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15 Cool and Creative Resumes

Unless you are a desired professional, job hunt is not the kind of activity you would enjoy doing very often. All the searching, sending, phone-calling and trying to simply get noticed by the employer can really wreck your nerves.

The principle “don’t judge a book by its cover” is not widely used here – on the contrary, you have to LOOK good and stand out from the others to get the job. And looking good doesn’t only mean putting on a new shirt or a skirt, but most importantly – having a solid resume and a cover letter.

Looks like these job-seekers didn’t have problems getting noticed by the employer. Building a creative yet informative resume is a good way to clearly present you personality and skills. And to get noticed, of course. Browse here for inspiration and get creative the next time you’re on the job market.

1. Melissa Washin & Her Sewn Fabric Resume

“Sewing is one of my biggest passions, and I wanted to convey that somehow in my resume.” Melissa printed the info onto iron-on paper, transferred it to white fabric, and sewed it to a variety of printed fabrics. The result was a tactile item that said something about her without having to be read. This resume got Melissa a job right after graduation. [melissamakesthings]

2. Eric Gandhi & His Google Resume

After his resume being featured in several websites, Eric got an interview with Google but later on he admitted that he never got the job. Nevertheless, he got a position in other company that appreciated his effort. [ericgandhi]

3. Benjamin Dooling & His Coffee Bag Resume

Benjamin has created a line of craft-paper bags filled with locally-roasted coffee and screen printed them himself. The coffee bags feature his skills, qualifications and represent Benjamin’s artistic philosophy. [benjamindooling]

4. Shakira Twigden & Her Badass Typographic Resume

“I wanted to grab someone’s attention. People take design too seriously, especially when searching for jobs. I basically wanted to say “Hey, I know that you are busy and have a team full of great people, but I can get the job done too.” [shakiratwigden]

5. Brian Moose & His Vintage Resume Package

Brian sent a wonderfully crafted vintage package to Pixar Animation Studios and hopes to land a job at the company. [brianmoose]

6. Sarah Odgers & Her 3D Resume

“Why hand a boring, Word-based resume to a potential employer when you can showcase your abilities and personality to create a great first impression?” Though the employer literally laughed to her face because of the resume, Sarah still got the job. [sarahodgers]

7. Miguel Rato & His Milk Box Resume

Miguel has created his genius milk carton resume specifically to get a job at a Wieden + Kennedy, an advertising agency in London. He’s still waiting for the answer. [miguelrato]

8. Victor Petit & His Talking Resume


QR CODE – Content-rich Resume from Victor petit on Vimeo.

“I realized during my previous job search that getting an interview at a communication agency is the hardest part of the process,” says Petit. “I tried to create a CV that would enable me to express myself vocally as soon as they read the paper version. The combination of a sheet of paper and a QR code felt like the best way to reach that goal.” [victorpetit]

9. Mike Freeman & His Bookable Resume

Mike Freeman goes straight to business and has put up a “Book a meeting” section next to his resume. If you do book one, you will be sure to get a “firm handshake, a limited-edition business card and resume hard copies”. [mikefreeman.myshopify.com]

10. Kristian Leigh Walsh & His Board Game Resume

Kristian Leigh Walsh constructed his curriculum as a board game, with a little car tracing down her achievements and list of skills. [klwalsh.com]

11. Sabrina Saccocio & Her Facebook Resume

What better way to get everyone’s attention than presenting yourself in a form that everybody feels so comfortable with? That’s exactly what Sabrina Saccocio did, by incorporating her personal information into a Facebook profile format. Besides her life facts, this reveals that the woman is very savvy about the social media as well as creative and attentive to details. [stevepratt.com]

12. Jonathan Kaczynski & His Subway Map Resume

Comparing one’s life to a road is a very wide-spread metaphore: this is sort of what Jonathan Kaczynski did, by presenting his resume in a form of a subway map. [achisutoshinzo.deviantart.com]

13. Joe Kelso & His Old-School Movie Poster Resume

“This resume was my secret weapon,” says Jon Kelso, presenting himself in a form of an old-school movie poster. He admits he’d get invited to an interview every time he’d send this one out – however, once the crisis struck, his creative trick lost its power. [businessinsider.com]

14. Chuck D. Lay & His Old-School Newspaper Style Resume

A graphic designer from Louisiana found a good way to demonstrate his skills by presenting his resume in a form of an old-school newspaper style format. Deviatart was buzzing with compliments for this one! [chuckdlay.deviantart.com]

15. T-shirt Resume

Back in 2008, Kelly Kinney started hanging around various coffee shops and bars, wearing a T-shirt that read “I need a job” and her resume on the back. Shortly this idea spread enough to even turn it into a business plan, and now you can customize a T-shirt with your resume online. [articles.cnn.com]

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  • Ellery Familia via Facebook
  • Doodle

    Last one just screams “have a look at my boobs”.

    • Maya

      Only if you’re a product of society

  • basepairs

    Kristian Leigh Walsh should have made sure to spell “accomplishments” correctly. Ouch.

  • Kristina Trew

    wow! very interesting, but cool at the same time!

    • Alain

      And the police used forces to bug on it :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/paolo.calderon.9 Paolo Calderon via Facebook

    awesome ideas !

  • http://www.facebook.com/anderson.foote Anderson Foote via Facebook

    These are great examples of creating and promoting a personal brand.

  • Anonymous

    A guy here in Amsterdam used Google Ads. He bought the names of a couple of Creative Directors. So when they Googled themselves they would get his ad, saying something clever. Within a month he was hired.

    A classmate of mine, a girl, simply called up the creative director she wanted to get hired by. Saying she had such a great time with him a few nights back and if he wanted to meet up again. The guy of course said yes, and once on a date she presented him her portfolio. She got the job (however was let go again after a couple of months).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1031790068 Steve Severn

    If you liked this, you should check out the Ransom Job Experiment – http://www.guerrillacheesemarketing.com/2012/03/22/guerrilla-marketing-the-creative-ransom-job-experiment/