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What’s your problem?

Process: Audience

Well, I’ve finally been able to post another article. Before this article, I started another one about writing your resume as a story. But I had skipped a step. I hadn’t yet figured out what I wanted to say, or who I wanted to say it to. Of all the information I could include, what should I? In trying to answer that question, I realized quickly I hadn’t yet defined the problem I was trying to solve.

On the surface, the problem is easy. How can my resume help get me hired? If the goal of a well-written resume is to get a phone call, its function is to summarize for the person reading it, my ability to do the job. Within that statement, there are a few implicit questions. But in my mind, the more important one is, who will be reading my resume and how can I address their questions?

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Who started re.vu?

After my last entry on tools and resources for non-designers, Mike Harding of re.vu dropped me a comment about defining your own career story. I hoped to address this very question in a future entry, but his comment lead to an gracious opportunity to interview someone who I would consider an expert in the field of infographic resumes. Mike is one of the co-founders of re.vu, a website and tool dedicated to helping people tell their own career stories using the visual resume paradigm.

Our interview was full of insights, fun facts, and useful data. Not only does Mike provide a wonder perspective, both as a hiring manager and startup co-founder, but also as someone who has researched the field extensively. In the interview, Mike covers:

  • his personal motives and interests
  • the genesis of re.vu
  • what drives their company and its direction
  • their audience and user research
  • advice on creating your own resume and story
  • and a great deal more…

The transcript of the full interview is after the link, with some minor touch-ups to make it easier to read. Enjoy and feel free to leave comments or questions for myself, or Mike.  In a future article, I plan to do a review of the re.vu site itself.

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Where to start?

Process: Research

It has been said that I can over-research a subject prior to a project. Still, I consider research a very necessary part of my workflow. Especially, in this case, where I have not done infographics before, like so many other new project. I find it necessity to constantly adapt to new styles, learn a new paradigm, and simply stay up to date with advances in technology and trends. I myself start this though research.

I also value research as a quest for inspiration. I am not the type of visionary who can pull ideas and creativity out of thin air. I need to surround myself with the ideas of others. Quite simply, I need to create a fertile foundation for ideas to grow from. And this I often seek inspiration in the work of so many other designer far more experienced than me.

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