Hiring managers receive many resumes for each job posting. Candidates who want to get a jump on the competition find creative ways to make their resume stand out. A creative resume can help you get noticed and increase your chances of getting an interview.
But sometimes candidates go too far with their creativity.
Making your resume stand out from the crowd can be a difficult task.
The main purpose of a resume is to help you get an interview. Most resumes look pretty much the same - there are some bold headings, maybe some bullet points here and there, and a font change or two. If you plan to be creative with your resume, you need to be sure it is still informative and easy to read. If your resume is confusing or it lacks clarity, it's likely to get tossed.
Below are some ideas to add creativity to your resume. However, you should only use one or two of these suggestions. Too much creativity is not always a good thing.
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Additionally, here are some general suggestions to keep in mind when creating your resume:
In short, the resume should match the job you're applying for. If the company is known for thinking outside the box, then a creative resume could get you a phone call for an interview. However, if the company is conventional, you should probably stick with a traditional resume.
Amy Kirkegaard is a freelance writer who writes on a variety of topics, including social media, online reputation management, and mobile payments. She previously worked in marketing and human resources for an oilfield equipment manufacturer.