Rethink Your Resume: Creative Ideas You Can Execute Today
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

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Oftentimes, there can be a mix of opposing advice when it comes to resumes and cover letters. Some experts say keep it simple and even go further to say that too many bells and whistles may turn off a prospective employer, while others say a bit of creativity will ensure your resume doesn’t end up in the trash bin.

Well, one recent college graduate decided to take his chances and do the latter, kicking things up a notch by modeling his candidate application after crowdfunding Website Kickstarter. And his efforts even led to employment. Mashable reports:

…College graduate Jannic Nielssen is unique in that he is embracing a layout and concept inspired by crowdfunding website by Kickstarter to help land him a career. Nielssen, a communications graduate from Decatur, Ill., is a dual citizen of Jamaica and Norway, and has a goal to receive an employment offer by May 1 or he will have to leave the U.S. [Update: As of May 2, Nielssen has accepted a position in New York City as a marketing coordinator with Thrillist Media Group].

Called “Kick Jannic Into A Digital Career!​” on his Website, the look of his resume closely resembles Kickstarter. A video detailing of him detailing his skills and strengths is highlighted at the top of the page, followed by social media stats – such as a Klout score to show engagement on sites such as Twitter and Facebook – work experience and endorsements from previous employers and professors.

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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.