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Pretty much everybody has created a CV / résumé at some stage in their life. As with most forms of content I think the key is to establish a tone of voice, and try to stand out from the surrounding noise.
I always used to put ‘vinyl junkie’ in the ‘interests’ section on my CV, which always worked a treat in interviews regardless of the role. People would ask me about my passion for music. I’d return the serve by asking the interviewer the same thing. These things can help to break any ice, and I think you should habitually ask plenty of questions in interviews, for all sorts of reasons.
Nowadays there are more opportunities than ever to attract the right kind of attention, and creative professionals in particular can go the extra mile to make an impression. I thought I’d collect a bunch of examples, which may inspire you to do something different.
First up, this lovely interactive resume by Robby Leonardi, which has been doing the rounds this week. It replicates a platform game, with plenty of horizontal scrolling.
There are also some very good pastiches of famous websites out there...
Phillipe Dubost replicated Amazon’s look and feel, and after 1.5m page views wound up working at Birchbox in New York.
Jannic Nielssen used Kickstarter as his inspiration. Thrillist Media Group subsequently hired him.
Why if it isn’t Google Analytics! Simone is now working at Amazon.
Meanwhile, what’s not to love about MS Paint?
The One Pagers
Let’s now look at a few single page résumés...
Keith Hinman opted for a clean, single-page website, to help with his job hunting.
Emmanuel Arizmendi, a designer, created a simple, expandable one-page résumé.
Here’s another, from Pascal van Gemert.
This one fits neatly on to a desktop page. No scrolling required and presumably print-friendly.
Moving on, some people choose to use social platforms to host their CV.
A narrative approach to job seeking from Scott Rockets, who used Storify as a curation tool.
Here’s an ‘anti-résumé’ on Slideshare, by David Crandall.
The Come And Get Me
Let’s not forget the art of writing a speculative letter.
Daan Louter made this page because he wanted to work for The Guardian. Guess where he’s working now?
The QR Code
Next up, here's a blessed QR code that has miraculously been put to good use by Victor Petit.
The Touchy Feely
Finally, I’d like to present some offline examples.
First up, a ‘3D infographic’ created by Mohit Lakhmani.
Next, a beautifully-crafted booklet by Alexia Modernico.
And last but certainly not least, if all else fails you can always resort to chocolate!
Seen any others? Leave a comment below!