And here it is, version 22.214.171.124.1.4 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.