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17 Insanely Creative Resume Ideas That Will Put Your Template To Shame

17 Insanely Creative Resume Ideas That Will Put Your Template To Shame

There’s no question about it – the competition for every job that hits the market is stiff. Job seekers are beginning to realize that employers are now looking for applicants to go above and beyond. With this in mind, many job seekers – especially those in creative fields such as graphic design – are breaking all the rules and creating entire masterpieces to showcase their talent and ambition.

We’ve created a list of 17 of my favorite unique and creative resume ideas ranging from simple (infographic resume) to over-the-top (we’re looking at you, coffee and donut resume guy!)

1. Infographic Resume created by Bathilda Hsu

infographic resume bathilda hsu

 

2. Storybook Resume created by Paula Del Mas

story book resume paula del mas

 

3. Foldable Poster Resume created by Carole Pavoine

foldable poster resume

4. Creativity Kit created by Chew Iijuan

creativity kit creative resume ideas

5. Origami Resume created by Clementine Rocheron 

origami resume creative resume ideas

6. Action Figure Resume created by Evan Light

action figure cool resume ideas

7. Invitation to Hire created by Giuliana Castelliti 

invitation resume giuliana castelliti unique resume ideas

8. Scantron Exam Answer Sheet Resume created by Dylan Mackay

unique resume idea

9. Branded Food Art Resume created by Fannie Lam

crazy resume ideas

10. Infographic Envelope Resume created by Alexander Mikheev

infographic resume idea

11. Pullout Resume Booklet created by Rebecca Liggins

awesome resume ideas

12. Burnt Wood Resume created by Erofeevdm

unconventional resume idea

13. Trifold Brochure Resume created by Russelle Justine

unique resume template idea

14. Pocket Size Resume Cards created by Pooja Bhapkar

awesome resume template idea

15. Milk Carton/Lunch Bag Resume created by Miguel Rato

milk carton resume template

16. Album Promotion created by Sean Ball

really cool creative resume idea

17. Resume in a Briefcase created by Ana Prieto

resume in a box cool idea

Which one of these creative resume ideas is your favorite? Tell us in the comments, or share links to any cool resume template ideas you’ve seen lately!

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  • Lisa Johnson

    Really enjoyed this post. I am always searching for creative examples to share with our HS students. I added this info to my Smore on Blended and Hybrid Resumes: https://www.smore.com/nyex-blended-resumes Thanks again!

    • Awesome, thanks so much Lisa! Really glad that you enjoyed this post. You have quite an awesome collection of resources on your blog. I’ve saved them to my Pocket (reading list) 🙂

      I think your students may also enjoy the self-discovery quizzes in our app! It’s free for them (and you!) :). We’d love to hear about what kind of results they get. Cheers!

  • Sherbeeny

    My UX design resume as a mobile app prototype / mockup : cv.sherbeeny.com

    • Hey Sherbeeny – that’s really cool! I had fun clicking around on your CV. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • kizztonStudio

    I have one more creative resume, the postcard resume! http://instagram.com/p/wrUxYfhL8P/

    • This one is really eye-catching! Thanks for sharing it with us. Is it yours? 🙂

      • kizztonStudio

        Yes! Thank you! I can send you one to your postal address if you want 😉

  • HCT

    #2 and #4 are my favorites!

    • Hi there HCT! I agree, those are great. I really like the can one (#4) 🙂

  • marios michael

    the most important for me is to reflect your personality, and this projects do the job quite well

  • These are great, will take inspiration from them

  • Suidan

    If your resume is outstanding, you won’t need these gimmicks, no matter how good they are. If everyone did one of these I’m sure employers would be more than frustrated.

  • Mark Webber

    I love that most of you just don’t get it. Its not that you are going to walk into your next job interview with a milk carton but wouldn’t it be great if you did walk in with a CV that is just a bit more creative and/or dynamic than the scores of other people that are applying for the same position. This is what creative people like graphic designers do. The question is what can you do? I read hundreds of CVs for my company and most of them are not well thought out or well written considering that they are coming from professionals. I have received a few CVs that are more dynamic and creative and they definitely separate these people from the other hundreds of candidates that I receive. I can see their CVs in minds eye right now and I can name the names of these people. The other thing that I want to add as a former Theatre teacher is that I think that it is unfortunate to say the least how little some of you value creativity. After 23 years of teaching I have now entered the business world. I think it is interesting and I think there is a lot that education people could learn from business people. However, I really think that my creative background will serve me well in the business world.and in many cases give me and my company a distinct advantage.

    Ok, off my soap box now. Good luck.
    Mark Webber

    http://webbersconsulting.com/

  • mario

    These resumes are by far better for people working in places where creativity is a must. I myself a marketer used a resume template from this website http://www.urbanresume.co , which was not only easy to edit but had a professional look. Check it out. Good work!

  • Lo Mat

    These are great! And, I agree. These will likely to work for graphic design or jobs that require insight on aesthetics.

    As a newcomer in digital marketing, I wonder if I should try this out? Since digital design plays a big part in today’s marketing strategies.

    In the end, I truly feel that it goes back to the individual who goes over your resume. Reading lots of conflicting “what and what not to include in your resume” articles from HR/recruiter “experts”, it seems that the process is subjective.

    • I think the most important thing is to know your audience. If you’re applying for a digital marketing job at an agency that’s known for being ultra-creative, then yes! If you’re applying for an in-house position at a more traditional company, however, you may want to be a tiny bit more traditional in the way you showcase your creativity.

  • David Fieldman

    Jose, not necessarily. I you could show the financial people something you did in a financial environment in your previous company that saved the firm resources, finances, a new purchasing policy — all to reduce costs, why wouldn’t they hire you or at least invite you for an interview.

    Same for IT. Perhaps you created a program to debug a certain issue with an SAP product, your creative resume backed by your programming and coding solution will get you in over the top of other candidates.

  • richardparker

    loosen up guys…these are artists…

  • Wael Kabliوائل كابلي

    Fun yes. Realistic no. At the end you want to send a CV to someone. A CV should not be marketing gifts or giveaways. CV should tell you who is this person and why you should consider him/her for hiring. Personally (i am employer) i wouldn’t employee someone with way far outrageous cv :). but its just an opinion.

  • Jose Cuervo

    Great if you’re a graphic designer or similar – try any of that in Finance or IT and you’d get TOSSED in 98% of the situations out there….

    Interesting and creative concepts though….

    • SaifuddinMerchant

      Something like the Scantron Exam Answer Sheet Resume created by Dylan
      Mackay would work even in an IT or Finance context. personally i would
      be interested in looking at creative resume which conveys all the
      information v/s a long worded resume with lots of text

    • Emily Brewes

      There’s a creative resume for every audience – many examples are for graphic designers and the like, but there’s certainly some ideas worthy of adaptation. Someone in finance could make use of a chart, or could graphically emphasize some of the hard data (dollars, percentages, etc.). The Scantron-style example is nicely understated yet different enough to stand out, and could be used for a range of fields. Ultimately, the key to writing any resume – traditional or creative – is to make the pertinent facts stand out clearly. Form follows function, after all; no matter how pretty your resume, if your readers have to hunt down what they need to know, you’ve missed the mark.

    • I’m 100% sure you will get noticed 🙂

  • Mendoland

    Okay, that was fun!

  • billypuntove

    Outstanding!