Interactive Tableau Resume Template

Having an interactive resume shows employers that you are up-to-date on the latest trends in data analytics, differentiates you from other applicants, and it looks cool. 

Contents:   (Click to Jump to)
Step 1:  Download the resume template workbook and browse the features.
Step 2:  Download and fill out the data source for the resume template.
Step 3:  Replace the template workbook data sources with your new data.
Step 4:  Replace default images.
Step 5:  Filter out or edit any non-applicable template features.
Step 6:  Edit the Timeline axes and change event visual type if needed.
Step 7:  Create calculations for your proficiency dates and display them.
Step 8:  Publish your interactive resume to Tableau Public.

Want something different than this template? No problem! 

1.  Download the resume template workbook and browse the features. 

As a student you can get Tableau Desktop for free (click here)! 
Tableau Public is a free version of Tableau Desktop. (Download Tableau Public here!)

*** Tableau Public is also the name of the free platform that we publish to and share content. You do not need to download the app to publish content to the platform if you are using Tableau Desktop. ***

To get started, download the workbook below into Tableau Desktop or Tableau Public. (Click the download icon on the bottom menu ribbon of the workbook below.)

Next, let's browse the features of our resume template. Check out the video below for a quick demo. After this video, there are instructions on how to add your data to automatically populate the resume including your name, experience, and more!

Now that you are comfortable with the features, it is time to get to the data.

2.  Download and fill out the data source for the resume template. 

Download the data template here on Google Drive and you may save it on your local drive. 

The data source is a spreadsheet containing five tabs with a columnar data structure - which Tableau loves.

Tab 1: Home Location - The location or residence you'd like displayed on the resume.

  • City
  • State/Province 
Tab 2: Proficiency Dates - This tab has columns used in calculated fields (Step 7) that dynamically add how long you've had experience with certain tools, concepts, etc. to be displayed along with your background. Below are two examples.

  • Date I Started Using Tableau (m/d/yyyy)
  • Date I Started Data Science Research (m/d/yyyy)
Tab 3: Contact Info - Your current title or position to be displayed, links to contact you, and a brief overview of your background and goals.

  • Current Title
  • Email
  • Tableau Public URL
  • Twitter URL (Make sure this is a professional account!)
  • LinkedIn URL
  • Blog URL
  • Background (Who you are, what you're good at, and what value you bring.)
** If you do not have (or want to share links to) the above URLs, leave the column blank and remove the icon on the Tableau dashboard. We will cover this in Step 5. ** 

Tab 4: Resume Timeline -  This is the data that highlights your experience including: education, employment, professional development, awards, certifications, and volunteer work.  

  • Type - This is the category of experience for the timeline. Feel free to swap or remove these but keep the categories to a maximum of six for aesthetics. 
  • Organization - This is the grantor of the experience, for example, your employer.
  • Title - This is the title of the position or award.
  • Description - Be sure to use bullet points if highlighting multiple accomplishments. 
  • Location - Where the experience took place. 
  • Started On - What date did you start the experience?
  • End Date - If still on-going, leave this blank.
  • Date for Timeline - This is the date where the event will plot on your timeline. If there are two events from the same category (like awards) on the same date, we can adjust the date +/- one month (or days) to better visualize this data.
Tab 5: Skills -  List the skill categories that you want to highlight. These may include: spoken languages, technical skills like programming, and soft skills like "attention to detail". 

  • Category - Category of skill.
  • Type - The name or description of the skill. 
  • Details - More information of the skill and why it qualifies you for a position.
  • URL - You may want to provide more detail via URL for your skills. If not, leave blank.
After you are finished updating the data source to reflect your expertise and skills and save it, it is time to connect it to your workbook.

3.  Replace the template workbook data sources with your new data. 

Open the Resume Template in Tableau Desktop (or Public). 

To the left of the "Resume Template" dashboard, there is a tab named "Data Source" with a data source icon. Click on this tab.

A window will appear asking, "Where is the data file?" Simply navigate to your resume data source and open the file. 

Click on the dashboard tab "Resume Template" at the bottom left.
If using Tableau Desktop, click on Data > Refresh All Extracts...

Click the "Refresh" button.

To refresh the data if you are using Tableau Public, first navigate to the dashboard. 
On the menu ribbon, click on Data > Contact Info > Refresh. You may be prompted to replace the file with your newly saved data source. Repeat this for the other data sources (spreadsheet tabs) to refresh your data.

*** Please go through the data sources and ensure the data connection was changed in Tableau! ***

You should now see your data populated on the resume.

** Do events appear to be missing on your timeline? Don't worry, we will fix this in Step 6.**

4.  Replace default images. 

There are default images on the resume template that you can replaceProfile photo (both on default and mobile layouts) and Featured Work (only on default layout).

** If you do not feel comfortable displaying your photo, that's perfectly fine! We can delete the image in the next step. **

 To replace an image, right click and select "Edit Image..." 

 Click "Choose" and select your image. Be sure to Fit and Center for best results. You may also add a Target URL to the image if you desire.

Toggle the Device Layout to "Phone" and replace this image as well.

Repeat these above steps for "Featured Work" or feel free to continue use the Tableau sparkle logo if your work is on Tableau Public. Be sure to add the Target URL to your Featured Work image.

5.  Filter out or edit any non-applicable template features.

To better personalize your resume, there are a few tasks we will need to address. 

These may include:
  • Removing the photo if applicable.
  • Removing any social media icons that are not applicable. 
  • Writing a personalize introduction and "More About Me" section.
  • Editing the Qualifications parameter if applicable.

Removing the photo.
If you would rather not have a photo on your resume, simply remove the image from the dashboard and delete it. This will add some space to your right tab, so adjust this to be wider.

Removing any social media icons that are not applicable. 
If you do not have or want one of the options for contact, remove the icon worksheet from the dashboard and delete it. 

Writing a personalize introduction and "More About Me" section.
For your personalized introduction in the upper right and the "More About Me" section in the bottom middle, simply right click to edit the text. Be sure to keep it concise as not to run out of room! Double check the length of the text on both the Default and Phone Device Preview.

Editing the Qualifications parameter if applicable.
In your "Skills" data source (spreadsheet tab), you are able to create several categories for your qualifications. For interactivity, these categories may be toggled by a parameter named "Select" in the Tableau workbook. If you have added categories or changed the name of any of these categories, we will need to Edit the Parameter.

Right click on "Select" parameter > Edit... 

In this window, click on Add values from > Skills > Category

6.  Edit the Timeline axes and change event visual type if needed.

The resume timeline is actually two worksheets. One is a Gantt chart (bars) to visualize the duration of the experience and the other worksheet is for a single day event, like an award, visualized by circles.

*** Since we are using two worksheets to appear as one it is imperative that the axes match.***  

Navigate to the "Timeline" worksheets. There are four in total.

On the Gantt chart Timeline worksheet(s), navigate to Columns and click on the down arrow of the continuous date field (green pill) and select "Show Header".

Dates will display on the x-axis. Hover over these dates and right click to Edit Axis. 

A window will pop up that shows the Fixed Start and Fixed End of the Axis. 

*** Choose the best start and end dates for your timeline and ensure that they are all the same on all four "Timeline" worksheets. ***

The Timeline (Circle) worksheets display the axis header, so we just need to right-click to edit these. 
However, when completed editing the axes on the Timeline (Gantt) and Timeline (Gantt) (Mobile) worksheets, right click on the axis and unselect "Show Header" shown highlighted in blue below.

You may also need to edit the timeline visual types (Gantt bar vs circle) to better suit your experience. Also, if any experience types have been added or renamed in the data column "Type" in the "Resume Timeline" data source (spreadsheet tab), we need to Edit the Set.

Go to any Timeline worksheet and find the "Type Set (filter)" set in the left side data window. (Sets have a Venn diagram icon.) 
Right click > Edit Set... 
Select all of the Types that belong together in the Gantt chart view. Any events that are single-date should not be selected in this set. 

This should correct any changes made in the experience Type in the data and switch the visualization type if required.

7.  Create calculations for your proficiency dates and display them.

When adding your experience to the data, you may have added dates to the "Proficiency Dates" tab. We will need to create calculated fields to add the number of years of experience they carry and display them in a tooltip on the default layout dashboard and as text on the mobile layout dashboard.

First, for the default layout, let's navigate to the "My Info" worksheet that also has your name, title, and location. 

Click on the "Proficiency Dates" data source on the upper left. 

Now you should see two calculated fields already created: "Data Science Experience" and "Tableau Experience". 

Choose one of these to duplicate (Right Click > Duplicate) and Edit to replace with the other Proficiency Date you'd like to add. Rename the field accordingly.

Drag the new calculation on the Tooltip button in the Marks box. Next, click on the Tooltip button and add this experience under the Qualifications header.

Now, navigate to the mobile layout and go to the "More About Me (Mobile)" worksheet.

This time, drag the new calculation(s) to the Text button on the Marks box. Click on the Text button and then ellipses to add the new experience under "Qualifications".

8.  Publish your interactive resume to Tableau Public.

Now that you have completed your resume, it's time to publish it on Tableau Public's platform to share!  

On the Menu ribbon, go to Server > Tableau Public > Save to Tableau Public As
Rename your resume and click Save. 

Viola! You now have an amazing interactive resume that will stand out to employers and show off your data viz skills using Tableau Software.

On the bottom right, you will see a share icon. When clicked, you will find several options to share your resume! 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. 

Happy vizzing!