i just had a wild idea about visualizing information on resumes. i haven't exactly fleshed out a lot of details yet, but i decided to make a mock up and get some feedback.
the basic idea (and i'm not even sure my idea is original or not, it probably isn't) is that reading resumes suck. reading resumes is an investigation into what the person knows. even a C-student can make their resume look good. resumes suck; they suck so bad that we need phone screening, reference checks, 2-tier interviews., etc.
okay, so i just discovered that i'm not just visualizing existing information on resumes, i'm also expanding what's on a resume. the problem with the standard one-page resume is that you are bonded by space. on one page, everyone looks the same. that's why i like a academic curriculum vitae - they are very verbose and pretty much as everything. the more content the better. anyway, the reason why you can't hand in a academic CV is because its too hard for the employee to properly read and understand everything. ONE PAGE!!!! i think the ONE PAGE rule is really stupid, but nevertheless we must obey (haha, i almost always have more than one page).
anyway, getting back to the idea. i want to create a graphical resume that contains all the information that a CV has but all on one page. then the employee is basically looking for the "right" graphic. here is my 10 second prototype:
so the basic idea, is that the employee can quickly see my strengths and weaknesses. (haha. i guess i should have shown the differences a little bit better in my prototype). but you get the gist of it. basically, i could imagine this graphic on a resume site and it lets people drill down to get the data. after all, its always about the data.
i'm interested in what you guys think about my initial brainstorming. any thoughts, comments, questions, etc?