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Social Networking For Recruitment

Social Networking For Recruitment


Infographic Review

Infographic Design: C+

The design is a little chaotic for me. This is mainly caused by all the different color fonts and graphs randomly placed. I think there are some good images but the information needs to be organized better.

Infographic Information: B

I found the information to be interesting and even feel a part of the statistics as I searched for my current job through an online social network. This information shows employers how beneficial social networking can be for recruiting.

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Creating Jobs Through Investment

Creating Jobs Through Investment

The EB-5 Visa Program is an increasingly popular measure that has been steadily attracting foreign investors for the promise of a green card. The EB-5 Visa, first instituted in 1990, is centered on the premise that for an investment of $500,000-$1 million in the American economy, including the creation of 10 full-time jobs, a foreign national can obtain a green card.


Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

The design for this infographic has a professional look to it that many readers will appreciate. This topic is a more serious and professional topics that deserves a sleek professional design. The grey background highlights the white and blue text colors. I like that large image of the Earth showing the region that is discussed in the infographic. I wish that the main title was at the top so it was the first thing readers would see.

Infographic Information: D

The information made me feel a little lost. I was confused once I started reading the information. I see the title but once I read the text I has a hard time make the connection. The information seems to be showing some great data but I was not sure what it was showing me. I think a little more text explain each graph would be nice.

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Accounting Salaries Statistics Infographic

Accounting Salaries Statistics Infographic

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Finance and Accounting jobs can be some of the hardest jobs to have. They require a lot of knowledge and education that many do not want to take the time to learn. This infographic explains why a career in finance or accounting might be something to look into.

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Infographic Design: B-

The first think I see when I look at the infographic is the big percentage at the top which makes me think that it is an interest rate. My thought is that this is a flyer for a bank about their interest rates because all of the numbers are percentages. This can be a turn off for people who find that type of information boring. I like that there are clearly defined sections that break up the infographic. The colors go with the topic because they are professional colors that look like they could be used in a finance office or an accounting office. The pictures also fit with this theme and the graph that shows the rate of salary increases looks like something I would see in a financial institution. Since a lot of the information was from Australia and relates to Australia it is nice that there is a picture of Australia in the infographic. The images for the salary roles section work with this theme. I would normally say that they are not exciting enough but for this topic I believe that they work well. I think the idea for this infographic was to be more professional and clean rather than creative and different. This is because more young professionals would be reading this and they usually like more logical and clear information. So while the layout might seem a little boring to me I think that it does a good job of reaching its target readers.

Infographic Information: C

The information might be good for someone who is in school trying to figure out what they want to do and whether finance or accounting is right for them. The information is easy to read but it is very basic and does not offer in depth information that would help the reader to make a decision. A lot of the information is focused on Australia which limits the reach of the information to just Australians or those looking to move there. It is important for the information to be able to reach a large audience. The incentives and benefits section talks about the extra things that employers might give to employees that might attract them. This section seemed a little obvious but I guess for those who have not worked for a large company before they would be surprised. Not all companies offer benefits like these but it would be nice to have a job that did. Overall the information did not quite meet the mark. There is a lot of great information that could have been included but we were just left with a few statistics and some nice titles and images.

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Key accounting salary trends in Australia

  •     Nearly half Australian CFOs expect salaries to rise in 2012
  •     34% expect a rise of between 3-4%
  •     The boom in the resources sector means salary rises are more prolific in Brisbane and Perth
  •     Employers are looking at non-monetary rewards and benefits to retain their staff

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UK Business Infographic

UK Business Infographic

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This infographic looks at UK business.  The design is understated, and the information communicated is simple, if you can wrap your head around it.

The heading says “If 27% of small UK businesses created just 1 job” but then jump to a section where they give us a little bit of data before  they finish that sentence.

A sample of small UK businesses was asked if they planned to hire anybody in the next year, and 73% of them said no.  That leaves us with the 27% from the header, so we know where that bit of data came from.

Apparently, there are 1,178,745 small businesses in the UK, so if 27% of those small businesses hired just one person, that would result in the creation of 318,261 new jobs.

The UK is at a 17 year high of 2.62 million people.  If those 318,261 jobs were created, it would reduce the UK unemployment rate to 2.3 million.

A graph shows you the unemployment trend from 2000 to 2011, with a projection into 2012, based on the information that 27% of small business plan to hire at least one person in the next year.

If all this comes to pass, 198,139 fewer people would claim a weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance, which would result in a £10.5 million savings for the UK government.


Design:  B-

I like the minimalist design, but believe the lettering could be larger without losing the impact of the data.  I also disagree with the color choices.

Information:  A-

The information is presented in an interesting way, and it is good information to know.

Source:  Simply Business

Where in the World are the American Jobs Infographic

Where in the World are the American Jobs Infographic

Where in the World are the American Jobs Infographic

This infographic asks a really important question – where in the world ARE the American jobs?  If you live in the U.S., odds are you know somebody (or may even be somebody) who is looking for a job.  The options are scarce, the pay is low, and the economy keeps getting worse and worse.  So, let’s look to see if this infographic can give us any answers.

Unemployment Rate

A graph shows us that in 1990 there were just under 7,000,000 unemployed people in the U.S.  As of 2010 there were almost 15,000,000 unemployed people in the country.  That was about 9.6% of the population.  As of July 2011, the unemployment rate was 9.1%.

Jobs Needed

Apparently, 150,000 new jobs need to be added each month in order to keep the growing population employed.  Bump that up against the 36,000 jobs that were added in January of 2011, and it’s easy to see why the unemployment rate stays so high.

Gross Jobs Lost and Gained

As for jobs lost, the amount seemed to rise steadily between 1993 and 2001, fall between 2002 and 2006, spike like crazy between 2008 and 2009, and finally take a plunge in 2009/2010.  As for jobs gained, there was a spike in 1995, a drop in 1996, and a decline until 2008, where there was a sharp drop.  Between 2009 and 2010 the amount of gross jobs gained has risen a little, which is a good thing.


The next section is aptly called “The Blame Game.”  A “pool of respondents” have a few different explanations as to why the unemployment rate is increasing.  Some think it’s because of less expensive labor performed by people who came to the U.S. from a different company.  Some think it’s because we’re outsourcing so much work to other countries to save money.  Others thin kit is because of Wall Street.  Yet others blame George W. Bush, while others blame Obama.  The numbers in this section don’t make sense to me, unless the pool of respondents were able to give more than one answer, or they did the percentages based on asking person A if they believed one was true and 74%, for example, said yes.  This is a point of contention for me with most infographics.  I was taught to show my math.  And I do.  But alas, I digress…

It Gets Worse

Not only is the unemployment rate awful, but the import/export balance is in the dumper.  The gap between what America exports and imports is growing – in 1991 the U.S. imported $488,172 millions of dollars worth of stuff while exporting $421.922.9 million – leaving a negative balance (money earned from exporting minus money spent by importing goods) of $66,249.8 million.  In 2006, the negative balance was over $827,970.0 million, with us importing a lot more.  In 2010, the U.S.’s biggest export to China was “scrap and trash.”  What they want with scrap and trash, I don’t know, but that’s pretty bad that scrap and trash beat out, volume-wise, anything we built or manufactured.

What People Earn

This tiny section addresses the median earnings of someone with a high school diploma vs. someone with a Bachelor degree, and for some reason tells us the salary of the average software engineer.  There are 155 million in the workforce total, with 39.1% corporate taxes, whatever that means.  It’s not clear.

Who are We Outsourcing To?

India, China, and Latin America.  I guess this is where the software engineer salary information comes into play, since we outsource that a lot and the pay to people in other countries is a lot less.  Unfortunately, there are lots of perks for companies who outsource.  The infographic tells us that, but it does not address any disadvantages a company faces when outsourcing work to other countries.  That would have been useful information, I think.

Factors for Outsourcing

They list the top 5 things executives consider when choosing an outsourcing partner.  Not surprisingly, labor costs are the biggest consideration, followed by technology and infrastructure capabilities, then skilled labor, THEN language proficiency, and then economic stability.

Job Creation U.S. vs. Elsewhere

Look at the graph and weep.

Design:  B

I didn’t love the colors or font used, but the graphic was laid out OK and despite my issues with the color and font choices, I found the graphic mildly visually appealing.

Information:  B+

I always want to know more.  The infographic did address the question of where are the American jobs – clearly they are not in America anymore, but I would have liked more explanation to the percentages given for things, and would have liked to have seen more information regarding American exports.  All in all, a solid infographic.

Source:  Online MBA Programs


Profile of the UK Private Sector Infographic

Profile of the UK Private Sector Infographic

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You’ll have to click into the image in order to be able to read the text – the type is very small and the infographic is wider than most, so I had to do the best I could.  This infographic talks about the UK’s private sector in terms of where they work – industry and region, and addresses the turnover rate.  I had to google what “SME” means, and it means “small and medium enterprises” so now I know that when I didn’t before.  Don’t you love learning?  But I digress…


Because so many bits of this infographic talk to one another, we need to do a quick overview.  First off, what the colors mean in each.  There is a key in each section telling what the colors mean for that particular portion of the graphic.

By Size

In this section, the colors represent the size of companies in employees – and the large central circle tells us that SMEs account for 99.9% of the UK’s private sector, and they provide 59.1% of jobs.  We find the largest amount of turnover in companies with 500 employees or more, but that is to be expected.  An SME has 250 or less employees (see how handy knowledge is?) so that means that less than half of employee turnover occurs in small and medium businesses.  48.7%, to be exact.

By Industry

In this section, the colors represent the industries in which people work.  Then there are some boxes with color blocks inside them that show which industries have the highest employment rate, the highest turnover, and which industries comprise the highest percentage of enterprise.  It was a neat way to display the information, which could get very unruly, I would imagine.  At a glance, you can see that Wholesale and Retail Trade has the highest turnover, and the highest employment percentage, while construction accounts for the largest chunk of all enterprises.

By Region

Going clockwise to the last section, turnover, employment, and enterprises are displayed by region, each color representing a different region.  At a glance, we can see the highest employment AND turnover takes place in London, and East of England has the largest number of enterprises.

Design:  A

The layout is clever, and they managed to condense a lot of bulky information into a streamlined fashion.  That is, after all, what infographics are all about.

Information:  A

Good job overall.

Source:  simplybusiness.co.uk and Public Liability Insurance

What to be a Nurse? Infographic

What to be a Nurse? Infographic

This infographic hits close to home. No, I’m not a nurse and I don’t play one on TV, but I wife is a nurse, both in the operating room and in the office so I have seen what the field of nursing can bring to someone’s life. It brings a great sense of fulfillment, but can also bring high stress and a lot of anxiety. It is a tough job and you can burn out if you aren’t careful. Other than teachers, I can’t think of many jobs where people are as underpaid as nurses, but I digress…

“Hello Nurse” takes a graphic look at what it’s like to be a nurse and what it takes to become one. It starts out at the top of the infographic with a very clever idea, a decision flow chart which asks questions to help you make your choice about about possible becoming a nurse. Of course it’s simplistic, it is an infographic after all but I respect the idea and with the space they have, the designer did a nice job fitting in a lot of questions that many people considering nursing would probably want answers to.

More helpful information about where nurses work (mostly hospitals and doctor’s offices), where potential growth is in the field of nursing, what type of tasks nurses perform and my favorite, where are nurses happiest in their chosen lie of work, are all found in this infographic on nursing. Nurses are happiest, surprisingly so, educating other nurses, not dealing with patients, but that is a close second.

And women still dominate the profession of nursing: there are 19 women for every one male nurse. Sounds like a great career to meet women with similar interests to me.

I’m not sure about the color palette, or lack of a color palette. The designer has chosen a primarily black and white theme, which is odd considering this is a visual medium and information usually does better when colors are used. Color helps keep interest and can act as a guide. Using only shades of gray doesn’t call anything out and gives it a “government flavor,” which isn’t a good thing. The only color exists at the top and the color images used are a bit confusing. Nurse can’t prescribe medicine for the most part, rarely give shots and don’t doctors and bank tellers give out lollipops? The choice of typeface is excellent. A condensed font that allows for good readability. The font also takes of up less space to allow a natural amount of white space for the eye to follow the decision flow chart.

The information is healthy and robust, but the graphic design could use a few days in the design hospital.

Design: C+

I felt the black and white palette was cop-out rather than a smart design choice. I did really like the decision flow chart, great idea.

Information: A-

All the really important “black and white” facts for initial consideration for being a nurse. Helpful questions and answers were all relevant to this decision.