In this economy, everyone needs to be a bit more creative with their resume, and these thirty cool examples show just how you can do so. First up, we have the “Periodic Table of Me” and a resume that looks like a milk carton with a “missing person” PSA on it. Continue reading for more, plus a few resume tips for creative professionals (freelancers) and a bonus video.

What to Include in Your Resume:

  • A Career Chronology: Show the names of employers/key accounts and dates of employment. “Not including dates or places where they’ve worked is one of the most commonly made mistakes by creatives,” Stites says. She adds that freelancers often forget to include the names of a few clients.
  • “The resume ‘wow’ factor for me comes with work experience,” says Stites, who wants to see where candidates have worked so she can evaluate the relevance of their experience to her jobs and clients.
  • Burke concurs, explaining that when she conducts the initial screening of the average 100 or so resumes she receives each month, “where you’ve worked is more important to me than what you’ve worked on.” In addition, she advises freelancers to differentiate freelance work from full-time employment to avoid the misperception of job-hopping.
  • A List of Your Publications and/or Awards: Stites says she is continually surprised by how often creative professionals fail to include these.
  • Your Education: “A degree in graphic design or anything relevant to your creative field should certainly be highlighted, and this is even more important if you are a recent graduate,” says Stites.
  • Computer Skills: “If these aren’t listed, I’m going to assume you don’t have these skills versus the other way around,” Stites says. “It’s also important to include whether your background is Macintosh, PC or both.”

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