It's always challenging to make your resume look interesting and unique without crossing the line into goofy or unprofessional. As a general rule, people who advertise their expertise in the form of skywriting, specialty chocolates, or singing telegrams are destined for disappointment. That's why it's always nice to run across a refreshing tool that can add just the right amount of zing to your resume.
Recently, I ran across visualize.me, a Web app that can create a pretty infographic based on your work history. This sort of thing could easily fly off the rails and look like an art school project gone wrong, but the result is colorful and engaging, but simultaneously informative and professional.
To use visualize.me, you'll need to sign up for a free account. The site is currently in beta and you'll need to request an invite, but mine came almost instantly, so you shouldn't need to wait long. Next up, you'll have the option to connect visualize.me to your LinkedIn account. You'll definitely want to do this; without LinkedIn, you need to build a resume line-by-line in visualize.me. Connect to LinkedIn, though, and you can import your CV with a single click and instantly see your work history rendered on a timeline.
You have a lot of options for customizing the look of your infographic, and you can then take a screen shot and do what you will with it, or share it via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other services.
Visualize.me is a great little addition to your resume building toolkit. For sure, it's better than hiring a skywriter. [via Lifehacker]
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