When applying for a job with a creative agency, such as one that specialises in digital marketing or design, one of the most critical skills that your potential employers will be looking for is creativity. One of the inherent difficulties in applying for a creative job is making yourself stand out from other candidates and displaying your creativity. Most covering letters and CVs are highly standardised and are near-impossible to distinguish from one another.
However, why not utilise your creative streak and create a unique job application that is sure to help you get that illusive first interview? For some inspiration, below is a list of 5 of the most creative and innovative job applications that have been submitted to design, digital, and marketing agencies.
1. The Cereal Box CV, by Victor Rodriguez
This designer of this CV, Victor Rodriguez, literally thought outside of the box to come up with this design! The CV was inspired by a cereal box, which featured a vibrant, eye-catching design that listed his key attributes on the front. In another stroke of genius, Rodriguez then put all of his personal information along the side of the box, and gave each of his skills percentages, which resembled the nutritional information on most food packaging.
2. The Website CV, by Loren Burton
This application features a website, which was created by designer Loren Burton. He designed and coded the website specifically for the role of front-end designer for AIRBNB. The entire website is tailored to the job specification and why Burton would be perfectly suited to the role. Within the site, there are sections dedicated to Burton’s unique competences, such as his entrepreneurial spirit, his love for travel, the fact that he is already a customer of AIRBNB, and his penchant for writing and developing social media campaigns.
3. The Vintage CV Package, by Brian Moose
Creative designer Brian Moose created this incredibly unique CV and portfolio package for a role with the firm. The package contained an old-school film reel case, which had a notebook inside featuring hand-drawn illustrations, skills, and previous work experience.
I am sure that the Pixar team would have been blown away with the thought and attention to detail that went into this application; I’m not sure if Moose got the job in the end but I still think it’s masterful!
4. The Infographic CV, by Hagan Blount
Infographic designer Hagan Blount designed his CV as an infographic, which he then subsequently put on to Facebook and Twitter and asked his friends to share it around. The following morning, his CV had already received 500 hits on his website; this figure had grown to over 100,000 within a month. Moreover, the infographic had been featured on the holy grail of Infographics, Mashable, as well as Yahoo Finance and Fast Company. Unsurprisingly, Blount also received multiple job interviews and a job offer; he is now sharing the wealth by helping other people to design creative CVs.
5. The Google AdWords CV, by Alec Brownstein
It was the goal of copywriter Alec Brownstein to work for one of the top creative agencies in New York. Whilst partaking in some ritual procrastination, Brownstein decided to Google the names of his favourite creatives, whilst doing so he noticed that they had no sponsored links attached to their names. He immediately spotted an opportunity, and began purchasing five directors’ names on Google AdWords. This meant that whenever searched for one of the directors’, the following message appeared at the top of the results page: “Hey, [creative director's name]: Goooogling [sic] yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun, too.” As a result, Brownstein received phone calls from 4 out of 5 of the creative directors, and received firm job offers from two (All for the grand total of $6).
Article provided by Guerilla Communications
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