50 Shades Of Resume #34: The 8-Bit Resume

Resume 34

You probably saw this resume on the internet before. Robby Leonardi decided to put his resume as a kind of 8-bit adventure reminiscent of the Mario Games. Think of it as Super Job Search Brother.

Now it’s easy to dismiss this as “cool” and move on. But if you’re thinking of employing Robert (which, as he made an 8-bit resume is a likelihood) then you’ll see it tells you a lot. It’s also important to take a look at in detail to see what we can learn:

  • He’s got a consistent look. There’s a lot of research and fine detail here, and it shows.
  • The resume clearly shows a lot of thought, ability, and technical skill. It’s actually subtle in its own way – though it’s a clear demonstration of skill, it’s fun and not “in your face.”
  • His skill about section uses what we’ve seen several times – a kind of “rating bar” – but he also uses some familiar plants instead of bars.
  • He reflects this “rating” system in his skills. – in this case using sea life. He also shows a lot of skills in this case, giving a good sense of detail
  • The working section displays what he did in each job – as a percentage pie graph. That’s an interesting touch period – but also looks neat when done as giant robots.
  • Showing his awards as a vertical progression is a nice break from the horizontal progress.
  • The resume ends with a contact form – a good way to encourage people to contact him. Which they should.
  • At the end there’s also links to social media and a PDF resume – that reflects this resume.

There are a few critiques:

  • There’s a few too many ‘intermediate” stage you have to scroll through. ┬áIt could have been amusing to add a “warp zone.”
  • The “About” section is a bit general, so it’s not clear you’ll get to skills later. It might be good to have put them together

Really, this is a quality piece of work. Effective, clever, showing his skills, a break from the usual, it’s a good example of a functional/stunt resume.

Steve’s Summary: As you can guess, I’d love it if an applicant had something like that. Not only is it good, but it also has a fun, whimsical sense. It’s not showing off – it’s showing skill.

[“50 Shades of Resume” is an analysis of various interesting resumes to celebrate the launch of the second edition of my book “Fan To Pro” and to give our readers inspiration for their own unique creations.]

– Steven Savage