Creative Resume Pros and Cons

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With today's large pool of job seekers, many are looking for ways to make their resumes stand out. Some candidates for employment have begun to create nontraditional resumes - resumes that go beyond the standard, one or two-page typed sheet of paper.

These resumes are typically online, creative and catchy - designed to showcase your skills and qualifications in a way that words on paper can't.

The types of nontraditional resumes today's job applicants are using, in addition to the traditional resume required by most employers include infographics, video resumes, online portfolios, online and social resumes, and personal websites with a career focus.

Here's more information on the different types of nontraditional resumes, along with examples.

Creative Resumes Pros and Cons

Do you need a creative resume if you're job searching? Not necessarily. However, depending on the type of job you are seeking, they can definitely help you get noticed by a prospective employer.

Pros of a Nontraditional Resume

Nontraditional resumes are not for everyone. However, they can be very beneficial for certain types of job applicants. Nontraditional resumes are ideal for job seekers in particularly creative industries, such as marketing and design. More specifically, online resumes are helpful for applicants who want to post films, sound clips, photographs, or other pieces of work related to their industry.

Online resumes also allow those in web design and information technology to display their skills. Social resumes are useful for anyone looking for a job in social media.

Thus, nontraditional resumes can help display a person's skills and qualifications.

Nontraditional resumes are also helpful for people without an extensive work history. They allow candidates to emphasize skills rather than their chronological work history.

Cons of a Nontraditional Resume

While nontraditional resumes are becoming increasingly popular across a variety of industries, that does not mean you should immediately begin to draft one.

Firstly, many companies still prefer a traditional, typed resume.

A number of larger companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to automatically screen resumes; these systems search for keywords that indicate whether or not a candidate has the desired skills and/or experience for the position. Because ATS requires text-based resumes, some companies using ATS will simply toss aside nontraditional resumes.

Other companies simply dislike nontraditional resumes, believing that graphics and other visuals are unnecessary additions to a resume. Therefore, it's important to consider your industry and the specific companies you are interested in when you consider creating a nontraditional resume.

Deciding Whether to Make a Creative Resume

The important decision to make is whether it's worth the investment of your time, and possibly your money. You will need to get hiring managers and networking to view your resume, plus may have to pay to create or host it online.

If you're going to get creative, your resume needs to be good - and professional. Otherwise, it can hurt your candidacy for a job rather than helping it. It needs to be eye appealing and to offer more information than is on the paper version of your resume.

Do keep in mind that there are sites that make it easy to create an online resume. For examples, Branded.me users can import their information from LinkedIn to create a free customizable website.

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