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What is a Creative Job Application?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: September 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

 

Never heard of it before?

According to the Daily Muse it’s a resume that goes outside the normal confines of resume writing into more creative territory to show off “your skills and originality.”

Not a bad thing, mind you, if used correctly. One of the things the Daily Muse suggests is to use a tailored approach. I couldn’t agree more. There is no such thing as one resume fits all possible openings.

Video Resumes and Other Out-of-the-Box Ideas

Their other suggestions are for creating a video resume or creating your own job hunting campaign. To quote the article: ” Finally, some candidates take creativity to a whole new level, submitting their job applications or “resumes” in a completely nontraditional format. One marketing candidate decided to hire a boss, and launched a website with her requirements for a position, organization, and manager. Conventional? No, but her efforts resulted in 26 “applications,” 10 interviews, and a dream job offer.”

Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? And it is for the first person – perhaps even the second, third or fourth person to think of it. However, if there’s a sudden flood of other candidates doing the same thing, the results won’t be as stellar.

Don’t Let This Happen to You

What’s important to remember is the advice found in the Daily Muse’s article which warns against:

1. Being the one-size fits all applicant. That is, being so general in your skills/knowledge/abilities, you’re pretty much useless to all employers.

2. Failure to submit an error-free resume or employment package. You could be the greatest candidate on earth; however, if your documents have spelling or grammatical errors, you won’t be called in for an interview.

3. The Me, Me, Me Applicant. You have great credentials, but you’re  not a team player. You care about you, not the company.

4. Being creative simply for the sake of being creative. Using wildly colored paper rather than traditional white to print your resume in the belief that it will get you noticed. It might. But not in a good way. If you can’t find a creative approach that showcases your talents, then don’t do it. Please.

The best way to get noticed by a hiring manager or a recruiter is by proving you are the perfect candidate for the position. That means, dovetailing what you know/what you’ve accomplished to the job responsibilities. At ResumeEdge, that’s our style. Proving from line one that you are the ideal candidate, then building upon it with an accomplishment-focused, rather than a task-focused resume.

For most hiring managers and recruiters, that’s a dream resume and the ideal candidate.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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