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It’s extremely hard to find a job these days! The market is slow, the economy is bad, and the competition is fierce. To get a job you will have to  stand out of the crowd. The following resumes go against everything my business teacher taught me. She taught us to never place a picture of yourself, use clip art, use icons, graphics, or make it colorful. Basically keep it as dull and ugly as you can.

Please keep in mind that if you apply to companies that have nothing to do with the design field, they wont appreciate your artfulness. What they want to see is a plain and boring white paper that has your experience, awards, education, and info in black ink.

However, I think if you are in the design field you need to show off your creativity. The employer will go through hundreds of resumes, so you have to demonstrate that you can think out side the box. For this exact reason you should take some time and perfect your resume. Once its finished, you will have it saved and ready to print whenever the opportunity strikes! To help you out on this mission we have collected some of the best designer resumes we could find. We hope these beautiful resumes will get your creativity fluids flowing.

Resume is a French word that means summing up. A resume packages your assets into a convincing advertisement that sells you. The main purpose of the resume is to win the interview. Thus beating the competition for the job you are applying for. Two critical aspects of a resume is appearance and content. Below we have compiled a useful guide to follow when working on your resume. The tips can be use for both, a professional and design based resume.

The “DO’s” of a Resume:

  • Write it Yourself
  • Brief, Concise, Action-Oriented
  • Rewrite/Revise
  • Accurate (Not Puffed Up)
  • Emphasize Strengths
  • Deemphasize Weaknesses
  • Have your resume professionally edited

“Dont’s” of a Resume:

  • Photos or Illustrations ( In the Design Field you can go against this rule)
  • Reasons You Left Past Jobs
  • Salary
  • Feelings About Travel or Relocation
  • Testimonials
  • Politics or Religion

Essential Components Of A Resume:

  • Personal Data/Contact Information
  • Education
  • Experience (Appropriate Volunteer Work)
  • Achievements, Skills, and Qualifications

Optional components of a  Resume:

  • Objective
  • References
  • Awards and Honors
  • Job-Related Outside Interests
  • Professional and Social Organizations

Important Resume elements:

  • Cleanly & clearly typed or typeset
  • Logically and simply organized
  • Simply laid out, with as much white space as the information will allow
  • Short and concise
  • Targeted to the prospective employer
  • Designed to emphasize strengths and de-emphasize weaknesses
  • In format that is most appropriate to the education, experience and skills of each person

Remember: Stay away from being boring and try to tackle this task creatively.

Note: The following resumes are all linked to a bigger version.

We hope the information and inspiration above will allow you to create your mind-blowing CMYK resume! Please don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS-feed and follow Inspirationfeed on TwitterFacebook(100% Spam Free!) If you enjoyed the following article please let us know if you disagree or agree with this subject in the comment section below, and help us spread the word.

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov


  1. Nice collection, enjoyed it. But when you are a webdesigner isn’t it smart to design your resumé as a website?

    Not only can you give the needed information, in a readible and clean layout, but you instantly give insight in your qualities as a webdesigner? .. it’s just a thought?

    I have done this and have experienced it was a good move! Wanna see my online CV [in Dutch]:

    Thanks for sharing, cheers & ciao ..

  2. Great collection and variation of resumes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Very creative and very original. These styles, however, would not work for most job seekers. Consider your audience!

  4. Very creative. Easy to understand, complex to make.

  5. Easy to understand, lots of work in conceptualization and making. Thank you.

  6. These CV’s would end up in the bin to most employers. A CV should be clear and concise, not a piece of artwork. You can show off your work at the interview stages. Employers have 3-5 secs attention span when looking at CVs. If yours is complicated to read then it will be discarded and the person below may get the interview.

  7. Excellent examples. One item I would add to the “do” list is to have your resume professionally edited. It’s amazing how well a resume can read when “touched” by a professional editor.

  8. Igor Ovsyannykov April 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    You are right, this would be a smart move before sending it out.

  9. It would be much better if resume’s were always in this format. You would see the creativity in every person.

  10. Some of these are really great. However… the one in Comic Sans. Really? COMIC SANS? WHY IS THAT EVEN INCLUDED? Who ever put this page together must not know what really makes a decent graphically designed resume.

  11. thanks for sharing. amazing collection

  12. Igor Ovsyannykov April 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Wow, looks awesome!

  13. Great inspiration also for the company resume – company profile of a design studio should be fun and interesting to review as well.

  14. fabulous list! for so many of these designs, i had to knock myself on the head and say, “now why didn’t think of that?”

    rather than creating something completely new, some of the best ideas, it seems, are just fresh ways of handling everyday, easy-to-overlook concepts. i especially love the classified ads design (first on your list).

  15. Some great work. exciting ideas.

  16. Comic Sans, …. really? …. *facepalm.

  17. Holy cow, the vast majority of these are rubbish! It’s good to think outside the box, but function over style when it comes to a resume.

  18. Well Dorris, if you read the title of the page, you would realize that he did consider the audience that he was trying to attract.

  19. Great collection, never even occured to me to write a CV in this way!


    Patrick, SneakyMedia

  20. Lee Yue Mei misspelled ‘experience’. /facepalm

  21. Great blog, thx Igor Ovsyannykov. Hope to see some more!

  22. Good to look at , but like what some others agreed, they would probably end up in the bin of most HR managers.

    HR managers typically go through at least 10s to hundreds of resumes for a particular job opening in a respectable firm, the last thing they wanna do while skimming through is to learn your color coded graphics and pie charts to figure out what you’re good at and what you’re not.

    But otherwise, this list is a nice show of creative artwork.

  23. oh I am so redoing my CV!!!!

  24. I love the concepts, would make great posters for sale framed for employment agencies. 🙂
    Been there, done that is a more subtle way in the fashion/textile area decades ago. When I was young and naive.
    Problem is that the one opening the envelope is usually of the totally bland, non creative and administrative type.
    Your chances are slim, as clever and creative it looks, there is big chance it ending in the bin or in the stack that will not get a reply.

  25. CreativeRecDude June 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I see hundreds of CVs for designers each day, and although there are some here which do work, many don’t. There are some simple rules: make your CV clear and consise, think of how you present your skills instead of just pure aesthetics. No photos of yourself (EVER). And the resume on the coffee table, with cup stains, pens etc has been done to DEATH. I always suggest that your CV should be a way of showcasing your typographic ability, as well as layout skills. Clean, elegant and simple is best – just like any classic design.

  26. I’m a graphic designer. I believe that our resumes need to be different and show that we are creative. However, the resume selection that you have shared, as Neil has said, would 100% percent of the time end up in the trash. You want to land the job not to turn the company off so the never look at you again. HR employees are not interested in being blasted with craziness when they are trying to conduct a search. Your resume as boring as it may sound, should look like a resume. Adding a punch of color or play with font a little is fine but don’t over do it!

  27. Honestly: I don’t want to read a single one of these – especially if they come in bulk!

    They are all pretty and awesome and retro and stuff …and they are all totally off the track.
    The person who has to read all this probably gets these by the pound – daily. The faster these can be processed, the better.

    Among all these, a simple legal,clean and easy to read could be a real hero here. Please don’t waste people’s time, be creative where needed and where it counts.

  28. Nice collection, Igor. Keep it coming.

  29. There’s not a single CV here that works. be simple, clear, and to the point. its about what’s on the page that will get you the job. not the crazy graphical background or unreadable grid structure. BE SIMPLE.

  30. Great collection and great tips Igor. They look really cool. Here is my approach of a cv design.


  31. Ok, I admit those are amazing websites, however I get the feeling it’s a bit complicated and not user friendly to browse.

  32. These are fun to look at as designs, but they don’t work as resumes. Most of them would not reproduce in a copier, for one thing. For another, as has been pointed out, they are unlikely to appeal to an overworked HR person tasked with sorting through hundreds of resumes to find five people to interview. They would not be amused. You don’t want to come across as so different that you wouldn’t fit in. Unless you’re applying for the hottest agency in the coolest city on earth, the chances are you’d be working for (even with) fairly conservative people. Also, don’t a lot of HR and headhunter outfits use software to scan for key words? How would most of these resumes work with that?

  33. These are all really, really bad as resumes, and a lot of them are bad from a graphic design point of view. Don’t encourage people to turn in resumes like this.

  34. Thanks for sharing the article

  35. Well, most of them are usability nightmares, to be honest…

  36. Great, thanks for share this.
    What are you thinking about my first
    resume CV at

  37. As a Designer Lee Yue Mae should know better than to use Comic Sans, even if you are imitating handwriting! She’ll never live it down.

  38. I did something similar

    feed back welcome at @obabar !!

  39. Great article! Also, if you’re considering writing your own resume you can view examples of resumes on where over 50 professional resume writers have uploaded their resume examples to view and download.

  40. I am very much grateful to you for posting such an innovative concept of creative resume. This stuff is really helpful.
    How do you manage to create it and from where you got these ideas.
    what kind of software you use to create it?

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