Let me be clear. Creativity is not about being artistic, it’s about being inventive. If you can appropriately demonstrate relevant skills and motivation to a potential future employer in a creative way, then you are on track for getting your dream job.
If you video yourself singing the words to your cv in the shower to apply for a role at a solicitors firm then you have not mastered this skill. If you purchase ad space outside a media buying agency and use it to sell yourself to the directors, that’s more like it…
Here are some real examples we found that demonstrate employment seeking creativity.
1. Singapore-based student Chen Zhi Liang’s assignment set by his graphic design tutor was to create an infographic. Not only does it showcase important qualifications and skills, it’s also visually attractive without being overwhelming. Liang’s minimal approach is perfect for an overcrowded job market.
2. Rob Jervi turned his cv into a box, and even learned how to make the chocolates inside as well (Oreo truffles, peanut butter cups, amaretto ganaches, etc). LFH called Jervis up an hour after receiving his chocolate-themed resume and offered him a paid internship, which led to a full time job.
3. This one is a bit risky, but it paid off because these two jobseekers knew their industry and audience. Andrew Grinter and Lee Spencer-Michaelse bought the personalised URLs of several creative directors of Australian advertising agencies. The duo then directed the directors to their URLs, where they had posted a ransom note, telling them to set up a meeting with them “or the site gets it”. Luckily it did the job and got them several interviews.
4. Lindsay Blackwell decided to try a creative approach in her application for social media director of the University of Michigan. She created a website with a video directed at Lisa Rudgers, the university’s vice president for global communications and strategic initiatives. As you might expect, it got her an interview.
5. Slideshare allows users to share their presentations online and other users can comment and share. Ben Wong made a Slideshare presentation resume in hope of landing his dream job. The video has been viewed over 74,000 times!
6. Graeme Anthony uploaded his professional information to YouTube in the hope that it would attract interest from PR employers. Anthony’s interactive video application included a breakdown of his skills and timeline for potential employers. It showed his video-producing and editing knowledge as well as his ability to use online resources, and succeeded in landing him a job at Manc Frank.
7. Melissa wanted to showcase her sewing abilities to potential employers in the design industry, so decided to create this beautiful sewn cv during her final year at college. She wanted to represent her affection for sewing and including handmade elements in her design work for a more intimate feel. It was so successful that Melissa got the first job she applied for out of college and is now a product
designer at Etsy.
8. French creative Victor Petit was struggling to get interviews for internships at communications agencies, so he decided to spice up his paper cv by including a QR code. One side of his application features a pretty standard cv design, but on the other side there is a close-up of Petit’s face, with a QR code over his mouth. Prospective employers scan the code, which then plays a YouTube video, featuring Petit’s mouth and transforming his paper application into a talking resumé.
9. We all Google ourselves regularly (and if you don’t you should). Alec Brownstein decided to take advantage of this by purchasing adverts to appear when specific people searched for creative directors’ names, or more importantly, when those directors Googled themselves. The ads led to Brownstein’s website with a message that simply read, “Googling yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun, too.” Brownstein now works at Y&R New York, and the ads only cost him $6.
10. When Phil Dubost was seeking employment as a Web Product Manager, he decided to feature himself as the product on his “Amaz-ing Resume,” a website which is modelled after an Amazon product page. Dubost really brings his CV to
life with little quirks such as the message to “order soon” as there is “only 1 left in stock” and an original list price of $999,999 which is scratched out, leaving prospective employers to come up with their own offer. The Independent reported that Dubost had received at least 100 emails from potential employers.
Now it’s your turn! Share with us in the comments below your own creative approaches to job search or career climbing.
It’s important to make sure that your job application stands out. Here at iwantmycareer.com we
have our own CV Design service and we can even create an Infographic CV for you! Some of our coaching services help you with your CV and selling yourself, and there is even the option to sign up for a free starter plan. Visit iwantmycareer.com/services/ to find out more.