Resume Writing: What It Means to Be Creative
Creativity is a valuable skill that many employers are looking for in the candidates. As a result, job seekers include creativity in the list of their skills regardless of whether they actually have it or not. But since placing “creativity” doesn’t usually help to win interviews, there are those who attempt to demonstrate how inventive they are by creating a resume that will stand out. Unfortunately, most of those creative resumes never make it to the interview stage. The reason those resumes are discarded is because adding color and graphic elements on a document makes it look worse if one doesn’t really have the design skills. You would actually be surprised to see some samples of so-called creative resumes that actually look too weird to be selected. But again, that is because many job seekers believe that being creative on a resume equals adding some fancy design elements to it. In this article we will demonstrate how creative resumes can get…
When Creativity Makes a Difference
When job seekers were able to utilize their creativity successfully, they did it all in the context. That’s one of the keys many people miss. A successful job application addresses the needs of the company in the context where the business functions. Understanding and more importantly loving this context can be a huge advantage over other candidates. And creativity is what can help one show your understanding and passion. Check these examples of how people decided to approach their potential employers.
Resume-Chocolate Bar. One job applicant who was trying to enter the customer insights niche with one reputable company found a great way how to make her resume stand out among the pile of other application documents. She wrapped a chocolate bar with her own candy bar paper. This was an immediate attention grabber that opened some opportunities for the candidate. She was able to list her skills and personal attributes under the nutritional label section. Later, she confessed this move has helped her a lot as she was even receiving offers from Europe.
Fabric Resume. Another job seeker decided to show her passion of sewing by creating a fabric resume. Imagine how different this resume would look if compared to those submitted by other applicants. The owner of this resume sewed it perfectly well so that all information would be easily readable and even skimmable. This is a great example how you can show off your skills that match the context of a particular industry.
Resume-Menu. One job seeker was trying to get the job of a waiter in one of the local restaurants. He approached the employer differently than most of his competitors by creating a resume in a form of a menu. Having structured the menu to match his career story he was able to share his past experience, skills as well as understanding of the context. As a result, he was hired after a brief interview with a restaurant owner.
There is one thing job seekers have to understand though. These are not magic tricks that will ensure you will get a job. In other words, if you are looking for a waiter’s position, having a resume in the form of a menu will not guarantee you will have the job. It is not just about the form; content matters as well. Besides, copying something what others have done isn’t creative at all. You have to find your own way how to express passion for the job as well as convey your skills and qualifications.