Sunday, September 19, 2010

Most resumes are pretty boring: text descriptions of each job, reverse chronological. Every once in a while you find a programmer who "gets creative", rendering their whole resume in C++ syntax or a mindmap. (We are hiring and got one of the creative ones yesterday-- well, I'm not sure what it was, but it managed to communicate I'd never want that person working on a user interface.)

I started to wonder what visualizations would be useful to a reader of a resume.
Although I think linkedin does a darn fine job, here was one idea I sketched out with my new library Csster.  I took some inspiration with recent work I've been doing with IDEO, as well as a summer of being surrounded by modern art in the Baltics.

Primary Programming Languages (click to view)

What do you think? Is it interesting enough to explore the data?

If you had one visualization to complement your resume, what would you want to convey?
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