In a competitive job market, it’s necessary to stand out among other candidates. When the average recruiter spends less than 60 seconds looking at your résumé that you spent hours creating, how can you make sure to capture their attention and get remembered…in a good way?
We found 5 of the coolest, think-outside-the-box, social media-driven resumes that aren’t just creative – they are extremely successful. Not only were they shared, liked, tweeted, and featured in the news, they also landed job interviews at top companies like Google. Get inspired and take a lesson from these insanely creative minds.
1) Sell yourself on Amazon.com
Phillipe Dubost, a web product manager from Paris, clearly understands how to sell himself. He put together this awesome Amazon page, complete with a “Product Description,” various images, links to his social media sites, and even 5-star reviews from previous employers. His “Add to Wedding Registry” option is a cheeky touch.
2) Put your mouth where your…mouth is?
This resume really speaks to you. Victor Petit, also from France, felt that a paper résumé wasn’t the best medium for a person seeking a job in communications. On the back of his résumé is a full-page picture of his face, with a QR code over his mouth. When someone scans the code and puts their phone on it, a video plays with Petit’s mouth.
3) Update your Facebook Status
What better way to prove your social media knowledge and skills than creating a resume based on Facebook? Sabrina Saccoccio tweaked a typical profile page to market herself and her creativity. She kept some of the standard Facebook profile features that already translate to a résumé, such as “Contact Info” and “Education,” adding a relationship status as “Married (to my job).”
4) Search yourself with Google
How could Eric Gandhi not land an interview with Google with such a spot-on résumé? The layout is simple and familiar to anyone who’s ever used Google search. It doesn’t deviate too much from the traditional résumé structure, with just enough cleverness to keep your interest. “Did you mean to hire: Eric Gandhi?”
5) An Infographic is worth a thousand words
In a visual world ruled by image sharing platforms like Instagram, infographics have become one of the quickest and easiest ways to learn new information. Web designer and developer Alice Lee presents her résumé as an infographic dedicated to Instagram, with some eye-catching design features and a healthy dose of honesty.
An important note to remember when writing your résumé – although it can be easy to get caught up in the creative side of things, design and images can’t take the place of great content. Make sure the structure of your resume is solid before moving on to the fun stuff.