Clean, gray blocks of letters on the pages of conventional resumes can only do so much in helping a job applicant stand out to a prospective employer.
In today’s tough job market, grabbing an employer’s attention requires applicants to be creative in every respect. One segment of the talent pool that does an exceptional “job-seeking job” with its resumes is designers. These artists have to be creative because design agencies are usually bombarded with hundreds of applications.
Last week, the Global Human Resources Outsourcing (GHRO) team blogged about “Resume Writing 101.” This week, the team thought that taking a look at some unusual but effective resumes might help inspire some applicants as they put together their own. The resumes we’re going to take a look at might not be appropriate when seeking more buttoned-down jobs, but they do hint at possibilities for thinking beyond the ordinary.
For great resumes from people working in various creative fields, here’s a look at some of the best – “100 Most Creative Example Resumes of All Time” posted by Megha on Savedelete.com.
- Temitope Shoda is a London-based designer and aspiring architect. The concept of his Pocket CV (curriculum vitae) was to create a portable mini portfolio that clearly illustrated his work but was light and easy to carry about. His aim was to create a resume that expressed the idea of construction and art. He did this by using a “bolt and wash” fixing to hold the CV together. The fixing expresses the idea of construction while the pages express the idea of art.
- Michael Anderson, based in Romney, W. Va., is a designer, photographer and illustrator whose resume is an Infographic—a graphic visual representation of the information, data and knowledge underlying his career. Anderson’s “resume-as-Infographic” presents complex information quickly and clearly. In his visually compelling self-presentation, Anderson doesn’t show any of his actual work yet he still succeeds in showing off his talent. Not only can he create great graphics, he also proves he can turn “boring” facts and figures into something exciting.
- Ariane Denise Lunod earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and PR from Polytechnic University of the Philippines in May 2009. She currently works as a home-based copywriter for an international brand of lingerie. Fashion is her passion and she’s interested in becoming an account executive for a multinational advertising agency or landing a job at a fashion magazine. Her highly creative, visually graphic resume presents her awards and achievements using arresting images placed on a busy desktop background covered with manual typewriter, paper clips and notes, but with an iPhone thrown in to keep things current.
- Twenty-three-year-old Hong Kong designer Chester, LAU Cheuk Hang created a resume with white text on black background supporting his focus on information design, typography, illustration and branding.
- Sabrina Saccocio is a TV, radio, print and Web producer who created a new kind of CV — resume as Facebook page. “How brilliant is this?” blogged Steve Pratt, the Director of CBC Radio 3 who received this resume. “She’s taken a format everyone is familiar with – the Facebook profile page – and totally subverted it into a resume.”
- In his “Curriculum Vitae,” Chicago-based graphic designer Greg Dizzia used colorful graphics to list his history in the design world (some lesser clients have been left out). It took him approximately 15 hours to design and build the resume. He used Univers, a realist sans-serif typeface, exclusively. “This is an appendage to a traditional resume, to be included as a forward page in my portfolio. During an interview … my resume itself was becoming a pivoting point in the negotiation of my position.” Dizzia says he gets much better reactions from people in creative positions than from people in HR.
- Krista Gregg is a Chicago-based graphics designer and 2005 Westwood College (Chicago) graduate with a b.a. in applied science visual communications. Krista went noticeably retro with a designed based on letter-sized lined notebook paper universally familiar to students.
- Francis Homo, like Ariane Denise Lunod, earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising and PR from Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In his highly visual resume, Francis creatively split his career experiences along a right-brain / left brain motif.
- Texas-based Kristian Leigh Walsh was inspired by a childhood game in creating this resume. The Game of Life, also known simply as LIFE, is a board game originally created in 1860 by Milton Bradley, as The Checkered Game of Life (and later produced by the Milton Bradley Company of Springfield, Mass.). The Game of Life, America’s first popular parlor game, simulates a person’s travels through his or her life, from college to retirement, with jobs, marriage and possible children along the way. Kristian simply followed the game outline as a resume career track.