Sometimes Being Creative with a Resume Works

July 17, 2012 ( – Sometimes when looking for a job, a candidate has to get creative.

By Rebecca Moore | July 17, 2012
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A CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers revealed some candidates tried a creative approach, made a positive impression on the employer and, in some cases, were ultimately hired.  

Examples of what worked include: 

  • Candidate sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik's Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the resume. He was hired.  
  • Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist. She was hired.  
  • Candidate created a marketing brochure promoting herself as the best candidate and was hired.  
  • Candidate listed accomplishments and lessons learned from each position. He gave examples of good customer service he provided as well as situations he wished he would have handled differently. He was hired.  
  • Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a resume in the form of a fine-dining menu and was hired.  
  • Candidate crafted his resume to look like Google search results for the "perfect candidate." Candidate ultimately wasn’t hired, but was considered.