Wow. This is a timely discussion as I spent most of the week considering how to sell myself and how to re-write my resume to make it easier to read and make it more appealing.
I’ve done a reasonable amount of hiring in the last few years and I used this experience as a driver for my reworking. When you receive a stack of 20+ resumés you have to sort through them quickly, and for me if I couldn’t quickly see that someone “gets” UX then it was quickly in the out pile. Then I looked for a balance of skills that I/we needed, e.g. design, research, visual, IA, stakeholder skills etc.
I really like Mike’s approach, but for me interpreting the infographics was too hard. They were pretty, but I couldn’t quickly interpret them. Maybe the next iteration will swing better. I did like the fact it was under three pages through, anything longer is just too much – I’ll talk to you if I want to know more.
That’s my 2¢, and it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t put my own up for critique: http://eeoh.com.au/chris/resume/ which also goes alongside http://eeoh.com.au/chris/about/ These, and the web site, are a current work in progress, but I’m happy with the direction.
It’s good to see people exploring this area more, it can definitely be improved.
One last comment, not everyone hiring UX people gets or understands UX. Getting a resume through these people makes the challenge much harder.