Last week I was contacted about participating in a beta program for Vizualize.me a new LinkedIn app that turns your data into an attractive looking infographic resume.

Basically with one click Vizualize.me imports your data from LinkedIn and formats it in a clean, crisp, and easy to read visual resume.  Since words don’t do justice to a product based on visualization, I decided to put together a quick screen cast for you, going over the platform and discussing its early pros and cons.

Here’s a link to my Visualize.me resume if you want to look at it.

Pros

1.  Visual

This is a duh, but it’s nice to be able to just glance over a a well designed infographic instead of reading and skipping through the details of a resume.  If you are just curious to learn more about a person or go through a lot of resumes, this could be a preferred way to go.

2.  No Download Required

Sometimes I just want to browse.  I want to take a peek at your Facebook page, scan your blog, or scroll through your pictures. (I swear I’m not a stalker.) Why not do the same with your resume?  Browsing through a resume is boring, but browsing through an infographic is interesting.

3.  It’s Easy

The whole process takes literally 5 minutes, so even if Vizualize.me never returns any benefit back to you, it’s not like you invested a ton of time.  If you’re like me, sometimes it’s just fun to play with new web apps.  Why not?

4.  Professional Branding

If you have a website, chances are you’ve made it eye-catching and pretty.  You want people to come to the site and eventually hire you either full time, or come on as a new client.  In your “About Me” section, wouldn’t it be nice to send them to your Vizualize.me instead of your text block profile on LinkedIn?  I probably would.

Cons

1.  Employers Still Want Traditional Resumes

An infographic version of your resume sure looks sparkly, but it takes away some features headhunters and recruiters are used to and won’t want to give up.  How can they scan a web page for keywords to quickly find out if it is even worth reading your resume?  What about taking notes or physically sorting resumes?  Chances are your Vizualize.me profile will be a compliment rather than a replacement for your resume.

2.  Lack of Customization

The best part of creative infographics is their uniqueness and ability to layout and display in whatever fashion they choose.  Right now in it’s beta form, Vizualize.me gives you a few themes and options for changing color, font, etc, but no way to import or create your own themes or graphics.

Granted this is still in beta, so it’s very possible that more themes and customizations are on the way.

3.  Practicality

The number one time you use your resume is when you are looking for a job.  You go to a company’s career page and one of the first things they ask you to do is to upload your resume.  You can’t upload a web page, and it doesn’t make sense to tell them to go to your Vizualize.me after the fact.

Any job leads you get from this will have to come from those actively seeking candidates and less likely the other way around.  Like I said earlier, it doesn’t mean your Visualize.me profile wouldn’t be a good fit on a spot like your “About Me” or your social media pages.

Closing Thoughts

In closing, for now I see Visualize.me as more of a fun tool to try and use in a few targeted places, but don’t expect it to get you a job at Apple tomorrow.

I’m definitely interested to see where it goes in the future when it is finished.  Who knows, the resume has been around for quite a while.  Maybe it is time we made some upgrades to the old format.

What do you think?  Do you see yourself using Vizualize.me?  Any creative uses I might have missed?

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39 thoughts on “Vizualize.me (Is This the Next Generation of Resumes or Just Fun?)

  1. I agree that employers still want a traditional resume, however, with people being hired (or not being hired) by what potential employers find on social media sites, this would most likely be something that they would want to see. So I don’t see this as just being something fun.

    Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy your posts!

  2. Hey Bryce,

    This is a pretty cool little tool here. There should be a feature where if you click on a particular job in the infographic, the text you entered relating to that job will pop up in a window or something, just like on your resume.

    That might help take it farther and who knows, maybe it is the future of the resume.

  3. I think this is very cool. I can see my husband using it for his consulting business. He does a lot of online networking from one project to another, so this would definitely be a great way of showing his stuff! But, like you said, I think they will have to find a way for people to customize it more to help them stand out from the rest. Especially if this becomes the wave of the future. But I would much rather read this than a resume. I am just a more visual person and I love the timeline format – very nice! Thank you for a great video! ~ Suerae

  4. Okay, have to admit I was geekily excited when I first started reading. I’m loving some of the research infographics I’ve seen lately. Really, really talented, creative people pulling those together. but….I’m not sure about this.

    I went on their site and looked at their sample visualize.me’s it seems like the sections are only useful if you speak half a dozen languages and have really varied and quirky interests like the founders do. I wish they had spent a bit more time trying to figure out what kinds of details would be interesting to recruiters. I’m not sure that they care how many Linkedin contacts you have, for instance. But who knows. I agree it could turn someone’s head.
    (btw- your link isn’t working so see your page)
    Kathy

  5. Bryce Christiansen

    That’s a great point Tisa. I could imagine if a recruiter found a link to your Vizualize.me resume on your profile page it could give a good signal that you are a productive and opportunity seeking individual.

    The interface is definitely easier to scan through and check out what you like.

    Bryce

  6. Excellent find, I haven’t seen this tool before.

    I agree that this will be a very powerful tool and I think it would make it more fun and interesting for a recruiter. If you think about it, they want to see people that are unique.

    If I submitted a resume to a company I would add a sticky note to the cover letter with a link on it to this page.

    There’s a study I read on Robert Cialdini’s book 50 Scientifically Proven…where they said that if you had a sticky note with a note on the resume you’d get more attention than if you just submitted a resume like everyone else.

  7. Bryce Christiansen

    That would be a great addition. It might make it more user friendly too.

    I can see the potential for this if they find the right use for it. Could turn into something great.

    Bryce

  8. Bryce Christiansen

    I’m with you. This is much more useful to read through than a resume. It’s easy to see where there are employment gaps, how long you’ve been working, what your background has been in.

    I’d be curious to hear what your husband thinks of it.

    Bryce

  9. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks Kathy,

    You are the perfect person to see what use if any this would have in a practical sense.

    I can see what you mean about the languages and interests. Not really a big deal for most of the hiring managers out there. Same with the size of your LinkedIn connections.

    For me it’s maybe something I link to on my profile pages of things like a blog, Facebook, or Google+ but I don’t see myself actively emailing a recruiter saying, “Hey check out my Vizualize.me profile.)

    Thanks for the tip about the link not working. Just something else they need to fix on Vizualize.me. It looks like the embedded button works though.

    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

    Bryce

  10. I just recalled my own resume and compared to what you have suggested here, I think we ought to change. I am a big fan of visuals, because it is really our biggest sensory receptor. People like visuals and if we present this form of visual resume to prospective employers I think you have a high chance of making a good impression right at the start. But just in case, send in your traditional resume too.

    Cheers

  11. Hi Bryce, It looks a nice tool. I agree your Cons section and make sense too. First two cons points most people prefer to look around and they need to upgrade. But I love the whole concept. :)

    Thanks for sharing the Post.

  12. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks Jimmy,

    That’s a great point you brought up. We are visual people. It’s the number one way we take in information. So it would make sense that a visual piece like this one would be a great way to make an impression. I think it would be great if we could make our resumes more visual. These days it’s wise to take any advantage you can.

    Bryce

  13. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks Manickam,

    It’s great hearing your thoughts since you deal with technology on a daily basis and can understand the benefits and cons of something like this. Sounds like we share a similar opinion overall.

    Bryce

  14. Bryce,

    I love finding this type of stuff. Earlier today I found a cool side called Wordle.com which I suggest you check out. Pretty neat.

    As to your pros and cons, I see it all the same way. Traditional resumes tell a bit more of a story and is still the standard. But I think something like this could be a great inclusion of a resume. Don’t you think?

    Awesome stuff my friend. Thanks for sharing this info!

  15. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks JK,

    That Wordle tool was very interesting. I plugged in my blog’s RSS url and the resulting diagram was fascinating. Many of the topics from the recent posts showed up. I also liked how diverse and fancy the font choices were.

    Glad you enjoyed checking out vizualize.me and thanks for sharing wordle with me.

    If you find anything else definitely tweet me or stop by to let me know. I’m always curious to see new things like this.

    Bryce

  16. I think it’s really fun and hopefully a new trend in making resumes more visual and interesting. As someone who has screened and viewed thousands of resumes, I would love to see new displays of information that help recruiters get to know candidates.

    That being said, I don’t think the business community at large is ready to embrace this type of resume. Although, if anyone applied for an internship or job for my company with a well-done, graphically interesting resume, they would earn quite a few points with me!

  17. Bryce Christiansen

    I agree Lindsay. I’m going through resumes for some interns and I can tell without even reading a word, which are going to most likely stand out to me. We are visual people so creative as well as ugly things will stand out to us.

    Maybe we can apply some of the visual lessons from Vizualize.me to our own resumes. Learn a few basics from Photoshop to design a visual resume that you can save as a PDF.

    I’ve been inspired. I’ll definitely be improving my next resume when the time comes.

    Bryce

  18. Dia

    Hi Bryce,

    This seems interesting. I have not tested out visualize.me yet, but I am a fan of change. This new technology and traditional resumes are important. Each has its own benefits. Thanks for sharing Bryce!

  19. This is definitely an interesting concept! I do think employers still really want to see the hard copy traditional resume, especially in certain industries. I am interested to see what happens in the future too! Love your blog! Will definitely be back again soon!

  20. Hi Bryce, this looks like a fantastic tool. I agree with you and the previous commenters that this should supplement, not replace, traditional resumes. But if this format connects with someone who is a visual learner, you may have an advantage over someone who doesn’t have a Visualize.me resume.

    Thanks for sharing this site and your experience with us, Bryce!

  21. Bryce, I am back after shifting to a rented house. An interesting application. For some reason, I dont like to publish my resume online.

  22. Bryce Christiansen

    Good to see you Dia,

    Hope your weekend was swell. I’m very fascinated by the shifts in technology and how they relate to us in our careers. It’s very helpful to stay on top of all these things.

    Thanks,

    Bryce

  23. Bryce Christiansen

    Hi Anna,

    Welcome to the blog, and thank you very much for the kind compliments and comments. I love hearing the perspectives of other bloggers who talk about career advice and professional development.

    It looks like we are on the same page. There probably are some ways for resumes to benefit from the improvements in technology. I’m always looking for ways to market myself better.

    If nothing else Vizualize.me may help us to come up with more creative ways to showcase our talents and skills.

    Bryce

  24. Bryce Christiansen

    Agreed, we all seem to understand the advantages traditional resumes have that technology just quite can’t replace yet.

    What Vizualize.me showed me is that we can be more creative and thoughtful about how we market ourselves. Can I be more visual? Can I show boring information in an interesting way?

    Thanks for the comments, they are always very thoughtful.

    Bryce

  25. Bryce Christiansen

    Hey Eddie,

    Hope the move was smooth. I know how much work and energy that is.

    I don’t think you are alone either Eddie. I know quite a few people who don’t share that information unless they are actively seeking.

    I would love to hear what keeps people from making their resume information available. I enjoy hearing balanced opinions.

    Bryce

  26. Bryce Christiansen

    I like it Wilson. I went to ASU for business school and Cialdini was one of the professors I got to meet while studying there. He is one brilliant guy. Now I think he pretty much is the TM for Influence.

    I really like the idea of sticky notes. It’s hard for humans like us to just ignore a bright yellow flashy thing on a piece of paper. We HAVE to read it!

    Thanks for the awesome comment. I’m so glad you shared.

    Bryce

  27. Ooh! FANCY! =) I love it! I’m definitely a visual learner and I can see this being a visually attractive way of sharing my background at a glance. You’re right that it may not take over traditional resumes, especially when it comes to walk-in interviews, but I think that these may become essential for the online world. And everyone keeps saying that we need to have an online presence for our personal brand, right? This would just be part of that.

    I would love to have the creativity to design my very own infographic, but since I’m a dud when it comes to art, this would be my next choice! =) And I can’t wait for new features! =)

    Thanks for sharing this, Bryce! =)

  28. It must have been really cool to learn from him directly. That’s so cool. He’s definitely a celebrity in our industry.

  29. Hi Bryce, I’ve been thinking a lot about Visualize.me and I keep coming back to those, like me, who have gaps in their resume. I quit work to stay at home with my girls for years. I eventually had volunteer board positions, but there were years that would be a black hole on the Visualize resume. On a regular resume, those gap years wouldn’t be so glaring.

    For you, the overlap years are very impressive. Any thoughts on gap years?

  30. Really cool application. I’m going to have to check this out.

    I think this topic is so relevant. Resumes fight the constant battle of standing out, but break the mold too much and people are not going to pay attention to it.

    I try and sit on the line between format and creativity, basically allowing the added design effects to supplement my resume, but I can’t help but think that has worked against me for some prospective opportunities.

    Another thing I’ve learned to be careful of, is larger companies will filter resumes through automated software. Non-traditional resumes would not be super compatible here and might get left behind.

    Great information Bryce – really worthwhile!

  31. I’m no “techie” Bryce however it looks good. You may want to give us any updates on this as they come through?
    be good to yourself
    David

  32. Bryce Christiansen

    At the time I was very ignorant of just how much of an authority he was. He just seemed like any other professor the way he talked with you and everything.

    It wasn’t until I got into the Marketing world that any time I heard influence brought up, Cialdini would be mentioned. Makes me feel very lucky and at the same time regretful for not understanding how lucky I was.

    Bryce

  33. Bryce Christiansen

    That’s very true. I noticed that as well. In fact my initial Vizualize.me profile alerted me to an error on my LinkedIn profile because of how visually obvious gaps and overlaps were.

    I think it’s hard to explain gap years on any kind of resume alone. We all have those times where we aren’t working for personal or other reasons, and it can feel weird to say on a resume Stay at Home Mom 97-2005 or Religious Mission 2004 – 2006.

    I’ve heard both sides say it can be good or bad to report these kinds of things on a resume. However, on a resume it’s easy to glance over it when the page is filled with incredible accomplishments, where with Vizualize.me you just get colored bars.

    I agree it’s much better to go with the regular resume in this regard.

    Bryce

  34. Bryce Christiansen

    I appreciate the thoughts Samantha. Do you think with a more tech savvy and online generation entering the workplace that this could gain some ground?

    That employers may see more creative submissions of resumes. I remember not too long ago Mashable shared an interesting QR code resume that took the employer to a video resume for the applicant.

    I’m excited by it. I still probably am not brave enough to submit a Vizualize.me resume as my core resume for a job, but I don’t see any harm having it linked to on my LinkedIn or webpage.

    Bryce

  35. Bryce Christiansen

    I’m a line sitter as well. Maybe if I was a design professional or artist I would use something like this with less hesitation, but for most of my job submissions, I think I’ll stick to a regular resume.

    It’s not worth the risk getting thrown out for something like your resume was unable to be read through our scanning software.

    However, I’m positive that resumes like many other media will see changes come as we improve our technology.

    Bryce

  36. Bryce Christiansen

    Thanks David,

    I’ll definitely follow up if anything new comes up from this. If it makes some meaningful changes that can put it ahead of it’s less creative brother, I’ll be all over it.

    Bryce

  37. Maybe so, Bryce! I can imagine us becoming such a tech-savvy generation that these may even be required in the future! But how far into the future, who knows? =P

  38. Today Most are switching to such innovative formats for building their resume. Visualize. Me is one of those medium which can be used to build attractive resume.

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