The 411 on Infographic Résumés

How to use designs and colors ... if ever at all.

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Be simple. "Bells and whistles can be really bothersome," Sharef says. "An infographic résumé still has to have readability and understandability. ... Show it to your mom before you send it to anyone. If she doesn't know what's going on, then it's a problem."

"The easiest way to go south is to have too much information," Orr adds. "You don't want it to be a big mess. The point is to grab attention. And also to give someone something to refer back to and access the key points about you easily. To do that, you need to keep it one page. Think of it as an illustrative cover letter. If you have more pages that you need to attach, then do so by attaching your original résumé."

Be flexible. Snazzier résumés won't work for everybody. Read the job description carefully for specifics on how to submit job materials, and keep a traditional text template handy for those times when an employer uses applicant tracking system software that doesn't accept infographics. Your text résumé is also necessary for those times when you need to tweak keywords and phrases to correlate with a particular job's responsibilities.

And remember ... An infographic is one way to stand out, but not your only option. "Do something that's related to the job, and that will prove how well you could get the job done," Sharef says. "[At HireArt] we were helping to hire someone in San Francisco for a health-related company to work as an analyst. She had the first interview with the manager and was worried it didn't go well. Afterward, she sent them a PowerPoint presentation about the state of health care in California. She got the job."