TV station employee creates brilliant Super Mario-inspired resume

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.

13 of the most creative resumes ever

  • A woman who was hoping to get the attention of hirers at two big advertising firms was aware of the competition she was facing.
  • Known only as Leah, she explained on her webpage that she was looking for a job in accounts servicing.
  • She then flexed her creativity muscles and came up with an original idea which could incorporate her love for Lego bricks as well as express her ability to excel in the advertising world.
  • Although she has not revealed if she received calls back for an interview at the agencies yet, Leah's Lego resume and model have already won the hearts of many people online.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Not only does the protagonist in the game jump and swim, he also goes through several levels which depict his achievements with cutesy graphs, characters and lists.
  • As a result, the resume not only tells a potential employer how talented he is, it also proves it.
  • He includes a cute animation to introduce himself as a basketball fan.
  • The character dives into the ocean for Level 2 of the game.
  • Under the sea, the character goes through how proficient Leonardi is in each of his skill sets.
  • Animated sea creatures help to form a graph that show how good he is in each skill.
  • The character then jumps onto land to complete Level 3, where his work experience will be highlighted.
  • When he is done, the character jumps into a hot-air balloon and flies past a list of awards and achievements.
  • He then celebrates the end of his resume.
  • 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.
  • A woman who applied for a job at a LEGO website built 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.
  • Nina Mufleh would be the first person to tell you that the "traditional" route of sending resumes did not work out as she'd hoped.
  • Though she had always dreamed of working for Airbnb, her many email applications and responses to job listings failed to lead to anything.
  • Undeterred, she made the decision to go on a full creative offensive to fulfil her dream.
  • Working with a designer, she created a website that presented not only herself but also her ideas on how to improve Airbnb's presence in the Middle East.
  • The clincher? The designer made it look almost exactly like an Airbnb host profile.
  • So not only was she presenting herself, her research and her innovation through the website, she also made sure that Airbnb recognised themselves in her work.
  • She then tweeted the website's URL to the heads of Airbnb, and after an hour, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky tweeted back.
  • An hour later, Chief Marketing Officer Jonathan Mildenhall immediately tweeted saying it was "the best social application" he'd ever seen and that he would set up a meeting.
  • Learning point: If you know what company you really want to work for, prove to them just how much you deserve a role in the company.
  • In Nina Mufleh's case, she did extensive research on the global tourism market.
  • First, she showed what Airbnb needed to develop their presence in the Middle East.
  • Then demonstrated that she was the one who could be a part of that initiative.

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.

Bizarre behaviour at local job interviews

  • Candidate constantly played with 3cm long nail on last finger
  • Candidate started singing the national anthem and refused to stop
  • Candidate showed up for the interview in a hat and Hawaiian shirt
  • Candidate stalked female interviewer at the staff entrance.
  • Candidate answered her phone mid-interview and taught her mother how to cook a dish.
  • Candidate brought all the trophies he won in school.
  • Candidate arrived and left after using the toilet
  • Candidate kept sucking his thumb before speaking
  • Candidate brought her mother to sit in for interview
  • Candidate combed hair repeatedly during the interview
  • Candidate kept looking around the room like he was searching for someone
  • Candidate requested for a hug
  • Candidate was at reception and yet called to say she was ill
  • Candidate laughed at every single sentence interviewer said
  • Candidate insisted on speaking to the CEO only.
  • Candidate carefully laid out all her stationery on the table.
  • Candidate was over-excited over everything interviewer said
  • Candidate asked interviewer out for a date
  • Candidate brought along her 7 year old brother whom she was babysitting
  • Candidate sat very still during interview with only eyeball movements
  • Candidate whispered to himself when answering questions
  • Candidate refused to shake hands
  • Candidate started crying when she talked about her family problems.
  • Candidate kept looking at interviewer closely with his mouth open

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.

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.

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