You might have read about infographic CVs before (maybe even in this blog). And you might even have decided you want one too. But if you’re not working in a creative profession, you might also, quite rightly, ask yourself if your weird and wonderful infographic CV will genuinely be appreciated by recruiters. To put the idea to the litmus test, we tested initial reactions by showing an infographic CV and a regular CV to recruiting professionals from all sectors and asking them to compare the two. Here’s what we found.
Infographic CV v. traditional CV?
Patricia (Talent Manager, Grupo Intercom): “Sales Executive”
“I see the infographic CV as being complementary to the regular CV. You never know which type of recruiter you’re going to come across – if they’re going to be left or right-brained, which they’re going to prefer… – so handing in both CVs hits both targets. This way, you allow the recruiter to stay in their comfort zone, but give a new spin on things. From the infographic CV, I can tell that the candidate is technically literate and innovative, and organises information well – all important qualities in a sales position.”
“Yes, it’s a risk, but like everything, if you want to stand out from the crowd you have to take risks. Make sure the infographic CV is well-made, however, as an unsuccessful attempt will do far more harm than good. And if you have any doubts, don’t do it.”
Maite (Director/Chief Hiring Manager, Amma Horta Old People’s Residence): “Senior Nurse”
“They both have their good points and their bad points. The standard CV is more familiar, although I have to say that the infographic CV is very graphic and well-presented, and gives a good summary of the information provided.”
“Assuming that the infographic CV contains the same level of description as the standard CV, I would have no preference between the two, but it may be difficult to include everything in an infographic CV.”
Javier (CEO of JobisJob): “Java Technician”
“Recruiters get a ridiculous amount of CVs. Prior knowledge of conventions help your eye adjust far more quickly to a more traditional CV – you know more or less where to expect everything and where all the information will be found. So it could be that your infographic CV gets chucked out on the grounds that it takes too long to read. It also might be easier to add in second-level detail and description in a normal CV than an infographic CV.”
“An infographic CV is really like a souped-up business card, and could be appropriate to hand out to recruiters on the second interview, alongside your traditional CV. This will help recruiters remember you, and show you are different and innovative.”
One thing is clear – if you’re going to hand in an infographic CV, even if it is just as an accompaniment to a regular CV, you need to make sure it’s made to a high standard. Take a look at our previous article for some tips.