Sometimes, Your Resume Just Needs to Throw Out All the Rules. Sometimes

Most career coaches will tell you priority one is to stand out. Then they’ll say you do this by following tried-and-true tactics like networking, honing your pitch, and putting together a resume that’s concise, direct and scannable. But, well, what if we were wrong?

Hm. I wrote that and my keyboard didn’t shock me. So, let’s keep going.

The truth is there are exceptions to every rule. Some people do get jobs without networking. Some people are so fast on their feet they can make up a pitch in the time it takes to say, "So, tell me about yourself." And, others know how to create a resume that not only describes their accomplishments, it puts their creativity – even their vision – front and center.

A few of the approaches taken in these 15 resumes posted on Huffington Post combine general smarts with technical skill, and result in the kind of pitches that’d make me take a second look.  The examples on customizing a Google map to show international experience, creating a Flash-based resume for an interactive designer and producing an infographic for a graphic designer are clever, informative, and show enough talent to make a hiring manager pause.

At the same time, don’t be taken in by approaches that turn your resume into a horror movie poster or a map of your head.  Yes, there are exceptions to every rule. The trick is to know when the exception’s worth trying. 

— Mark Feffer

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