OK, it’s not for everybody. Or even mostlybody. However, this is fun. Bam!
I love novelty, when it doesn’t interfere with practicality. What can I say…I am a practical gal. I think novelty and practicality can exist in harmony though. So here’s what you need to think about to rock this thing.
Your resume generally gets viewed in one of 2 formats:
1) The .doc version (.docx) you sent it in (or .pdf…whatever)
2) The scanned version in a company resume database (.txt)
Resume databases cannot scan this. To scan most effectively, a document needs to be all text and read left to right. Boring, I know…I didn’t invent it. Boring, boring, boring, but true.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t use this. I recommend linking to this from your resume. For the link, use text that would appear in your resume anyway, so it doesn’t look out of place in a .txt version. Or you can send it along as an additional attachment in an email. Warning: you risk the recipient not opening it in that case. As a (former) recruiter, I would generally look for the attachment that looks like a resume and open it; at that point I decide if I want to know more and maybe…maybe…open those other attachments. So yeah, think about that.
Also, I could live a perfectly happy life without ever hearing or seeing the word “punked” again, thanks.