Recently jobseekers have been experimenting with resume formats in order to distinguish themselves. Infographic resumes have become one of the more common designs, but Recruiters across different industries have opposing views on how they portray candidates.

The biggest and the most obvious ADVANTAGES:

✅ They visually stand out amongst a cluster of traditional bullet point style resumes.

✅ They also help you tell a story easily.

✅  Graphics guide a recruiter’s eye to the important highlights

✅  Best suited for graphic designers or artistic candidates to show off their creative skills

The biggest and the not-so-obvious DISADVANTAGES:

❎Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) cannot read images, it can only read text.

❎They are likely to be ranked low by ATS  without ever having the chance to be reviewed by a human.

❎They cannot be parsed and saved in the company’s resume database.

❎ They take longer for a recruiter to scan and do not add value to non-creative roles.

The best way forward is to focus on content over images, as simplicity is the most elegant and effective method for showcasing your impact. Clean documents that are easy to read should be the focus. Infographic resumes may look nice, but if nobody sees them and/or if they lack substance, then they don’t serve you well.

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