You may have heard how some candidates are upping the ante when it comes to impressing employers by offering up something much more than the regular resume and cover letter that’s generally required.
Most recently, a junior from Northwestern University decided to create a Lego version of her resume using free Lego software to design the product packaging.
“I wanted a fun way to stand out to agencies and get my resume out of the trash can — I’ve always loved Lego and I created this set to highlight my creativity, skills and initiative! It’s something I hope to be able to send out along with a job application,” she says.
She’s not alone. There have been numerous instances where candidates have chosen to take the less-traversed creative route when submitting job applications — and a lot of times, perhaps as a bonus to the candidate, such resumes tend to go viral.
Remember the candidate who vied for (and successfully scored a job!) with his chocolate bar resume?
And let’s not forget about the cereal box resume…
…or the passport resume.
We could go on and on … but you get the idea.
Out of the trash can, into the hire pile?
While each of the aforementioned candidates — and countless others, whose strokes of genius went unnoticed — score high when it comes to creativity, do resumes like these do more than just get your attention? It’s one thing to make a resume stand out in a pile to avoid getting tossed into the trash can; it’s another to be substantive enough to warrant an interview.
Also, does creativity score points across industries? For instance, some of these seem perfectly well suited for marketing or design jobs, if those are in fact the types of jobs these candidates are vying for. But does it really matter whether an IT or engineering or retail candidate submitted an outside-the-box creative resume, or would the person’s credentials speak for itself?
We want to hear what YOU in the trenches think. Tell us in the comments below: What would you do if one of these creative resumes crossed your desk (besides presumably eating the chocolate or the cereal)?
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