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Developing a Creative Resume

Whether you are a co-op student, graduating senior, or alumni, you may want to consider developing a creative resume in addition to a more traditional style resume. Employers now spend only 6 seconds on average viewing a resume. By incorporating a few simple ideas, your creative resume can help you stand out in a fiercely competitive hiring climate.


  • Use Resources and Sample, many from real students and successful job seekers.
  • For review of your creative resume:
    • Co-op students - contact your co-op coordinator
    • Seniors and alumni - contact Steinbright career services counselors
    • Ask faculty members and industry contacts for their advice and opinion
  • It’s not for every situation. If you are in a very conservative field or applying to a company with a strong traditional culture, consider using these creative touches more sparingly.

  • Build or expand your LinkedIn profile and include it on your resume, cover letters, and in your email signature.

Resources and Samples