Want to land the job of your dreams? It doesn't hurt to have a creative, out-of-the-box resume, especially if you are looking to gain work in a creative field. Even though the job market is presently rich with options (unemployment has reached an all-time low in 40 years), this doesn't mean that you shouldn't update, and spice up your resume. Your resume should represent who you are: your qualifications, as well as your personality.
For all the Social Media Marketers, Graphic Designers, and IT Specialists out there, showcase your skills when creating your resume. Looking for a Data Entry, Accounting, or Reception role? You can make a creative resume too! There's no rules when it comes to creativity.
Stand out from the crowd and land that interview. Here are three creative ways to spice up your resume.
1. Make It Visually Captivating
A standard resume mainly consists of text. Sure, there are probably a few bold words here and there, and maybe different fonts, but other than that, there's not much visual stimulation. While it's imperative that you note critical information (like your qualifications, previous work experience, etc.), you can spice up the layout and organization of your resume by adding colour, and other visuals.
You don't have to be a professional Graphic Designer to create a visually captivating resume. Canva is a great tool to use. The website is a graphic design tool with resume templates, most of which are free.
Employers go through hundreds of resumes that are similar in layout and structure. Remember that the goal is to captivate your reader (i.e. the potential employer), but you also want to make sure that you note all of the important information needed on your resume. Finding this happy medium will result in a top-notch resume.
2. Create an Online Portfolio
You may think that creating an online portfolio is only essential for professionals in a creative line of work, but in actuality, anyone can create a successful online portfolio. Anyone who has completed a project in their professional career (which is most of us) can use the project as an example for their online portfolio.
LinkedIn is a great online networking platform to use to get you started. Once you've mastered that, you may want to create your own website which delves deeper into your skills and abilities.
These days, more and more companies are going paperless, so having an online portfolio at-the-ready is important in this respect.
3. Film a Video
Are you the outgoing type? Filming a video of your qualifications might be the way to go. Take a look at Page Kemna's YouTube video, titled "Hire Me". It's a great video resume reference to go by. She notes her qualifications, while also displaying her personality, and hobbies outside of work. The resume video is unique, well thought out, and catchy.