Many resumes are piles of stuff, especially if they’re not organized right. Sid Santos (who is in the Cool Name club with me apparently), desired to do this deliberately by making his resume look like . . . a pile of things.
Yes, his resume looks like a post-it note, a napkin drawing, and a cup of coffee. They just happen to have his contact information and career information on it. It’s a clever design.
This is actually a resume that, the more you look at it, the more you see got done. There’s skills and a personal image, contact info and job history, little details and extras. It just looks like something else!
So what stands out?
- First of all this is artistically brilliant. He has a resume that looks like other things that don’t look like a resume – that come together to be a resume. It’s clever.
- It’s a great display of artistic skill as well. He makes it look really. it shows raw skill as well as cleverness.
- It’s got a fun feel too it. Because it looks like an informal pile of things, it has a sense of whimsy. That’s also comforting – and makes me feel he doesn’t take himself overly seriously.
- The self-illustration adds a personal touch, rounding off the experience.
- It’s extremely professional and shows this guy knows what he’s doing.
- In a way, it’s sort of a resume as a small portfolio of skill.
Now, a few things to consider in this resume:
- It’s not a standard, scan-able resume. It would have to be paired with a regular resume or used appropriately.
- I’m not sure I’d break the software out of the skills description, but it does work well by allowing him to use yet another medium of portrayal.
- There’s some unused space that might be a bit too much.
Steve’s Summary: This’d get my attention if I saw this resume, it shows a lot of effort and imagination. I might want a “typical” resume to hand to HR, but it’s pretty clear this guy is the real deal. I’d want to phone interview someone that gave me this.
[“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