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If it’s appropriate for your industry, an out-of-the-box resume could help you stand out
If you're applying for a job that requires creativity, innovative thinking, or problem-solving, one way to make yourself stand out is through a unique digital resume. Showcasing your resume online can not only help you emphasize your creativity, it can also demonstrate skills like design, programming, and more.
This approach worked for Christine Hall, a recent graduate of Duke University who was striking out when cold-calling advertising agencies on the hunt for her first after-college job. Using skills she'd gained while working in advertising for the school newspaper, she designed and built hirechristine.com, an interactive site that introduces her resume and then allowsemployers to click on it to read more about her.
"I wanted something that was really different, that people would pass along and say, 'Hey, look at this,'" says Hall, 22.
That's exactly what happened. The site spread like wildfire on social media, getting more than 10,000 page views on the first day it went viral. More than a dozen companies contacted her about a job, and she's now in the midst of interviewing for positions. Her advice for job seekers looking to spark similar interest? "Be as creative as you can," she says, "while still understanding your target audience."
If you decide to go the creative route, remember content still counts. The story your resume tells about your experience and knowledge is important even if you present it in a unique way.
Here are five ways to make your resume stand out from the pack:
1. Create an infographic. If you'll be working with data or visuals on the job, an infographic resume might be the way to go. These are naturally packed full of information, which means you'll have ample opportunity to strut your stuff. For inspiration, check out resumes by social media strategist Hagan Blount, journalism student Chris...