In CareerBuilder’s annual survey, they asked 2,298 hiring managers a series of questions about job applicants. One of those questions asked them to recount the most creative resumes that stood out in their memories.
Here are their top 6:
- Candidate sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the resume. He was hired.
- Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist. She was hired.
- Candidate created a marketing brochure promoting herself as the best candidate and was hired.
- Candidate listed accomplishments and lessons learned from each position. He gave examples of good customer service he provided as well as situations he wished he would have handled differently. He was hired.
- Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a resume in the form of a fine-dining menu and was hired.
- Candidate crafted his resume to look like Google search results for the “perfect candidate.” Candidate ultimately wasn’t hired, but was considered.
Good news: With all of the free tools available to us today, it’s easier than ever to be creative.
Bad news: With all of the creativity online, it’s harder than ever to stand out.