Out-of-the-Box Resumes and When to Use Them
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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There’s always lots of talk about how you can make yourself stand out as a job seeker. From colored paper to digi-resumes, the tricks of the resume trade are numerous. Well, on the Today show, they added one more: a 60-second Vine video. Using the free phone app, you can film a short clip detailing why you’re best for the job and send it in with your cover letter and application. As the experts on the show said, it’s not a sure-fire guarantee you’ll get hired, but it might give you that extra push to the top of the pile and maybe keep your resume that much further from the trash bin.

The guests on the show also talked about resume wins and faux pas, after viewers tweeted what they’d done in the past to stand out. One guy sent in a shoebox with a sign on it that reference getting his “foot in the door” while another woman sprayed her resume with perfume, something that was seen as not such a great idea.

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The key, common theme was going above and beyond to show why you’re the best for the job rather than just telling. Oftentimes, recruiters, entrepreneurs and managers simply want to get a sense of the you that exists beyond ink on a piece of paper.

What are your most unique ideas for standing out among others, whether job seeking or trying to attract new clients? #SoundOff and follow Janell on Twitter @JPHazelwood.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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