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

By Patricia Laya

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."


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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.'"

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