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Creative Resumes — Are they a do or a don’t?

RESUME WRITER: Dodie T.
CATEGORY: Creative resumes, taking charge of your career
POSTED: July 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

For many job seekers looking for careers in media, the arts, and various segments of the entertainment industry, an important aspect of their job search is demonstrating creativity and creative resumes could be the right choice. From time to time, however, job seekers in more traditional roles also want to infuse a little of their own personality into their resume. So how creative should you be?

While it’s true that nearly all resumes contain common elements such as your name, contact information, work history, and education, the main purpose of it is to demonstrate your unique qualifications through skills, training, and quantified results and accomplishments. Therefore, your resume should be tailored to you and, preferably, to your targeted employer. Content is the most important aspect of your resume. Without compelling, quantified information, the reader will not invest more than a cursory glance before moving to the next candidate.

After content, the layout is the next most important aspect. When deciding how creative to make your resume, consider your audience. Take the time to research not only the industry, but how your targeted organization fits within that industry. Obviously if you are applying to be an art teacher at a local school your resume will look different than the candidate applying at a bank. On the other hand, that does not mean that my client with an outgoing personality, who loves working with people, needs to be constrained with a “boring” resume if he is applying for a banking position. Perhaps that bank is local or regional and its main selling point is how it takes care of its customers. My client would be wise to let his personality show through not only in the wording he chooses, but also in the design elements.

When in doubt, take the time to talk with your Certified Professional Resume Writer to determine how to balance quantified content with appropriate design elements to make the resume work best for you.

Dodie T.

Dodie holds both the Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Certified Employment Interview Professional and has written or edited more than 1,000 résumés and cover letters for clients at every career staged. She has also facilitated interview coaching sessions for entry-level through senior executive-level clients.

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