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Have You Seen These? 5 Creative Resume Ideas That We Can All Learn From

At RezScore, we hear about crazy-cool-creative resumes all the time. We hear about t-shirts, videos, billboards – it’s amazing to see what extent some job seekers will go to get hired.

To be completely clear, while these ideas are super neat, we’re not big fans. Here’s why: these ideas stand out because they are one-of-a-kind. When hundreds of copycats do the same thing, they don’t stand out anymore. It’s just irritating.

However, there is still a lot to learn from these out-of-the-box applicants. Here are just a few:

The Slideshow Resume

Sure, we’re big fans of the one-page rule, but we don’t even think there is a rule about one-slide… Marie-Hélène’s resume is actually a slideshow! Just one step above your average digital resume, this slideshow gets the point across in 36 slides.

Lesson learned? Keep the different sections of your resume separate and well-defined to produce a strong and solid message.

The Twitter Resume

Today, job seekers are at a distinct advantage if they embrace social media. Not only does SM help increase networking potential, but it also helps establish an even more complete picture for potential employers to learn from. Lex, an aspiring writer for the nighttime show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, took this one step further and created
a Twitter account targeting Jimmy Fallon. Every day, Lex posts a joke as an ongoing application to the show. Lex hasn’t gotten hired yet, but has gained a considerable amount of notoriety.

Lesson learned? Your resume should be able to tell employers what you’re capable of. Providing concrete examples of accomplishments and responsibilities helps employers determine whether you are a good fit for the position.

The Matthew Epstein Approach

Without a specific tactic in mind, Matthew Epstein set out to get hired by Google through a multi-faceted attach through video, blogging, social media, and face-to-face networking. He got a lot of attention (in less than three months, his video application received 850,116 views!) and ended up getting hired in two months at a non-Google company that he loves.

Lesson learned? Targeting and personalizing your resume is worth it. The employer can tell when you spend time writing a cover letter and resume with them in mind.

The Graphic Resume

This approach definitely stands out and is actually kind of reasonable for certain professions. The graphic or illustrated resume is a great way for a creative type to show employers their design chops. We like Joe’s graphic resume, “The Reckoning”.

Lesson learned? Not only does your resume need to be filled with great content, but it also has to be pleasing to the eye (to some extent). Avoid massive blocks of text, cluttered formatting, and hard-to-read fonts for an aesthetically pleasing resume.

The Cake Resume

Erin, a student at Samford University, took the phrase “let them eat cake” a little to literally when applying to an internship. Instead of sending in a regular application, she baked a cake, iced it with her resume and sent it into the radio station she was applying to. In the end, she was hired!

Lesson learned? Know that your resume is versatile. Put it online, print it out, and bring it everywhere! The more you put your resume out there, the more readers you’re going to get.

What do you think? Do you know about any other crazy-cool resume ideas? What can
be learned from them?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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