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The Most Creative Job Applications 2015

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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.

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Practical compendium

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.


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CVs in other countries

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How should your CV look in France, Spain the Netherlands or the USA?

Like to work abroad? Be aware that there’s a minefield of cultural idiosyncrasies to navigate if you want to create a decent job application. Having interviewed various natives of each of the following countries, we’ve compiled a list of the most important points to bear in mind when submitting your CV in each of them.


Let’s begin with the most important thing: your “Curriculum Vitae” must fit on oneTypewriter for application side of A4! You should include an (appropriately small) photo, which is placed on the left, right or at the centre. If you’re wondering: “how on earth is all this supposed to fit onto one page?”, then you should know that all successful Frenchman and woman have a good few formatting tricks up their sleeve. Decrease the margins of your CV, avoid paragraphs, divide the document up into two columns if necessary and abbreviate for all you’re worth. In case you’re still thinking of submitting a second page, be aware that it will almost definitely not be considered, unless you have important research trips, awards or 15+ years of experience to talk about. In general, the rule is: don’t provide drawn-out descriptions of your experiences, and make your point in a brief, incisive manner. You should also include your nationality and your date of birth in your CV for applications in France.

The Netherlands

Job applications in Holland are made using clear arguments. A CV is, of course, obligatory, but it’s really your cover letter that is used to give things a personal touch and make you stand out. You shouldn’t specify your religious persuasion, and don’t need to include a photo, but you should specify your education, employers and skills as you would with a British CV. Do so in a concise and down-to-earth manner, because in the Netherlands one thing applies above all else: “understatement”. What’s more, it is not usual to be expected to provide certification. Documentes are normally asked for in the later stages of the application process, so don’t worry about including them with your initial application.


The Spanish CV is similar to its British counterpart, and starts by stating personal details, followed by education, professional experience and relevant skills. You enjoy lots of freedom with regard to layout and design, but the usual two A4 pages should not be exceeded. As when submitting a job application in France, you should also include a photo in your CV as well as your nationality and date of birth. Another tip: great emphasis is put on language skills in Spain, and these are often awarded a special section all to their own.


The concept of the anonymous CV (or, should we say, the anonymous “resume“, as it’s known stateside)Jobs abroad was introduced in France in 2004, but never really took off. In the USA, however, it’s obligatory. That means that, as in the UK, you should not provide a photo or any indication of race, age, gender, nationality, marital status or religious or sexual orientation. Apart from that, the usual also applies in the USA: keep it short and sweet. That means the golden general rule of two pages max. applies here just as much as in the UK. Finally, be aware that recruiters may not be familiar with the way things are written over here, and consider using US spellings in your application (“specialised” -> “specialized“, “programme” -> “program“, “fulfil” -> “fulfill” and so forth). Only do so, however, if you’re sure you are able to do so consistently all the way through your CV – otherwise, use the spellings you’re most comfortable with.

JobisJob operates in 22 different countries, and as such we’re very familiar with job applications in all of them! The different destinations we operate in are listed at the footer of our homepage.

Break the job-hunting rules: 5 original job applications

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LinkedIn profiles, infographic CVs…. Handing in your job application is no longer as simple as pen and ink. Having recently written about the most innovative recruiting campaigns, we decided it was time to take a look at the other side of the coin and highlight some of the most original job applications. Proceed with caution.

5 innovative (and funny) job applications

The six-second Vine resumeJournalist Dawn Siff’s six-second resume, created using Twitter’s video application Vine, blew up the social networks with its creative potential. She eventually landed a job working for The Economist Group, and although she primarily puts her success down to “old fashioned networking”, she states that her Vine resume did “impress” her current employers.

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The anti-CV -
 Instead of sending his CV out to the world, Andrew Horner decided to turn the tables and create a website asking companies to send him their offers. After being invited to review his criteria for prospective employers, recruiters are warned that failure to submit a suitable proposal may result in their application being ignored. His efforts lead to a job in a start-up. See also Benedict Le Gauche’s hilariously wry personal statement.

Sing a song - “So pencil in some notes oh you better, this ain’t your cliché cover letter…” sings Alec Biedrzycki “…I’ll convey my qualifications through this acoustic guitar iteration”. And it seems that making a song and dance of things has lead to success: Alec now works for lead marketeers HubSpot, as well as running his own company Innovation-Al.An original resume pact

The marriage threat - Alex and Charli were the creative match made in heaven. But Charli risked being sent back to her homeland if she couldn’t find a job. Their solution? To send wedding invites to NYCs top creative heads threatening to get married if they didn’t hire them. They were eventually taken on as freelancers.

The vanity search For a total of $6, Alec Brownstein sponsored Google Adverts for the names of the directors of some of the top ad agencies. Were they vain enough to Google their own names? You bet they were, and Alec received 4 interviews and two job offers for work in marketing. See also the Creative Ransom for more job application originality and fun with the names of top company directors.