Not Your Mama's Resume
Did you know there are some creative contractor/employment positions that request applicants to submit a resume? Did you know that you have a higher chance of getting a call back when your resume reflects your creativity and outside-of-the-box thinking? I know this because I just went through this process and I've gotten such great feedback on it this time around, that I've been pushed to write this post today.
A few years ago, I came across a job post that said, "..your resume must include an illustration of you on it. No illustration, don't even respond." I thought this was the oddest request but I wanted the job, so I created a resume that incorporated an illustration of myself the best way I knew how. Regularly I'm a t-shirt and jeans girl but because this was such an informal looking resume, I decided to dress up cartoon-me a little to show a little bit of professionalism. Weird, I know, but that's just how my mind works! And - I got the job! Since then, I have kept two resumes to choose from - a traditional and a creative - and the job description, tasks and feel of the job post will determine which resume I would submit.
Typically, my cover letter (body of the email I'm submitting with my resume attached) is casual yet professional but this last time, the job post I responded to was so fun that I threw all the "rules" out of the window that my husband got a little nervous for me. I took the fact that he was a little nervous (he's used to the corporate structure) as a good sign. His response after reading my cover letter was, "it's a little long and a too fun, don't you think?" to which I responded, "we shall see." And two days later, I received a call back and was told that my email and resume had made it's rounds with a few people in the office and was a hit, which of course made me do a little victory dance. I can honestly say, the words "too fun" have never done me wrong.
As I chatted with friends about the possibility of getting this particular job and seriously a little nervous within those two days of waiting for a response because of the hubby's feedback, my friends were really curious to see what I submitted. When they saw it, they loved it and almost each one asked for a copy of it to show their daughter, friend or whomever was in the creative industry so they can update their resume - because ya'll, this is not your mama's resume.
Are you ready for it?
There are many ways you can get creative with your resume, this is just what mine looks like. I will create a few more examples and post it at a later date. I just wanted to throw this one out there (obviously, I've made a few changes to this to make it more generic to give you the idea) because I know some of you out there are sending submissions in and want a little inspo to tweak what you've got going on. Remember, there really aren't any rules except to include pertinent info that would normally be included in your traditional resume. All we're doing is using our imaginations to make it more alive!
Hope this was helpful friends and good luck in your creative endeavors!