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A creative resume
Printed T-shirts, skydiving, tweaking company CEO search results to promote your name -- the creative ways used to snag an employer's attention can reach extreme levels.
However, you don't need to stalk an employer for the chance to put yourself forward. A stand-out resume can do the trick. While Victor Petit used QR codes to link to a video that showed off his creative skills, slightly more subdued methods to stand out also work.
When trawling for candidates, the typical buzzwords are usually seen hundreds of times -- 'works well as part of a team,' 'enthusiastic,' 'able to work on my own initiative' -- and while some firms expect to see these phrases, adding something about you as a person can make you memorable. (Someone I know, who used these types of words, was given a high-profile job purely because the interviewer was curious about their time spent working as an elf.)
Spell check your resume, use clear fonts, and don't go over two pages. Remember, these people are human -- and so what would you like to see from a candidate?
Links of interest:
- Recent grads creatively optimize their resumes
- How to land your dream job: Nine inventive ways
- 44 Resume writing tips
- 45 creative resumes to seize attention
- Résumé Tips for Designers
Image credit: Victor Petit