50 Shades Of Resume #5: The Progress Chart

Resume 5

Let’s talk about progress, specifically the detailed chart Steve Duncan of Sven Studios made for his career.

Steve goes all out with a detailed, color-coded outline of his entire career. It shows work, education, what he did when, and specific events. It’s his life as a timeline.

So taking a look what stands out:

  • The sense of organization is obvious. This is a guy capable of thinking of his life and career in this organized a manner. Makes me think I should be doing Gantt charts of my career. A good takeaway here is to remember how a resume arrangement says something.
  • Lots of detail. His life is pretty much here.
  • It actually tries to combine several elements of a career into a single graph and show how they relate. It breaks the usual “categories” of resumes to say something different.
  • It gives a more unified, larger picture – that’s not always common in resumes, which tend to be broken into “life chunks”

Now as for improvements and issues

  • This is definitely a supplemental resume or one to keep on a portfolio. Not a resume I’d send in alone.
  • The font size is a bit small and could be larger
  • Sometimes the text is a bit too much – too much detail.
  • This might go well paired with a skills acquisition or history graph, if you’re going to go graph-focused.
  • If you paired this with a “regular” resume using a similar color scheme, it’d be an excellent bit of combined branding. If it was combined with a portfolio site with the same color scheme, that’d be great.

Steve’s Summary: If I got this resume it’d be interesting – especially if the job required a lot of organizational ability. But I’d want it with another resume that’s more traditional. I’d also probably wonder if this guy should be a fellow manager.

[“50 Shades of Resume” is an analysis of various interesting resumes to celebrate the launch of the second edition of my book “Fan To Pro” and to give our readers inspiration for their own unique creations.]

– Steven Savage