Creative Resume Example

Here's A Critique of A Creative Resume:

Dear Marguerite:

As requested during our telephone conversation, I used the photograph of your performance from the 1984 National Gymnastic Event in which you won first place.

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Creative Resume Critique:

To balance the rest of the resume with the photo’s vibrant look, I chose a dark ivory color to replace the standard white.

On your photograph, I “floated” your name and the tag “Personal Trainer.” At a glance, a hiring manager can easily see your direction.

Directly beneath the photograph, I listed your specialties - “Strength & Resistance Training, Flexibility, Cardiovascular Workouts, etc.”

Because of your solid professional experience, I chose to list that next, rather than your education.

In the Professional Experience section, I began each bulleted sentence with the strongest action verb possible, while also revising text for clarity, conciseness, and maximum impact.

Creative Resume Critique:

For example: In your email to ResumeEdge, you wrote: “Worked with athletes who were hoping to make the cut for the Olympics. Trained mostly those students who were talented in gymnastics and weight lifting. Assisted Mr. Karansky, my employer and owner of the training center, with those athletes.”

I revised and condensed that to read:

§ Assisted Mr. Karansky in preparing Olympic hopefuls for the gymnastics and weight lifting events.

This revision is to-the-point and presents your data in a professional manner - exactly what hiring managers want.

I next listed your Education, placing both degrees beneath the single heading of “California State University.”

Creative Resume Critique:

The resume ends with your contact data. You’ll notice your phone number is larger than your physical address. The reason for this is that hiring managers generally contact you by phone first, email second, and rarely, if ever, snail mail. Therefore, the increased font size makes the data easier to read and far more accessible.

During our phone conversation, you also made mention that you might want to use your resume as a flyer to increase your client list. Keeping that in mind, I designed the final document so that it could be used as a resume or as marketing material.

All decisions to modify data were in keeping with the guidelines and standards set forth by the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW).

With this resume you now have a powerful tool that’s well organized and filled with pertinent data, while also being aesthetically compelling.

It was a pleasure serving you, Marguerite.

Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

ResumeEdge Editor
Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

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