How to look interesting without looking crazy on the jobhunt.
May 9, 2011 7:25 AM Subscribe
Is it advisable to send unusual, outlandish looking CVs to grown ups who do grown up jobs?
posted by dumdidumdum to Work & Money (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of friends of mine who work in a similar/related field to me have had success with sending funny and highly individual CVs to employers.
Friend A works in museum marketing/publicity. She has never been an unsuccessful applicant. She swears by her CV, which is landscape and printed on graph paper.
Friend B works in film/TV and is another recent graduate. When looking for a better job (he was a runner at the time), he speculatively sent each production house a mug with his CV printed on it. He has since landed a promotion, but I don't know if that was in response to a mug.
I am charmed by both these ideas, but I fear stepping out of the A4, portrait, 2-page, chronological CV structure. I am about to get on the job hunt. My field is small and reputations are important. But, it is also a creative industry so standing out is not a bad thing.
Is it a terrible idea to pull a stunt like my friends?
*Both friends also happen to be well-qualified and intelligent. As far as I'm aware my CV is good, but this is the UK arts scene and there are very few opportunities and a lot of qualified people out there.