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When designing your resume, you'll want to spend some time deciding on the format that presents your background most favorably. Imaginative resumes may include the same type of information that chronological, functional, and skills resumes do. However, the presentation of imaginative resumes leaves more room for creativity. In fact, imaginative resumes market qualifications and artistic ability simultaneously, which is important if a creative or artistic person is begin sought.
For example, one section of an imaginative resume might look like the following:
|Writing . . .|
- write five original news stories daily for WJON/WJJO newscasts
- create and produce scripts for the "St. Cloud Area Chamber Report" business program
- write and edit special feature series reports on local business and education issues
- file stories with the Associated Press and Minnesota News Network
- rewrite and edit copy from wire services and news reports
|Speaking . . .|
- anchor up to six WJON/WJJO newscasts daily
- contact officials and others daily for interviews and news stories
- anchor live coverage of various local events
- report live from the scene of breaking news stories
- narrate commercials and scripts for Westel Communication
- address college and high school classes on WJON/WJJO and broadcast newswriting
If you're thinking about using an imaginative resume, consider the following:
- An imaginative resume is appropriate if . . .
- your artistic skills, used to enhance the visual design of your resume, market your creativity in an appropriate way given your prospective employer and the position you're seeking.
- your qualification are highlighted in an effective yet unusual way to catch an employer's attention.
- An imaginative resume is challenging because . . .
- designing a professional looking resume can be extremely difficult; creativity cannot be overdone, or employers will be "turned off" rather than impressed.
- you must analyze your audience carefully to be sure that a creative resume is appropriate. Imaginative resumes and conservative or moderately conservative prospective employers do not mix!
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Last update: 5 October 1999