two-Step

Step One

Step Two

Use The Power Of LinkedIn

Don?t Stop There

How To Share Your Infographic Resume

Name It Wisely

Give Your Infographic Resume a Home

Get a Tumblr Page for Your Career

Share It With Your Network

Share It With People at Target Companies

Post It Everywhere and Often

Create A Pinboard for Your Career Documentation

Instagram Updates

Pulling It All Together

Chapter 12: Numbers Speak

Your First Priority

You Second Priority

Your Third Priority

No Tracking, No Problem

Social Proof Through Measurement

Take Corrective Action Before It's Too Late

Tap Into Objective Resources


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