When searching for a job, we often get bogged down in getting submissions in quickly against a deadline, rather than focusing on the quality of the material that we’re sending in support of our applications.
With so many people still looking for a new job, I’ve decided to pull together my favorite applications from over the past few years (in no particular order because they’re all incredible!).
And even if you’re not looking for work – I’d save this post for some top examples of what you could do to stand out next time you’re looking for a new job!
I absolutely loved the effort and creativity that went into Rachel’s 3D application for a buying intern opportunity at PLT, which she said:
“was made to envision the inside of PLT HQ in Manchester, with voice recordings and a sweet surprise placed in the roof!”
Plus – she included cake, which is plenty enough for me to consider it a top-notch way to the heart of a hiring manager.
Iris changed her entire CV to look exactly like the back of a packet of Candy Kittens sweets; so incredibly clever and creative! I saw this application when it was posted by the MD of Candy Kittens, who said:
This has to be one of the best applications we’ve ever seen at
Candy Kittens !! Hats off to the person that took the time and effort to turn the back of our packaging into her very own CV, we love it.
We receive 100’s of applications for every role advertised, so being different is essential if you want to get noticed. I hope this inspires those applying for their next venture to get creative with their applications – a black and white CV isn’t good enough!
You can see the original post from the MD of Candy Kittens praising Iris here.
Would you send a life-size pop-up banner of yourself to a potential employer so they could see what it was like to work with you?
If the answer’s no, you’re one step behind Lauren, who did exactly that!
Tyla submitted this phenomenal application to Missguided in the hope of making it onto one of their internships. Her application is fun, creative, and totally on brand, and is an exceptional example of how to get yourself noticed against a sea of other hopeful applicants. Tyla said:
A few months back I sent over a creative CV to
Missguided in hopes of an internship or some feedback to maybe is considered in the future! I forgot to share on LinkedIn till now. After communication to the person I’d addressed it to, I never heard back if they’d received it. Hope they did and hope they liked it!☺️
I saw Caitlin’s application for Wagamama a couple of years ago and have had the post saved ever since. The detail that she put into making her CV look like a Wagamama menu absolutely took my breath away, and showed how even just changing the layout of your CV can make the world of difference. And check out the ingredients down the left-hand side! Caitlin said of her application:
I wanted my CV to be a demonstration of both my passion for the role and the creativity I could bring to it. With the role involving large amounts of innovative thinking, I wanted to ensure that my CV would “stand out from the crowd”.
If you have links to any other applications like these, I’d absolutely love to hear about them in the comments.
Which is your fave?