Is it okay to be more artistic/creative with your resume if you're applying for a more creative job?
Office Hours #1: Resume Writing with Judy Park [39:48]
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I have hired creative designers before, and for me, I like to start getting a sense of the candidate's design skills in the resume. Now I would still recommend having appropriate design for the job you are seeking (e.g. don't use a comic book type design for an enterprise company's design job). I would say that the equivalent to seeing a creatively designed resume for me is seeing a hobbies section on a resume– not required at all, but is fun to see.
Having said all that, using a standard resume template is totally fine and will not hurt your chances. The reason is that given that this is for a creative job, the most important thing will be the portfolio.
Although I like creative resumes, I know some other managers that do not like it. So just like adding a hobby section on your resume, there's a chance that it'll hurt your chances of getting the job if the hiring manager sees something they do not like.
Happy to answer follow up questions, so if I can provide further insight, just let me know!
Best of luck!
Agreed, a unique style is super helpful to stand out from the crowd of resumes. As a Marketing Program Manager for a creative team that works closely with the Creative Director, I appreciate a well laid-out resume that gives a bit of creative flair - but yes, your experience and skillset will do the heavy lifting.
Dustin recommends the following next steps:
Studies show hiring managers give your resume seven seconds of initial scrutiny, before deciding if they want to read closer. Seven seconds! In that blink of an eye they'll decide if they want to give you a second glance. That means you'd better have a clean, clear resume that showcases your artistic talent, but also the ability to convey important messages quickly.
I'd put more work into your online portfolio site (you do have one of those, right?), which is where the real decisions will be made. Your resume is only the hook to get them there. So yes, make it visually appealing, but don't let its real purpose get lost in the shuffle.
As with everything, it's also dependent on the hiring manager. Even if the role is creative, work with the HR representative to get an understanding of what the hiring manager might prefer. Some managers want to see professionalism and corporate adherence in the resume, but creativity in your portfolio, etc.
As someone who's been on both sides of this, I like to see creativity in a resume. A bit of personality helps the hiring manager and interviewer understand a bit more about you and can tailor the questions better. The areas I've noticed that hinder applicants are:
1. too lengthy (3+ pages); 1 is ideal for me to see you can put the most important information on 1 page in an organized way
2. inconsistency (only some job titles are bold, only some include the location, etc.)
3. too much design, not enough content (I want to be able to read your qualifications that you've worked so hard for; your portfolio can show me the rest)