How to Create and Share an Infographic Resume [Infographic]

The modern job search is incredibly competitive, and technology has made it easier for your resume and job application to be overlooked and discarded before you even make it to the interview.

Luckily, technology is also here to help. There’s no longer a template for how to apply for a job — you can use social media, websites, and even interactive campaigns to get your name noticed by a recruiter.

One resume format you may not have considered? Infographics. A highly engaging and visually appealing infographic that explains your skills and qualifications might help you stand out in the crowd and serve as a work sample when applying for a job.New Call-to-action

Venngage produced an infographic about how and why to use an infographic resume the next time you start the job search. The infographic is full of tips and tricks for making your visual resume as impactful and beautiful as possible.

It’s important to note that an infographic resume won’t be appropriate for all job applications. If you submit a resume in this format through an automated system, you could disqualify yourself if the technology can’t read visual information, so it’s best to stick to the format prescribed by the job posting.

Infographic resumes are a great fit for creative job titles that you’re able to submit directly to a recruiter or hiring manager via email so you can ensure they personally receive it.

Take a look below to see if this type of creative CV would make sense for your next application. If so, grab your infographic templates at the bottom and get to designing.

Infographic on how to brainstorm, create, format, share, and present an infographic resume when applying to a job

What do you think? Ready to take your resume to the next level? Grab some starter templates below.

15 free infographic templates in powerpoint

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Instagram Might (Finally) Be Fixing Its Algorithm

Almost exactly two years ago, Instagram made changes to its algorithm that left some users, in a word, dissatisfied.

The changes would modify the algorithm so that posts no longer appeared in chronological order on a user’s feed, but rather, surface pictures and videos that it thought might be of greater interest.

This, like any other algorithm change, was likely based largely on a user’s behavior on Instagram — who the person followed, which posts the person liked, and so on.

It left content creators upset — including celebrity personality Kylie Jenner.

But now, Instagram might be backtracking.

Today, the visual content-sharing app announced that it would be changing its algorithm once again, so that more recent posts are could appear first in a user’s feed. These modifications, the statement said, will “give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely.”

It’s also testing a “New Posts” feature, which is essentially a button that allows users to manually refresh their feeds, rather than having the app update it automatically. Want to see new posts? Tap the button. Otherwise, don’t touch it, and your feed will stay right where you left off, Instagram says.

The announcement comes on the same day that Instagram announced it will be allowing users to place hyperlinked hashtags and tagged profiles in their bios.

Source: Instagram

Instagram is owned by Facebook, which has been experiencing a host of PR issues following last week’s allegations that personal user data was misused by analytics company Cambridge Analytica.

Henry Franco, HubSpot’s social campaign strategy associate, points out that this shift is reminiscent of Facebook’s own algorithm changes in January to place a greater emphasis on content from friends and family in News Feeds. 

“‘Newer’ versus ‘popular’ means preferential placement won’t be given to brands,” he says, “but to whoever has posted most recently.”

The announcements arrive among a host of issues for Instagram’s competing app Snapchat, which has been experiencing its own blowback following a redesign.

Earlier today, it was reported that Instagram might be working to emulate Snapchat’s Snapcodes feature, which allows users to scan codes to find profiles or content on the app.

Instagram’s version, which is rumored to be called Nametag, would permit a create a similar capability, giving content creators another method of gaining followers by letting them scan a visual code on print or other materials. 

Starting today, users will be able to add hyperlinked hashtags and tagged profiles in their bios — with the caveat that any tagged profiles will receive a notification of such and can untag themselves if desired.

The New Posts feature and possible algorithm changes appear to only be in the testing stages at this point, though Instagram says it will announce more “improvements” in the coming month.

As for the rumors — I’ll be keeping an eye on that. Questions? Feel free to reach out on Twitter.

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Start and the University of Westminster launch FOLIO, a new publishing platform for junior designers

International brand, retail and digital design consultancy, Start, and the University of Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design have today launched FOLIO, an interactive platform for the school’s 20,000 students to publish and share their work with fellow creators. The platform is a natural extension of Start’s long-standing commitment to mentoring and empowering the [more…]

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6 critical expenses that most startup owners tend to ignore

The most conspicuous characteristic that sets apart successful entrepreneurs from the crowd is the sustained propensity to take a well-calculated risk. If you study some of the top performers in the entrepreneurship arena, you will notice a consistent and intentional attempt to come up with new ways of doing things and challenging the status quo. [more…]

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Why Is Everyone So Obsessed With Bots?

It’s so interesting to watch classic films, isn’t it?

I’m a big fan of the genre, and always have been. But as my time working in tech progresses, I’m particularly drawn to the ones that were, in their own way, predictive. Futuristic. What was then science fiction.

What’s behind my fascination is how much we are growing into and making a reality what was once thought to be fiction — something dramatically forecasted through art, literature, and film to be a world unlikely to be witnessed for many generations.

And yet, here we are.

Within this science fiction was a prevalence of robot characters, whether villains, protagonists, or those who supported the stories’ heroes — enough so that we once dedicated an entire post to them.

To this day, we’re still obsessed with bots — only now, most of us use them on a day-to-day basis, whether we realize it or not. That really came to the surface at SXSW, where I attended panel after panel on the topic, and was lucky to speak with the creators of some of the newest, most notable bots to hit the market.

I had to know: Why are we so infatuated with bots?

Here’s what I think — and what the experts had to say about it.

Why Are We So Obsessed With Bots?

The Difference Between Bots and Artificial Intelligence

First things first: It’s very easy to lump bots and artificial intelligence (AI) together as the same type of technology. But they’re not.

I sat down with Emily Withrow, Quartz Bot Studio editor, to clear things up. This bot was unveiled at SXSW, introducing a personal messaging experience for Quartz readers on Messenger to interact with news, projects, and content the brand calls “Obsessions”: magnified looks into the most interesting stories and events taking place in the world.

When I asked Withrow how she would delineate AI from bots, she explained the latter is a type of technology that can — but doesn’t always — inform and enhance the former.

“AI is a tool that bots can use, but it’s not part of the package,” she said. “I think of a bot as the postal worker — the delivery of content, and the back-and-forth in the delivery and fetching of content.”

“How smart” you want to make that delivery and fetching of content, Withrow said, is where AI comes in, especially when it comes to how the bot will respond to user input. That’s where intelligence tools like natural language processing (NLP) can help the bot interpret what a user is saying.

But it also works with non-text user input. Let’s say, for instance, a user sends a photo to a non-human bot (which actually happens quite a bit — more on that later). “Having some [artificial] intelligence,” Withrow explained, can help the bot determine “what the photograph is when users send it in,” and respond accordingly.

So, now that we’ve cleared that up — let’s touch on why people are sending photos to non-human bots in the first place, and what that says about our growing obsession with them.

Non-Human Content Sharing

Hold up, I thought. Do people really send the Quartz Bot pictures?

Yes, explained John Keefe, a Quartz Bot Studio developer and product manager — but luckily, “Google vision API does a ‘safe scan’ of the pictures that people send to the bots … for free.”


But it did raise an interesting point — why are people sending photos to the bots? Is it out of pure curiosity, or is it to actually engage with the bot?

As it turns out, it might be the latter. At a panel discussion around what’s next in how we interact with bots, Dashbot Co-Founder and CEO Arte Merritt noted that out of all the photos sent to bots, throughout his research, he’s found selfies are the most common.

What that tells us, he said, is that people treat something as seemingly superficial as a weather bot “like a person, and sent it pictures like it would to a friend.”

Which only led to more questions, including one from panel moderator Shara Tibken, a senior reporter with CNET. “What about emotional attachments?” she asked. “Do you see a day when these become our therapists or our friends?”

Well, maybe — and that’s where the AI comes in. Take self-driving cars, for instance, which could serve as one of the most extreme examples of AI-powered robots. Only, instead of chatting with you on a platform like Messenger, they get you from point A to point B on major roads.

And while it’s pre-programmed to be able to respond to certain inputs or detections, like a chatbot would be, it’s also predicted that autonomous vehicles will learn more about its user(s) to create a personalized, humanized experience — similarly to how a friend would, said Niveus co-founder Tim Cutting.

“If you truly have a friend in the car, it knows your body language, how warm it is outside, and your favorite music to recommend,” he said. “I think the AI should get to that.”

So maybe that’s why we’re so obsessed with bots — because it helps to humanize objects and brands and allows us to engage with them in a way we never could before.

The result of sending a dog photo to the TechCrunch Bot

It’s a fascinating, but understandable, phenomenon for someone of my generation, who grew up watching movies like Brave Little Toaster — essentially a two-hour anthropomorphization of home appliances. That was part of the science fiction I alluded to earlier: the fantasy that non-human objects like toasters and electric blankets could be happy and sad, just like the rest of us.

As strange as it sounds, that type of story caused me to empathize with what were essentially machines. And while it could be dismissed as little more than an animated children’s film about the misadventures of a vacuum cleaner and its friends in the journey back home, it does appear that we’ve come full circle.

That’s because of the ways we humanize these machines today — in the form of conversational bots.

The Humanization of Brands — by Way of Bot

By humanizing inanimate objects and brands by way of bots, said Intuit CMO Lucas Watson at another panel discussion, you’re creating another method of building brand trust.

“As a brand, you have to think about where you sit on the friend spectrum,” he explained. “How deep a relationship do I want to have with my customer? What permission do I have to go there? What have I done to build that trust?”

And building a human engagement method, like being able to naturally converse with a bot, can help brands get to that point, added co-panelist Kristen Berman of Duke Common Cents Lab.

“You could get a bot to answer a question for you, and get humans to trust it,” she said. “I think we’re getting to that.”

Berman used the example of a human user prompting a bot with the query, “How to break up with someone.” For something like a search engine, those keywords are likely not new, nor is the human propensity to seek expertise and advice for doing so online.

But the idea of asking a chatbot how to do that — one that isn’t necessarily powered by AI, NLP, or machine learning — is fairly recent. And, said Keefe, by paying attention to this behavior, brands actually stand to benefit, especially when it comes to building a better, more humanized bot experience and interaction.

“We have an open white box where people can write anything — and people and other bots do,” he explained. “But, done well, you can learn a lot from that about what people are actually looking for.”


It turns out that “Sephora” isn’t short for “philosophy”

Okay, so maybe it’s not the responsibility of a weather bot to give advice to users on ending relationships. But it does signify the next phase of our increasingly digital habits of communicating and building relationships. What began as social networking and online dating has evolved into asking home speakers for nearby restaurant recommendations and, it seems, robotic meteorologists for personal advice.

And when I think about the idea of users sending selfies to bots, I have to wonder how different it is from, say, posting selfies on Instagram. Sure, we do that to get a response and engagement from a human audience, but what do we put more emphasis on: the audience itself, or the response and engagement?

At another panel discussion about what social media users want, Instagram Product Designer Josh Dickens emphasized the importance of the response to users.

“If you respond,” he said, “I know that you care about me and you’re with me.”

In full transparency, Dickens was speaking to that notion as a response from the people who users care about the most. But what that looks like for each person is different, whether it’s friends and family, or a crowd of adoring strangers. And when examining our evolving behavior with and around bots, it seems like that’s what’s most important to us: the response.

So, I’ll Ask Again: Why Are We So Obsessed With Bots?

Well, maybe that’s just it: the response. Bots almost always get back to us, and when they do, it’s typically in a way that was designed to be helpful, even if pre-programmed or it’s artificially intelligent.

But that’s key to remember when building a bot, Withrow says, especially when composing the copy it will automate to engage with users.

“The way you construct a sentence affects the way people respond,” she said. “I try not to leave room for interpretation in terms of tone. The bot is never sarcastic. And it’s never really negative, either.”

And for Keefe, that’s one of the biggest points of pride for the Quartz Bot: “A lot of the content is written by very talented humans. That’s super key.”

In fact, that’s where the team spends a good chunk, if not most, of its time.

“What we spend a lot of our time on is not training a model to answer the right way, completely, or to have a completely unmoderated conversation with a human,” he said. “Writing the scripts and the dialogue … that’s where the bulk of our work is.”

Which brings up another crucial point for marketers, especially those who are hoping to integrate a bot into its brand trust and humanization strategy. “If you’re having a really good experience with a bot,” Keefe said, “it’s because someone has written really good things.”

Around here, we’d call that a pretty “inboundy” concept. If you’ve read our work before, you know how much importance we place on quality content, including that which largely involves the written word. It’s content designed to be helpful and engaging — just like a good bot experience.

“Bots help us build better relationships,” Connor Cirillo, HubSpot’s conversational marketing manager, told me, “so humans can have valuable and delightful interactions.”

And if it seems weird, that’s okay — you’re certainly not alone. But Withrow encourages marketers, especially content writers, to embrace that.

“I personally love to lean into the weirdness of talking to a machine,” she said.

It’s truly stranger, as they say, than [science] fiction.

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10 Ecommerce Trends to Expect in 2018

According to Statista, global ecommerce sales are expected to increase 246.15% by 2021, from 1.3 trillion in 2014 to 4.5 trillion in 2021.

The ecommerce industry is booming and shows no signs of slowing down.

Nowadays, stores can’t compete without offering excellent ecommerce options, and 56% of in-store purchases are influenced by digital commerce. This means, if you aren’t reaching your customers online, you could be losing half of your potential revenue.

With ecommerce’s rapid growth, comes rapid changes. It isn’t enough to post product images to your site and hope your ideal customers will find them. In 2018, there’s a whole lineup of new trends that could kickstart major growth for your ecommerce company if you pay attention.

To help you reap the many benefits of ecommerce in 2018 and into the future, we’ve chosen the top 10 trends we think will change how people buy and sell online.

1. Shopping Natively

In an experiment we ran in 2017, we found our Facebook audience favored native video content 160x more than non-native content.

That same preference for native content is true with ecommerce: there are great visual platforms being used by millions of people already, like Instagram and Pinterest, and a lot of those users don’t want to leave the platform to visit your site. So why not offer the option of purchasing your products from within those apps?

A great example of native shopping is Pinterest’s Shop the Look feature. When you see a picture of an outfit you like, you can click any part of the outfit you’re interested in purchasing, and find details about the item of clothing within the Pinterest app. You only need to exit the app when you’re ready to purchase (you can also pin it and return to it later).

2. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

You know what’s even better than seeing a product in-store before purchasing?

Seeing it in your home before purchasing.

Augmented reality and virtual reality are going to gain some serious traction in 2018. Eventually, it will become standard for companies to offer AR and VR options.

Houzz, a home design and interior decorator company, found AR made their consumers 11x more likely to purchase a product, and also kept them in the app 2.7x longer.

IKEA also offers an AR app that lets you place 3D products in your home. These products are true-to-scale, so you can see whether the product will fit and how it’ll look in your space.

Ultimately, these added benefits are worth the initial investment in new technology. As ecommerce grows, consumers are going to buy from companies that allow them the option of visually testing out products before purchase.

3. Automation and Chatbots for Online Ordering

With 1.3 billion people on Facebook Messenger, it makes sense to take advantage of chatbots for marketing, customer service, and sales.

With ecommerce, you can take it a step further.

Domino’s uses its Messenger bot, Dom, for full-menu ordering. The implications of this are huge: when fast and simple are priorities for consumers, Domino’s will beat out all the competition.

Plus, chatbot ordering is an opportunity for Domino’s to cater to its audience in a new way, proving itself to be a helpful and forward-thinking company.

If it makes sense for your business, I’d suggest creating a chatbot like Dom while it’s still an open field. In a few years, this could become a mainstream way of ordering, and lose some of its current novelty power.

4. Voice Search Compatabilities

As Amazon Echo, Google Home, and other voice-activated devices grow in popularity, voice search will become the preferred method of search. 40% of millennials are already using voice search before making an online purchase.

It’s critical to optimize your business for voice search in 2018, or you could lose the vast majority of consumers who choose to shop through voice-activated devices.

Walmart made it possible for consumers to order any of their items by voice on the Google Express, and in the future, they’re going to allow consumers to place in-store pickup orders via Google Home. Target, Costco, Kohl’s, Staples, Walgreens and many other stores are in the process of creating similar options for consumers.

Since voice search is 3x more likely to be local, it’s also important to ensure your business listing is updated on Google to reach those local searchers (with accurate hours, an up-to-date address, photos and reviews, etc.).

5. Mobile Primary, Desktop Secondary

62% of smartphone users have made an online purchase on their mobile device within the last six months. As mobile purchasing continues to grow, it’s important to create an ecommerce site that’s optimized for mobile.

Fingerprint and facial recognition technology, as well as one-click payments, will simplify mobile payments and further encourage consumers to switch from desktop to mobile. Mobile will soon become the preferred payment method for ecommerce transactions. It’s estimated that mobile will reach 70% of ecommerce traffic by the end of this year alone.

Starbucks created a Mobile Order and Pay app in 2015. By 2017, 30% of all Starbucks orders were paid via mobile. Starbucks said their Mobile Order and Pay app is so popular, it creates congestion in stores and extra-long wait lines, which they’re attempting to solve by hiring more baristas. If mobile ordering leads to a larger pool of in-store consumers, I’m thinking it’s a worthwhile investment.

6. ROPO (“Research Online, Purchase Offline”)

It can be tricky to track how your digital efforts translate to offline sales.

Luckily, ROPO (“research online, purchase offline”) is a tool that will become more advanced and reliable in the upcoming year, and can help retailers accurately measure how well their digital ads are contributing to in-store sales.

ROPO combines information from social media, mobile tracking/geolocation, mobile payments, in-store inventory, analytics tools, CRM systems, and more, to figure out which ads and site pages led consumers to in-store purchases.

This is invaluable information. By knowing which digital ads are most efficiently contributing to sales, ecommerce businesses can create higher-conversion, more targeted campaigns, and feel confident that what they’re doing online is meaningful to their consumers.

7. Machine Learning and AI

You come across machine learning and AI every day. You just might not realize it.

Take Netflix: rather than dividing viewers by age, location, or gender, Netflix created 1,300 “taste communities.” Netflix makes recommendations on similar movie or TV show preferences based on what’s most popular for the viewers in that community. This is the future of machine learning.

Other ecommerce platforms will soon see personal benefits from using machine learning and algorithms to uncover which content they should deliver to which audience. In the future, content will be divided by machine learning and AI, so consumers are fed only the content (or products), they’re most interested in.

8. Image Search

Picture this: you’re in a store and see a beautiful couch but don’t feel like paying full price, so you take a picture of it and use eBay’s image search to find similar products for a better deal.

As ecommerce transitions to mobile, companies will begin offering options to visually search for products by using personal photos, or photos found online. It’s estimated that image and voice search will make up 50% of all searches by 2020.

Since image search offers opportunities to find similar products at a cheaper price online, it could eventually drive consumers to shop online even if they started in a physical store.

A few ecommerce businesses have already successfully implemented image search functions into their online platforms. Pinterest, for example, has its own image search function. On Pinterest, you can zoom in on an object in a Pin image and find similar objects. Target will eventually integrate this same technology (“Lens”) to allow consumers to search an image and find similar products in Target’s online catalog.

9. High-Quality Product Videos

Even when consumers are online, they’re still going to have the same questions about a product’s functionality and design that they’d have in-store. To compete in ecommerce, you’re going to have to answer all their questions digitally, and one of the easiest ways to do that is through video.

A high-quality video addressing your product’s design and function is one of the best ways to sell your product. Your video can appeal to your consumer’s emotions, persuading them more convincingly than text.

Redsbaby, an Australian baby stroller company, does a great job of this. Their videos of baby strollers display actors using Redsbaby strollers throughout a “typical day,” so consumers can feel confident that they understand what they’re purchasing, despite having never seen it in-store.

10. Same-Day or Next-Day Delivery

Last year, Amazon opened a ton of new shipping centers near major cities so they could promise same-day delivery to Amazon Prime customers. TechCrunch reported that Google will launch a competitor same-day delivery service, “Google Shopping Express.” Google Shopping Express will offer same-day delivery from stores like Walmart and Target.

As these big-name ecommerce sites offer same-day delivery, they’ll win out with the majority of consumers who want their needs met, fast. As it becomes the norm, people will become comfortable paying extra for same-day delivery.

If you don’t give consumers the option of same-day or next-day delivery, they’ll turn to competitors who will.

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NewVoiceMedia named in 2018 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in Europe

NewVoiceMedia, a leading global provider of cloud contact centre and inside sales technology, has been recognised in the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in Europe. The 2018 Inc. 5000 Europe list serves as a unique report card on the European economy. Within an uncertain economic climate, latest aggregate revenue among the companies [more…]

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