The evolution of the resume

June 24th, 2011

The classic resume is a standard of professionalism that has been agreed upon between prospective employees and prospective employers since the dawn of the barter system. The traditional resume typically consists of a white piece of paper, size 12 font, and an easy to read list of skills and accomplishments designed to convince any reader that the author is a talented and skilled worker. However, recent years and economic stress have driven applicants to become more creative when formatting their resumes, resulting in some truly ingenious creations. The new technological market has developed a need for creative thinkers. Whether you are creating a resume or reviewing one, here are a few things to consider.

When Creating a Resume

Make your resume as professional as it is creative. Don’t forget that this is a representation of your ability to perform well in the job you are applying for. If you err on the side of being too creative, you might run the risk of leaving out important information about your relevant skills. However, don’t shy away from presenting that information creatively. Here are a few tips to start you off.

  1. Be multidimensional. Designing your resume as an infographic will help you stand out as well as represent the many layers of your personality. Have a look at this example: Infographic
  2. Match the design with your style. If you work best in an open schedule, let your resume reflect that artistically. If you work best in a regimented schedule, reflect that in the same way. Take a look at this resume as a great example: Design and style
  3. Add subtle flair. Many companies now accept PDF resumes rather than hard copies. Take a look at this example of adding creativity while expressing aptitude: Flair

When Reading a Creative Resume

creative resume will show you some very unique qualities in an applicant that a standard resume might leave out. For example, reading a well-done creative resume can communicate the ability to think outside the box and base intelligence. These are qualities that any job can appreciate because are essential to any business. Don’t shy away from seriously considering a resume that is not “traditional” in its presentation. A creative resume could come from the perfect candidate for the job.

As social evolution and technological advancement progress, applicants will find more and more creative ways to present their talents. Being open to exploring these avenues as both author and audience will allow you to improve your business or career. As in most things in life, keeping an open mind can never hurt.

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