First of all, I spent way too much time on this assignment. But that’s ok, because I really dig this kind of stuff. I had a good time working through my design, redesigning,
scratching it and starting over and finally coming up with a finalish product. I’m pretty sure I’ll tweak this more in the future, not just because a resume should be kept up to date, but because I always feel like I can make it better.
As for the process, I did a bit of planning, looked through some templates and reviewed my resume, from 2012 and then jumped into creation. I decided to use Piktochart to build an infographic resume as I had played with it a few times with my students in the past. I referenced this article about color choices in business and did my best to apply to the laws of CRAP and KISS.
My final product was at the 87.6% complete mark when I came across Rob’s post and realized I was going about it a wee bit wrong. I was also jealous that he had thought to post a rough draft for others to critique ahead of time. My first draft just felt too cartoonish and long. Then I got this Tweet
— Piktochart (@piktochart) October 12, 2015
Back to the drawing board again… I had not even thought about needing this to be a printable document. It makes sense though. If I really want it to be a resume, it needs to be printable as well as clickable. I made some adjustments and came up with what you see on this page and on my About Me page here on my site. I’m not looking at it as a full fledge resume yet. I’ve got some work to do to have it as something I want to use for recruiting time. But we are comfortable here in Ghana and have a good bit of time left on our contract. So I see this as a good start and a valuable bit of practice.
I look forward to getting some feedback on what I’ve created and making improvements along the way. I’m already thinking about some changes…
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