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Everyone needs a traditional and polished resumé. However, for those creative people looking for work, it might be a good idea to do a second resumé—created with your own design flair.

Producing a second more design-oriented version of your resumé might be the key to setting yourself apart in the eyes of a prospective employer.

HowDesign.com recently shared four creative resume formats.

Infographic

“In a national survey conducted by The Creative Group, 20 percent of marketing executives and 21 percent of advertising executives named the infographic as their preferred resumé format. “

Here’s a quick tip: make sure your resume infographic is held to the same standards as the rest of the work in your portfolio.

Social Media

Create a profile on a site like about.me to widen your social profile. Think of it as an informal icebreaker—it helps the employer get an introduction to who you are before the more formal interview.

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Consider posting a few select works on a site like Behance; or maybe even put all of your portfolio pieces up for a company to peruse at their leisure.

Twitter

Tweet your resumé in 140 words or less! HowDesign says, “Just head over to Twitter and check out the #twesume hashtag. You’ll find creative job hunters tweeting out things like: “’Type-obsessed junior designer seeks gig at small Chicago design firm.’” These tweets help spread the word that you’re job hunting and may even help you catch the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. Most twesumes include a link to an online resume, blog or social media profile.”

Video

If you have animation, design, or illustration to show off or are dynamic enough onscreen to win favorable attention, consider making a video. Briefly highlight some of your best work in one to two minutes. Keep it short—if it doesn’t quickly grab the attention of a hiring manager, they will move on to the next applicant.

Putting together a creative resumé can be somewhat of a risk—so always make sure you have a traditional version with you. But providing a link to an infographic, video, or website is a good option to send to a prospective employer… and it might just set you apart from the rest of the pack.

To read the full article visit: http://www.howdesign.com/design-career/4-proven-resume-tips-infographics-unexpected-formats-wow-creative-directors/

 

 

 

 

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