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By Meaghan Marshall, May 27 2017 02:22PM

If you are busy putting together your resume, and have just googled “infographic resume” and scrolled through the image results, you are probably feeling a little intimidated.

There are some amazing eye catching resumes there, and you can easily get overwhelmed imagining your resume landing in a pile with these.

It is a competitive job market and understandably candidates are looking for creative ways to stand out. Let’s take a closer look.

One thing you need to know, is that the infographic format is incompatible with applicant tracking systems. If you think the company will be first scanning your resume with a tracking system then the infographic resume is probably not the way to go.

A common element on the infographic resume is the use of pie charts and bar graphs. Data is good. Providing a potential employer with measurable results is exactly what we need to do. Showing key metrics in an engaging way is a good idea, but turning information on your resume into an image for simply cosmetic reasons isn’t.

An example is using a line or bar graph for your skills. It looks visually interesting, but listing a skill and then highlighting that you are only 50% proficient, is not very persuasive. It isn’t even persuasive to have a 100% bar. Most people are going to colour in their bar to 100%. So, unless the data you provide is actually measurable then it is unlikely to offer any value or be persuasive to a potential employer.

As always, the best way to demonstrate your skills, is to provide hard evidence. A testimonial from a colleague, an award celebrating collaboration, or share a team achievement.

Another pitfall of an infographic resume, is that they are a static document. Unless you are a graphic designer or have good knowledge of design software, once created, the infographic resume is more difficult to update, or even just tweak to target a specific role or company.

There are some advantages of an infographic resume. The obvious, is that for a candidate in a creative field, the infographic resume offers an immediate opportunity to showcase your creativity and design skills.

Another benefit of the infographic resume, is the flexibility in formatting. Modern careers don’t fit neatly into a chorological sequence. Many of us are no longer employed in a traditional way. We might be holding multiple part time jobs, freelancing, or contracting for multiple employers. The way we are employed today doesn’t always fit into a traditional chronological resume. The infographic resume can allow you to visually represent a non-traditional career path.

For most us, the ideal approach is a compromise between the highly visual graphic resume and plain text. Keeping your resume in MS Word, but adding visual elements including charts, graphs, colour, call-out boxes, and breakaway text to increase visual appeal and impact, but also allowing the resume to be updated for each application, and to be guaranteed successful scanning by the APS.

Always keep your focus on quality content. Use examples from your past performance to demonstrate your skills, and where possible always quantify your achievements.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your resume should be integrated with your online profile. You have the opportunity within these tools, LinkedIn, social media, or a personal website, to showcase your creativity and give additional insight to your personality.

If you are in a creative field and using an infographic resume, you should make sure the content of your resume is also strong. Don’t assume the quality of your graphic design will get you over the line. You should still highlight your achievements and target your resume specifically to your desired role.

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Job Search Homework

By Meaghan Marshall, May 8 2017 12:51PM

A quick search on reveals just how many employers are looking for someone that will bring entrepreneurial talent, and it is not just in business development and sales roles. There is a University looking for an ‘experienced Project Manager with an entrepreneurial approach’ a Trade College seeking an ‘innovative educator with entrepreneurial talent’, there is an opportunity for a ‘Compliance Manager with entrepreneurial flair’, and a role for an Entrepreneurial Administration Officer.

Employers realise the benefits of hiring staff with an entrepreneurial spirit. An entrepreneurial mindset describes the way someone approaches life and work; those with an entrepreneurial flair show passion, are optimistic, look for ways to improve, take considered risks, and execute their ideas. Entrepreneurialism leads to innovation.

Having an entrepreneurial mindset is also beneficial for managing your career now and into the future. We all know the days of a job for life are well behind us, the average person will now have approximately ten different jobs before they are 40. The world of work today sees more of us freelancing, in casual or seasonal roles, consulting appointments or contract positions. There is also the issue of underemployment. Having an entrepreneurial mindset will help you navigate your way, help you to find and create opportunities, move across industries, and manage multiple sources of income.

What does it mean to have an entrepreneurial mindset?

Having an entrepreneurial mindset, is different from the traditional view of an entrepreneur who builds a new idea into an enterprise. Rather it refers to a way of thinking.

Someone with an entrepreneurial mindset will:

★ Have energy and passion; they work hard and with intensity.

★ Show commitment to their own continuous improvement; they place value on their personal improvement and development.

★ Be willing to take a risk; they trust their judgment and ability to make a sound decision with consideration to risks.

★ Display curiosity and inquisitiveness; they investigate how the world works, and see things with fresh perspective.

★ Be optimistic and resilient; they will regardless of challenges maintained a positive attitude.

★ Have a strong network; they invest in relationships and seek support when needed.

How to demonstrate you have an entrepreneurial mindset to a potential employer?

If you are applying for a role like the ones described above, then you will need to prove to the potential employer that you have entrepreneurial talent.

Don’t rely on just listing ‘entrepreneurial’ as a skill on your resume. As always, the key it to demonstrating your skills, is to use examples from your past experience. Review the description above of an entrepreneurial mindset; can you think of examples from your past that demonstrate these key qualities and traits?

Have you needed to adapt to changes to your work or industry?

Have you contributed an innovative idea?

What excites you, what is your passion, how have you doggedly pursued your goals?

How have you made sure you keep growing?

What challenges have you overcome? How did you deal with the challenge, and what did you learn?

If you really want to impress a potential employer then take it a step further, do your research, and tell them exactly what you can do for them. Apply your inquisitiveness and vision, dive deeper, and determine a key problem or a specific goal that you can make an impact on.

Having an entrepreneurial mindset will benefit you long into your career, and not just if your goal is to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense. It’s not too late to build your entrepreneurial mindset. Here are some helpful resources:

5 Ways to Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)

How to Cultivate an Entrepreneurial Mindset (External Link)

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