Should You Try An Unconventional Resume?

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The traditional resume has undergone countless transformations since Leonardo Da Vinci first created one in the late 15th century.

What was once hand-written on scraps of paper evolved to being typed up on a typewriter and computer, and is now often submitted online. Moreover, with the rise of new, constantly evolving technology and an increasingly competitive job market, the resume is yet again experiencing an evolution.

Today, “unconventional resumes” are revolutionizing the way you showcase your talents, skills and experience. They are becoming more prevalent in the workplace as they provide a unique opportunity to illustrate who you are to potential employers.

Are you unfamiliar with unconventional resumes? Here’s a simple guide to five types you can try!

Infographic Resume

samsung-793043_640An infographic resume is a graphic, visual representation of your education, skills and experience. This type of resume displays information quickly and clearly, and shows off your creativity and storytelling abilities.

Pros Cons
Stands out from the crowd Not right for every role/industry
Visually appealing Not accepted for some job applications
Clearly showcases information Not compatible with Applicants Tracking Systems – (software that scans text resumes for online submissions)
Easy to share online A bad version makes a bad impression
Demonstrates creativity and talent May be perceived as less professional
Easy to make through templates available online.

Best suited for: trying to find a position in creative industries such as sales and marketing, public relations, communications and advertising.

Slideshow Resume

A slideshow resume demonstrates your education, skills and experience through a presentation based on a series of projected images or photographic slides.

Pros Cons
More dynamic than a traditional resume Not right for every role/industry
Demonstrates your ability to put together a presentation Not accepted for some job applications
Easy to share online Not compatible with Applicants Tracking Systems
Visually appealing A bad version makes a bad impression
Enhances personal brand and image

Best suited for: trying to find a position in creative industries such as sales and marketing, public relations, communications and advertising.

Video Resume

pexels-photoA video resume consists of a recorded, short visual clip that expresses your skills, education and experience.

Pros Cons
Communicates an individual’s personality and character in addition to skills and education Not suitable for every role/industry
Represents a candidate’s social skills Can put too much emphasis on candidates’ appearance
Demonstrates inventiveness Increased opportunities for discrimination
Acts like an initial interview but with more control Can be considered informal
A bad version makes a bad impression
Not compatible with Applicants Tracking Systems

Best suited for: trying to find a position in customer focused industries such as retail, hotel and hospitality, as well as banking and insurance. Also suited for jobs in the media/broadcasting and technology sectors.

Promotional Package Resume

girl-791231_640A promotional package resume is a combination of a well-designed poster, postcard, and business card set that showcases your education, skills and experience.

Pros Cons
Conversation starter Not right for every role/industry
Visually appealing A bad version makes a bad impression
Demonstrates creativity Not compatible with Applicants Tracking Systems
Enhances personal brand and image

Best suited for: trying to find a position in sales and marketing, advertising, communications, public relations, graphic design and interior design. Also suited for positions in the non-profit sector.

Online/Website Resume

person-apple-laptop-notebookAn online/website resume combines graphics, images, text and social media links to showcase your education, experience and skill set – all in a digital format.

Pros Cons
Easily accessible and shareable A bad version makes a bad impression
Demonstrates web and social media savviness Can’t be tailored to a specific job posting/company
Interactive Increased opportunities for discrimination
No length constraints Increased potential for identity theft
Can have embedded video, images, audio and portfolio presentations.

Best suited for: trying to find a position in web design, digital marketing/advertising, social media, communications, and public relations. Also suitable if you do a lot of freelance work.

If you want to create a memorable resume that stands out from the crowd, one of these “unusual resumes” may be an option for you to consider. However, keep in mind that despite the recent surge and popularity of these new types of resumes, not all employers accept them. Moreover, you will want to make sure that the resume format you choose is appropriate for the industry you’re pursuing.

While unusual resumes are great options when you’re applying for creative industries, they may not be right for a career at an accounting firm, for example. In either case, it’s always a good idea to have a standard text resume as a back up!

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