"That resume was my secret weapon," Joe Kelso told us. "Every time I sent that out I got an interview without fail. So if I really wanted an interview somewhere, that's the one I would use. A lot of times, I got interviews even when I wasn't an exact match based on my experience."
Kelso, who created this resume in 2007, landed a job through one of those interviews; but says his resume didn't go as far once the job market worsened.
"I've basically been getting no responses since the economy tanked. At this point though, I think a lot of it comes down to other factors."
After Sabrina Saccoccio submitted this resume, her potential employer said it was "brilliant".
"How brilliant is this?" said Steve Pratt on his blog, the Director of CBC Radio 3 who received this resume. "She’s taken a format everyone is familiar with – the Facebook profile page – and totally subverted it into a resume."
This person split his experiences between his right and left brain
After helping his friend design a resume, Rick Mundon now sells resume formats online. "In a creative business, it's almost standard to have a creative resume," Rick Mundon told us. After helping a friend make this resume, he received so many emails about it that he decided to create Orange Resume, a website that designs creative resumes, business, and websites for job hunters.
But Mundon, who has an advertising background, says anyone needs a creative resume, but it has to be job-specific: "You're not out there to get any job." Functionality is also imperative, he says, because employers need to pick it up and know how to find your past work experiences.