Job seekers walk a thin line between creativity and ridiculousness when they try to make a resume stand out from the pack.
Jacquelyn Smith from Forbes.com examined some of the more ludicrous ways people have tried to embellish their resume.
One applicant wrote about her family being in the mob, while another candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly.
However, creativity might be rewarded in some cases.
One candidate sent his résumé in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the résumé. He was hired.
Another candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist. She was hired.
An applicant created a marketing brochure promoting herself as the best candidate and was hired.
Job searching is like a marriage proposal. Some people really like crazy and outlandish actions. It doesn’t really work for others. Make sure you know your company (or significant other) before you try something crazy.
If you are going to take an unconventional route, make sure you know what the company is looking for.
“It’s not always bad to be creative,” she adds. “But you want to be creative in a smart way.” The best way to do that is by tailoring your résumé to show who you are and what you can bring to the table. “Very few people take time to do this, so you will stand out,” she says.