“I finally decided to recast my resume with more data visualization—I am, after all, an Information Visualist.”
Every few years I will pull up my previous resume and perform the typical update with my latest jobs, skills, etc. I have always maintained a one-page resume; as new skills are acquired and pockets of specializations form and disperse, I take it as an information design challenge to concisely depict what exactly it is that I do.
Since around 2004 I have maintained two resumes:
a traditional black/white (2009) (admittedly laboriously designed)
a visual timeline (2009), depicting programming languages, location, work, etc.
While the former was what I sent around when needed, it is the latter format that I always thought had the potential for far more stories to tell.
For example, I love to look at how my programming languages and toolkits of choice have evolved and proceeded over the years; most people would find it impossible to build up a mental map of that information just by looking at a traditional format.
So this year I hit a brick wall when I dusted off the Photoshop file — my old format could no longer transmit how I wanted to be perceived and I finally decided to recast my resume with more data visualization—I am, after all, an Information Visualist.
To keep the task manageable, I limited myself to the challenge of combining my previous two expressions of curriculum vitae, rather than opt for a complete redesign.