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The job market is now more competitive than ever and resume building is important for job seekers everywhere.

It can often be difficult to draft a resume that will stand out in a sea of similar documents from candidates all promoting essentially the same skills. Professionals across all fields debate over what the most appropriate and effective resume format for job candidates looks like.

In recent years, recruiters have started seeing more and more out-of-the-box, creative resumes that jump out of the stack. Some examples that have gone viral include a resume shaped like a candy bar, a resume laid out in a Facebook profile format and another as an Amazon product page. But is submitting a flashy, unique resume the key to showing a recruiter you’re an innovative and gifted candidate, or will your creativity just come off as distracting and unprofessional?

In Madame Noire’s Next Level Resumes: Get Creative and Land That Job article for, Bryan Pray, IT recruiting manager for Alluvion Staffing, answered some of Ann Brown’s questions about getting creative with your resume.

Creative resumes work well for some people and some jobs. For those who might steer toward the more traditional approach, Bryan Pray offers these tips:

Q: I have heard of some extreme cases, such as one resume designed as a chocolate bar, that landed the applicant the job. Should everyone go that far out?

Bryan Pray: This would depend on the job that the person is applying for. Conservative is often the best approach. As long as someone has the background required for a job, he or she should at least get a positive response from a recruiter.

Q: What types of resumes are recruiters looking for outside of the candidate’s qualifications?

BP: I tell all my candidates to include their relevant skills and personal history only to a point. You don’t want your resume to be 10 pages, but the days of keeping the resume to one page are in the past due to the fact that most resumes aren’t faxed or mailed anymore. Resumes are usually uploaded as Word or PDF documents, so recruiters don’t have to sift through physical pieces of paper anymore.

For more information on resume building and recruiting solutions, contact Alluvion Staffing today to let us know about your needs.

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