When submitting a resume it’s hard to make yours stand out from the hundreds or thousands of others who applied for the same job. Creative resumes can be a gamble, but when the right idea strikes, it can impress employers and land you a dream gig. Brennan Gleason, a recent design graduate from University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, sweetened the deal by printing his resume on bottles of his own home-made ale.
Gleason’s Resum-Ale may seem over the top, but it is perfect when looking for a job in the creative sector. The idea was inspiration by a class assignment from earlier in the year. He even brewed the blonde ale himself over a period of seven weeks, giving the employers a look at one of his other passions. Each bottle is labeled with a portion of his portfolio as well as a QR code that leads to the full resume.
He sent out a few of these four packs to several design firms in Vancouver In Gleason’s case, it landed him a job at digital brand marketing agency Techtone. He told The Huffington Post, however, that it’s not a move that would have gotten him employed in any other type of business: “As designers, we’re always trying to show off our creativity. That’s the first impression these companies see.”
Gleason wasn’t the only one with bright ideas about resumes. Artist Youyou Yang made fake trailers when applying for a job with Wes Anderson and copywriter Jon Ryder sent his as aprescription medication for the ills of creative agencies. So next time you’re applying for a job, think about how you can spice up your resume.