Q: I am a creative person, and since I’m applying for a job as a graphic designer shouldn’t I demonstrate my skills by using multiple fonts, specific colors and a unique format?
Short Answer: No.
Detailed Answer: There are several reasons why you don’t want to do this.
First, your portfolio or an audition is where you should demonstrate your skills. A resume is a limited document and even if you decided to use oils on canvas to tell your professional history and education in hieroglyphics, a hiring manager still will not be able to determine your full amount of talent from this one piece.
Second, hiring managers are HR professionals, which is their primary skill field. They may or may not have a creative background. Just as they may not have a background in engineering or massage or any other vacancy they are trying to fill for a certain company.
Finally, remember that in most cases, you will not know the person charged with reviewing your resume. Avoid gimmicks. Do not scent your resume if turning in a hardcopy, some people have strong reactions to certain smells. Leave your picture off, you are not looking for a date. Skip the fancy colors, some people are colorblind.
Your resume needs to speak for you clearly, concisely and in an easy to read format. Black type, white background, Times New Roman or Calibri font, 10-12pt size. It might seem boring, but it is effective. If the endeavor you are seeking needs to see your creativity before hiring, they will schedule an audition or ask for a portfolio or website reference.