Not Your Typical Résumé

A typical day in the office usually entails having some form of discussion around résumés. The résumé is at the core of what we do as Career Consultants. Keeping an eye on new trends related to résumés has become a daily occurrence as well as getting into lively discussions and debates surrounding what to put on a résumé, what should be left off, and how to indicate a degree or particular skill. Not much changes from year to year, though at times, we may change our opinion on how something is indicated on the résumé and we continue to work on the best strategies for educating students on how to market oneself the best way possible on the résumé.

One topic that has surfaced over the past few years is the concept of the social media résumé or gamification of the résumé. Whatever you call it, students and job candidates are starting to think outside of the box. With the competition for jobs being a concern for many potential hires, students are catching on to the idea that they must think creativity to get the attention of the employer if they really want the job. As I talk with faculty and employers, I hear the same sentiment: Find a way to standout to employers (without being arrogant or unprofessional of course) and show real world examples of your work. Let me explain.

Take a look at some examples of how students have stood out to employers utilizing social media.

Another example – make a game out of your résumé and make it interactive. When I came across this video game résumé, it really grabbed my attention. I wanted to continue looking at it to see what would happen next.

Reels give an employer an example of the work you’ve done. Consider developing a 1-2 minute video reel showcasing your work. What better way to show an employer what you can do as an employee than showing samples of your projects.

There is always a risk involved in thinking outside of the box and many companies want the typical 1-page résumé. My thought is give them both options. Consider creating two versions of your résumé – the first being “the stick to the rules résumé” written and formatted professionally with bullet points, appropriate margins, and all the important headings and categories. Create the 2nd version in your own unique way. When asked for your résumé, give a potential employer both or ask which they’d prefer. And, if you don’t have a website to showcase samples of your artwork, advertisements, or writing, now is a great time to think about creating one.

By Jennifer Grunwald
Jennifer Grunwald Career Consultant, School of Fine Arts