IT Resume Makeover: How to use charts and graphs

Let's get visual. Charts and graphs can bring an eye-catching edge to your resume, especially if you're an IT sales or marketing pro looking to highlight your revenue-generating skills. Here, expert resume writer Jennifer Hay explains how to do it effectively – because it can be tricky.

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If you're trying to catch a recruiter or hiring manager's eye, one of the best ways is to use charts and graphs in your resume. These visual aids are especially helpful if you're an IT sales or marketing pro looking to visually describe your business or revenue-generating acumen, says career development specialist and resume writer Jennifer Hay, with IT Resume Service. While charts and graphs aren't appropriate in every resume, when used correctly they can send a powerful visual message to potential employers, says Hay.

"When words don't communicate your thoughts concisely or deliver the desired impact, there is another step you can take to market your professional brand. A graph or chart that illustrates your stellar sales numbers, resource savings, workforce productivity increases or efficiency upgrades in business processes can evoke a positive perception of directly impacting the bottom line," says Hay.

Send the right message

But delivering that positive perception requires great attention to detail when creating charts and graphs to illustrate accomplishments. When Hay first saw Richard Hanson's resume (name, address and company names have been changed to protect privacy), it was crowded with confusing statistics and figures; the numerous charts and graph originally included didn't do much to concisely communicate his value as an IT sales pro.

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