12 of the Most Creative (and Effective) Resumes in the World

One looks like a movie poster. One is a Facebook profile. Another requires a bar code. Are these insanely creative resumes a waste of time? Possibly, but they landed job interviews for their creators.

We asked career coaches if and when it pays to be creative. The consensus: It depends where you're applying.

"Your resume has to dress the part," says career counselor Lynn Berger. "Just like you wouldn't wear a miniskirt to a job interview, you need to match the resume to the job you're looking for."

Eric Gandhi got an email from Google after creating a resume that resembled a Google results page.

Joe Kelso, who made a resume like a monster movie poster, said his resume was his secret weapon. It got him an interview without fail.

Career coach Win Sheffield says you need to think back to the purpose of a resume: to get a meeting. "I read a book once where this guy sits down in a meeting and has a resume with bold letters, and it's underlined, and the interviewer says, 'I don't approve of this resume,' and the guy thinks to himself 'well, I'm here.'"

Presented by

Patricia Laya works for Business Insider's strategy section, War Room.

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

You don't have to tell her how big she is. You don't need to touch her belly.

Video

Maine's Underground Street Art

"Graffiti is the farthest thing from anarchy."

Video

The Joy of Running in a Beautiful Place

A love letter to California's Marin Headlands

Video

'I Didn't Even Know What I Was Going Through'

A 17-year-old describes his struggles with depression.

Video

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

A 360-degree tour of our world, made entirely from Google's panoramas

Video

The Farmer Who Won't Quit

A filmmaker returns to his hometown to profile the patriarch of a family farm

Video

Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

Video

Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

More in Business

Just In