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Infographic CV #3

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My infographic CV

And here it is, version 7.1.9.3.1.4  of my CV/Résumé.  The design brief was as follows

1. Grab attention within those crucial first five seconds and get into the ‘worth a closer look’ pile.

2. Demonstrate the fact that lurking behind all the commercial experience is creative person who has also done a fair share of project management, and who really would like to do more with those skills

3. Demonstrate that I’m analytical. I mean, I’d like to think that it comes across that I have thought this thing through a little bit.

4. Demonstrate quite graphically that two companies have had me back (so to speak), this hopefully says something about me.  I have discovered that it is something that doesn’t always get picked up on in standard wordy format CV.

I really wanted to leave the CV at one page, as in my eyes all the key information is there.  However, after putting this version under the noses of a very carefully selected focus group (i.e. my closest friends), I realised that the infographic portrayal of information isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and it would appear that not everyone likes visuals like I do to explain a concept. But I love infographics and how they are used to communicate big data. Not that my CV is big data of course, but when looking for a way of communicating clearly the breadth of my experience, my creative side and my analytical skills it just seemed like a good way of getting that information across in a clear and succinct manner.  That said, I did relent and do a second page which pads out the info contained in page one.  

There were a few design issues that I came across when doing this.  

1) It was impossible to put the boxes in an order where the lines to the timeline didn’t cross.  I tried to keep the crossing to a minimum so as not to confuse the eye.

2) I had a bit of a dilemma about the order of the boxes.  I wouldn’t normally put an older work experience first, but in this case I wanted to highlight the product/project management experience I had for a particular job I was going for.  I can adapt the order if necessary for other job applications.

3) The amount of colours.  I appreciate there are quite a few.  I agonised over colour psychology, corporate colours, thought about making it tonal, wondered if it was better to use warm colours to highlight the most important jobs, the list goes on as analysis paralysis takes hold.  In the end I decided .. ‘what the heck??  This is MY CV, my branding.  I’m colourful, bright, and energetic and anything else just wouldn’t be me!!’

So there you have it.

 

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Infographic CV #2

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First drafts for the second version of my Infographic CV/résumé.  Once again done on the Paper app. Time to knuckle down and get working on the finished piece..

If you’re hiring and you need a bilingual (English/Spanish), bloody hard working, creative, commercial, energetic, sporty, analytical person with sales, marketing, product and project management skills who just pitches in and gets stuff done…. then just holler OK!!!.

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Infographic CV #1

Verity's creative CV #1

“If you don’t like what’s being said,  then change the conversation”  or so said Don Draper to Peggy Olsen in Mad Men.

So I have done just that.

Frustrated that future employers only see my commercial side on my resumé and focus on the fact that I have changed jobs a few times.  I decided to change the conversation and show in a very visual way my creative side, the side that never gets seen on my standard résumé, and the side I would most like to tap into in any future employment.

I did all the original drawings on the brilliant “Paper” app on my iPad, and then worked on them in Illustrator.  The design has gone through several incarnations now.  This is the original.