With bad results from our first try with the resume infographs, this is a great opportunity to improve and show that we can learn from our mistakes. Below is a compiled list of dos and don’ts from Thursday’s class:
Infographs Dos and Don’ts
1) Tenses: Using “his” or “her” when listing your skills can look more professional than using “my” but regardless of what tense you use, keep it consistent.
2) Understandable at a glance: Be sure to use a format that is simple to read with short bullet points and an easy to follow line of information. Find out how to convince an employer of your skills by clicking here.
3) Hyperlinks: If this option is available on your chosen infographs site, link out to more information about yourself. Though, be sure each of the links work before finalizing your assignment.
4) Images: To keep your infographs from being wordy, break it up with icons and PNG (blank background) images.
5) Wordiness: Every word counts. You still want a lot of information available, but act as if it costs $5 a word.
6) LinkedIn: Paste the link to your profile so that a potential employer can access more information about you.
7) Focus: Since this assignment is for Advanced Social Media, be sure that the main focus is on your social media skills and personal reach on various social media sites.
8) Spelling: Be sure to have a friend look over for spelling mistakes. If you’re able to finish this assignment in advance of the due date, set it aside and come back to look over for spelling and grammar errors.
9) Filler: Don’t busy up your infographs with high school information. College education and your certificates are of most importance.
Five Second Rule
According to Ike Brunner, we have five seconds to “wow” our potential employer with a visual graphic like this. Use this to your advantage with the overall design, opening area and format. Here’s a video about the effectiveness of infographs.
1) Which parts of your infograph did you immediately think about changing once we were told how bad they were?
2) Whose infograph were you impressed with (if even just a certain part)? Which part?
3) Do you feel more confident in the assignment now that we’ve had a test-run?