That depends on who you ask. If you’re in an occupation that requires a high degree of creativity (ad agency?) then by all means you need an “over-the-top resume.” But if you have a more staid job, then a Plain Jane resume is all you need. That’s because the resume has to be scannable for online job applications. And that’s where a creative resume can cause problems.
Here is a library of 45 creative resumes to give you an idea of what some job seekers are doing to get noticed. But bear in mind, these need to be snail-mailed for best effect.
I think I'm more into Plain Jane type of resume. Thanks for mentioning it.