You might think your use fonts other than Times New Roman and Arial in your CV was creative, but Robby Leonardi has really gone for gold with his creation of this video game CV.
Multi-disciplinary designer Leonardi is sure to attract attention with this idea, which takes you through his skills, training, work history and portfolio and outside interests in a Mario-Bro’s style race to the top prize – Robby’s contact details.
Obviously, we don’t all have (or need) video-game-designing skills to find work, but two things are clear from Robby’s CV: 1) the traditional CV format is changing and 2) for success in today’s job market, you need to look for ways to stand out from the crowd. Robby is currently working as an Interactive Designer at Fox News.
Although we wouldn’t recommend going to an interview in your jeans or handing in a CV on a mixtape (unless you’re going for a job as a musician, perhaps), it’s worth noting that, increasingly, displaying your prowess for the job in hand is valued more highly than your ability to follow typical interview and CV-writing conventions.
This may be especially true of the creative professions, and you should bear in mind that it may also depend greatly on the company you’re applying to – more traditional companies may appreciate greater formality.
For a few ideas on how to spice up your CV and stand out from the crowd while still staying within your interviewers’ comfort zones, why not use tools such as Wordle or add a QR code to add some visual interest to your work? For more ideas along these lines, you can also take a look at our article on free tools for creating a dynamic CV.