Our video job description platform Ongig helps create visually appealing job postings, but on the other side of the career equation is a world of visually-appealing resumes.

We found one (thanks to Anonymous Ongig client for sending it in!) of a British entrepreneur named Dave Ingram now living in Mill Valley, CA. Here it is:

How David Came About Creating His Infographic Resume (aka “Resu-graphic”)

David said that he when he left his last business (Universal Business Listing), he found himself sending out his old-fashioned resume to recruiters, employers, etc.

But he realized his old resume was boring and he had an ah-hah moment that the purpose of the resume is to get an interview.

“The first step in getting a job is to stand out in a crowd,” David points out.

So, he went to designer Jason Orr and paid him $1,500 to get it done.

David handed Jason 7 pages of notes about himself, including what he had done in the past, what sports he liked, some milestones he’s achieved, etc.

Jason then designed the infographic resume you see above (David called it a “resugraphic”).

David then emailed the resugraphic out to a bunch of contacts and it got him an interview with Dan at mPowa (based out of London and Mill Villey, CA);  that led to David securing his job.

Nice job, David!

If you like infographics and resumes but want to go the free route, you might check out our piece on A Cool, Free Way To Show Your LinkedIn Profile As An Infographic.


About the Author — Rob Kelly is co-founder & CEO of Ongig: the video job descriptions platform that includes job search, microsites and more to power your company careers site. Early clients of Ongig include Yelp, GoDaddy, Verizon Digital and Autodesk. 

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43 Responses to “Now Here’s A Bad-Ass Resume (Cost: $1,500)”

  1. Nina Merklina

    Can not agree more. As someone who goes through a large number of resumes – this one is a GIFT. Immediate snapshot and then – details. Definitely a trend and definitely the future of self-presentation, and not just for job application.

  2. Jason Webster

    I’ve spent most of my career in a hiring capacity. Through that experience, I have looked at literally tens of thousands of resumes. I can honestly say that this one is the best I have ever seen, and it shows how much the game is changing. I suspect David would not have any trouble getting interviews with this as his lead.

  3. T.Olpin

    Sadly this is what you get when over zealous designers attempt to reinvent the CV wheel, and mistake style for value. Elegant typesetting with a considered composition would be much more pleasing. A place to keep notes? Kill it with fire.

  4. a person in the design field

    This resume is terrible.

    It tries to highlight so many things at once and looks so disorganized that I don’t know what to look at first. Instead of a clear path for your eyes to follow I jump around the page for a good 5 seconds before I pick something random to start reading.

    Instead of having silly lines with the command to “take notes here”, leave room in the margins to take notes.

    Nobody cares what kind of shitty car you drive.

    The smiley face and frown face hexagons stand out more than his skills, which should be a highlight.

    There’s no continuity between design elements. The random angles on his info box don’t relate to anything else, the hexagons are totally arbitrary, the qr code and car picture look like they were randomly thrown in wherever there was room.

  5. Pau Tang

    Can we all just agree on the following:

    1. Hiring managers like it; and
    2. Designers think it’s shit.

  6. Jimmy McMillan

    “David handed Jason 7 pages of notes about himself, including what he had done in the past, what sports he liked, some milestones he’s achieved, etc.”


  7. Ron George

    I think the funniest thing about this…. he’s trying to get into my line of work. He claims to be ‘designing’ software, which is what I do. Nowhere does he talk about his education, or qualifications to do so. He talks about partner management, increasing profits, but he doesn’t discuss Human Computer Interaction. If he wants to be a Group Product Manager, he should list himself as such. If he wants to be a User Experience Designer…. well, his resume would be thrown in the garbage by myself if I saw it. For full disclosure, here is my linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rongeorge

  8. TJ Combo

    Well, regardless of what people might think of the design choices: it got him a job, no? Mission accomplished. Moving on…..

        • Dave Ingram

          Hi Hagan
          I’m sorry you feel that way, but please allow me to set the record straight, I do so dislike one-sided discussions.
          My inspirations for the Infographic resume were two articles that I found on techcrunch and mashable. One of those articles featured resumes that you had designed and, yes, indeed as a result we spoke about you producing a visual resume for me.
          Unfortunately your overseas trip and unavailability led me to seek other designers that could fulfill my brief. And yes, I found one, the great Jason Orr whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with on other projects since.
          Yes, I do LOVE your resume designs, and I’m sure others will also, but I’m sorry you don’t have the monopoly on that idea, you are not the only one doing this, and I honestly can’t see any reason why one would not get several quotes for creating such work and pick the one that on all factors is most appropriate, isn’t that what anyone would do for any creative project.
          I think in fact that you are disappointed that you didn’t get the work (but a fact of business is that few of us win every proposal that we make), and perhaps you see this thread as a means to air that and promote your own business.
          In which case I think you may have achieved your goal.
          I absolutely wish you great success in your business and life but, please, airing your disappointment over a lost piece of business in a pubic forum seems odd.

          And for others reading the thread… Having recruited many many people over the years, and having had the displeasure of wading through hundreds if not thousands of unremarkably presented resumes, I do happen to think that visual resumes are a great way to stand out from the pack for certain types of roles and certain recruiters, and I would certainly encourage anyone to consider Hagan, Jason or anyone else you may find to design your own.

          Kind regards

          • Hagan Blount

            What’s odd is that nowhere in my comments does it indicate that I am worried about lost business. Most of my lost business comes from not being able to respond to the number of emails I get from my press hits. I do, however, care about people stealing my ideas as blatantly as this work does.

            Format isn’t copyrightable, but anyone who looks at both résumés will know exactly where the “inspiration” came from. Anywhere this résumé appears online, a link to mine will be right under it.

          • Gemredpanda

            The design you linked to is worse than the one posted here, and they both are terribly unoriginal and poorly executed. Not to mention the wholly miss the point of résumés. Get over yourself.

          • George

            I don’t think they look anything alike. Some subtle design features but that is it.

  9. Tim

    I have personally worked with this guy. He does not need the resume to make him look like a dbag, he does a good enough job on his own.

      • kean

        I dont understand resume this RIP OFFed fracas. Seriously. How would a traditionally email can be intellectually property assigned to an individual. So is the infographic. Ok so if he may or may have not rip you off (which can be coincidental). Cant you be a little charitable about it and help your fella jobseeker instead of being whinging and delicate flower about it? Lame

        • Hagan Blount

          There’s inspiration and there’s theft. This is theft and is not coincidental. He contacted me about designing the infographic before this was done and then fell off the map.

  10. Anonymous

    I love how he includes that he likes organized people, and then next to it, dislikes disorganized people. Wow, that’s some deep stuff right there…and he paid $1500 for this?

  11. Brian Gerber

    If it works… great design. If not, poor.

    Some KPIs: Awareness of Resume. Attention to Resume. Duration of Use. Referral Rate. Response Rate. Impression of candidate considered.


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