12 impressively creative CV examples

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By in Jobs & Careers. Updated February 2017.

We’ve all spent hours trying to make our CV ‘sparkle’ so we stand out from the crowd. But have you ever thought of doing something a bit off the wall?Creative CV ExamplesYou might be content with two A4 pages of your qualifications, experience and achievements, but there’s more to CVs than Comic Sans and reverse chronological order (NB: please, never use Comic Sans in your CV).

With a little flair and pizazz anyone can create something that will really stand out. Here’s our pick of some of the most creative we’ve seen If these don’t inspire you, nothing will!

Looking for extra help with your CV? You can find out everything you need to impress, plus snag yourself a template in our guide to great CVs.

12 astoundingly creative CVs

  1. Eric Gandhi’s Google CV

    ericPerhaps our favourite thing about this CV is that the idea is so simple and easy to implement, yet still goes down like an ice cold G&T after an exam.

    When Eric was going for a job at Google, he formatted his CV to look like he’s appeared in a Google search for a ‘Creative, hard-working, talented designer’. Genius!

  2. Félim Mac An Iomaire’s massive billboard

    joblesspaddyAlright, alright, so a billboard isn’t quite a CV but this is pretty damn cool and pretty damn inventive. And if you’re wondering how potential employers could get in touch – his email address was on the bottom of the billboard.

    And it worked (yay!) as Félim now works for Paddy Power.

  3. Adam Pacitti’s equally massive billboard campaign

    adambillboardWhile we’re on the subject of billboards, media production grad Adam Pacitti took the world by storm when his campaign seeking employment went viral.

    He spent his last five hundred pounds on a billboard, set up a video CV and a website and suddenly appeared all over our newspapers and TVs. Oh, and he got a job too.

    Would be a very depressing story if he didn’t!

  4. Scott McFaddon’s Guitar Resume

    steveAs you’ve probably guessed, Mr McFaddon is a musician and a graphic designer, leading him to create this unique CV – if that doesn’t demonstrate his abilities, what will!

    Hopefully he doesn’t get any rejections from this though, otherwise picking up his guitar to play in future will be pretty awks.

  5. Sean Ball’s CD CV

    seanballIf you’re gonna do something, you might as well put your back in to it, right?

    And in the case of Digital Design student, Sean Ball, this means turning your resume into a co-ordinated design across his business cards, CD-ROM (who even uses these anymore?) and a little accompanying booklet.

    Urgh, some people just have all the skills!

  6. Nicholas Begley’s chocolate bar CV

    chocolatebarcvWho’s to say a bit of old fashioned sweet talking doesn’t do the trick? Our friend Nick here was offered two jobs in just three months with this nice example of creative self-marketing!

    That said, we’re not sure whatever that is can be safe for eating…

  7. Victor Petit’s QR code CV

    cvJust a boring old piece of paper, huh? Nope, this is some fancy pants stuff!  If you scan the QR code in place of Victor’s mouth, a video of his mouth will pop up and complete the picture.

    You’ll also hear him talking about why he’s the best guy for the job! We’re so sold.

  8. Josh Butler’s eBay CV

    joshbutlerYou’re a popular candidate right? So why not let the world fight over you? Well, that’s what Josh Butler did.

    Not only did his resume make him stand out from the hoards of other candidates, he also got bid on three times. Innovation works ,chaps!

  9. Melissa Washin’s fabric CVs

    fabricmellisaIt’s very rare you see a CV so visually appealing you just want to stick it on your wall and frame it… or maybe even wear it? But we think we may have a winner here.

    Imagine having a CV that would survive a go in the washing machine!

  10. Robby Leonardi’s game CV

    gameLet’s just let that sink in a minute… this guy genuinely created a CV that’s also A GAME. Well, an interactive CV that kinda looks and feels like a game, anyway.

    You can scroll along the screen to view his skills – it’s like Mario Bros but for the world of employment and we love it.

  11. Brian Moose’s package to Pixar

    brianWHAT’S IN THE BOX? Well, it’s only an old-school style film canister, with a sketch book full of awesomeness!

    Pixar better have hired this guy.

  12. Graeme Anthony’s interactive video

    videocvSo a lot of people have tried to hop onto the video CV bandwagon, but Graeme Anthony just blew this outta the water.

    You can even click around his interactive video, which is pretty neat. Fancy giving it a bash?

    Here’s some tips on how to set up your YouTube channel. Once you’ve landed your dream job, you can start using it to make some cash on the side!

Have you got a really creative CV that you want to share with the world? Let us know below!

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