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Resume Magic: Vizualize.me!

By | Oct.03.11 | Communicating, Daily Dispatch, Legal Careers, Legal Technology

So here’s a fun—and potentially very powerful—thing to do: Hop over to Vizualize.me and create an infographic resume for yourself. The result, I think you’ll agree, is high on the cool spectrum. Even better, it’s low on the difficulty scale.

Resume Magic Made Simple

In case you haven’t noticed, the world has become obsessed with infographics. Just in time, too, because our worlds have become so intricate they are nearly impossible to figure out without an image or two. It probably started with those brilliant graphics on the New York Times site. But now, we’ve become nearly addicted to getting our information and perspective in gorgeous pictures. If you’re on Facebook, you probably receive lots of links to infographics from friends who’ve fallen in love with the power of pictures and the powerful messages they convey.

It only follows that infographics have invaded the resume business. Remember when we used to fret about what kind of paper to use and whether to indent text or not? Yeah, well that’s so 1990! Now most resumes are submitted instantly over the Internet, and instead of focusing on conforming to standards, applicants worry about how to be memorable at first click. Of course, graphic designers and web programmers are all over this graphical, interactive resume trend. Now it’s about to burst onto the scene and become accessible to the rest of us, thanks to Vizualize.me.

Visualize.me is a graphic resume creator that draws data from your LinkedIn profile. It will literally knock your hat off in a matter of minutes. Try this:

  1. Open a browser and enter http://vizualize.me.
  2. Click on the link to allow Vizualize.me to connect with and draw data from your LinkedIn profile.
  3. Wait a couple of seconds.
  4. Wow!

If you don’t think that what shows up on your screen is the totally perfect infographic resume (although you have to admit it is impressive, regardless), just use the little control panel on the left of your screen to modify the information you want to show or hide, or change graphic themes, colors, fonts and background. 

This is so easy and fun, and the results are so impressive, you may just decide it’s time to look for a new job right now!

Warning: If you haven’t paid much attention to your LinkedIn profile and it’s rather sparse, you are going to wish you had. This is your LinkedIn wake-up call.

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton has been helping lawyers and law firms think differently about the business of practicing law since 1984. She was a founding member of the Legal Marketing Association, President of the College of Law Practice Management and an LMA Hall of Fame inductee. She blogs about innovation at www.astintarlton.com.

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