Resumes Outside the Box

Posted June 13, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Building Your Brand

One of the biggest barriers individuals find in jumping into a job search is inevitably the dreaded resume. If you’ve been in your job a few years, maybe a decade even, chances are your resume is gathering dust in a drawer somewhere or stuck on the hard drive of a computer you never use anymore. And somehow, to get your job search going you have to overcome the dread of rewriting a resume and cover letter with the motivation to find a new job.

If you’re truly stuck at this point, it might be worth investing in an outside vendor to help with your resume and make you a “standout job seeker.” Recently, a friend of mine turned me on to the services of Loft Resumes. This incredible company takes the graphically pleasing resume to the next level. Your resume stops looking like a Word template immediately and gives you something that will make you stand out in a pile of resumes or a screen full of HR emails.

Loft Resumes, for right around $100, will give you a graphically pleasing, exciting resume. You still have to write the content, but they’ll make it beautiful and you’ll be sure to stand out.

Disclaimer: While I absolutely LOVE some of Loft Resumes’ samples, you have to take into consideration the industry you’re in or entering. Banking, for example, might not be as receptive to an incredibly creative resume. And most industries aren’t too excited about head shots on resumes. Don’t be discouraged in going the way of a more colorful or creative resume, but perhaps ask some of your industry mentors before biting the bullet and paying an expert to develop it.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.


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