more terrible ideas: your resume should not be an infographic by Alison Green on February 5, 2013 Your resume should not be presented as an infographic. This is a terrible, terrible idea. First, it means that your design goals end up trumping quantity and quality of information. In the examples I’ve seen, there’s far less information than on a traditional resume, because it needs to be fit into the constraints of the design. Second, it’s hard to get the info I need quickly. I’m scanning your resume for just a few seconds when I first look at it, and I want to see the stuff I want in the place I expect to see it. I do not want to have to stop and examine your entire graphic to try to understand how it’s organized and where I can find what I want. Third, it looks cheesy. Fourth, it looks like you thought, “Oh, here’s a way for me to stand out!” rather than that your qualifications can stand on their own. (And unsurprisingly, I’ve never received one of these from a highly qualified candidate.) Fifth, if you also happen to be including a word cloud, you have just caused both of us — me and you — additional pain. You must never, ever give into any temptation you might feel to include a word cloud on a resume. If you’re applying for a job as an infographic-designer, maybe an infographic resume might be a good thing to do. For anything else, for the love of god, do not do this. You may also like:putting fanfiction on a resume, telling an ex-friend’s employer what she’s really like, and moredo not do these things, ever (job seeker edition)can I just send employers my LinkedIn page rather than a resume?