Tips for Adding Visuals to Your Resume

Help your resume stand out from the crowd by adding unique visuals.

Before deciding to add visuals to your resume in any way, you should first consider if it is appropriate for the job you are applying for. This specific way of spicing up a resume is geared toward more creative jobs, where working with visuals is important for day-to-day functions. A great example of an industry where visuals would be rewarded would be graphic design. Typically, creative fields are just more receptive to candidates who can think outside the box. More traditional industries, however, are going to give more pushback toward using visuals in any form. If you are searching for a career in this type of industry, using visuals could actually harm your chances of securing an interview or position.

If you’ve come to the conclusion that using visuals on your resume would enhance your job prospects, follow these tips to get the most out of your resume.

Try using an infographic resume.

Infographic resumes typically present all the information that is in your regular resume, but in a more visually appealing and inviting way. Setting up a resume in this way can draw an employer’s eye to the most important parts of your resume that you are trying to highlight. This is a good way to show off a wide range of information about yourself as a potential candidate. You can add your own career highlights, statistics about projects from your past jobs, personal interests, and even testimonials. What’s great about using infographics is that they are highly customizable and can be shared across your online job-seeking platforms, such as LinkedIn.

Use a presentation to tell a story.

Another type of visual resume that many users agree is effective is the presentational resume. These are typically created with a slide-show software, such as Powerpoint. You want these presentations to consist of 5 to 8 slides. The most important aspect of the presentation is that you want to get a story across to the watcher of the presentation—that story should be why you are the best candidate for the role. To do this you should include photos and images, videos and movie clips, as well as charts and tables. This is also a chance for you to show off your technical capabilities. The presentation should flow seamlessly, without any flaws, and should be inviting and engaging.

Re-vamp your current resume.

If you are looking to move into adding visuals to your resume, but aren’t quite ready to turn your whole resume into a visual spectacle, then consider making small changes to your current resume to make it more appealing to the reader. This can be done with some very simple changes. You are able to stray away from using Times New Roman as your go-to font. There are many fonts that can be used that are equally professional. Make your resume skim-able—this is typically done by making sure there is a good amount of spacing in your resume. Your eyes should immediately move to specific parts of the resume that you are trying to highlight—such as experience or education. Using color is also okay. While most resume are typically black and white, there are professional ways to add color. For example, consider adding a color monogram, or changing your headings to a dark blue instead of black. Using simple lines, such as underlining your name and address, can be a great way to separate the resume and make it more visually appealing.

Creating links within a resume.

A new way to make your resume stand out without going out of your way creatively is by creating links within information. For example, you can link to previous work that you’ve done by inserting hyperlinks. You can also use this as a chance to link to an online portfolio that you may have previously created. Some common websites used to create online portfolios are Behance, Carbonmade, and Shown’d. Again, if you are looking for a job that is in a more creative field, you can take it a step further. Some people are now adding QR codes to their resumes. QR codes can be scanned, and then link to a specific website or image.

Consider a personal landing page.

A personal landing page is an all-in-one option that unites all of your online profiles and content. It can be a way to promote your professional self, and highlight the projects that you’ve worked on or the companies you’ve dealt with. If you do freelance work this can be a chance to sell your services as well as showcase your work. A landing-page is not a full-fledged website, it’s more like a profile page that you can create for yourself. From here you can link to all of your work, any portfolios you might have, your profile on LinkedIn, and more.

Break out the big guns with the video resume.

This is probably one of the toughest forms of visual resume to accomplish. That’s because, with a video, you are going to be front and center. Think of the video resume as you filming your job interview, but you’re the only one present—you want to sell yourself. Don’t just read out your resume—the point of a video is to give employers a better insight to who you are as a candidate. Tell them why you would be the right person for the job. Tell them what you can do for them if hired. If you chose to pick things from your resume, make sure they are particularly relevant—such as your experience and skill set that would specifically help you for the position. Think of your video resume as a movie teaser trailer—you want it to be short, sweet, and gain interest. Don’t forget, this is also a chance to highlight your technical skills. Employers don’t want to see a sloppy video recorded in bad quality. They want to see that you know what you’re doing.