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4 Mindblowing Resumes More Creative Than Yours, and What You Can Learn From Them

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Peter Lin

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Are you looking to get back into the job market? Firstly, tidy up your resume. Get rid of the following: a picture of your favourite pet, the number of times you have sex a week, your mother’s contact number and other irrelevant information that should never be on your resume. While a presentable, well-written resume is crucial to landing a job, it’s also pretty much a given that HR managers at popular companies have to deal with hundreds of resumes each month. No matter how good your resume is, if it’s not mind-blowingly unique, it’ll probably have to fight for attention. Need some inspiration? Here are 4 resumes that are probably more creative than yours and what you can learn from them.

 

1. Airbnb “report” catches CEO’s attention on Twitter, lands job interview

Nina Mufleh would be the first person to tell you that the “traditional” route of sending resumes did not work out as she’d hoped. Though she had always dreamed of working for Airbnb, her many email applications and responses to job listings failed to lead to anything. Undeterred, she made the decision to go on a full creative offensive to fulfil her dream.

Working with a designer, she created a website that presented not only herself but also her ideas on how to improve Airbnb’s presence in the Middle East. The clincher? The designer made it look almost exactly like an Airbnb host profile. So not only was she presenting herself, her research and her innovation through the website, she also made sure that Airbnb recognised themselves in her work.

She then tweeted the website’s URL to the heads of Airbnb, and after an hour, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tweeted back. An hour later, Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan Mildenhall immediately tweeted saying it was “the best social application” he’d ever seen and that he would set up a meeting.

Learning point: If you know what company you really want to work for, prove to them just how much you deserve a role in the company. In Nina Mufleh’s case, she did extensive research on the global tourism market. First, she showed what Airbnb needed to develop their presence in the Middle East, then demonstrated that she was the one who could be a part of that initiative.

 

2. Interactive Resume goes viral on social media

Back in late October 2013, an interactive resume exploded on social media. The brains behind it was designer Robby Leonardi who spent many hours creating this “Super Mario Bros.” inspired showcase. The best part? He did it during his downtime while working for Fox News. Going viral when you’re in the media industry is kinda the jackpot.

The actual resume is deceptively simple in design. You “control” a superhero (presumably Robby himself) as he walks, swims and “flies” you through his working life. What works is the fact that it’s colourful, fun and actually packed with rather important information that reveals his “multidisciplinary” ability as an animator, designer and coder.

Learning point: Even if you’re already employed, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to take the time to work on your resume. Use your resume to really showcase your abilities, especially if they work well together, as in Robby’s case. More importantly, make sure your resume is so unique that it can go viral. If you work in the media industry, your fame (or notoriety, even) is really going to open doors for you.

 

3. Club transfer gossip “article” wins sports journalist a job at The New Paper

Five years ago, Gregory Loo had just graduated with a degree in Mass Communication. He wanted to be a sports reporter and had always been a fan of The New Paper tabloid. Despite being the original Buzzfeed with their clickbait-y scandal-driven headlines, The New Paper was at the same time the undisputed authority when it came to sports coverage in Singapore. As an aspiring sports journalist, Greg could think of no one he’d rather work for than The New Paper.

His friend had suggested that he present his resume in the form of a sports news article, in order to stand out. Taking this advice, Greg wrote to editor R. Jegathesan about his desire to join The New Paper’s sports team in the style of a football superstar looking to join a top tier team during the transfer season. He got the job.

Learning point: If you want to be a writer for a sports news desk, prove that you are capable of writing a sports news story. The same works for any job you apply for – the company essentially wants to know if you have what it takes to be a part of their team. But be clued in on what they want – not every news desk wants the same kind of writer. For example, your slightly over-the-top love for wordplay might get pun-ished or praised, depending on the editor.

 

4. Sometimes all it takes is being at the right place at the right time.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay took part in his first Reddit Ask-Me-Anything, better known as an AMA. It’s a way for celebrities to connect with people across the globe on a very personal and direct manner. One of those people was a struggling chef who was simply asking for advice on how to deal with working long hours in a Michelin kitchen and simultaneously handling the stress of everyday life.

Ramsay’s response was one of empathy and generosity. Perhaps moved by the chef’s story, Ramsay first offered advice that could only come from someone who had gone through a similar experience, then threw in the bombshell. “Listen – if you send me your resume, I could look at putting you into one of the restaurants as a work experience,” wrote Ramsay.

Learning point: In this case, Ramsay’s offer of a possible job was just that, an offer. But it goes to show that not every “resume” needs to be an intentional one. Sometimes, just being in the right place at the right time can give you an unexpected once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

 

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Peter Lin

I am the poster boy for reinventing one's self. I've been a broadcast journalist, technical writer, banking customer service officer and a Catholic friar. My life experiences have made me the most cynical idealist you'll ever meet, which is why I'm also the co-founder of a local pop culture website. I believe ignorance is not bliss, and that money is the root of all evil only if you allow it to be.