The design of the infographic resume should be innovative and creative. This is something that is a bit risky and there are no rules. The only thing you have to remember is that this is still a resume and its number one objective is to display information.
If you are not in a creative industry, you can still benefit from the moderate use of a few infographics such as charts or graphs. This is a much safer approach.
Enhance your sections’ heading with color and use creative icons to bring character to the resume. Depending on the impression you want to make, you can use a bold and impressive color palette or a monochromatic one.
Use backgrounds for the header and the rest of the resume, but make sure that the texts are easy to read. The background must convey a message or be part of the overall concept of the resume.
You can get creative with your header font, but use a simple and readable one for the rest.
Do not use more than 2-3 different fonts. You can use one font for the headings and another for the rest of the content.
The choice of font will depend on the industry. For example, the tech industry prefers sleek and minimalist sans-serif fonts. More traditional industry recruiters would appreciate fonts such as Ariel and even Times New Roman. Take a look at other resume examples in your industry, and even at corporate websites and documents.
The font size should be 11-12 but not less than 10 and the headings should be between 14 and 18.
Choose a layout that will make your resume easy to read. You can be creative and use infographics, but try to keep the usual arrangement of the sections. There is a reason why resumes do not start with the Interests section, for example.
The truth is that the recruiter will spend just a few seconds to decide if you are a good candidate before he or she moves to the next resume. For this reason, the Summary section, which is a condensed version of the whole document, is one of the most important ones.
Professional HRs agree that the most important information should be in the first one-third of the document.
The Header is where everything starts. You have to include your name, address, phone number, email, and social media accounts there. On an infographic resume, you could use a background image for the header that is either typical for the industry or says something specific about you. To achieve better readability, you can use filters and mute the colors of the header image. You can also use highlight color for the text to make it more readable.
Make a statement with your name using a font size of 14-20. Add honorifics if you have such.
Use professional email. Preferably a modern free service such as Gmail. If you are still in university or a fresh graduate, you can use your university email if you think it will add prestige. A professional email should look like this:
For Gmail, the “.” does not matter. You can write the email with or without it, and you will still receive messages. You own all the dotted versions of your email.
The dots matter if you use Gmail through work, school, or other organizations (like yourdomain.com or yourschool.edu).
If you have your own website/domain and strictly on a case by case basis:
The header is the place where you can link to your social media accounts, such as LinkedIn.
You can also add a headline. The headline is a short phrase or sentence that introduces you to the recruiter.
Next is the Summary section. Turn this into a mini version of your resume. List skills, achievements, and other important information. Summarize everything in 2-3 sentences that will make the recruiter read further. Ask yourself why this company would hire you. Then write the answer in the Summary section.
If you lack experience, and you are still acquiring skills, then you can add an Objectives section instead of a Summary. This is the place where you explain your motivation and your goals related to your future job.
The heart of the resume is the Work Experience section. List your job experience in reverse-chronological order, adding information such as position, location, period, name, and a brief overview of the organization.
Use bullet points or icons and emphasize achievements while making clear what the scope of the job was.
The Education section comes next. List your latest degree first and add the rest in the same reverse-chronological manner as you did in the Job Experience section. Do not add your high school unless it is relevant to the position.
The next two are the Achievements and Skills sections. Here you can use some appealing icons to emphasize the content. List your achievements and skills using keywords and short phrases.
What about Additional sections? With this type of resume template, you can add Languages, Interests, Hobbies, Projects, Certificates, Courses, etc., and represent these graphically in a creative manner.