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Meet Joshua Drummond, The Guy Who Made A Comic Book Resume

February 21, 2014

What would your resume look like as a comic strip?

Hoping to stand out from the crowd in the middle of a recession, Joshua Drummond told his story in a comic book, showcasing not only his artistic skills but also his personality. His creative approach earned him a call back for every job he applied for and successfully secured him a job. Plus, his comic strip resume still continues to grab global attention and was instrumental in birthing his webcomic. Here is Josh’s inspiring story…

Story Resumes: What motivated you to go off the beaten path and create a comic resume?

Josh: Joblessness. It was the height of the recession at the time and unemployment was high. I figured a resume that stood out from the pack and got an employer to take a second look at me was better than simply going unnoticed. It was also a way of keeping busy while unemployed. That, and I like comics. It was actually the first ‘proper’ comic I have ever finished.

Story Resumes: Please walk us through your creation process.

Josh: It was hard. It took me weeks. I didn’t ask for any help, which I probably should have done. I went through a few ‘drafts’ or, rather, thumbnails–quick sketches in which you plot out how the comic will work. I wrote a lot of it on the fly. I’m still happy with how it turned out, but if I was to do it again there’s a lot I’d change, starting with some of the more embarrassingly bad drawings. I didn’t know much about making comics back then, and I suppose I still don’t know a lot now, but I’m a bit more clued up [now] and my drawing has improved.

Story Resumes: How confident were you when you were sending your comic resume off to potential employers?

Josh: I thought, even if it didn’t get me a job, it would give my friends and possibly some HR people a laugh–and possibly wind up any uptight bosses out there. Both of these things appealed to me, so I figured I didn’t have much to lose. I wouldn’t say I was overly confident. Once I started getting heavy interest I was thrilled.

Story Resumes: How did you think of the concept and story for your comic?

Josh: I started with my existing resume and thought about how it would look if I gave it a narrative structure that fit the comic format. That’s about it, honestly. Of course there are things you can do in a comic that don’t make a lot of sense in a traditional resume, like a picture of yourself punching [an enemy].

Story Resumes: In what ways has your comic resume positively impacted your career overall?

Josh: It got me a job. People still remember it and laugh with/at it. It got me started doing illustration in my spare time, which some people now pay me actual money for. This is probably the best thing ever.

Story Resumes: Finally, do you have any tips for current jobseekers trying to get noticed?

Josh: Don’t be afraid to do something different. If you have a legitimately good resume but it hasn’t been getting the notice you know it deserves, dare to try something new. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Story Resumes: Josh, thank you for telling us more about your creative resume. All the best to you this year!

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