Ask any human resource professional or recruiter and they will tell you that they receive an avalanche of resumes almost daily. While most applicants opt for the standard look and feel of a traditional 12-point Times New Roman Word document or resume templates, there are some who go above and beyond to catch the eye of their target company or staffing agency. We decided to dig deep and find some of the most creative, thoughtful and, sometimes, downright funny resumes we have seen.
Here are our picks for the top five most unique resumes.
Do you want to play a game?
Fans of a certain, massively popular Nintendo game about pocket monsters may recognize the motif this designer is going for with this interactive resume. This web-hosted, playable and interactive resume takes just a few minutes to navigate through and understand. Not only does this resume thoroughly introduce the applicant, it knows hiring managers sometimes only have minutes to spare when evaluating candidates and gives them the opportunity to either play through or quickly select the pertinent info at the top of the window.
All that and a bag of chips
The ideal resume you want to see come across your desk if you are craving a snack, this resume is literally printed on a bag of real potato chips. It features a brief intro to the candidate, and, in place of ingredients, a detailed work and career summary. Plus an extra benefit for hiring managers, if they review a resume like this and don’t see a potential fit, at least they got a nice little treat out of it.
Hollywood care package
In the world of show business, one needs to be flashy. This resume, which was sent to Pixar Animation Studios, looks like a relic pulled from the Disney Vault. While it looks authentic, many of the elements of this physical resume were aged meticulously by hand by its creator. Located inside this package is a film reel which contains a hand drawn notebook that outlines the applicant’s skills and work history. While the applicant ultimately didn’t get the job he certainly had some movie magic on his side.
Applying is like a box of chocolates
Speaking of treats, this resume is literally packed with them! Perhaps this applicant is hoping his skills shine through, but the physiological effects chocolate have on people could make this not just professionally viable, but also scientifically as the sweets kick in and release that sweet, stress-relieving dopamine.
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