Three years ago I didn’t even know that there was any other option to apply for a job different than the good old-fashioned resume. I knew there were some different formats, like functional, chronological or even creative resume, but the most popular tool to my knowledge was MS Word.
I had never asked myself whether I could make some major changes in my resume, like skipping some sections, adding new ones or completely changing the normal black’n white design. Just because I knew there was a standard and everything else is considered to be unprofessional… It had never even crossed my mind to deviate from the norm. Dedicating our life to creating the resumes that perfectly illustrate one’s personality, skills and experience, we’ve seen it all: starting from resumes with spelling mistakes and inappropriate photos, ending with super creative, beautifully designed and never-seen-before masterpieces.
There is no such thing as “resume standard” and there never will be! There are just some good practices to follow. With this article we want to share not only those masterpieces but some lessons we’ve learned by the ones who were brave enough to follow their hearts in the pursuit of their dreams.
- ### Gisele Henne
Gisele has done a great job from design point of view and a terrific one when looking closely at her content. Stressing on the fact that she has delivered 20 corporate projects and managed 40 books on an annual basis is a great place to start from. Focusing on tangible results rather than just listing your responsibilities is a trend that everyone now is talking about, even Google’s SVP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock.But what’s truly unique about her resume is the section “Creative Process” where you could understand more about her way of thinking, working and the level of professionalism she has.Last but not least, the “Etc.” section is a very smart way to grab employers’ attention and showcase some of your side activities that shaped you as the person you are now. I’m sure that things like being a ski instructor for 5 years, working 7 years as a Lifeguard, or playing the piano and guitar since you were a kid can actually tell a lot more about you than listing even relevant small projects or jobs you were working in the meantime. You can see her complete resume here.
- ### Pierre Rogers
Pierre Rogers has incorporated his passion for computer games in his resume. His completed missions are his achievements, his special attributes are his experience and his weapons are his software as a character artist. This resume pretty much spells “HIRED!” for a game development company. You can see Pierre’s other works here.
- ### Jimmy Moore
Presenting your experience timeline as a monkey evolving into a human is a stunning idea! Well done, Jimmy Moore! Mr. Darwin would have been really proud of you ? So it looks like you can change the entire format of the resume and it will still look great.
- ### Emily Bain
She stresses on her top professional strengths, putting them right below her name.She has also highlighted cleverly her awards, which are a typical attribute to every achiever – and we all know that all recruiters would rather hire that kind of people. Here you can learn more about her. We’ve found 2 different Emily resumes on the web so we decided to share them both and leave to you the decision which one’s better.
- ### Scott McDowell
is playful and inventive. It emphasizes his significant experience and is comprehensible. “Markets” is another example of a creatively added section, especially for someone who’s got a solid experience in the industry. I’d rather not comment the genius timeline he created.
- ### Linda Nakanishi
The short paragraph in the beginning is a really good start and the other thing that made us impression is the fact that she divided her top skills into “Work” and “Life” skills. Having in mind that recruiters spend 6 seconds on a résumé, I bet that this one’s gonna get the interview. You can check Linda’s website here.
- ### Deda
You have to see the full version of Deda’s remarkable resume! In it she shares not only the obligatory things (skills, experience, etc.) but also her Design Theory, Life Essentials, Personal Lifestyle Preferences and the Statement of Purpose – things that reveal much more about her personality which even Richard Branson admits to be the most important component when hiring. Why? Simply because tech skills can be easily learned but being persistent, diligent and communicative are things that are much harder to learn.
- ### Matteo Reggi
Matteo Reggi’s resumé is not only appearance-wise, but also content-wise. Maybe on purpose, maybe by mistake he repeated some of the information twice like his profile “Graphic Designer”, as well as his contact information, which we’d suggest not to do because the space in your resume is limited anyway. You can view his work here.
- ### Stuart Mayhew
We simply love this resume! Stuart Mayhew has greatly combined information regarding his knowledge and experience and has shaped it brilliantly with this design. Mentioning your clients, especially if companies like Microsoft and IMDB are amongst them, can be a very catchy moment in your resume. I really love the “Books read” section because it tells a lot about you. Some recruiters may look at this positively. Say “Oooh, interesting!”. Then again, if the culture of the company is overly corporate, they might think it’s useless and not hire you so make sure you know your target market and company culture. The best part, however is the “Places lived and travelled” section, where you realize that he has not just travelled a lot – he has lived abroad. This teaches you hell of a lot – from being independent to better understanding of our multicultural world – traits that companies are definitely looking for.
- ### Anton Yermolov
He has produced hundreds of copies of his simple and contemporary 1 page resume to hand them out. He has included information that is not typical, but in the same time pretty informative like travels, interests and characteristics. A great idea is to change the name of your “tech skills” section to a more job-specific one like Creative Fields or Management Skills, so that it’s more relevant to the position you are applying for. Go & see his work!
- ### Extraordinary Korean Style Resume
Undoubtedly a unique design but the best part is the “My Favorite Things” section – just sounds and looks spotless! The whole resume is worth seeing! Still, there’s one thing I can’t really understand – Binnacho, why are you finishing with “Please contact me…” ?! It may be interpreted as a sign of weakness which may damage your chances with the employer. Never show any kind of self doubt or lack of confidence – normally it’s a bad sign for employers.
- ### Magnus Henriksen
Magnus Henriksen has created this original resume that shows him both as a person and as a professional. Pretty simple, really straight-forward. Having such a resumé definitely confirms your skills as a designer and makes you stand out. What I love the most in his creative resume is his sense of humor – including 4 times the word “Boobies” in your resume is a bold move but having a dirty-joker in your team can be priceless ? Be careful, though ? You can check out some of his work here.
- ### Harrison Carter Watkins
Next up is Harrison Carter Watkins’ Creative Resume. “How I think” is a powerful section to include, especially the way he did it – separate it into two parts – “Thoughts & Method” and “Productivity and Speed” which add the personality layer next to the technical one. Another thing that makes a great impression is the quote in the middle “The details don’t make the design, they are the design.” I’ll definitely take that idea for my next resume! For more of his works check out his Behance profile.
- ### Chris Rowe
This resume is outstanding not only because of it’s visual appearance but because of the compelling manner Chris has described himself. Including sections like “Clearing the mind” or “The Intangibles” provide a lot of details about your true personality and are a much better way to express what kind of person you are. Besides, dividing your skill set into 3 parts – Knowledge, Design and Management & Communication, enables the recruiter to immediately see what your main areas of expertise are and gives him an incentive to keep on reading. See all his amazing works here.
- ### Pau Morgan
Here Pau has visualized his work experience in an easy-to-understand way so that the recruiter could proceed the information faster. He has also included the section “Expositions” which, in his case is pretty important and tells a lot about his abilities. Visit his personal website to enjoy more of his work.
3 things really impressed us in Jimmy’s resume – it’s short and concise, extremely well-designed and it emphasizes on the most important information – his title, skills and awards. See all of his work here.
- ### Monica Gomes Creative Resume
Maybe one of the most stylish resumes we’ve came upon. It goes without saying that she is a great illustrator, but how about her creativity and writing skills? It is a great idea to combine her motivation and professional goals into the footer of the resume, especially if you can write well. Such sincere text will usually break the ice and stimulate you to start the conversation. See her amazing work here.
- ### Navdeep Raj
This guy has done an amazing job breaking up visually the different sections in his creative resume. He begins with a really simple, straight-forward line about who he is “I love to design great looking, usable interfaces.” The other thing I like is that he highlights the fact that he has worked with top companies using a simple “Clients” section. We strongly encourage you to include that information, especially if you have worked for Apply, Disney, MTV or SAP. Last but not least I like the way he divided his skills so that they can be easier to proceed – “Practise Areas” and “Technologies”. His top strengths are the ones on the left with the progress bars and on the right you could see the other skills he possesses. They are still a valuable information, even though he is not a pro at them. You can check his work here.
- ### Pam Bailey
Pam is a professional storyteller whose resume is literally telling her story. Hagan Blount has done a great job turning her resume into a real masterpiece! Positioning her awards and professional achievements in the middle of her resume is a great idea, especially if you have some numbers and medals to show. They tell the reader that you are goals-oriented which is an important trait recruiters are looking for. The other cool thing is the “Testimonials” section in the bottom, but only if the people you include are well-known in the industry. If not, don’t bother including them cause they mean nothing.
- ### Seth Adler
This is a great example of a performance-based resume again by Hagan Blount. Again the content of the resume is based on actual results he has accomplished and the design highlights them really well in the very beginning of the resume. The best part, though, is the fact that he has personalized his resume for the position of VP of Sales and because of that he has split his experience into three different categories – Business Development & Strategic Planning, Sales and Marketing. That way he stresses additionally on the fact that he has all it takes to become the next VP of Sales of the company. Personalizing your resume is always the best thing you could do to raise your chances of getting to the interview.
- ### Jonathan Fischer
Well, it’s time for the craziest ones!Jonathan Wakuda Fischer made this mind-blowing resume in the form of an identity booklet, old Russian style. Everyone likes seeing absolutely unexpected things and if you read his resume carefully you will realise that Jonathan has gone far beyond the design of his resume and has created a real masterpiece. Check out his website here.
Well, you’ve never heard of people saying “You should think inside the box”, did you? ? One of the most valuable lessons you can learn from this creative resume is that you should never forget that the main goal of your resume is to make a great first impression to the person reading it, no matter whether it’s a word document, infographic, powerpoint presentation or a cereal box ? I can barely think of a better way to grab someone’s attention, especially if this pops up on your table! You can explore Viktor’s creative resume here.
- ### Nick Begley
We have saved the dessert for last – Nick Begley is the bold man whose resume is a candy bar. This is what I mean when I say never-seen-before ideas!
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