PHOTO: TV station employee creates brilliant Super Mario-inspired resume
Job applicants looking to stand out from the crowd may now have to up their game and think of ways to impress their future employers with resumes that do more than list a range of things they are good at doing.
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It seems that more and more job seekers are trying to catch and hold the attention of hirers with increasingly creative, well-packaged and interactive resumes.
New York graphic designer Robby Leonardi's Super Mario resume is the latest in a string of resumes which have gone viral over the Internet in recent years. Leonardi, a graphic designer at Fox News, decided to create a game-like interface for his online resume.
With the keyboard's left and right arrow keys, the reader can make the protagonist in the game jump and swim. He also goes through several levels which depict his achievements with cutesy graphs, characters and lists.
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As a result, the resume not only tells a potential employer how talented he is, it also proves it.
Earlier this year, web product manager Philippe Dubost also got the attention of netizens and hirers worldwide when he created a resume resembling an Amazon product page.
To help guide the reader, Dubost included his strengths and attributes in Amazon-themed sections such as shipping availability, product reviews and product description. With this quirky resume, he found a job a couple of months later in March.
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While a creative resume does not guarantee you the job, it definitely promises that you will be remembered. A woman who applied for a job at a LEGO website managed to do just this by building a LEGO model version of the company mascot. Although she did not get the job, Kendra Wiig left a good impression on the employer, who sent her a personal message to say thank you.