Creative Resume Example
Just so you don't think we're all talk, I thought I would share the resume I made (a while back) that is the impetus for much of my creative resume thinking.
Although not quite as bad as the current job market, In early 2003 I was on the job hunt in the midst of a post 9/11 market slowdown. To make myself stand out, I completely rethought what a resume could be.
The idea behind my resume came to me in the form of a small Ikea booklet that came in Dwell magazine. The booklet was just an ad for Ikea, but the format, language and graphics were compelling. I copied this format very closely.
My creative resume cover. Simple. No indication it's even a resume.
Resume on a Budget
The booklets were cheap to make: 8 1/2" X 11" paper, printed on both sides, cut in half, trimmed for a full bleed look, folded and stapled. Finished size was 3 1/2" X 5". I made them myself on a crappy inkjet printer. The labor took some time, but I was unemployed, so time was a resource of which I had plenty.
Format and Content
Let's take a look behind the resume cover.
Page 1-2 of the resume. Shows an image of my work. The short (easy to read) text is about my philosophy as an architect.
After three more page spreads similar to page 1-2 above, I had a customized cover letter addressed to someone in the firm. In the short letter, I requested an informal interview to learn more about the firm.
Following the cover letter is the start of the detailed portion of my resume. It contained my contact info, a picture for some personalization, as well as personal and educational information.
The last pages of the resume contained what I call the "boring" part of the resume. A list of places I worked, projects I worked on and professional skills. This traditional resume info was here as an index in case anyone wanted details.
I mailed the small booklets in appropriately sized envelopes and hand addressed them using an old lettering stencil. The idea was that they wouldn't look like a resume, but like an invitation. This would improve my chances of having someone actually read it.
Even in a tough market I got a lot of interviews with this resume. And after I landed a position, I received calls years later from firms that held that resume. In fact, my next job, two years later, was from one such firm.
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