It seems that graphic design is the industry most in tune with creative CVs, with online portfolios simply not enough when you compete for your dream job alongside innovative, crafty people.
The truth is, no matter what the industry, presenting yourself to HR staff in way that is as noticeable as possible is likely a good thing.
Below are 10 creative approaches people used to get work, ranging from billboards and videos, to chocolate and illustrations.
Jobless Paddy was a campaign set up by unemployed commerce graduate Féilim Mac An Iomaire back in 2011. Having saved up enough for two weeks’ worth of billboard space on Merrion Road, Mac An Iomaire gambled big, and it paid off. Before the billboard came down, he had job offers pouring in.
Rob Jervis was looking for a new way to present his CV and, as he was a chocolatier on the side, this tasty idea was borne. “I handed them to numerous companies across London, all to great response, I landed a two week placement at LFH (now Illumination) and, subsequently, a full-time junior design role,” he said.
Redditer itsnickk went very millennial when he created this CV out of emoji
There are plenty of infographic examples doing the rounds, though this simple black-and-white CV from Gary Corr is one of the better ones. Printed out and delivered as cards, it looks really effective.
The ‘Game of Design’ was developed as a self-promotional piece for Jenny Johns, who included die, cards and a rules booklet. “Intended to showcase part of my design philosophy, the goal of the game is to collect all four cards that are required in order to produce a successful design,” she said.
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Robby Leonardi’s interactive CV (click here) is the best of the bunch. The effort that went in appears immense and shows just how talented he is at design, coding and animation. If this doesn’t catch the eye, nothing will.
Gordon joined Silicon Republic in October 2014 as a journalist, moving on to a new position as senior communications and content executive at NDRC in August 2017.
Unafraid of heights or spiders, Gordon spends most of his time avoiding conversations about music, appreciating even the least creative pun and rueing the day he panicked when meeting Paul McGrath.
His favourite thing on the internet remains the ‘Random Article’ link on Wikipedia.
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