The Do’s and Don’ts of an Infographic Resume

Graphical resumes with graphs, charts, and other design elements are very popular on the internet. They can look appealing against your simple, wordy CV. Thinking of creating an infographic resume to stand out? It’s better to know some ground rules before diving into creating one.

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1. Choose a minimalist design

You may want your resume to be notable, but your resume is a professional document and it shouldn’t distract you with too much going on. For example, stuffing your resume with too many design elements or complicated diagrams won’t help your job potential.

Use a clean design with a few simple graphic elements and limit the use of one or two complementary colors. Remember, the content of your resume is the key to your next job, not the design itself.

Choosing a minimalist design does not mean leaving out details. An infographic resume is still a self-marketing document, and you must include the necessary information such as work experience, skills, education, and professional headshots.

2. Structured

While your infographic resume is full of design elements, it’s still important to have a line of logic in your resume. Placing things clutteredly all over the page is a big no-no. For example, you should put your contact details and summary at the top, then your work experience and skills. Your resume will look very awkward if you change this order.


If you’re unsure, follow the same structure as your traditional resume.

3. Concise

You may have mile-long accomplishments and several interests, but you need to be picky about choosing the right things to highlight on your resume. The job description you’re applying for is the best place to start. Then, based on the job requirements, you can select the appropriate experience and skills to include in your resume.

Ideally, your infographic resume should have only one page. However, if you can’t capture all the important details on one page, add another, but keep your upper bound.

4. Show off your skills

One of the main benefits of an infographic resume over a traditional resume is that you can stand out from the crowd with a one-of-a-kind CV. Your hiring manager will remember your unique resume among hundreds of others. So use that to your advantage by showing off all your relevant skills. Along with your technical skills, don’t forget to add your transferable skills.

Add visually appealing elements like bar charts and graphs to emphasize your skills.

5. Use it for your portfolio

An infographic resume is one of the best alternative formats for showcasing your work experience, skill set, and design skills. If you’re in creative or marketing, an infographic resume can be perfect as a portfolio to showcase your design sense or sales data.

An infographic resume is also visually appealing on your website and LinkedIn page.

6. Add your contact details

Your infographic resume is also your portfolio, and you need your contact details and social media links for people to reach you. Place them where you can easily see them. Use icons and logos to get attention.


1. Going too far with colors and fonts

When it comes to colors on your resume, flair is the way to go. Neon green and pink may be your favorite colors, but they have no place on your resume. You can personalize your infographic resume only within reason. So stick with grays, blues, and greens. Also, if you are adding more than one color, be careful to choose colors that complement each other.

The same rule applies to your fonts. Along with choosing a pleasing color, use an appropriate font. You can still choose a nice font other than Arial and Time New Roman, but don’t make it too ornate or cartoonish.

2. Make it your only continuation

Have you applied for many jobs, waited for days and didn’t see any message from the recruiter? You may feel as though you’ve sent your resume into thin air. But rest assured, there are readers. It’s just, it might not be an HR recruiter — the ATS might have read it. Many companies and recruiters rely on ATS or Candidate Tracking Systems to select potential candidates.

ATS is a file collection, organization, and archiving software for recruiters. It saves time and makes it easy for recruiters to find the right candidate among thousands of resumes. If you don’t highlight your relevant skill set and experience with the right keywords, ATS won’t consider you the best fit for the job.

The problem with your infographic resume is that the ATS won’t be able to read it. The bottom line is that using an infographic resume can sometimes cost you that job opportunity. It would be wise to have a traditional resume on hand. If your application is online, where you fill out all the details, it will most likely go to ATS. Your best bet is to apply with your traditional resume in that case.

Also, not all hiring managers are open to an infographic resume — some traditional recruiters might see it as an unprofessional document. So you should keep your usual resume. However, include your resume alongside your traditional resume so employers have options.

3. Try the DIY Route (Unless You’re a Designer)

Preparing a graphic resume from scratch takes skill and expertise. You should know special software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. It’s not easy to get a professional resume if you’re not a designer.

With so many online resume templates, creating a stunning infographic resume is quick, easy, and fun. You don’t need any special skills or spend hours designing your resume. Just find a template you like and personalize it.

Impress recruiters with your graphic resume

Having an infographic resume is a creative way to showcase your skills and experience. The graphic elements on an infographic resume look much better than the bullet points on your traditional resume. As a result, it catches your employer’s eye better than your lengthy resume.

However, not all infographic resumes are created equal. So, follow our rules and tips, and your resume is sure to impress recruiters.

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