When making a creative resume, frankly, there’s not a whole lot to critique. Still keep it up to two pages in length. No longer. Creative resumes are tricky and whether or not you want to use one depends totally on the job you’re applying for. Creative resumes are a safe bet for run of the mill jobs, i.e. McDonalds, Barnes and Noble, or Target, just to name a few examples. If anything they will help your chances with a job like this because I guarantee that nine times out of ten, no one else is going to be submitting a resume that is creative, much less a resume period. The thing about this kind of resume, submitted along with an application is that it’s going to REALLY make an application stand out against the others.
Also, a creative resume is intended for artsy jobs, such as the design industry, marketing gigs, web design, animation, photoshop/illustrator type work, art galleries, picture studios, the music industry, etc., you get the idea. Even though the world has abandoned you and your incomplete novel is sitting in the corner collecting dust, you still need a job to pass the time. And how do we get jobs? With resumes. So put down your starbucks coffee and that copy of the DaVinci Code and get crackin’. You can’t make money on the street corner with your guitar forever.
Here are some examples of creative resumes that I feel have a nice flow to them.
Example E is shown below. It’s colorful, legible, and fun. A good example to kick things off. You always want your writing to be legible. If you get too crazy with the creativity of the words it may become difficult to read, we’ll show an example of this in a moment. Click the image to enlarge.
Below is resume sample F. It has kind of a subtle beauty to it. Good color scheme. Nice idea. Hard to read. Click the image to enlarge.
Alrighty. Example G. It’s simple, it’s nice, it’s kinda boring. I like this resume in general, but if you’re applying for a web design job or some sort of art related program, forget about it. It’s nice, but you can do more. I guarantee that everyone else did. You’ve been trumped. Check and mate. Click the image to enlarge.
This one’s cool. My favorite of the bunch. It’s artsy but the art isn’t getting in the way of the text. It’s got bold green titles to separate each section, it’s also got bullets to make it look clean. Click the image to enlarge.
On a final note… it is my recommendation that your resume artwork and creativity pertain to whatever job you’re applying to. For example if you’re applying to be a photographer for a company, try and utilize some of your photos you’ve taken to serve as the artwork. If you’re applying to a web design gig, include some of the images you’ve used, or maybe you could even design your resume to look like a website! Now we’re talkin’. If you’re applying to a marketing firm, maybe make your resume look like an advertisement. There is no limit to the ideas you can come up with. The choice is yours and yours alone. For my final statement I issue a word of caution, try to stay away from creative resumes if you’re applying to jobs in the more “business” world. If you’re applying to be a CPA, lawyer, or doctor to name a few, I doubt the company will care how artsy you are. This is just my opinion. If you’re feeling like Monet and you want to whip out the paint brush when you’re applying to be a surgeon, knock yourself out, but hey it’s your funeral. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.