Rethinking the Resume

resume imageMany job seekers like to get a bit creative in making their resumes really pop.

But the candidates behind these CVs, summarized here by the folks at Yahoo! Finance, are taking some especially imaginative (and in some cases calorie-laden) approaches to grabbing HR’s attention.

Consider marketing professional Nicholas, for example. Nick decided the way into hiring managers’ hearts was through their stomachs, and created the “resumebar,” a chocolate bar promoting “credentials that will satisfy any organization’s appetite.”

He even went to the trouble of providing a label with personal facts and a list of skills, or ingredients, ranging from copywriting and brand management to search-engine marketing and revenue generation. This scrumptious curriculum vitae got picked up on Reddit, viewed more than one million times, and helped Nick land a job with LeagueApps, a platform that connects adult recreational athletes.

Jordan McDonnell, a financial analyst seeking more creative pastures, went the anti-resume route. Struggling to gain entry into the marketing industry, he created an “alternative CV” that proudly advertised the fact it was NOT a resume. The Power Point-style slideshow presentation, which neatly encapsulated his professional and personal lives to date, garnered 90,000-plus views in just over a week. Soon flooded with job offers from around the world, McDonnell wound up accepting a position as an account manager with Twitter.

My favorite may be a young finance major’s brutally honest twist on a time-honored tradition. Here’s an excerpt from the cover letter he sent to a New York investment bank in January, seeking a summer internship:

I won’t waste your time inflating my credentials, throwing around exaggerated job titles, or feeding you a line of crapp [sic] about how my past experiences and skill set align perfectly for an investment banking internship.”

The truth, continued this candid applicant, “is that I have no unbelievably special skills or genius eccentricities, but I do have a near perfect GPA and will work hard for you.”

The duly impressed recipient forwarded the frank letter to several colleagues and peers, sparking interest up and down Wall Street and becoming a viral online hit in the process. No word on where the young man will be interning this summer, but his prospects may be looking up.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” commented one banker at Business Insider, “if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there.”