Being Creative with Your Resume
There are many ways to be creative with your resume. Some of these strategies can of course pay off while others are destined for failure. Here are a few ways you can be creative while limiting the risk of having your creativity backfire on you.
1) Consider your job function
If you are applying for a job as an artist, well then it could pay off to have a resume which is custom designed and catchy. However, if you are applying to a job as an accountant - well then it probably doesn't make sense to have your resume be custom designed and catchy. Keep this in mind when considering different ways to make your resume stand out - as you want to make sure your job description is at least somewhat aligned with how your resume is designed.
2) Take advantage of the internet
Recruiters are use to standard resume formats which are generally one page. However, often, a job candidate will have more they want to say to a potential employer. One way to handle this would be too have a personal webpage or website which highlights your accomplishments and provides additional information. Especially for those applying for jobs which are in some way related to the internet; this can be an excellent way to be creative without being overbearing.
3) Focus on the content of your resume
No matter how effective your bells and whistles turn out to be - the most important factor for your resume is the content of it. So, as you take advantage of a resume outline to organize and create your resume's content; be sure that the content is what you focus on the most. At the end of the day, employers look to the resume first to see what your experience is and how that fits within the job you are applying for.
4) Don't get crazy
We all have heard crazy stories such as people sending their shoe to a company, with a note saying "I wanted to do whatever I could to get my foot in the door". And while these crazy ideas can work once in a lifetime, chances are - they aren't going to work. So, you can think outside of the box when applying for jobs and writing your resume, but it is not recommended to come up with an idea that sounds legendary but which really would be a long shot to actually work.