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There seems to be a commercial market emerging around the idea of automizing the creation of infographics. Toronto based start-up vizualize.me [vizualize.me] is currently developing an online application that can automatically translate any online LinkedIn profile into an online infographic. In particular, the new service aims to overcome the issue of reading overly long or highly complex resumes by showing the same information in a more readable and attractive way. The start-up has been coding the online application only since the last 2 months, and is currently still in private beta.

First peeks behind the beta service show how this can become particularly useful for those that like to change jobs often, have a high amount of skills or know quite a lot of languages (unfortunately, my current own resume is not that compelling). The infographics are automatically generated through logging in with LinkedIn credentials. One can still edit each individual item, change the 'theme', 'colors', 'fonts' or the 'background' image. 'Themes' actually include different visualization techniques, which currently include a horizontal or vertical bar graph slash timeline and a more risky arc diagram-style approach.

While the idea seems certainly useful, one would certainly wish for the availability of more subdued visual styles, in particular for those people who appreciate more classical visual styles when applying for high-end, important jobs. I also foresee some critical comments on the color palette for the 'language' world map.

Notably, Visual.ly is also betting on the future of semi-automized online infographics, as it is currently in the process of launching an online infographics authoring tool.




the irony being that if you are interested in data visualization and want to show this through your resume, you'd probably design your own solution (like @timCost http://www.timcost.com/resume/) rather than use someone else's :)

Tue 30 Aug 2011 at 5:34 PM

These are nice and good sources for ideas for doing it yourself - as jerome sugguest - but I have some real problems with accuracy of some of the designs. If you look at the sample resumes of the founders (available on the homepage) you see overlapping circles for jobs and circles that don't have labels. Even in the graphic above there is one section with three overlapping positions. This is fine for independent consulatants working with multiple clients, but for people who move from one position to the next, the overlap functionality is pretty useless.

Tue 30 Aug 2011 at 9:43 PM

Just checked out the Tim Cost resume - its neat and a great start but pretty limited.
The months at position bar graph is fine and useful if you either have a large number of job changes or different types of contracts that you'd like to distinguish.
The scatter-plot for the skills has more promise but the execution falls short. Why have the circles partially filled? To indicate different skill levels? Isn't that what the vertical axis is for? Good concept - needs some more work I think.

The issue is that there is narrative and nuance in a good CV that data-points can't capture. I'd really like to see a CV that had a good mix of both formats (infographics+narrative)

Tue 30 Aug 2011 at 9:50 PM

I have to agree—this is neat in concept but in reality there's lots more things to the story than are able to fit in such a limited template. What about singular events? Or side interests?

I've had a timeline-style CV for years (http://davidyoon.com/cv.pdf), and I've had to make additions here and there that didn't quite fit the format. It's an interesting exercise nonetheless to try to boil down your life experience into a one-sheet.

Wed 31 Aug 2011 at 3:21 PM

I only took a half-a-second glance at your CV (literally) and I can immediately say I really like the format as a one-page highlight.
Mine is still in the text, bullet-point format with a few tweaks, but it ends up being so dense (10pt and 11pt type for everything except Headers) that it gets mixed reactions.
Link: http://goo.gl/TzTWP

Having a easy-to-access web version is much better. The only problem is the need to make it printable for the stalwarts who have to have a hardcopy.

Thu 01 Sep 2011 at 5:06 PM
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