A few years back, presenting an infographic résumé was something completely unthinkable, even if you were applying to a job where creativity and graphic skills were important. It simply didn’t happen. Then, with the rise of the online portfolios and social networks, it became more common to present professional background and skills with a more visual appeal.
Today, infographics seem to be everywhere and web services will transform your social media activity and LinkedIn profile into visual displays, making it possible for those without the necessary graphic abilities to have their own illustrated curriculum.
Though popular, the resume as infographic trend is fairly new to employers, so the best option for most professionals is to look at them as a supplement to the traditional format. If you decide to create your own, look around for examples- they range from the complex to those with a more minimalistic approach. Both types can be effective, if the objective is to stand out from the crowd...
Visit the link for a gallery of varied and creative infographic resumes for creative and graphic design inspiration.
Here's a list of Personal Branding quotes NOT from the usual suspects of Personal Branding experts but from people who have achieved remarkable things and built up great brands. Please add any more you can think of in the comments section!
Robin Good: If you are interested in building your online reputation, increasing your credibility and trust, which, in my opinion, are the most critical factors to run any kind of online business, I suggest you check and question each and every point touched in this article and see how well you are doing.
Building your online reputation is less about logos and brands in the traditional sense and more about authority, reliability, consistency (walk your talk) and relatoshionship building and understanding one key essential thing: your reputation comes from how effective you are in truly helping and supporting the audience you have chosen.
To the point. Helpful for anyone marketing anything online. 8/10
Robin Good: Web of Stories is a free web site service which collects and organizes great people recounting key memories in video. Web of Stories also provides an opportunity for anyone to record, upload and share their own story in a video clip.
Telling stories, to help others understand an idea or comprehend what your product / service is all about, is increasingly being recognized as one of the best approaches to convey information in a mode that can be easily followed and absorbed.
P.S.: Web of Stories has lots of interesting clips, but nonetheless the opportunity for viewers to vote and rate such videos, navigation and access to the collection best parts remains yet an area in which major imporvements can be done.
Robin Good: The excellent and insightful Maria Popova has really got me fascinated with this piece she wrote back in June of this year. Entitled "How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read", this writing, inspired by a book by the same name, is good food for thought as it stretches ordinary assumptions about what culture and book readings is in the end all about.
As curation is an effort in meaning creation and discovery, exploring different ways to look at how we build our picture of reality and what role books play into this process is, from my personal viewpoint, a very valuable effort.
In the end, you may likely disagree with the overall logic but personally, I have found this mental stretching exercise quite valuable and I am thankful to both Maria and the author for making it possible for me to poke with it: "The paradox of reading is that the path toward ourselves passes through books, but that this must remain a passage..."
The challenging questions being posed is: "Must we read those from cover to cover in order to be complete, cultured individuals?" and some interesting answers come from the book author himself, University of Paris literature professor Pierre Bayard, who offers "a compelling meditation on this taboo subject that makes a case for reading not as a categorical dichotomy but as a spectrum of engaging with literature in various ways, along different dimensions".
Prof Bayard writes: "As cultivated people know (and, to their misfortune, uncultivated people do not), culture is above all a matter of orientation. Being cultivated is a matter not of having read any book in particular, but of being able to find your bearings within books as a system, which requires you to know that they form a system and to be able to locate each element in relation to the others."
Maria Popova further synthesizes his thought by writing: "Literature becomes not a container of absolute knowledge but a compass for orienteering ourselves to and in the world and its different contexts, books become not isolated objects but a system of relational understanding...".