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Getting Hired

How To Break The Mold & Reinvent Your Resumé

To get great work, you have to get noticed. A curated collection of resumes and other self-promo pieces that break the mold and spark genuine interest.


It’s no secret that creativity matters. Yet when it comes to selling our own services – arguably the thing that matters most – we often set aside our creative superpowers, opting for a standardized resume instead.In an overstuffed job market, it’s more important than ever to set yourself apart. But how can you cram everything you do, know, and aspire to accomplish into a single page and create something memorable?The options are infinite, but the most successful examples we’ve found have a few qualities in common. They tell a story, inject personality while maintaining professionalism, demonstrate expertise in a relevant way, and – last but not least – pique the curiosity of their recipients.Here are 15 examples of resumes, portfolios, and promotional mailers that entertain and inform:
1. Victor Petit‘s QR Code/video CV
2. James Gosling‘s infographic resume gosling.
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3. Genevive Dennis‘ typographic resume

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4. Stuart Mayhew‘s infographic resume

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5. Riccardo Sabatini‘s editorial CV:

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6. Leonardo Zakour‘s CV website

7. Sean A. Metcalf‘s printed pamphlet

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8. Charlotte Olsen‘s chocolate CV

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9. Hanna Phan‘s SlideRocket application pitch

10. Ewelina Rosinska‘s portfolio package

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11. Menosunocerouno‘s packaging project for an imaginary client just_in_case.

12. Greig Anderson‘s poster CV/mailer

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13. Rowan Toselli‘s woodworking portfolio
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14. Matthew Skelton‘s scanimated business cards

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15. Leo Jansen‘s newsprint CV/portfolio

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What’s Impressed You?  Do you have great examples of promo materials that you (or someone else) have created? Please share them in the comments!
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Jenn is a Product & Marketing Manager at Adobe and a Yoga Teacher. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of Partnerships for Behance and the Sr. Marketing Manager for The Drake Hotel. Say hello on Twitter.

Comments (80)
  • Jamal Nichols

    Yeah these are nice looking, but when you have a portfolio of outstanding work and previous clients, you don’t really need such fanciness. It just needs to be clean, have nice typography, and be easy to skim.

    CVs are a protocol like TCP/IP; they are there to transmit information efficiently. Save the artistry for your work. There are exceptions of course, but yeah….in general, don’t send a chocolate or cloth resume to employers. Less is more

  • Inony

    That candy bar has BALLS in it?!?!

  • nickingston

    I made a creative resume for a business strategy background. So far the response from HR departments has been very positive for positions I have been applying in Strategic Ops. It got me through to the next round in a Business Architecture position at a Bank and other not so progressive firms.

    While creative resumes do lend themselves more to design / creative fields, it is possible to make them work elsewhere.
    http://www.nickingston.com/careermap

  • Valentina

    Thanx for the awesome post! I’m always looking for creative resumes to get inspiration and would love some feedback on the most recent version of mine 🙂

    http://valentinavicent.com/abo

  • Valentina

    WOW Florian! you really went all the way and totally deserved that job 😉 congrats!

  • Aaron Couch

    Completely agree. And although these are very nice and attractive. The majority of jobs wouldn’t be looking or wanting something like this.

    If I turned an Infographic of my resume into the vet clinic I just got a job at, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t know what to do with it.

  • Jonathan Patterson

    These types of elaborate resumes are perfect for positions that have dozens of other people applying. It helps you get noticed, then your portfolio and experience seals the deal.

  • uteki

    I agree wholeheartly, many of them too elaborate with typography. It looks cool indeed, but I don’t know anyone who care to read it (myself include). Big images of your portfolio should speak louder than a bunch of texts,

    we are in business that 90% relate to ‘visual’ after all, man.

  • Alex

    Kitsch trash that would never net me the internship at the hospital I’m applying to to work with the mentally ill.

    Some people have and want jobs where their narcissism and manic overspending on something like a resume might make them look like wealthy prototyping geniuses, others would be giving away an inability to “reality test” that is, have an f’n clue what field their applying to.

    In many fields a resume like that would not only be inappropriate but a huge laugh: “You want to help people, but you’ve had 20+ hrs to prototype a CV and the money to publish it? Where did you find the time to keep up on the research literature between watching Downton Abbey and making your own clothes?”

    PS–some of these are especially amateur for print design applications. Why? Cause like most crappy beginner designers, a number of the resumes make YOU find the information BETWEEN the bombastic designs, hiding them between strange shapes, busy layouts, and baroque illuminations.

  • inkjulep

    I did a Baldur’s Gate (an RPG) CV for jobs in advertising ! Haven’t really tested it out yet though. http://eyelikefashion.tumblr.c… or see below

  • moca

    I live in Mexico and I would really wish people appreciate this kind of things

  • Anders Wallner

    HI, thanks for the inspiring article! I made this CV called big Ideas from Mr. Anders Wallner which is actually a light bulb package. Please take a look.See project at Behance: http://bit.ly/MUN89w

  • Ruby

    In all honesty, although it would be fun and quirky to receive something like this, in my experience of sifting through 100’s of CV’s I wouldn’t take these seriously. I would find them a little pretentious and it would be the simple, professional and easy to read ones that went onto the shortlisting pile!

  • Seth Cox

    Ruby, what type of positions are you hiring? The overwhelming response I’m seeing on this thread is negative. However, my gut says that’s because the applicant-to-job match is wrong. These are ALL designers swinging for design jobs. Do you feel these resumes are pretentious for a design job?

  • Seth Cox

    Alex, why would you ever think these DESIGNERS would be using these resumes to apply for an internship at mental hospital? Clearly, these resumes are tailored for design work.

  • Seth Cox

    And wooaahhh, what’s up with angst anyway? Kitsch trash? Bombastic designs? I’m not even sure what a baroque illumination is. Those are some oddly strong words for something as simple as a resume design. Just saying.

  • jmshrrsn

    Cool. It’s about time HR departments woke up to the 21st century. In an ever more competing jobs market, people – and yes, I mean PEOPLE – need to stand out. I say the traditional CV needs to be completely overhauled to take into account we don’t use typewriters anymore. These examples of uber-CV creativeness are a step in the right direction.

  • Alberto Villalobos Solano

    its fun but i think some HR people will find it childish, besides it is dificult to read for the average person

  • Jo

    Any tips for those of us not in design or creative business? We are looking for jobs in a tough market too!

  • Reeni

    Totally agree!!

  • Rob James

    I’m actually working on my graphic design portfolio that is made for iPad like Wired or GQ magazines. It has scrollable content, different buttons throughout the pages, and includes video.

    Since you can only share an “unpublished” folio with one other person on Adobe, I’ve set up a generic Adobe log-in that I’ll share with any prospective employers.

  • Vikas

    awesome work there… i’m inspired

  • Parvez

    Great article and ideas! Thanks for sharing this valuable information! 🙂

  • David

    “let the work speak for itself”… No, this IS the work. The designer is solving a communication problem and you’re the Client. They REALLY want this job and their thoughtful and considerate CV is proof of that. I like that it looks like it took 5+ hours to create. They’re invested in getting a good quality, design position and it shows. Let designers be designers. Don’t take the wind out of their sails by downplaying their initiative. Doing more than required because it’s fun to work on design problems is a brilliant quality in any prospective or current employee. I don’t think these CV’s are a necessity but it certainly sets a positive tone.

  • Mark Irving

    great – very inspiring – but what we don’t want to see is a hundred infographics CVs landing on our desk. What’s the next original idea? Perhaps another post like this in 6 months?

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