Sunday, July 31, 2011

Would You Hire me?

My husband and I disagree.

One of my goals this summer was to update my resume/CV - I'm not looking for another job or anything, but it seems like more and more of the grants I look at require an updated copy, and I'm woefully behind at adding stuff to mine.  So, as summer quickly draws to a close, (and I realize just how many of the things on my summer to-do list AREN'T going to get crossed off), I decided it was time to tackle this project.

The problem is, resumes are boring. 

Seriously, I could barely stay awake, never mind remain energized as I dusted the cobwebs off mine.  What a snoozefest.  The more I tried to bullet point the highlights of my professional life, the more I thought this would be a lot more fun as an infographic - which leads me to my husband, who is the director of career services for a nearby college: in essence a guy who spends much of his life critiquing resumes and helping people put their best foot forward when looking for a job.

Me:  "I'm thinking of making my CV into an infographic."
Hubs:  "It's a fad, don't do it."
Me:  "But... I think people in the library field might be open to it."
Hubs:  "It's a fad, don't do it."
Me:  "But..."

You get the picture.

In the end, though, I just couldn't shake the feeling that if we could use infographics to teach people about our services or convince others that we are relevant, surely this tool could be use to sell, well... ourselves too! And I'm not the only one who thinks so.  In tackling this project, I found lots of other infographic resumes out there - but nearly all of them were for a) graphic artists or b) web designers. (If you know of other librarian resumes that are done this way, please share!)

So, anyway, here it is.  My stubborn attempt to visually convey my professional journey thus far.  Keep in mind, this is really just a first draft - in the words of Lisa Yee, no proofreaders were harmed in the creation of this document. Also, for obvious reasons, I think, I deleted some personal information and left my reference place holders blank for this version.  However, I'm at a point where I'm just looking for feedback - what would you think if a resume like this came across your desk?  Would you see it as innovative and creative?  Or would you round file it for being silly or for seeming like a less than serious attempt?


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PS: It's okay to be honest. You won't hurt my feelings. And if you do, I bounce back quickly. :)

20 comments:

  1. This would definitely grap potential employers! It showcases your accomplishments, skills, and vision all in one! Cynthia

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  2. Jennifer, This is so inspiring! I'm a wannabe school librarian -- it'll be a second (or third depending on what you count)career for me. I have a background in graphic design and a visual delivery is key to me in any work that I do. Needless to say, I love this! My two favorite parts are the timeline and the presentations. I will be interested in seeing what other less visual readers have to say about whether they find this straightforward or confusing. The short of it from me: Great work! :)

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  3. Wow Jennifer. You are on a roll! I LOVE this.

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  4. Excellent! Like the other comments before me, your infographic CV rocks!!!

    By the way, I have your blog in my google reader feed and your link to from slideshare didn't work. Just an observation.

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  5. Very impressive! Great color scheme and design. Only one small thing: the font "IMPACT" doesn't work too well vertically. You might try Myriad Pro (semi-bold condensed) or a script for parts of the resume. At any rate, excellent first draft!!

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  6. I LOVE it! That said, though, I guess I would still do an "old fashioned" text version to satisfy those folks out there who would say they couldn't read your attachment or access a link.

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  7. Wow - very impressive! Just keep in mind that you need to have a traditional CV, too, especially for grant applications. (Some of those funders don't really/yet understand new technologies.)

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  8. Unlike most of the people I teach (and perhaps most of the people in America -- I've always had a contrarian streak), I am not a visual learner or reader. Frankly, graphic novels and your CV give me a headache. I did get the sense that you are very accomplished, etc., but I would not get beyond a very brief look at this before I tossed it. Please, please please create a text version for the visually illiterate people like me.

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  9. I wonder how it would be received? Might get you in, and have an interview. Sure think it would be fun to play with...perhaps with a FLIP button that turns everything into a formal one pager. hmmmm. Thanks for the great ideas this week!

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  10. Pgoerner - great idea about the FLIP button. It could ask next to the link/button, "Click here for visual CV" and "Click here for text CV" or something like that. That's be very cool!

    Jennifer, I love it!! It would totally set you apart and get your resume to the top of the list! I've always tried to be unique too. But I think it all depends on the audience & who you would be applying to work with. Keep both on hand. :)

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  11. Also, wanted to let you know that my husband, who is a non-library, non-education person in business) thinks this rocks! I just asked his opinion and he said he wants his next resume to look like this!
    So, there's another opinion for ya!

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  12. Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your feedback -- which leads me to believe that having one of each type of CV is the best option. I'm so grateful to each of you for commenting and for sharing this journey with me!

    PS: So sorry for the headache, Deven!

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  13. I have been ruminating over a visually wonderful CV as well - or even an interactive one as I also find the whole listing of achievements painful and I don't think it does justice to what people can actually offer.

    Your CV shows me you are creative with a sense of humour, a risk taker, a visual learner, a problem solver and someone who is comfortable with technology - and I have not read anything on your CV. I would hire you just on those qualities ;-)

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  14. I would definitely hire Library Girl. If an employer can't appreciate your genius and tech savvy you probably don't want to work for them anyway.

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  15. Love, love, love what Dianne and Anonymous have to say! I, too, wouldn't want to work for someone who couldn't appreciate this!

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  16. I love it. Will you do mine next?

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  17. I think it's amazing -- what did you use to create it?

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  18. As someone who has studied web design - your imagination is great - but, you have too many things going on at once. You don't give the eye a chance to rest and focus. Are we reading up, down, left to right, etc? My suggestion is to look at websites that you enjoy lingering over and pick out some of the features that appeal to you - look at color combinations and most importantly font. You also need more white space; it gives the eyes a chance to rest. It's definitely a good start and very creative though - best of luck.

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