Patricia Laya | Jul. 28, 2011, 12:09 PM
Last month we showed you 13 Insanely Cool Résumés That Landed Interviews At Google And Other Top Jobs.
We got such a big response—and so many new résumés—that we decided to talk to even more job-seekers who have gone all out to grab an employer’s attention.
A creative résumé isn’t for everybody, or every job, but for the people we talked to, their innovative approach paid off.
“How many other people get profiled by multiple international news outlets—and I’m always amazed when I say this—for having a résumé?” says Hagan Blount, who got several interview requests and more than 100,000 hits the month he posted his résumé on his website.
Scott Stedman says that he got an offer the same day he turned in this résumé
But instead, his résumé was a huge hit. “I got a call that night asking if I’d like to be hired to do graphic design and advertising work for the company.”
“Most people put ‘creative, hard-working’ on their résumés anyway, so what better way to show it than to prove it right off the bat,” he says.
Scott Neilson’s play on colors almost got his CV thrown out, but it managed to finally grab the manager’s attention
“Really liked the animated octopus effect you used which certainly caught my attention,” a manager told him. “However I thought the enclosed CV was actually a sample from a printing company and I very nearly threw it away without even noticing the covering letter.”
This person made his résumé into a missing person’s milk carton
Sarah Odgers’ creative résumé was laughed at in a government agency, but she still got the job
Though it’s still important to send a résumé that is appropriate to the position you’re applying to.
“I once applied for a graphic design job at a government agency with an International Typographic Style-inspired résumé and was literally laughed at by the woman who interviewed me because it seemed over-the-top to her,” Odgers says.
She still got the job, but she learned her résumé might have been best suited for a design studio, or a more creative environment.
Kendra Wiig made a LEGO model of the company’s mascot to hold her résumé
Wiig didn’t get the job, but she got a lot of positive feedback: “I actually got a personal email back from the hiring manager. He thanked me for sending the résumé and model, with a couple of exclamation points for good measure, and let me know about positions they expected to open up in the near future.”
Brian Moose went all out for the résumé he sent to Pixar
Image: Brian Moose
Hagan Blount received 100,000 hits on his website the month he published his résumé
But all feedback hasn’t been positive: “People have commented that it’s cluttered,” Blount says. “If you don’t have haters, it means you’re doing it wrong.”
Blount has also helped five other people design creative resumes, with about 30 requests waiting in his inbox.
This is one of the résumé that Blount designed for a client
Craig Baute put his flow-chart résumé as an ad on Facebook, and it got him an interview at Apple
Someone he didn’t know in San Francisco passed on his résumé to the head of a department in Apple. Even though he didn’t get the job, he got an interview.
“It showed the power of creating a résumé that people want to pass around,” he says.
“I thought…’Why do all traditional curriculum publications look so.. traditional?’ So this idea came up one day at breakfast time,” says Victor Rodriguez
Image: Victor Rodriguez
Riccardo Sabatini has updated his the résumés many times through the years, and each is equally creative and attention-grabbing
Image: Riccardo Sabatini
Chris Ferdinandi made his the résumés into a slideshow
“That said, this piece supplemented rather than replaced a traditional, boring old resume.”
Ed Hamilton mapped his copywriting experiences online
This Irish graduate spent almost $3,000 on a massive billboard ad asking employers for a job. He was later hired by bookmaker Paddy Power as a communications executive