Creative Resumes

Written by Serena Berger
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There's a scene in the popular movie Legally Blonde in which the aspiring lawyer played by Reese Witherspoon gives a professor her resume. It's written on pink paper, and scented with perfume, because she thinks that gives it a "little something extra." Half the people who see that movie think to themselves, "Now, that's just ridiculous!" The other half wonder, "What could I do to give my resume a little something extra?"

Whether or not a creative resume is appropriate ultimately depends on the employer. There's creative, and then there's. . .creative. The scene in the movie is funny because it seems utterly incongruous to apply for a six figure corporate position with a pink scented resume--but that might be just perfect if you wanted to work at a boutique or a salon with a fun and trendy atmosphere. A little research into the employer is essential if you're going to be making a decision about applying with a non-standard resume.

Different Resumes for Different Jobs

Some ways of being creative are just about getting a little edge or character in your presentation. A colored font, graphic, or logo may make your resume more attractive, and still allow it to fall within the bounds of relatively standard presentation. If you use bullet points, you could indicate them with a small symbol other than the usual dot or square. But again, if you're applying for a job with a relatively conservative corporation, you may not want to deviate from the tried-and-true standards of resume presentation.

If, however, you want to do something else creative, you could consider making a video resume. This is a way to market yourself as someone on the cutting edge of technology, and also a way to show employers that you have a good personality and the ability to connect with people in person. Employers would always prefer to hire someone personable, who speaks well and looks professional--so a creative video resume which shows those qualities is likely to get you noticed, and hopefully hired.

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