Newspaper CV by Leo Jansen

How To Break The Mold & Reinvent Your Resumé

It’s no secret that creativity matters. Yet when it comes to selling our own services – arguably the thing that matters most – we often set aside our creative superpowers, opting for a standardized resume instead.In an overstuffed job market, it’s more important than ever to set yourself apart. But how can you cram everything you do, know, and aspire to accomplish into a single page and create something memorable?The options are infinite, but the most successful examples we’ve found have a few qualities in common. They tell a story, inject personality while maintaining professionalism, demonstrate expertise in a relevant way, and – last but not least – pique the curiosity of their recipients.Here are 15 examples of resumes, portfolios, and promotional mailers that entertain and inform:

1. Victor Petit‘s QR Code/video CV

2. James Gosling‘s infographic resume


3. Genevive Dennis‘ typographic resume


4. Stuart Mayhew‘s infographic resume


5. Riccardo Sabatini‘s editorial CV:


6. Leonardo Zakour‘s CV website


7. Sean A. Metcalf‘s printed pamphlet


8. Charlotte Olsen‘s chocolate CV


9. Hanna Phan‘s SlideRocket application pitch

10. Ewelina Rosinska‘s portfolio package


11. Menosunocerouno‘s packaging project for an imaginary client


12. Greig Anderson‘s poster CV/mailer

13. Rowan Toselli‘s woodworking portfolio

14. Matthew Skelton‘s scanimated business cards


15. Leo Jansen‘s newsprint CV/portfolio

What’s Impressed You? 

Do you have great examples of promo materials that you (or someone else) have created? Please share them in the comments!

To see more great resume & portfolio ideas, visit Behance.

Jenn Tardif

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Jenn is a Product & Marketing Manager at Adobe and a Yoga Teacher. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of Partnerships for Behance and the Sr. Marketing Manager for The Drake Hotel. Say hello on Twitter.
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  • César Gómez

    Maybe it’s because you have to look into 100 CVs the reason why these are made in the first place. We talk a lot about how companies have to stand out, and the same apply to individual designers: you’re looking for a designer position, what a great way to stand out that showing some initiative. Besides that, I also think you should made the boring version (that’s rather easy) to keep happy the bureaucrats ;) I don’t think the’re pretentious, but rather the opposite: they don’t try to keep a false solemnity.

  • Guest

    Also I forgot to mention that these looks to me the opposite to pretentious; they lack of it.

  • César Gómez

    I would rather be a huge laugh that a huge disappointment.

  • César Gómez

    Despite the negative comments I think this resumes are a huge improvement. Lets remember that you’re applying for a designer position; you can try to explain yourself with a bunch of generic words, or just show the capabilities you had.

  • cheeriochau

    Is this method only acceptable for more creative roles or can I use this for more mainstream work? I’m seeking for finance-related jobs and I’m not too sure if they’ll actually want this type of resume, even though it will stand out…

  • God

    The Info-graphic resume is sexy as hell. I FUCKING LOVE GRAPHS!

  • rrshanks

    Brilliant is all I can say. I would like to use these techniques to redo my resume but I am told because of the high volume of resumes in a tough job market recruiters and hiring managers use scanners to look for keywords in resumes. Creative formats like these may not work in such cases, no?

  • JamalLe

    A Very nice article . Every time i check your blog i find a original perspective . Furthermore , as a new developer, i have to say that the structure of your site rocks . Can you post the name of the theme.

  • Sean Blanda

    The site was hand-crafted here at Behance. No theme here!

  • Jean Thornhill

    And it’s not just resumės. Reports and all manner of corporate/internal communications can be “vest grey” boring.

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  • Teresa Guzmán Martínez

    Para todos los crativos :))

  • guest

    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. If someone wants to spend money on selling themselves, that’s their own business and quite impressive I’d say. Assume they have friends at the printers and got a great deal because they are awesome, not because they love to throw money around on self-promotion because NOBODY wants to waste their money or time on jobs or people that don’t matter.

  • AnnMarie

    Absolutely true. You have to get these into the hands of the right person, which is very difficult … unless you have a referral. The online job hunting process is so uesless. Most HR personnel don’t really care about the uniqueness or creativity, they are looking for the buzzz words in the copy.

    But, I really love these resumes.

  • AnnMarie

    True. The problem is that HR departments are looking for staffing for the whole company, it is unlikely that a company would search very hard for a HR person with savvy creative skills too. Zappo’s is unique because the leaders are creative, just like Google, Apple, Nike etc hopefully are.

  • AnnMarie

    ha true!

  • AnnMarie

    I have my word resume ready too. ug.

  • AnnMarie

    I totally agree. I used to circle file resumes that had no creativity to them, that is why I am so shocked at the process today.

  • AnnMarie

    no chocolate:(

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  • Anónimo

    Para hacer un currículum tan creativo se necesita bastante dinero, teniendo en cuenta que tu currículum lo dejarás en muchísimos lugares, lo único que puedes hacer es arruinarte, ya que a día de hoy es difícil que te contraten y vuelvas a recuperar el dinero invertido en la impresión del currículum. Son muy creativos y muy originales, pero muy caros.

  • Peteman

    Career Map is pretty cool. I love these examples of CVs and can see why most of them would be well received by progressive design agencies. However it really depends on how ‘progressive’ the person is that is looking through the CVs. I still get tingles and cold sweats when I think about the one art-director who went slightly mental about my use of extra-bold uppercase letters in my graduate CV. He was simply out of touch with what else was going on in the design world. Had one of the above landed on his desk I’m not sure what he would have done!..

    CV’s should be well-designed no matter what industry you’re in. If you’re an illustrator – illustrate elements or all of your CV. If you’re a designer make sure the typography / kerning is spot on.

    I would recommend adding a mini-bio to your CV.

  • asher2789

    i think these would be great to give at an interview when they ask if you brought your resume with you. but until then, id stick to the standard version so HR doesnt have a heart attack.

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  • Alexandra

    Probably the best way to go. And if they don’t like the resume when you bring it along at your interview… well, maybe they’re not the place or job YOU’re looking for :)

  • Ali_writes

    impressive. Is that what it really takes these days? You have to be a graphic designer I guess.

  • Bill

    Great observation. In my experience as a mainstream career coach and job search counsellor, most “traditional” jobs, and corresponding job openings, are reviewed by traditional HR and management personnel and they want to see content that is laid out pretty trditionally. Many of these types of resumes would simply be thrown out because they are too much work for these folks to wade through.
    While these samples are super for those in creative fields, let’s not get carried away and think every resume should be of this nature.

  • Yeop Azman

    These things never work out as a doctor. You can’t be creative :P

    • Yeop Azman

      I really hate my job and the lack of creativity or play.

      • Yitong Hong

        Trying to make my first cv so did some reseach, hope i can find a job soon haha

  • Samuel Gualtieri

    So interesting to see the response on these — Initially thinking that 99U was a designer-oriented community I now realize the target here is probably a bit wider than intended! I think these are brilliant for designers / art directors applying for positions in creative positions. So many are hired blindly without a true knowledge of skill. This would definitely help nail down a top choice.

    If you’re career choice is not a creative one, please by all means feel free to explore best practices in your field for applying to positions.

    I can however see the room for expanding upon the format of a professional CV for non-creative fields as well. Reinventing ones methods are important for whatever field you find yourself occupying.

    Sam Gualtieri
    Art Director, Chief Dreamer
    A New More Beautiful Studios (
    Founder of SquishPress (

  • Malachy Grond

    WOW! Now this is what I’m talking about. whenever I see an article about creative CVs they all just give run-of-the-mill advise on how to creative “catchy content”. I love graphical CVs but I can’t make it on my own from scratch. I have made a couple on my iPad using an app called Shine ( It was fun and easy!

  • Dana Leavy-Detrick

    Some of these are really cool and well-executed. Just keep in mind, if you’re going into an interview or meeting, bring along a regular text version they can reference, as a lot of these aren’t conducive to printing out (you know, assuming they’re not on a tablet or the like). To folks like the doctor below, you’re going to be more limited, but you could try something more scaled back as a supplement, like the Slide Rocket preso above.

  • Jimbean2much

    Very Cool!

  • Lara Krofty

    I have reworked my CV after doing lots of research on Behance (where these examples have been taken from) and learning software for that matter :) did not get ANY job offers with my previous ‘boring’ resume’, and, due to the fact that I am looking for both permanent and freelance contracts, I am contacting clients as well as companies and recruitment agencies. There is only one problem: that most of the HR departments or agencies look for KEYWORDS in your CV, and often is scanned by a goddamned computer, meaning that someone might even be rubbish at what they do, but if you insert the correct wording then you have a chance to be offered an interview. This has put me off completely……..

  • daniele

    These examples remind me of Sean Adam’s words:

    “I want a simple portfolio.

    Here it is, here’s the simple clean easy to

    read pieces, here’s my resume with just the information.So it’s mostly that I give just simple

    and easy to understand plain and presentable.

    And not over rod, not over done. Not people pulling

    out gigantic posters and then rolling them, but

    just presenting like here’s, here’s some of my skills.”

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