By Marianne Brigola, Career Advisor for School of Communications
With all the free time available between classes, projects, assignments and getting ready for the Winter Term fly-in trips (!!!), some iMedia students have started thinking about getting ready to apply what they’ve learned in the classes to the next step in their career and preparing for their job search. As you’re updating your resumes to reflect your new experiences + skills, many students are considering telling their story in a different, more creative way.
Resumes are a tool for sharing your professional journey–your experiences, interests, skills + passion. In the more creative and interactive fields that our iMedia alumni pursue, creative resumes as a means to stand out are becoming increasingly popular. These resumes can take on the form of infographics, websites geared towards targeted companies or interactive, multimedia resumes. Below are a few things to consider as you’re planning out your own creative way to tell your story.
- Know your audience. You might be targeting a specific company or a specific industry. You might be targeting a specific job title. If you’re seeking a position in marketing, advertising, etc., a more creative resume tells your story but also demonstrates your skills.
- Make a strong visual impact. In traditional resume documents, we talk a lot about readibility, white space, elements that draw the eye. With creative resumes, you have so much more freedom to make that same visual impact with things like color, graphics, maps, charts etc. Be intentional and mindful in what information you include and how you choose to present it.
- Keep it simple + easy to read. It’s easy to get caught up in adding your entire life story when you’re not necessarily restricting yourself to any page limit. Whether you’re creating an infographic or a website, the information should be organized, easy to read and easy to navigate. Categories, headings etc, are ways that you can group + organize your information to make it easy for the potential employer to find what they’re looking for.
- Keep a traditional Word document version of your resume. Not all employers will accept a more creative resume. If you have a direct contact to submit your materials to, emailing a link to your website or an attachment of your infographic is simple to do. If you need to apply though a company website, many times you’re limited in terms of format and structure–a traditional resume will be needed to supplement your creative document.
Design is an extremely important aspect of creative resumes; but don’t forget to focus on the creating strong content as well. A creative resume is a great way to make a strong, first impression–being intentional + critical of your final product will help ensure that you’re making a positive first impression.