In competitive creative and tech industries, a CV or portfolio that demonstrates your skills in an innovative way can be all you need to stand out.
Thinking outside the box when applying for a job can be highly effective, but the approach you take must be relevant and appropriate – sending an extremely creative CV to a law firm probably won’t impress. The most important thing to remember is to tailor your CV to the job requirements and keep it professional.
Check out how these clever creatives took an innovative approach to land the jobs of their dreams.
French creative Victor Petit decided to do something that would make him stand out in the competitive communications industry.
To get attention and land an interview, he included a QR code to bring his CV to life. One side of his application is a standard CV. The other is a closeup photo of Petit's face with a QR code over his mouth. When the code is scanned a YouTube video featuring Petit's mouth plays – transforming his paper CV into a talking one. Watch Victor's talking CV above.
A web developer, Robby Leonardi, in New York used his design and programming skills to create a virtual CV. Navigating through the CV is like playing an online game - you can choose where you want to go by directing a cartoon character to jump or fly to the information you want to see.
This is a fun, interactive way to demonstrate professional skills and experience. Take a look at Robby's interactive CV.
Hustle on Twitter
A clever pair of freelance creatives used Twitter in an unusual way to get a job at a highly respected advertising agency. Bas van de Poel and Daan van Dam knew that creatives use Twitter to keep up with what’s happening in the advertising world.
They decided to take advantage of this, and created several new Twitter accounts. Each account had a different letter in its profile picture. If the Twitter accounts were viewed one after the other the profile pictures would spell out ‘Hire Us’, and each letter linked back to the team’s portfolio on Twitter.
The pair selected a handful of creative directors from prestigious advertising agencies, and followed them with their new Twitter accounts. The creative directors saw the words ‘Hire Us’ – and one of them did!