Tuesday, January 06, 2009

creative resumés

One of the big challenges with a resumé is how to make it stand out, and one way to do this is to get creative. One friend of mine replaced standard headings like "work experience" with "what I've done" and "education" with "what I know." I've seen one resumé done in the form of a magazine. And then there's this Facebook-style resumé posted on Steve Pratt's blog.

Of course, it's always a good idea to exercise caution when getting creative with your resumé. Think long and hard about whether your plan is appropriate to the job you're applying for – you don't want the recipient to be creeped out or think you're crazy. And unusual resumés can reek of effort. But have courage: if yours is in sync with the publication, its content and its voice, as well as relevant to the position, then you could make a lasting impression.


Naveen said...

Thanks for this post. I have often wondered about how far one should go in being creative with a resume. Sabrina's Facebook-style resume definitely catches your attention!

Edit This said...

Very cool but I think it also depends on how the editor feels. I, for one, prefer simple resume format.