Creating a Visual Resume

Have you considered that many of the skills we use to convey information in a professional setting can be used in other areas of our lives e.g. designing birthday invitations, creating a map to show directions to a venue etc. Recently I set myself the challenge of updating my resume so that it would be more of a visual display of my achievements and skills. I wanted to keep the document to one page only (reducing it from 3 pages) and distill larger amounts of information into key essential messages.

I created this visual resume in PowerPoint using auto shapes, text boxes and by inserting icons. To create a consistent effect, I used the colour picker tool to select a colour from my photograph to use in the rest of the document. I then saved the final product as a PDF document. I think this version is a much better reflection of who I am and the skills I have and I’m not sure that I could go back to the humble Word document again.

Make Great Tip

If you would like to create the effect of ‘dummy’ or latin text in PowerPoint 2010 when creating a document such as the one above, place your cursor in the text box and type in the following:

=lorem()

Then press enter and you will find your text converted to latin.

2 thoughts on “Creating a Visual Resume

  1. I love the idea of including icons to make your CV more visual. I’ll have to try that myself!

    (BTW, sadly =lorem() doesn’t work in PPT 2007, but I believe =rand() inserts “The quick brown fox…”)

    • Thanks for your comment Craig, I didn’t realise this about earlier versions of PowerPoint. I have amended the post to reflect this.

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