Every year we seek out the best creative applications from the past twelve months; 2016 was no exception in our search for the most original submissions. Creative applications that stand out from the crowd can improve your chances of getting that dream job by a considerable margin. As with our favourite creative applications from 2014 and the most creative applications in 2015, it’s not always only the most outstanding designs that win us over – original concepts and ideas are just as important. 2016 has produced some great applications by some very talented people; our four picks are briefly outlined below.
Étienne studied Architecture in France and Germany, and came up with a phenomenal video which he used to apply to architecture firm Bjarke Ingels, BIG. The video did the rounds in the industry, even reaching the renowned portal ArchDaily. Étienne tells us, “This video has been a giant step in my career. Of course it allowed me to kick the door of the office I wanted to work for, which was my initial goal, but it also opened me new unexpected perspectives, like making educational videos. The media attention was also a way to enhance my professional network.”Étienne Duval now works at BIG and we are equally thrilled by his creative online portfolio.
Every time we come across a creative CV or original application, it gives us a cause for celebration. We’ve already been given the opportunity to publish a few inspiring jewels, for example, these really creative job applications. In a previous article we revealed the greatest personal branding campaigns and the most creative CVs of 2014.
There were also some outstanding applications and creative CVs in 2015 and we’ve gathered the most successful creative applications from 2015 below.
Creative applications 2015
Application with personal branding and logo
We love the unique brand of Jon Ander Pazos. The application is aesthetically designed, thanks to the unique logo, and yet there is space remaining for the formal elements of the application such as the motivational letter and CV. The self-made logo can be employed on all elements of the application. It will automatically achieve a high recall value and thereby fix itself in the memory of the HR manager.
Collecting together all your application documents in a book, as Niketa Dodson has done, is so practical that we ask ourselves why this didn’t become a trend years ago. What’s more you could convert the compendium into digital form, as PDF pages. We like the fact that these applications tell a story to HR managers.
If you’re not on LinkedIn, you should be. LinkedIn is the fastest growing social business and networking platform out there, and if you’re looking for a job, it’s where you need to be. LinkedIn allows you to upload your job history, spoken languages, skills, volunteer experience and organisations and causes you are about. In a nutshell, your LinkedIn page is your CV, and it’s online, for everyone to see.
What’s really important, and what we think many job seekers overlook, is the LinkedIn profile picture. We can’t stress this enough. In fact, a few months ago we published an article on how to take the perfect LinkedIn profile picture. If you’re still struggling with taking the perfect profile picture, we’ve found a really unique tool that analyses your photograph based on 3 critical factors.
Why is your photo so important?
Today, more and more recruiters and companies are hiring through social media platforms. That means they’re looking into your LinkedIn profile, your Facebook, even your Tumblr and Instagram. The line between personal and professional life is becoming a little hazy, but we’d rather be safe than sorry by making the right online impression.
In 2014, a number of creative applications were picked up by various media due to their originality. Starting a personal, online branding campaign and directly or publicly addressing a company are two methods particularly in vogue at the moment. Below are last year’s most original and popular creative CV and application ideas.
Cause an online sensation with an extraordinary CV
Leah’s Lego CV was particularly popular on the net. She also tried to attract the attention of HR managers at advertising agencies using a creative CV. Creative CVs are no rarity in some sectors, but with an open online application you’re obviously also exposing yourself to the critical eye of the public. It is not known whether Leah found an internship.
This very original CV was made by Bruno from Portugal. Whoever receives this creative CV must hire him immediately! If you would like to get in contact with Bruno you may reach him via Behance or LinkedIn.
If you want to land your dream job, you’ve got to stand out from the competition.
If it were a perfect world, recruiters would have the time to really get to know a candidate before hiring them; not only their skills and experience, but their personality, disposition and how they’d fit in with the team. But what we know is that recruiters take an average of 6 seconds to review each CV. Ok, don’t panic, 6 seconds is no time at all, but with an original CV, you’ll stand out from the others.
Creative CV’s allow you to present your talents visually, giving the recruiter an impression of your personality, who you are and what you’re about. With CV templates and your imagination, your creative resume is already halfway done. Of course, CVs need to be appropriate for the sector to which you are applying, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to stick to white paper and black text.
3 creative CVs that make us smile
Tell your story. Today, there are no rules when it comes to creating your CV. Take Ashley Spencer for example, the Digital Designer and Developer who turned his CV into a mini book. Complete with his background, work experience and an infographic to present his skills and work process in a way that highlights his talent.