Pretty much everybody has created a CV / résumé at some stage in their life. As with most forms of content I think the key is to establish a tone of voice, and try to stand out from the surrounding noise.

I always used to put ‘vinyl junkie’ in the ‘interests’ section on my CV, which always worked a treat in interviews regardless of the role. People would ask me about my passion for music. I’d return the serve by asking the interviewer the same thing. These things can help to break any ice, and I think you should habitually ask plenty of questions in interviews, for all sorts of reasons.

Nowadays there are more opportunities than ever to attract the right kind of attention, and creative professionals in particular can go the extra mile to make an impression. I thought I’d collect a bunch of examples, which may inspire you to do something different.

The Game

First up, this lovely interactive resume by Robby Leonardi, which has been doing the rounds this week. It replicates a platform game, with plenty of horizontal scrolling.

The Lookalikes

There are also some very good pastiches of famous websites out there...

Phillipe Dubost replicated Amazon’s look and feel, and after 1.5m page views wound up working at Birchbox in New York.

Jannic Nielssen used Kickstarter as his inspiration. Thrillist Media Group subsequently hired him. 


Why if it isn’t Google Analytics! Simone is now working at Amazon.  


The Lo-Fi

Meanwhile, what’s not to love about MS Paint?

The One Pagers

Let’s now look at a few single page résumés...

Keith Hinman opted for a clean, single-page website, to help with his job hunting.

Emmanuel Arizmendi, a designer, created a simple, expandable one-page résumé.

Here’s another, from Pascal van Gemert

This one fits neatly on to a desktop page. No scrolling required and presumably print-friendly.

The Socially-Powered

Moving on, some people choose to use social platforms to host their CV

A narrative approach to job seeking from Scott Rockets, who used Storify as a curation tool.

Here’s an ‘anti-résumé’ on Slideshare, by David Crandall.

The Come And Get Me

Let’s not forget the art of writing a speculative letter.

Daan Louter made this page because he wanted to work for The Guardian. Guess where he’s working now? 

The QR Code

Next up, here's a blessed QR code that has miraculously been put to good use by Victor Petit

The Touchy Feely

Finally, I’d like to present some offline examples

First up, a ‘3D infographic’ created by Mohit Lakhmani

Next, a beautifully-crafted booklet by Alexia Modernico.

The Munch

And last but certainly not least, if all else fails you can always resort to chocolate!

Seen any others? Leave a comment below!

Chris Lake

Published 30 October, 2013 by Chris Lake

Chris Lake is CEO at EmpiricalProof, and former Director of Content at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter, Google+ or connect via Linkedin.

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Comments (5)


Kevin Byrne

Love some of the examples above - if you're going for a digital role, you really do need to stand out.

2 years ago, I created a short prezi to accompany my CV and it worked - well, I got the job :-)

It's a little dated now but I think prezi can be a powerful addition to a traditional CV -

almost 5 years ago


Filip Galetic

I'd think about the employer who decides to hire me SOLELY on basis of how creative and attention-seeking my CV is. If you're a designer, I can see the point of this but really I'd rather my reputation and results speak for me than clever formatting.

almost 5 years ago


Bijal Patel

Love it.

almost 5 years ago


Olga Y, Java Developer at 7019900

I've got my inspiration from some of the above. Great collection!
Just got my domain at for my own interactive resume (Olga Yasovsky).

about 4 years ago


Licia Vitali, Unemployed at I don't know it yet...

I liked them, but I think they're suitable tu someone who is into the digital, graphic or marketing/advertising sector.

about 2 years ago

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