17 Creative Resumes Designed to Stand Out

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Barring bribes and nudity, potential employees need to do everything they can to stand out. What better way to demonstrate one's creativity than by applying it to a resume? Check out these 17 examples of CVs that likely got a second look from human resources. 

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. Victor Rodriguez got this idea while eating breakfast.


12. Sabrina Saccoccio invoked social media with her Facebook-styled CV.

Sabrina Saccoccio


13. Scott McFadden applied his skills to an acoustic guitar in the hopes of landing a design gig with Gibson.

Scott McFadden


14. Jenny Johns used all the elements of a board game to create her resume. The "instructions" detail her experience and previous clients.


15. Jon Ryder offered a prescription drug box that listed his ingredients as "creativity, originality, and typing."

Jon Ryder


16. Photographer Jens Lennartsson folded his pictures inside this action figure box featuring himself and sent it to 400 potential clients. 


17. 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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July 14, 2015 - 10:40am
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