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 info-graphic - 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 info-graphics 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 info-graphic 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?
View more documents from Jennifer LaGarde
PS: It's okay to be honest. You won't hurt my feelings. And if you do, I bounce back quickly. :)