(Closed) Resume "Creativity"? Acceptable or not?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
511 posts
Busy bee

The goal is to get noticed in a crowd, and highlight your skills. The resume on the right does just that. And if it’s a company that frowns upon creativity and thinking outside of the box, then people who do use that design for their resume probably wouldn’t want to work there anyway!

Post # 4
4466 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I like the one on the right and depending on the field it could actually be just the type of thing that your company wants to see. Especially if you’re doing anything technology/computer related. I don’t know if it’s appropriate to use in a teaching setting – I’d have to do a lot more research for my own personal usage if I ever wanted to makeover my own resume like that. 

Post # 5
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it depends on your field.  I personally think it’s great. 

Post # 6
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@alotlikelove:  I agree with PPs that whether or not it is appropriate completely depends on the field. Personally I think it looks fantastic.

Post # 7
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love creative resumes – they stound out. I still think it looks super professional because it is well organized and balanced.

If it also represents your personality, I don’t see anything wrong with adding a creative flair because it is a reflection of yourself. I would do that as well!

I do a lot of hiring and I would absolutely pick up a resume like this and be impressed (I’ve seen some bad ones!). Even for the fields I help recruit for (retail, administration), this would be appropriate. There are many other fields that I think this would be appropriate as well.

Post # 8
710 posts
Busy bee

If you’re gonna make your résumé that flashy, the content better be pretty damn flashy as well.

There are very few instances where the version on the right would be better to use than the version on the left. And I say this as someone with an absolute obsession with design.

Post # 9
3057 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’ve always seen negative feedback with creative resumes online. Most HR/hiring people say it’s annoying & doesn’t do anything. If you’re skills are right and resume has good content, they’ll call you for an interview. Making it artistic seems to be something people without experience & skills want to do. That’s what I’ve read. Idk if it’s true, you’d probably have to try to poll some HR bees.

Post # 10
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Like others have said, it REALLY depends on the field. I love the look of the creative one, but I have only heard negative things about it.

Post # 11
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Keep in mind that a lot of companies use automated filters to decide which resumes get looked at by an actual person. A big concern with the unusual format of these creative resumes is that they may not be parsed correctly by the company’s software. If that happens, your resume will never get looked at, regardless of your qualifications.

My personal opinion is that you should try to wow the employer with the content of your resume, rather than the format. If you’re in a creative field like graphic design then maybe a creative resume format is more appropriate because it can demonstrate skills and creativity that are relevant to the job

Post # 12
5407 posts
Bee Keeper

While I’m a fan of it personally, I wouldn’t do my resume that way because there are an awful lot of old school people in HR/corporate and I would rather play it safe rather than risk appearing as someone who doesn’t “play by the rules.”

Post # 13
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@alotlikelove:  You would not get an interview at my firm. It would get noticed–we would think it looks different, and then toss it. I get 500+ resumes per position, I have seen creativity before and the creative types don’t get interviews.

Post # 14
2809 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

like PP’s, i think it depends on your career path. are you going for a creative career (photography, design, etc)? if so, go for something fun. if you’re going for something very professional and corporate? no way. i personally hate boring resumes. always have. for nail tech jobs/salon jobs, i always used a bit of color in an otherwise simple resume. eventually, for design things, i’ll do more fun things.

OP, i like the creative resume. i think it’s very modern. if it suits you, go for it.

Post # 16
3887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am in IT and I work for one of the biggest software vendors in the world, and the resume in the right would NOT get you an interview with my company unless you were trying to go into the Marketing side of the house. Even then it would have to have some serious skills to back up the slick layout.

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