Resume Infographics with Adobe Illustrator

Students design infographics to add to their resumes
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About This Strategy

In this 60-minute strategy, students add visual interest and information to their resumes by creating infographics in Adobe Illustrator. These bite-sized graphic representations of information can quickly relay facts to potential employers, show off real-world skills, and help students stand out from the crowd. This strategy can work alone to create personal infographics or be paired with a strategy on creating a full resume. 

Because Adobe Illustrator enables students to create original visual content, this strategy empowers students to illustrate information about themselves and share their story at a glance. This strategy can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Spark Post.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Spark Post

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

60 minutes

Learn.

Students review what infographics are and how to plan one. They discuss when and why one might use an infographic This blog post has more information about infographics and this one describes more of Illustrator’s features. (15 minutes)

Sketch.

Students brainstorm ideas of what infographics to include on their resume. They sketch some potential ideas. (15 minutes)

Create.

Students create their infographics using Adobe Illustrator. They use these steps to guide them. Students can examine an example here. (15 minutes)

Share.

Students save their work and get it ready for a resume. They share it with the other workshop members. They can also share it as a stand-alone graphic on their social media accounts.

Steps for Students

You can ensure your resume stands out from the crowd by adding colorful infographics using Adobe Illustrator. These bite-sized graphic representations of information, data, and knowledge can quickly and creatively share your story with potential employers.

Because Adobe Illustrator has a built-in graph tool that is easy to customize, you can quickly create and share graphics that blend your story with your style.

Steps:

1. Learn about infographics and how to plan for making one. Read this blog post for more information about infographics and this one, which describes more of Adobe Illustrator’s features in relation to making graphs and charts. (15 minutes)

Based off of of the readings, discuss why you would use an infographic on your resume:

  • Why might an image say more than text on a resume? What section might it replace or enhance?

  • How can an infographic be engaging and easy to understand?

  • What aspects of your work or education history might be supported or made clearer by adding a visualization of the information?

Check out the rubric to see how you will be assessed by your peers and workshop leader.

2. Brainstorm and sketch out some ideas for what kind of infographic to include on your resume. What information might transition well to becoming visual? (15 minutes)

  • The distribution of classes you’ve taken

  • Proficiency with certain skills, such as software or language

  • Your work history or extracurricular involvement

  • Study abroad or internship learning experiences

  • Completed projects using certain software programs

3. Create your infographic using Adobe Illustrator following these steps. (30 minutes)

  • Select the best kind of graph or chart for your information. 

    • Are you showing percentages? Perhaps a pie chart is the way to go. 

    • Comparing information? Try a bar graph. 

    • Plotting something? A line graph or scatter plot might work. 

  • If you know, how will it fit in with the look and feel of the rest of your resume? Does it need to be large or thick, thin and small?

  • As you work, consider the fonts and color scheme you are using and whether they are communicating who you are in a professional way. Tips for success:

    • You will want these to match the over design of your resume. There is a strategy on resume design here.  For a tutorial on making a resume, visit this site

    • You will likely want to steer away from display fonts and instead pick Serif or Sans Serif fonts. 

    • Color can communicate volumes. In addition to looking for colors that complement one another, think about cultural perceptions of different colors. 

You can find great color combinations in the color swatches  in Illustrator as well as on Adobe Color.

4. Save your work and share your infographic  as directed by your instructor. Don’t forget to share it online and add to your professional presence. Make sure to keep a copy in your professional development folder to easily update and drop into your resume as your skills grow!

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' infographics.