Weâ€™re continually bombarded with advice on how to stand out â€“ with our Instagram pages, our business branding, even our homes (tiny house, anyone?). It seems that standing out has become so necessary, itâ€™s almost a way of fitting in.
Youâ€™d think that job hunting is certainly theÂ place you want to leave your mark, but when your recruiter is time-poor and results-driven, how focused are they on your egg-carton cut-out curriculum vitae? The juryâ€™s still out on just how effective a “creative” resume is over the standard “skills and experience” offering.
So here are three reasons a well-crafted, good old resume can still trump a “fancy”Â one.
Itâ€™s not the best use of your time
Have you rewritten your resume lately? It sucks. Itâ€™s the most mind-numbing, time-consuming activity there is, so why spend additional hoursÂ adding glitter to the margins if it doesnâ€™t actually serve a purpose?
Try spending those extra hours coming up with a cover letter thatâ€™s conversational yet professional, or subheads that make for a little chuckle but also easy reading. Or maybe try your hand at adding infographics that demonstrate your knowledge of a program you know your future employer uses in-house.
A custom-made cake that reads, “hire me!” may go down well in the break room, but a targeted, well-written CV can also do the same â€“ all without the calories.
The person youâ€™re aiming for might not see it
Itâ€™s important to remember that many larger companies still use internal HR managers to do their hiring. The crucial point here is that they might not be as partial to a “make your own CV” kit as the design director youâ€™re hoping to attract. In the end, creativity is absolutely something to showcase to your potential employer â€“ just not at the expense of your actual, tangible experience and skills.
Employers still know what they need
On that note, no matter how colourful and left-of-centre your resume is, it does still boil down to that old chestnut of experience, skills and workplace suitability. In an interview, your potential employer will want a sense of what makes you you, but only after checking that youâ€™ve had some demonstrable experience in the field theyâ€™re hiring for. In short, a creative resume will certainly make you stand out â€“ but it wonâ€™t necessarily land you a job, especially if you donâ€™t have the criteria said employer is looking for.