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When Should You Deviate From the Standard Resume Format?

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In a world of an ever increasing number of social media outlets, including the professional platform LinkedIn, recruiters have access to a lot more information about job candidates than ever before. Some platforms like About.me, ResumUP and PosterMyWall exist specifically to guide you through the creation of a digital resume. Yet, most job applications still require a standard resume, and let's be honest: No one likes writing those.

The purpose of such a resume is to highlight a candidate's relevant skills, experience and educational background and minimize personal details. While cultural fit and personality are shown to be important for a successful hiring decision, the required resume format has not yet caught up. In fact, most employers still prefer and expect that candidates submit traditional resumes. However, there are certain instances when a more creative approach may be appropriate.

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