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15 Creative Resume Ideas

Updated on June 12, 2012

Creative jobs require creative resumes. Think about it: If you’re applying for a job as a graphic designer, or an art teacher, or a curator at a native art gallery, you have to show what you’re made of. Made of bullet points and objective statements? You’re probably better off applying to the government. Made of colour and flair? You’re on the right track.

That said, you have to be careful not to go overboard. Your resume, however creative it might be, is still a resume. It needs to contain pertinent data—experience, skills, contact info—and it has to appeal to everyone, not just the artsy crowd.

Need some inspiration? Here are some fun ideas to help you stand out from the crowd:


Board Game


Mobile Newspaper

School Paper



Desktop (The Other Kind of Desktop)

Sticky Notes


Mysterious Cupboard

Action Figure

Milk Carton

Cereal Box



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    • kathleenkat profile image

      kathleenkat 5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      If I were hiring for a graphic designer, sure. Anyone else? Tells me they are hot-headed.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I agree with Marcy. ALthough these are really creative, one must know how and where to use them. I often go for professional looking resume - how it is written, words used and even the typos and wrong grammars matter to me.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      These are indeed creative, and they're interesting. My suggestion as a longtime hiring manager (including in creative, PR and IT settings) would be to carefully choose the target audience or firm to send one of these. The reason is that many managers are so busy and overworked that they might not recognize it as a resume, or they may not have the time to sift through it and extract the information they're used to finding.