Creative CVs For When You Really Want to Stand Out

March 13th 2018  By: Nikki Vivian

When it comes to writing a CV, I would always advise that it is clean, professional and follows a clear format. It’s one of the few things where I don’t believe in getting too ‘creative’ in its appearance. With the language, yes, but with the appearance, I think it needs to be easily readable and follow a progression that makes it easy to understand.

I’ve been presented with several CVs over the years where people are trying to get creative with different fonts and layouts, quirky inserts about loving coffee and strange comments in an attempt to show personality. For me, it just doesn’t work. It’s a professional document and if you use my CV writing services that’s what you’ll get.


There is an exception. Sometimes, you need to stand out and you’ve just got to go all out to make sure you’re seen. Some industries are notoriously hard to get into, some are looking for something a bit different, some are not hiring but you still want to get a foot in the door, your name on their radar. A traditional CV just isn’t going to cut it. What can you do?

A way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, right?

A few years ago, marketing specialist Lukas Yla had the ingenious/unusual/crazy idea of dressing up as a delivery man and personal delivering his CV disguised as a box of doughnuts. Lukas had just moved to the US, had no work experience in his field, knew no-one and was basically starting all over again. This personal marketing campaign got him 10 interviews.

Creative ideas

It doesn’t stop at doughnuts. Think board games, billboards, milk cartons, cereal boxes. All these examples are real and were related to the job or company in some way. This approach is extreme and isn’t going to be necessary for your average position, but it’s certainly worth considering if you’re entering a creative industry. Just don’t make it cliché. It still has to really sell your skills and experience and demonstrate that you’re right for the job.

If you’d like some help coming up with a creative CV, get in touch, I’d love to help you.