Infographic Resumes – The Advantages – Continued

infographic resume sampleThis is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search. Let’s continue the discussion regarding the advantages of using an infographic resume in your job search.

Insight into Your Thinking and Presentation Skills. One interesting advantage to an infographic resume is it reveals how you present information. It opens the door of insight into how you think and creatively present ideas and concepts. This can be very persuasive if the positions you are pursuing require presentation skills.

Vividly Presents Your Professional Background. Infographic resumes are colorful, high resolution documents. Unlike your LinkedIn profile (which is an online template) and your resume (which has expected and accepted sections), an infographic resume is a blank canvass. It is a platform to creatively present your professional background and accomplishments. You can present yourself in any way you choose using color and graphics.

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Infographic Resumes – The Advantages

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing the considerations and use of an infographic resume as a tool in your job search.

There are advantages, disadvantages, and considerations for using an infographic resume in a job search. Let’s start with some advantages.

Differentiation. Infographic resume is clearly a differentiation tactic. Although the idea of a infographic resume has been around for a while, they are not widely used and therefore seldom seen by hiring executives in most industries. A well-thought, well-prepared, and well-presented infographic resume can make you stand out compared to other job seekers.

A Networking Tool. A infographic resume can be a very impactful networking tool. Instead of, or used in conjunction with, your traditional resume and business cards, an infographic resume can be shared at networking functions.

One unique approach would be selecting your most persuasive achievements and create an infographic “hand bill.” Create a 4×6 infographic hand bill and put it on thicker paper or as a large business card. This is truly unique and seldom seen. It will create conversation.

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Infographic Resumes – Introduction

An infographic resume is a colorful, high resolution document that visually presents your background and accomplishments by using pie charts, bar graphs, time lines, and other graphics  in very creative ways. They can be particularly impactful to display notable achievements, high-level recommendations, patterns of success among other things.

In this multi-part posting, we will discuss the advantages, disadvantages, and considerations of using an infographic resume (and other derivative ideas) in your job search.

The impact of an infographic resume comes from the fact that readers are drawn to colorful images. It grabs their attention which is precisely the differentiation you want in a competitive job market. There’s a tendency to remember things better when they are presented by images.

An infographic resume can, in limited circumstances, replace the traditional resume. This is most often the case in the creative fields like design, marketing, advertising, digital media, and so on.

However, for most, an infographic resume should be used as a supplement or differentiation tactic in conjunction with a traditional resume. Even then, its use is better suited for some positions (sales, for example) than others. With these caveats, an infographic resume can be a persuasive tool in your job search arsenal.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Proactively Market Your Professional Credentials

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search.

Proactively Market Your Professional Credentials.  The mantra here is: Stop looking for a job and start looking for a company you’d like to work for.  Once you identify companies that are (or could be) interesting to you, reach out directly to the likely hiring executive and present your professional credentials.  You will be hunting in the Hidden Job Market.  This technique requires effort, but you will find jobs and job leads that you otherwise would not find.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Get out! And use job alerts.

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search.

Get Out!  Go meet people.  Network face-to-face.  Attend functions.  Attend local industry gatherings.  Consider attending national industry conferences.  This can be a bonanza of networking opportunities.  Don’t curl up in a ball and hide! Instead, get out and meet people.  They’ll help you if they can if you give them the opportunity to do so.

Job Alerts.  If you have not been using job alerts, do so now (Indeed.com, SimplyHired.com, LinkedIn, job boards).  If you have, review them.  Change then.  Add new ones to include other jobs you are interested in and qualified for.  Get a new flow of information on opportunities in the market.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Networking – Focus on New Connections

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search. In the previous postings we have discussed learning something new as a first step followed by critically evaluating your resume, and keeping a positive attitude. Let’s continue the topic by discussing networking.

Networking. You’ve likely networked with your connections as a part of your search.  To re-ignite your networking efforts, start making new connections, especially on LinkedIn.  Focus on new connections that you believe may be able to help or hire you.  For every two new connections (or LinkedIn invitations extended), contact an existing networking contact and bring them up to speed on your job search (or any other relevant topic).  For all new connections, wait a few days, and then communicate with them. Speak with them about their company, their position within their organization, and any leads they may know of.  Going through this process will expand your network and lead to new conversations with new contacts while touching base with your existing network.

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Your Attitude

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search.

Attitude.  Shake off the disappointments of the past.  Get over it and “out of yourself”.  Today is a new day!  Staying in a pity party serves no purpose. Besides, you’re going to change what you’ve been doing to more productive activities.  You have reason to be optimistic!  Things are about to change because you are going to use new strategies to create job search activities.  It will be work, but the results will be different.  But, it all starts with your attitude.  Get positive.  Be positive.  Do what needs to be done (with a smile despite momentary setbacks) and you will begin to experience positive results!

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Critically Evaluate Your Resume

This is the next installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to re-ignite a stagnant job search. In the first post we discussed that learning something new is an important step in reviving a stale job search.  Let’s continue the discussion.

Resume. Critically evaluate your resume.  Does it present “you” persuasively? Be critical and honest with your evaluation. If you wrote your resume yourself, seriously consider contacting a professional resume writer and have it evaluated.  Could improvements in content and formatting be worth the cost to have it re-done?  Having a new resume is a change that can improve your confidence during your search.

Don’t forget, any changes to your resume should also be reflected on your LinkedIn profile, too!

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How to Re-ignite a Stagnant Job Search – Start By Learning Something New

You’re engaged in a job search and things have slowed to a crawl.  You’ve done everything you know and no results.  Don’t panic.  There are practical steps you can take that can re-ignite your job search and get you back on track.

In this multi-part posting we will discuss some practical steps you can take to re-ignite a stale job search.

Learn something new.  This may not sound like a tactic to re-ignite a job search, but it is…..and, it’s a big one.  You need to stimulate your mind with new information.  Identify a professional designation and start the work to achieve it.  If you need to improve your technology skills, now is the time to do it.  Whatever you learn stimulates the mind and when completed, can differentiate you from other job seekers.

Read up on job search techniques. Could you learn something that could open the door to more opportunities?

Many job seekers find renewed energy and a more optimistic outlook on a stale search when they begin learning new things.  You feel better knowing you are doing something to move your job search forward.

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Starting Your Job Search – Getting Off to a Successful Start – Job Alerts – Conclusion

This is the last installment of a multi-part posting discussing how to start a job search. Previous posts have discussed your emotions when starting a job search, getting organized, creating a short list of target employers and networking contacts, and updating your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Create job alerts. Use websites like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com. You can choose to be alerted about titles, locations, specific companies (your short list), and so on. Set up alerts on LinkedIn too. Companies (and recruiters) post jobs on LinkedIn and you can receive notifications when they do. Are there any industry-specific or niche job boards you could search? Get a sense of the job market, and start the flow of opportunities you are looking for. If a position pops up, and you’re interested, do not apply for it through the website! Research the likely hiring executive(s) and contact them directly.

Starting a job search can easily be overwhelming, especially if you didn’t expect to become unemployed or need to find a new job. If you follow the steps outlined in these series of posts on Starting Your Job Search, you will be able to successfully launch your job search and reduce any feelings of anxiety.

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