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Recruiters spend just 6 seconds reading each job application, so it’s important to make your resume stand out from the crowd. And in a world where data literacy is one of the most in-demand skills in the workplace, your resume should reflect your ability to convey information and data in a clear, useful way.

As a recent graduate in a data-focused role, I’ve found that an interactive resume is much more impressive to a prospective employer than a standard PDF or Word document. No longer do you have to sacrifice design for content and gone are the days of pages of endless text. Why tell recruiters you’re a Tableau Data Rockstar, when you can show them?

Use a Gantt chart to demonstrate your skills

Use a Gantt chart to make your timeline quick and easy to understand. Unlike lists, Gantt charts call attention to the most important items on your timeline. Add specific dates and details into the tooltips, and use visual tooltips to highlight additional key points.

With a Gantt chart, you can provide a full timeline of your career and experience, allowing recruiters to quickly understand your history. Smart filtering and tooltips help provide context.

Viz by Martha Kang

You don't have to sweat the details

With an interactive resume, you no longer have to choose between clean design and detail. You can keep the design simple, and use tooltips to let the viewer dive into the details as they wish.

You can link to your LinkedIn profile

You’ll almost certainly want to link to your LinkedIn profile. And depending on your use of social media and the type of jobs you’re applying for, you may want to link to your Twitter profile as well. This is a great way to give the viewer a sense of your personality. But don’t just stop there! In cases where you want to include multimedia—to feature your portfolio assets, for example—you can add YouTube videos, Wikipedia pages, and even music to your resume.

Express your personality through creativity

Reading through hundreds of CVs gets tiring after a while, so imagine coming across a resume like the one below. Imagine the impact of seeing an interactive resume, in a sea of PDFs. You can use your creativity to convey your personality to recruiters. Your resume is a unique opportunity to show your creative flair, so think carefully about how you can use it to best present your personality, skills, and experience.

Check out this viz gallery for more examples of Tableau resumes.

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