Most recruiters are still trying to get candidates to switch to bullet points instead of paragraphs, and use one font consistently. 

One sector that has gone way beyond bullet points is the media business.  Just for the fun of it, take a look at this article 7 Ingenious Resumes That Will Make You Rethink Your CV by Brian Anthony Hernandez, on Mashable, that illustrates far out resumes inspired by I Pad, Twitter, Facebook, and more.  I fully endorse people in the creative arts using this type of resume to stand out from the crowd and display their skills.  Very important to remember is the fundamentals of any visual communication:  Can the consumer read it, get the message simply and clearly, and be compelled to act?  Some of these are visually distinctive, but not necessarily simple and clear in communicating what a resume needs to do.  But, they do get seen, so maybe it is a numbers game! The resume shown above has been viewed 2200 times.  Run an artistic message as your resume, and someone will be responsive in the right way.

For those of us who work in less artistic sectors, we can’t quite go this far, but people are doing new and creative things, like embedding links, adding visual examples of work product, etc.  Make sure the way you choose to present yourself is aligned with the audience you are aiming for.


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Comment by Samantha Lacey on October 31, 2011 at 9:52am

I once had a CV sent to me with a post it and a tea bag stuck to the front. This is back when paper CVs were still going about, they were less common but still happening. The post it said "Take 5 minutes to make yourself a cup of tea, this is the most important document you'll read today" Sadly the CV was not relevant at all and when I spoke to the chap who'd sent it he was a bit arrogant, but I still remember it years later! 


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