11 Creative Resumes Designed to Stand Out

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This week a LEGO resume made the rounds, igniting a debate over how creative is too creative when it comes to the job search. It's safe to say most people with jobs did not get them by creating toy versions of themselves, but some of these alternative resumes are pretty great:

1. Ed Hamilton's Google Maps resume shows where in the world he's acquired his copywriting experience.

Google Maps


2. Graphic designer Melissa Washin showed off her love of sewing with a fabric resume.

Melissa Makes Things


3. While looking for a marketing job, Craig Baute designed this flowchart for prospective employers.

Craig Baute


4. Nicholas wrapped his resume around a chocolate bar.



5. Robby Leonardi, an animator and programmer, made an interactive, online resume that looks like a video game.



6. Philippe Dubost, a web product manager, built an incredibly detailed faux-Amazon page, where he was the featured product.



7. Eric Gandhi's resume for a web design job resembles the Google "did you mean" page.



8. Brian Moose made his case to Pixar via an elaborate vintage-style package.

Moose Brain, Flickr


9. Aspiring journalist Dawn Siff caught the (short) attention of employers with a six-second Vine.


10. Jordan McDonnell designed a slideshow about himself and his skills set to help him land a dream job.



11. Or just create a fake ID of the person doing the hiring.

This possibly apocryphal story appears in Luke Sullivan's Hey Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Advertising:

An aspiring ad student wants to get a job at one of the elite ad agencies. But interviews there are hard to get.

He cuts a picture of the agency's creative director from a trade magazine, mounts it on a fake driver's license, and laminates it perfectly. He tucks the fake ID into an old, tattered wallet and then puts small copies of his best student work into the photo holders.

Here's the cool part.

He visits the agency, asks to use the bathroom, and then abandons the wallet on the sink counter.

The wallet's "returned" to the desk of the creative director, and the kid's hired.

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March 28, 2014 - 9:00pm
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