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20 Creative Resume Designs Which Will Amaze Any Potential Employer


A great showcase design post of some truly creative and inspiration CV designs which im sure would blow away any potential employer. The post focus on creative designs which make use of creative layout and designs which focus on colour. We would love for you to share within the comments your favourite designs from the post

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2.Creative Resume I Designed for Classgoogle-cv

3.Creative resume – Francisfrancis-cv

4.Creative resume – Michael Andersonmicheal-anderson-cv

5.Creative resume – Chuckdlaygrahic-designer

6.Creative resume – Sean Mcnollysean-cv

7.Creative resume – Jolie Odellodell

8.Creative resume – Suyjoysujoy

9.Creative resume – Mari Rybakmaria-rybook

10.Creative resume – Gregg Dizziagreg-cv

11.Creative resume – Tudor Deleanutudor-dealu

12.Creative resume – Pau Morganpau-morgan

13.Creative resume – 3-D resume3d

14.Creative resume – Sofianesofiane

15.Creative resume -Katie Rennarkate-rennar

16.Creative resume -Martinmartin

17.Creative resume -Adamadam-stevenson

18.Creative resume -Anna Yeinaanna

19.Creative resume -Donidoni

20.Creative resume -Donichrista

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670 thoughts on “20 Creative Resume Designs Which Will Amaze Any Potential Employer

  1. I work in HR and hire creatives for a Los Angeles based paint manufacture constantly. I guarantee you that EVERY resume on this page will be ignored/rejected.

    I receive hundreds and hundreds of resumes every month and the last thing I need is to “figure out” your resume.

    You have 3 seconds to tell me in black and white what you can do. Not “show me” on your resume, that’s what your online portfolio is for.

  2. @A. Meiji – I hear what your saying but if you put together a CV which is creative and easy to read. I’m sure it would attract you attention and you would remeber them simply because it was different than the hundreds of CV’s you go through each month.

    Thanks every one who’s spent time to leave a comment much appreciated.

  3. Most of these are terrible. Too hard to read and a mess of information. Design is supposed to be simple and easily read. You can make nice a resumé without confusing the reader.

  4. I agree with “A. Meiji” that most if not all will be ignored. They may look good but do not do a good job at getting the information across, IMHO.

    Hiring somebody is not a fun job, it takes a lot of time and takes me away from my actual work. I don’t have the time to figure out how to read your resume…. next

  5. Hi Timothy,

    I had to laugh about CV#02, very funny! 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 ..

  6. Hey, I work for Orange Resume and we create resumes just like these for designers and non designers. Check it out, (mine is the waiter resume) just wanted to brag, one of mine made the site haha

  7. I dont like any of these except for 16. These will amaze any employer? No – employers want paper they can glance at, skim for keywords. They want concise easy to read bullet points like those in 16 in a smart and organised layout. Consider it like going to your interview in a Hawiian shirt, it looks cool but it gives people the wrong idea! Pick the suit and tie, every time.


    Someone who isn’t a graphic designer

  8. I have to agree with A. Meiji.
    When people are going through applicants, they don’t want to sit down to have to pick information from abstract concepts.

    They just want to be able to make a quick assessment and move onto the next.

    Of course you can still use your design skills to make it look less standard / more interesting / draw attention to certain areas.

    But if your CV is a piece of artwork rather than a user friendly display of information, then it’s very likely to be ignored.

  9. All those examples forget some basic points. They all exhibit extremely poor readability and sacrifice function for flashy presentation. All would be in the bin in seconds, without being read.

  10. I guess some or most of these are not easy to read for some employers but are very catchy. The trick is to have both. On my portfolio I’ve got a word (doc version which is sort of the plain regular and easy to read resume) and a pdf version which is creative but still very easy to read and skim through. Check it out on my homepage at and I would love some inputs on that too.

  11. Resume and portfolio should be kept separate. Of course a resume should follow good design practices but should be plain, simple and easy to read. Your portfolio is where you can show your potential employer what you can do.

  12. A great roundup, lots of creativity. However, always good to remind that nor all companies will appreciate this kind of CV, so, my tip is that always consider the “minds” behind the company, for increasing the chances of acceptance.

    Here you’ll find dozens examples of inforgraphic CVs, for inspiration, updated regularly:

    Keep up the great work!

    @TSSVeloso / @visualoop

  13. Nah, dude!! WTF is this? I’m an employer, I have a small printing business with 3 graphic designers and I do the web design.
    I would throw those in the garbage the same instant the applicant leaves my office.

  14. I agree with the other realistic people here, none of this shit is effective. If you create a resume like this, that means you haven’t been in the business very long, which means you’re not going to get hired. Sorry you wasted so much time.

  15. Recently one of my friend published his resume as an infographic. He tried to include a bit of his work as well.

  16. The thing a lot of people aren’t paying attention to is that these are DESIGN positions they are applying for. The sheer creativity and impeccable image of the resumes would get them a little more viewing time from the employer.

    Not only that, it shows off their skills with whatever position they are applying for (I’m pretty sure they all used some kind of design software for these resumes).

    My guess is that you’re all just jealous you could have never come up with ideas like these, let alone put them into physical reality.

    Great designs.

  17. I fully agree with Ep. This stuff is really creative & innovative, but most human resource manager don’t have the time to understand each easteregg and design feature.

  18. Amazing designs…thats real motivation…
    Even if it’s not very effective…but I don’t think anybody should take that too seriously!

  19. Even if employers would throw them into the garbage bin – I love them all. They are beautiful pieces of creativity. Thanks for sharing.

  20. @A. Meiji – Your company must be pretty pathetic. Short minded and not looking for the real talent out there. Ugh.

  21. The point here is that this is the kind of resume you BRING to an interview, or hand out at events. Not the kind of resume/CV you send through HR. Any HR person would shitcan this in seconds, simply because it’s not what they want. They just don’t have time.
    I have hired dozens of people and would appreciate something like this during a meeting or an interview, or emailed to me as from a friend (networking) or something like that. I would never expect to get one of these from HR.
    A resume/CV also has to be position directed to get through HR. Anybody who tells you you need only one is smoking something. Ideally you end up rewriting your resume/CV for every position you apply. Which sucks.

  22. Wow! it must be so boring to be H.R. manager.
    imagine receiving this kind of resume and not be able to appreciate. IT’s sad they like more word document than a super stylized piece of art.
    Now I don’t want to send them my stuff but I will still sold them My concept for thousands of dollars like I do for years…isn’t it Ironic, don’t you think?

  23. Those are awful; my eyes hurt just looking at them. They are so complicated and hard to understand. Would reject all of them.

  24. I am an in-house designer for a global sportswear company and constantly sift through potential design applicant resumes/portfolios. Advice to design students out there: most likely, I would not give most of these applicants a second thought.

    Not to say creativity is not appreciated, but it should be saved for your portfolio, not your resume. Your resume is to prove to would-be future employers your ability to design a clean, clearly communicated document. If anything, color variation and a simple logo could be added.

    Less is more.

    Also, if employers during an interview or in an email take the time to give you this type of feedback on your resume or any of your work, listen to them. It may be difficult to hear negative comments, but they are attempting to help you and give you honest criticism. If you cannot handle constructive criticism, then you will be uncomfortable in the professional design world. It is how you grow and learn to be better.

  25. My suggestion is that you use similar resume designs when you are applying for a design-oriented job. If you’re applying for a different kind of job, such as an IT-related job, I would suggest a middle-term between the absolute boring and these 20 designs.

    If you apply to a big company, such as a consulting corporation, huge software company, I would discard this kind of approach. HR people from these companies have hundreds of resumes to look at every week and this kind of design will only produce the opposite negative effect: they will pile it up and continue with something they can easily read.

    Something nice, simple, even minimalistic, will do the trick for most of us.

    It’s a beautiful compilation of designs, by the way. Love them all, but since I’m graduating from Computer Science and looking for jobs on the IT or Software Engineering field, they won’t be of much use to me.

    Cheers from Spain,


  26. “KDar Says:

    April 7th, 2011 at 2:21 am

    @A. Meiji – Your company must be pretty pathetic. Short minded and not looking for the real talent out there. Ugh.”

    Did you read my thoughts?

  27. If I was looking for a creative for my staff, these ones would make me stop and look and quite probably choose to interview the applicant.

    Guys like Meiji at pimps (personnel houses / head hunters / etc) are just sales guys, so they’re trying to get as many sales for as much margin as possible. They’re a different breed… like used car salesmen and real estate agents (used house salesmen).

    If you’re using a pimp, then you need to do the bland MS Word application. If you’re applying direct, there’s a better chance that an eye-catching CV will give you a better chance to get in front of the man who hires.

    Peace out.

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  29. While indeed all of these resumes are very creative I wouldn’t say they are exactly what employers are looking for. Some of these are so difficult to understand that I’m afraid some people would just throw them away.

  30. I used to work in a headhunters firm. I can bet you that these resumes will not be submitted because I am not able to reformat it into our database. I don’t want to take the time out of my very busy day to manually input everything. What makes you so special anyway?

  31. @A. Meiji – “3 seconds to tell me in black and white what you can do?” You’re right. Why show what you can do when you can just talk (i.e. lie) about what you can do. And you’re too busy to invest a bit of time finding the right person initially? Well how much time is wasted employing the wrong person? Attitudes like that are just plain foolish. But then again, I guess being in HR you don’t have to work with those you employ.

  32. good for artists and designers; no use for management, engineering or other boring/ serious fields… and that is the way life goes …

    also … creative, looks nice but hard to read and follow through … could be used as a portfolio for a real resume to show off ones creative abilities in graphic design.


  33. That was interesting, but I,m looking for some thing related to oil filed jobs CV, do any body have some thing to share?

  34. @A. Meiji- As you can see, all these people are some sort of designers, so actually their resumes are part of what they can do and how creative they can be.

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