When it comes to applying for creative positions, you should not be afraid to go a little “extra” when it comes to representing yourself. Adding a touch of your personality will allow your future recruiter to get to know you better and to have a better idea of what you can bring to the table.
Wondering what you can do to spice things up a little?
Use something else than paper
This might sound impossible but there are many creative job seekers who have mastered the art of making their resume as visual as possible. Try using something that will represent the company well and tailor your resume to the job by incorporating details that will show that you have the skills it takes to execute the tasks. If you are applying for a position in design for a company selling milk, why not design your resume on a plain milk box?
This candidate did it!
Or get inspired by this candidate who wrote his resume on a starbucks cup
Tired of the same old black and white resume? One of the methods you can use to stand out, is to add some colors to your document. You could use colored titles for example to bright things up a little.
Add charts and metrics
Using bullet points to list your skills is not very creative if you ask me. Using charts will allow you show quantifiable achievements. This method is not only different/original but will also be more practical to evaluate by your recruiting team.
Add a header
Include a clear, hard-hitting statement at the very top of the resume that effectively defines who you are. Keep in mind that the most important thing is to say a lot about yourself, with as less words and paper as possible. The header is like an elevator pitch that could replace your cover letter if it is catchy enough and allows the reader to get to know you better and the reasons you wish to work for the company.
End with a call to action
Ask your recruiter to follow you on specific social media platforms. Do not forget to add links to any websites that will allow him/her to see your work.
Use a storytelling format
Customize your resume to tell a story. The reader, while going through it, should be able to follow your accomplishments, skills, and knowledge.
The most important thing, even more than creativity, is that your resume is easy to read. Keep the design simple and focused. Do not overwhelm your resume with useless information. Don’t overuse fancy fonts and colors if this will make it harder to read. Also keep in mind that Infographic resumes are creative but they’re not right for every job. Do your research first in order to determine whether or not an infographic would be appropriate for the particular company you’re applying for.
Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints