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Creative Resumes Gone Wrong

I recently posted some examples of creative resumes that I loved. If you have the talent or you hire a creative hand, it's definitely a way to stand out from the crowd. But trying to be creative like this poor fellow could be disastrous!

Here is an example of a creative resume idea gone wrong (yes, I took the person's name off) passed along to me by a friend who works in a PR agency. The candidate sent this 8-page Powerpoint presentation as his response from the agency's Craigslist.org job posting.

Lessons learned

  • A creative resume needs to maintain professionalism and credibility.
  • Knowledge of design features is very different than knowing how to use them well!
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