Here’s a sobering statistic: according to a study released this week by The Ladders, an online job-matching service, recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing an individual’s resume. In this cutthroat environment you want to make sure that your CV leaves a lasting impression, which is exactly what Sumukh Mehta set out to do with his unique resume.
The 21-year-old from Bangelore, India managed to secure one of British GQ’s prestigious internships—and he didn’t even have to interview for it.
When you see his resume, you’ll understand why. Mehta created a mock-issue of the magazine all about him and his qualifications. Featuring his experience, qualifications, fun facts about himself, and large editorial photos, the resume ended up being 20 pages long.
As Mehta wrote in a Facebook post, “In today’s competitive world, everything is just so difficult that you need to be creative if you really want to make things work and that’s what I did.”
“I had been running a website for the past year where I help graduates and working employees convert their normal resumes into infographic resumes,” he told BBC News. “GQ had been on my mind for a long time. But when I checked the Conde Nast publication portal, it said that people who do not have a work visa or resident visa could not apply for a job role.”
“I started thinking that if I send a normal resume, it’ll end up in the bin. So I thought of portraying myself as a model on the cover and making a magazine which showcases my resume in a creative way. It took me three weeks to make the whole resume which included graphic design, a photo shoot and the content,” he explained. “I got the whole resume printed exactly like the original British GQ.”
Mehta will be starting his six-month paid internship in London this fall.
You can check out some of the pages from his resume here: