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Selfies, emojis and all the colors of the rainbow: what HR experts think about creative resumes

In today's competitive job market - where hiring managers can spend as little as 7 seconds looking at resumes - job seekers are often tempted to add a little creativity to their paperwork to stand out from the crowd. As a result, resumes begin to resemble social media profiles, with emoticons, selfies, and creative fonts of all colors of the rainbow. Is it worth it, HR experts told CNBC.

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Keep it simple

The director of work with clients at the international job site Deepa Somasundari urged applicants to be more careful with their creative impulses, although they did not call to refuse to use them.

“Jobseekers can use some creative tricks, but always remember that relevance is something that catches the employer's eye, not emoticons,” she advised.

Instead of spending too much time and effort creating an innovative resume, Somasundari suggests making simple changes to creatively improve the information that is likely to lead you to an interview.

“One way to highlight specific skills, experiences and accomplishments is to bold text,” she said. "It will help draw employers' attention to your abilities."

Darain Faraz, an expert on career issues at LinkedIn, agreed that creativity should not be equated with excessive artistic talent.

“A creative resume doesn't have to have an unusual format and rainbow color - it just means that the information you really want to convey is different from the standard one,” he said.

He explained that this could mean focusing on important numbers, such as the number of rewards or the amount of money saved by a company in a previous position, translating key key career stages into a timeline format or listing skills along with visual details to indicate how well you understand in these matters.

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Consider your role

According to Joe Cresswell, an expert at the Glassdoor community, the limits of creative impulses depend on the industry you are hoping to get into.

“In creative industries or professions, it's more natural to offer a visually focused, dynamic, and even interactive resume,” she said. "In this case, applicants, instead of listing a list of skills, can actively demonstrate them."

Cresswell added that hiring managers in corporations or more traditional industries, such as finance or law, are unlikely to give more advantages to those who sent colorful resumes.

“Instead, hiring managers will want to see clear accomplishments in numbers and detail, as well as evidence of technical skills and capabilities,” she said. "They don't want pictures and colors to be distracting."

Keith Brooks, executive director of the Career Center at Vanderbilt University, agreed that the key is to understand who the intended audience is.

Ask yourself, “Does what I am doing are relevant to my audience? Is this suitable for the job I am applying for? " She suggested.

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Emojis and selfies - at the right time and in the right place

Brooks added that you should not get too hung up on creative decisions.

“Young people can use emojis, but I'll be very careful with that. We usually use emoticons to convey emotion, but your writing style should reflect that on its own, ”she said.

“People use creative resumes to try and stand out — they think if they go for a brighter color or a different format, it’s going to make them stand out,” Brooks added. "Yes, you will stand out, but will the reading person see it as a positive moment or as a gimmick?"

Brooks also recommended thinking about whether it’s appropriate to include your selfies and even just your photo on the resume.

“In the United States, you generally don't put a photo on your resume unless you're a model or real estate agent,” she said. "Otherwise, you probably have a picture on your LinkedIn profile and don't need to add it to your resume."

Brooks said the key to showcasing your creativity is that your work speaks for itself.

“If you get a job in the creative field, you can have a portfolio that showcases your creativity,” said the expert.

“The essence of a resume is to explain your past, but creativity can make it difficult for a potential employer to find the information they need,” she added. "Always ask someone else to look at your resume and see if they can find key information."

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