Coetail, Design

Telling My Story In An Infographic Resume

As part of my COETAIL course, I took on the assignment to redesign my resume in an infographic style. I already had a fairly unique looking resume (it is still up on my Resume page but will be archived soon) but I wanted to get it down to a single page. After many revisions, here is the latest version:

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Sonya terBorg – Resume (PDF)

My thoughts on this version:

  • I like the little icons (thanks Noun Project!) as I think they add a clean visual to the document
  • I like the photo of me and my daughter as it shows a very important part of who I am without me having to articulate that I am a mom
  • I like the QR code link to my personal blog
  • Creating the ‘bar graph’ of things I believe in was actually really hard – the ranking of items – and I liked that this gave me the opportunity to reflect on what was important to me, philosophically
  • I am on the fence with the L/R Brain although I do like the idea of this. I just took an online quiz and that was the result and so I took the key words from the test analysis and created the little graphic.
  • I really like the “Let me help you” and “Hire me” titles (this idea ‘remixed from #23 on this list) and these titles helped me to focus on what I wanted to say about my skills and my purpose
  • I thought the timeline was an easy way to see where I have been although it does make it clear how much I jump around!
  • I really wanted to keep the concentric circles but I modified the wordiness of them and refined my purpose.

I have spent so long looking at elements of good design that it really was hard to narrow this down.  I think the resume looks good (it is entirely done in Pages, btw, as I wanted to try not using anything ‘fancy’ but to see if I could create something in a fairly standard program).  I do think I will also create a ‘slick professional’ resume that is less infographic-ish.

I think this would stand out in a pile of resumes – I just hope for the right reasons and not because the recruiter wanted to be sure to not take a second look!  I think I would like to partner this resume with an online profile such as the one I am working on at  and I updated a previous one that I had created at


7 thoughts on “Telling My Story In An Infographic Resume”

  1. I LOVE it!
    👏❤️👍 – this is me saying, “yay! Love it! Good work!”
    Could you fit “growth mindset” into the L/R Brain graphic?

    1. Always my loudest champion xx Growth Mindset – yes! See, we need to live in the same town again! P.S. I am going crazy on Twitter following #SXSWedu -remind me again why we aren’t there?

  2. Hot sh-t! Nice looking resume! I dig it! Alright, you’re hired. Hope you aren’t planning on going anywhere.

    1. Ha! You can’t get rid of me that easily! No – it was time for an update and like I said, coincided with needing to do a visual design project for my course. You’re stuck with me for a while longer yet….

  3. Wow! Love it Sonya! You are so talented and creative and smart!

    Sent from my iPad


  4. I love the icons, the “I’m an advocate for…” and “Hire me…”. Fantastic. So clean and easy to read. The consistency of colour and style with your blog are a great idea too. Would that be called branding?

  5. Very cool! I’m in humble awe of your infographic wizardry. I appreciate how I can get a sense of who you are and what you value… which I guess is the whole point of a professional’s resume, right? The limited colour palette was cosy on the eyes, smooth but not sterile.

    Two minor suggestions:

    1) The mixed capital letters on this part threw me a bit: “Lead faculty meetings on Questions, Tech integration, and Goal setting” Maybe standardize when you are going to use capitals (i.e. proper nouns only)?

    2) on the timeline, the little years under and over the rounded rectangles seem a little squished to me. Increase the font size? Or change to a non monospaced bar codey style that is a little cleaner?

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