Maybe you don’t have the experience or the skills—yet—but you’ve got your eye on a particular company or a particular position. Or maybe you are plumb full of experience and talent, and you’re not sure how to set yourself apart from the competition.
Enter the creative resume.
Creative resumes are finely crafted sales pitches that uniquely define who you are, what you can bring to the table, and how well you know the company you are applying to. A creative resume can be a bold and risky move, but one that could also land you the interview—and the job—you’ve always wanted.
After you get yourself in the right mindset, all you need to do next is come up with a really great idea, which, of course, is easier said than done.
Check out these examples:
• Applicants with a technology background can show their expertise by creating an online resume at a personal URL, using the programming and coding they excel at.
• Those in creative fields may have steeper competition, but they also have more ways of expressing themselves. Show your true colors in a visually stimulating info graphic, create an actual product that showcases your copywriting skills, or build a resume website that demonstrates your knowledge web design.
• Have a unique skill, trade, or talent? Get your would-be employer’s attention by using their own product or service as part of your resume. We all like seeing our name in print, and this is just as true for companies.
And remember, your resume could be mind-blowing, but if it misses a deadline, contains misspelled words, or contains information that isn’t true, it won’t do you any favors. And always keep a paper copy of your resume handy as a backup.