“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” – Steve Jobs
Ask any creative whether writer, musician or artist about their inspiration, and they will all say the same thing. “It’s not the invention of the wheel”, creativity is just about seeing things differently, changing the form, the style, the color, it’s the connecting of the dots that makes things different. And for creatives, it’s that same inventiveness that leads to a CV that impresses and stands out from the rest.
This is the new trend in creative CVs. One may be a YouTube movie, another a Facebook profile, still another impresses because of a graph or a bar code. What are these? Are these creative ways of producing a CV a little too out of this world? A little to crazy? And just a simple waste of time?
Possibly, but for all the maker’s they work. They land job interviews because of their ability to draw the attention of recruiters in just a few seconds.
Does It Pay to Be This Creative?
Well, according to career coaches it all depends. It depends on the job you are applying for. Remember you want to tailor your CV to the industry and position you are seeking. Your CV must dress the part.
Types of Creative CVs
As I said before, a creative is only a person who puts all the information together in an interesting way; and let’s face it, today there are a variety of mediums we can use for a creative resume.
A combination of both Graphs and Information
Let’s take a look at each of these options:
These are video productions with a self brand image of who you are. They allow a recruiter to immediately see who you are, what your aspirations are and what your past work has been. These cause impact and quickly impress any recruiter.
But do they really work? Daniel Crane seems to think so and with hundreds of views, there must be something here that interests the human resource or recruiters eye.
Many people who say they’ve used interesting and creative CV mediums such as cv’s with grafics o say it works. In fact, Eric ghan who received an email from Google after making a resume that looked like Google’s results page, says that adding relative images can draw someone’s attention more quickly. Take the following CV, the inclusion of graphic art’s images can make a recruiter understand how proficient the job applicant is at their art.
In this other example the applicant draws on surprise and this piques the interest of the decision maker.
Then there is the cv of Kristian Leigh Walsh whose CV resembles the board game of LIFE. It draws the eye from the beginning all the way to the end I just a few seconds.
This is a one page infographic with information about your strengths, your experience and your creative abilities. This works well and demonstrating your abilities to any decision maker.
The Combination of Information and Graphics
For the more serious CV such as one for a business position, you might not want to go as far as the above CV examples, but you can certainly choose to add more visual interest to the information you present. These visual graphs can attract the interest of recruiters in the less than 8 seconds you need. Plus a visual time line or experience graph can help a recruiter see your experience quickly without having to read through the entire CV.
Do These Types of CVs Really Work? Career coaches say that these innovative CVs can certainly draw the attention of the decision maker. But again you need to think of the purpose of the resume. Remember, it’s primary purpose is to get that all-important meeting. Just think of it like this. A r recruiter or decision maker may call you into a meeting and then say, “I don’t think your CV is the norm. It doesn’t seem to conform.” But then you can think to yourself, “You got the interview, and you did that because of your “out of this world” CV.
For more inspiration take a look at CV examples below!