After 17 years of marketing experience my traditional resume has gotten rather long. There are five pages of important milestones, interesting job progressions and award winning successes. It has become a really interesting list. BORING! While the list shows the depth of my experience, analytic capabilities and my attention to detail, it does nothing to start a conversation. And isn’t starting a dialog exactly what a resume is supposed to do! So, being in marketing I decided to visualize my background and teamed up with a talented designer friend to turn my list into an InfoGraphic that opens the door to dialog.

Let me tell you this was NOT easy. How do I turn five pages of accomplishments I’m deeply attached to into a two page visualization of my work. But by stepping back and talking it out with colleagues and the designer we came up with what I hope is a conversation starter.

This approach applies as much to a baker or teacher as it does to a marketing professional. If you want to work in a cupcakery – make your most tasty treat, attach the recipe with one important ingredient missing – offer to show the hiring baker the secret ingredient. Or if you’re a teacher build an amazing lesson plan and attach it to your credentials. Or maybe you want to be the next personal shopper at a department store – take pictures of the outfits you’ve put together for your friends. Whatever your passion, show it, don’t tell it. There’s no job too small for your story to shine through.