Kim Jong Un calls for exponential increase in North Korea's nuclear arsenal amid threats from South, US


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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is calling for an “exponential increase” in his country’s nuclear weapons arsenal in response to what he claims are threats from South Korea and the United States, Pyongyang’s state media reported Sunday.

Kim’s comments come as North Korea twice over the weekend tested what it claimed was a large, nuclear-capable, multiple-launch rocket system that could put all of South Korea in its range, according to a report from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Speaking on New Year’s Eve on the final day of a six-day plenary session that reviewed 2022, Kim said South Korea has become an “undoubted enemy” and its main ally, the US, has increased pressure on the North to the “maximum” level over the past year by frequently deploying its military assets to the Korean Peninsula.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday praised the country's "super-large" Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL), which he claims will put all of South Korea within range and can be loaded with tactical nuclear warheads.

In response, Kim said in the coming year that Pyonyang must mass produce tactical nuclear weapons while developing a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that would give the North a “quick counterstrike capability,” according to the KCNA report.

Kim’s comments come at the end of a year that saw his regime test more missiles than at any time in North Korean history, including an ICBM that could in theory strike the US mainland.

On Saturday, in its 37th day of missile tests in 2022, North Korea fired at least three short-range ballistic missiles from a site south of Pyongyang, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It followed that early Sunday with another test. North Korea said both Saturday’s and Sunday’s tests were of a 600mm multiple-launch rocket (MRL) system. Most multiple-rocket launch systems in service around the world are around 300mm in size.

The 600mm MRL was first introduced three years ago, and production has been increased since late October of 2022 for deployment, Kim said in his speech to the plenary session on Saturday, according to KCNA. He later added that an additional 30 of the 600mm MRL will be deployed to the military simultaneously.

Kim said the weapon is capable of overcoming high landforms, can consecutively strike with precision, has all of South Korea in its shooting range and can be loaded with tactical nuclear warheads, according to the KCNA report.

“Prospectively, as a key offensive weapon of our military forces, it will carry out its own combat mission to overwhelm the enemy,” Kim said.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, pictured on November 2, 2022, said his country should respond with clear retaliation to North Korea's provocations.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry later responded to Kim’s comments, calling them “provocative language that seriously harms peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.”

The ministry urged Pyongyang to “immediately stop” developing nuclear weapons and return to the path of denuclearization, warning that the “Kim Jong Un regime will come to an end if North Korea attempts to use nuclear weapons.”

The ministry vowed to maintain its military readiness posture to “firmly respond” to any North Korean threats, adding that the military will strengthen its “three-axis” defense system designed to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

The three-axis defense system consists of the Kill Chain preemptive strike system, the Korea Air and Missile Defense system and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation plan, an operational plan to incapacitate the North Korean leadership in a major conflict.

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Sunday during a phone call with military chiefs that North Korea will continue to conduct constant nuclear and missile provocations, and South Korea’s military should respond with clear retaliation, his office said.

Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Pyongyang has used the past year to demonstrate its ability to perform a range of military strikes.

“Its recent missile launches were not technically impressive. Instead, the high volume of tests at unusual times and from various locations demonstrate that North Korea could launch different types of attack, anytime, and from many directions,” Easley said.

Easley also noted that it’s not just missiles that North Korea is using to up the military pressure on the South. Last week, Pyongyang flew five drones into South Korean airspace, forcing Seoul to scramble fighter jets and helicopters to track them and later to send its own drones into North Korean airspace.

It all leads to an escalation of tensions, according to Easley.

“Such provocations, including drone incursions, appear excessive for deterrence and may be intended to scare South Korea into taking a softer policy. But with Kim disavowing diplomacy and threatening to mass produce nuclear weapons, the Yoon administration is likely to further increase South Korea’s defense capabilities and readiness,” Easley said.

For its part, South Korea is beefing up forces, too.

Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced last month it will spend more than $2.7 billion over 10 years to strengthen the mission capabilities and survivability of its fleet of F-15K fighters, jets that would play a key role in any possible strikes on North Korea.

Washington is also not standing still. As well as deploying assets like F-22 fighters and B-1 bombers to the exercises around the Korean Peninsula, the US military recently activated its first Space Force command on foreign soil in South Korea, with the unit’s new commander saying he is ready to face any threat in the region.

The new unit “will be tasked with coordinating space operations and services such as missile warning, position navigation and timing and satellite communications within the region,” according to US Forces Korea.

Even before Kim’s latest remarks, experts had noted the big strides Pyongyang had made in its missile forces over the past year.

Ankit Panda, a nuclear policy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told CNN in mid-December that Pyongyang has emerged as a missile power.

“The bigger picture is that North Korea is literally turning into a prominent operator of large-scale missile forces,” Panda said. “The word test is no longer appropriate to talk about most North Korean missile launches.”

“Most of the missiles they’ve launched this year are parts of military exercises. They are rehearsing for nuclear war. And that, I think, is the big picture this year,” Panda said.

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Party’s over for debt-ridden America. Here’s how we bounce back in the new year

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Happy New Year, everybody!

Hope you had a wonderful party on New Year’s, whether you were out on the town, or just sipping champagne at home with your loved one. Enjoy it well – because this may be the last party you can afford for a while.

This week, the party’s over.

We’ve been living on borrowed money for too long. No, we’re not facing another 2009 financial meltdown. Banks and financial institutions are in much better shape now than they were then. But the government’s not. 

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Our national debt is massive – at $31 trillion it’s now bigger than our annual GDP. We used to laugh at countries that were caught in that bind.

Of course, there’s a reason this happened. The extraordinary moment of turning off the economy because of the pandemic created a unique crisis in which we had to spend a lot. But it was expected to be a temporary safety net for individuals and companies. 

Instead, the Biden administration doubled down on the spending to expand government in a way that is unsustainable – way beyond what out private economy can maintain. That’s led to our high inflation and rising interest rates, both of which are causing tremendous pain for families and businesses.

And it looks like in 2023 we’ll throw an official recession into the mix of our misery index, particularly since our irresponsible representatives just threw another $1.7 trillion onto the fire.

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The massive, omnibus spending bill will probably force the Fed to keep interest rates high, which means a tougher recession than what we were hoping for. And of course, recessions mean job losses, as businesses go bust. Our historic moment of having many more jobs than folks looking for jobs – which actually began during the Trump administration before the pandemic – may be phasing out soon.

But enough of the pessimism. We’ve made it through bad times before and we’ll get through all this. It just takes resolve – not from our politicians, most of whom lost their backbones some time ago. 

The resolve comes from a free people exercising their dreams and desires in a free economy to grow and support themselves and their families.

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That should be our New Year’s resolution: To keep our economy and society as free as possible, so we can rebuild, pay off our debts, and become strong and fruitful again. 

It’s an individual resolution and a national resolution that we should all make together. So raise a glass to freedom – long may it reign.

 

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I Have Cold Toes All the Time, and These Slipper Boots Are Like Wearable Blankets for Your Feet

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When it comes to any product that makes you feel like you’re still in bed, you can go ahead and sign me right up. Robes, slippers, blankets—these are a few of my favorite things. I’ve lived in California for years, but as a born-and-raised New England girl where the winter season lasts from basically November to May, I know the importance of bundling up—especially when it comes to your tootsies. “Cold feet” isn’t just the thing Julia Roberts gets at the beginning of Runaway Bride. I have actual cold hands and feet because I run naturally cold, but I also have poor circulation—which is fairly common and causes cold extremities, especially feet.

So when I heard about the “Cloud Bootie” from Baloo Living ($78) I was immediately intrigued. I love the name—I want my feet to feel like they’re inside a cozy cloud! Who doesn’t?

Cloud Bootie — $78.00

Pros

By far the best part about these slippers is how soft, lightweight and cozy they are without giving the dreaded “feet sweats” that some shearling or extra plush slippers have. I hate that clammy feeling that fur-lined slippers can have. But the cotton material makes these so breathable.

I’d say the warmth-level is “mid warmth,” so it’s great if you want something right in that middle sweet spot.

They have a no-slip gripped sole, but the slipper itself is soft and foldable so you can easily pack them. So I think this makes them one of the best travel slippers, especially if you’re like me and always like changing into cozy socks or slippers on the plane.

My favorite part of the design is that they are full booties, so they keep your entire feet (and upper ankles) warm. I never understand furry slippers that are sandals with exposed heels and toes. If your toes are cold that defeats the purpose of wearing a fuzzy slipper?

Cons

This isn’t a major con because it doesn’t affect the quality and coziness of the slipper, but…they’re not super cute. They kind of look like soft loaves of bread on your feet. But I’d much rather have a non-cute slipper that keeps my toes toasty than a fuzzy fashion slipper that doesn’t even keep my feet warm. Since they only come in two colors, I’d suggest maybe adding a rose pink color as an option?

They’re spot-treatment only, so they’re not machine-washable.

I had heard of the brand Baloo Living before, because the brand has gotten a ton of press for its bestselling weighted blanket, which I’ve also tried and love (it’s so breathable, but still weighted enough to feel very calming—just an FYI if you’re also in the market for a weighted blanket!). But I didn’t know the brand also made slippers. The Cloud Booties come in two colors, gray and black—I got a gray pair in a size medium (my shoe size is 7.5).

They’re soft, quilted and made of cotton and are designed to be worn two ways: either fold the upper part down for an ankle-length look, or pop it up for more coverage. I liked wearing it the second way more because it keeps me warmer. And they’re currently $78. Which I know sounds like a lot for slippers, but warm, high-quality slippers that actually last you all year long are usually just pricier.

Bottom line? They’re called the “Cloud Bootie,” but I’d say they’re more like little sleeping bags for your feet. Also clouds are soft, but they’re not particularly warm—and these booties are both. These are some of the coziest slippers on the market, especially if you want something lightweight and breathable that keeps you warm but without feeling overheated. A major win for this cold-footed gal!

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NASA’s three 2022 missions that changed the future

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Looking back, 2022 was one of the most productive years NASA has had in decades. Three missions that took place in 2022 distinguished themselves not only with their success but with their potential to improve the future.

The James Webb Space Telescope actually launched in late December 2021 on an ESA Ariane 6 rocket. The telescope undertook its first test as it arrived at the Earth-Sun L2 point about a month later. The space telescope unfolded its mirror and huge sunscreen, a process that had ground controllers sweating. If anything had gone wrong, a space-borne mission such as the one that rescued the Hubble Space Telescope would not have been possible.

Fortunately, deployment and alignment of the mirror and sunscreen proceeded without major problems. The James Webb Space Telescope began returning the first full-color images of the universe in July 2022. The results were spectacular. The images included nebulae, galaxies and even an indication of water and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a distant star. The $10 billion gamble paid off.

By the end of 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope had returned images of Neptune’s rings, star formations near and far, as well as the first galaxies in the dawn of the Big Bang. The space telescope promises to expand humankind’s knowledge of the universe for many years to come. What will come from that knowledge is currently beyond evaluation.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in November 2021. Ten months later, DART slammed into Dimorphos, an asteroid that circles a larger asteroid called Didymos. DART’s mission was to ascertain if NASA could alter the path of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

DART succeeded beyond expectations. NASA found that DART had altered Dimorphos’ orbit around Didymos by 32 minutes, give or take two minutes. The impact also created a tail of ejected debris weighing between 2.2 million pounds and 22 million pounds. NASA acquired crucial data about how massive an impact must be to alter an asteroid’s path.

DART’s success may well lead to the salvation of the human species. Most people know that the age of the dinosaurs ended because of an asteroid strike near the Yucatan Peninsula 66 million years ago. A similar impact could end human life. Now, NASA has demonstrated a technique that could postpone doomsday permanently. As a bonus, DART’s success has inspired the development of the NEO Surveyor, a space telescope dedicated to locating and characterizing near-Earth objects, some of which may threaten the Earth.

Artemis 1, the first mission of a spacecraft designed to take astronauts to deep space for the first time in 50 years, roared off the launch pad in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2022. Over budget and behind schedule, NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System hurtled an Orion space capsule in a distant retrograde orbit around the moon on a 26-day mission.

The Orion contained mannikins festooned with sensors designed to measure the radiation environment that real astronauts would experience in a similar deep space voyage. The mission tested nearly all of the systems that would need to work on a crewed expedition. Aside from a few anomalies, Artemis 1 was a complete success. The Orion splashed down in the Pacific Ocean near Baja California.

Besides the data needed to proceed with crewed missions back to the moon, Artemis 1 returned a series of images of the moon from the most distant part of its orbit with the Earth beyond. Heart-stoppingly beautiful, the images brought to mind the famous Earthrise photo taken by the crew of Apollo 8. The Artemis 1 photos provided a little well needed inspiration toward the end of a tumultuous year.

The future that Artemis 1 has summoned is one in which humans are no longer confined to one planet. Humans will return to the moon, then go on to Mars and beyond to wrest knowledge, riches, and glory from the heavens.

Americans seem to have had a love-hate relationship with NASA. The space agency’s glory days seemed to be long past, a subject of boomer nostalgia. But the James Webb Space Telescope, DART and Artemis 1 missions proved the agency that sent men to the moon and built the International Space Station is still capable of greatness.

Mark R. Whittington is the author of space exploration studies “Why is It So Hard to Go Back to the Moon?” as well as “The Moon, Mars and Beyond,” and “Why is America Going Back to the Moon?” He blogs at Curmudgeons Corner.  

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Dozens of states see new laws on abortion, minimum wage take effect in 2023

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Dozens of states will see major changes to abortion laws and minimum wage limits take effect after the U.S. rang in 2023 on Saturday.

California and New York will each begin enforcing new protections for abortion rights this week, while Tennessee will begin requiring physician prescriptions for all abortion-inducing drugs. Meanwhile, minimum-wage workers are receiving a pay raise in 23 states, and several other states will start enforcing changes to drug policies, Axios reported Sunday.

California’s Proposition 1 passed on Election Day, and enshrines residents’ “fundamental right to choose to have an abortion and their fundamental right to choose or refuse contraceptives.” California already had extensive protection for abortion access, even prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

Meanwhile, New York’s law will require all private insurance plans offering maternity care coverage to include abortion care, the outlet reported.

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Red and Blue states have taken aggressive action to restrict and protect abortion access in the months since the Supreme Court’s decisions in Dobbs v. Jackson.

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More than a dozen Republican-led states had abortion “trigger laws” that severely limited or outright banned abortions just weeks or months after the ruling came down. Others took action and passed new legislation soon after the ruling.

Democrats also scrambled to enshrine abortion access in their states, as well as facilitate travel for women who were seeking abortions but lived in states where they could not get one.

President Joe Biden sought to pass federal legislation establishing a right to an abortion this month, but the Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives, making the move impossible.

 

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New York Mayor Eric Adams: ‘Resilient’ city ‘moving in the right direction’

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams hailed the “resiliency” of the city and touted New York as “moving in the right direction” in 2022 during an appearance on Fox News on New Year’s Eve as the nation counted down to 2023. 

Previewing the ball drop at Times Square, as well as the massive crowd, Adams enthused, “This is representative of New York. It’s a city with so much energy and vibrancy. Fifty-six million tourists are predicted to be here this year, 72 next year, and we are excited about the recovery of our city.” 

He touted, “We are resilient. Nothing keeps New Yorkers down.” Recounting 2022 for the city of New York, the Mayor saw progress: “We’ve had some ups and downs at the beginning of the year, in 2022. We were dealing with just a spike in crime. 40% of our major crimes, shootings, homicides. We were zero focused on violent crimes, particularly gun crimes and homicide. Double-digit decrease.” 

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Regarding 2023, Adams described safety as the goal: “The men and women in police department and other law enforcement agencies responded, and I’m just excited about what the new year has to offer. It’s about being safe.” 

He added, “This is a prerequisite to our prosperity. And we are moving in the right direction.” 

Adams did note an “incident” on New Year’s Eve as the city prepared for the celebration.

“We had an incident earlier this evening. Two officers were assaulted,” he said. 

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The New Year’s Eve attack in question was brutal with at least two officers stabbed with a machete near Times Square. One was a rookie cop reporting for his first day on the job. 

Talking to Fox News just prior to midnight, Adams praised the calmness of the NYPD.

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“You respond to the danger, bring it under control and then get back to protect the public,” he said. “I’m going to go visit those officers now… These men and women are doing their job of protecting the city.” 

 

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Carnival and Royal Caribbean Dining Changes, What You Need to Know

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Here’s everything we know about the main dining room (MDR) changes the two major family-friendly cruise lines are making (you’re not going to like them).

Royal Caribbean (RCL) – Get Free Report and Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) – Get Free Report have made food a central part of the cruising experience. In many ways, dinner in the main dining room (MDR) serves as the anchor of your cruise experience.

No matter what you did during the day, whether you spent it as a family, with friends, or by yourself, dinner brings everyone together. For passengers on both cruise lines, the meal isn’t quite as formal as it once was. Some people dress for dinner, others opt for more casual clothes, but the dining experience remains pretty traditional.

Once you sit down, multiple waiters take care of you through a meal that includes soup, salad, appetizers, main courses, and dessert. It’s all served at a leisurely pace with the option to add items to your order as you go.

Both Royal Caribbean and Carnival offer menus that change each night while also having a section of items that are always available. In addition, the two cruise lines have generally been all-you-can-eat, allowing customers to have as many entrees as they want.

In the new year, both cruise lines plan different changes to some of those longstanding MDR policies.

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Carnival Adds New Dining Limits

In November, Carnival sent an email to booked passengers telling them about changes to its dining options, attempting to explain the changes.

“We have all experienced the impact of inflation, higher fuel prices, and supply chain challenges; At Carnival, we have worked very hard to minimize the impact on our guests. We have reached a point with our food costs, however, where we must take some modest but specific actions, which we know most of you have done yourselves, whether with your dining out patterns or shopping to stock the refrigerator or pantry,” the cruise line shared.

That’s relatable to a point, but the cruise line is using the economy to change a long-standing policy.

Starting with sailings last November, the cruise line began charging $5 per entree after the first two. That means that passengers can still order multiple main courses, but for every entree after the second one, they will pay $5.

Royal Caribbean Makes an Even Bigger Change

While Carnival took a fairly modest step to control food costs, Royal Caribbean is making a pretty major change. After testing new menus toward the end of 2022 on Symphony of the Seas, the cruise line has decided to implement those changes fleetwide.

The cruise line will be slimming down its menus, giving each night a theme, and getting rid of the “classics,” which include chicken, New York strip steak, spaghetti bolognese, and appetizers like shrimp cocktail, escargot, and French onion soup.

This menu section served two purposes. It offered some very basic choices for cruise passengers not looking to try something new. That’s a major positive for passengers of teenagers too old for the kid’s menu, but who have not fully adopted adult tastes. 

In addition, the “classics” menu offered appetizers including shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, and escargot that many passengers enjoyed ordering every night of their cruise. The changes will make the MDR menus less expansive and while all the “classics” will be available on some nights, they will no longer be available every night,.

The cruise line has said that it’s making these changes, not for financial reasons, but to improve the speed of service. Royal Caribbean has not shared the new menus — they were still being worked on in December — but the changes are expected to begin being rolled out in January across the fleet. 

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Jeremiah Green, Modest Mouse co-founder and drummer, dies at 45

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(NEXSTAR) – Jeremiah Green, drummer and founding member of rock band Modest Mouse has died just days after the band announced he had been diagnosed with cancer. He was 45.

“Today we lost our dear friend Jeremiah,” the band wrote in a Saturday night Facebook post. “He laid down to rest and simply faded out. I’d like to say a bunch of pretty words right now, but it just isn’t the time. These will come later, and from many people.”

Last week, lead singer Isaac Brock announced Green had been diagnosed with cancer and was receiving treatment.


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“It seems to be going smoothly and making a positive difference,” he wrote Wednesday.

In a Christmas Day Facebook post, Green’s mother, Carol Namatame, said her son was “battling stage 4 cancer,” Nexstar’s KOIN reports. Green’s brother Adam told Fox News the drummer had roughly a month of chemotherapy and radiation left.

“He went peacefully in his sleep,” Namatame wrote Saturday. She went on to say her son “was a light to so many” and that more information regarding a celebration of life for friends and family is forthcoming.

Green and Brock founded Modest Mouse alongside bassist Eric Judy in 1992 in Washington, according to Variety. Green also played with Vells, Satisfact, Red Stars Theory, and Peeved. He landed on Stylus Magazine’s list of the top 50 best rock drummers, coming in at No. 37.

Modest Mouse has released seven albums since its founding, including “The Golden Casket,” released in 2021. The band is scheduled to start touring in March, their website shows.

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Should you get creative with your resume? Experts decide whether you're more likely to land your dream job

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When you’re applying for your dream job, making your application stand out can be key.

One way people are trying to do this is by making their resumes look like a company’s website or product, or adding key style elements used by the company to their resumes.  

Eleonora Papini has followed this approach many times.

“It’s tough to squeeze my life, experiences and skills into one, two pages, having stunning graphics can help convey my dedication and creativity much better than words would,” she told CNBC’s Make It.

For a recent application to Netflix, she recreated the streaming services’ home screen. The boxes that usually show movie or series titles and images instead included her details.

In an application for British cosmetics company Lush, she incorporated elements like its font, and swathes of Lush’s products, which the company also uses on its website. Papini also added themed sections like an “ingredients” list that listed her skills to her resume.

Two examples of company themed resumes, one for cosmetics company Lush and another for streaming service Netflix.

Resumes provided by Eleonora Papini, pictures taken by CNBC’s Make It

Marketing graduate Lap Tran followed a similar approach when applying to an internship at Spotify earlier this year. He used the company’s color scheme, font and replicated its layout for his resume.

Do job applicants think it’s worth it?

At the time, Tran thought it might be worth the additional time to stand out and make his resume more appealing to a large-scale company. But he has since changed his mind.

“Looking back at it, it was not worth the extra effort, but a good bit of experience with themed CVs, since I was not chosen or even emailed to be notified of not being chosen,” he told CNBC’s Make It.

Eleonora also has not noticed a major difference after applying to various companies. “Only one recruiter contacted me and complimented my CV,” she said.

However, she still thinks making creative resumes can be worth the time investment for some applicants.

“I think it’s worth it if you like to ‘play’ with graphics. I like it and enjoy creating new graphics and testing new strategies,” she explains, but she believes the approach does not suit everyone — especially if graphic design is not one of your main skills.

The verdict from experts

Experts also appear to be cautious.

Professional resume writer Suzie Henriques, who is based in the U.K., told CNBC’s Make It that a traditional approach is usually a safer bet.

“Most of the time, the traditional text-based format is usually best,” she said. “The standard CV is universally intelligible and remains the gold standard during the recruitment process.”

Career coach and resume writer Amanda Augustine, who works for U.S.-based company TopResume has a similar view.

“Rather than adding design elements to mimic the employer’s brand, it would be more effective to customize the content of your resume and cover letter based on the specific job listing,” she said.

Highly creative resumes could even lower your chances of securing an interview, the experts say.

One reason for this is distraction, Gaelle Blake, head of permanent appointments at recruitment firm Hays says.

“Crucial details could be harder to find in a creative CV or potentially distract from your credentials,” she told CNBC’s Make It, adding that these key facts about skills and experience are the most important part of a resume for recruiters.

Additionally, a lot of companies use software that reads and filters resumes. This might also cause issues, Henriques explains.

“Some organisations use candidate management software to parse the information on your CV into their system and an unusual or very visual format may not be compatible with this, which means the text you have included may end up not being readable at the other end,” she says.

What to do instead

The one notable exception are highly creative jobs and industries, all three experts told Make It, adding that including links to portfolios for websites are good ways to showcase creativity.

Usually standard resumes are no less effective, they say — but there are a few things to keep in mind.

Henriques suggests keeping the design clear and simple.  

“I recommend using clear section headings, leaving plenty of white space and if you want to add some flair then border lines, bullet points and some light shading can really draw the reader’s eye to the key areas,” she says.

When it comes to content, Augustine believes that resumes should be more than just a series of bullet points.

“They want your resume to read like a story, explaining why you’re qualified for the job you want,” she says, adding that role-specific examples and data are helpful ways to do this.

Meanwhile, Blake urges applicants not to overlook the basics — checking for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors is key, she says.

Her final piece of advice however goes beyond resumes. Making sure you are able to explain your skills in a compelling way during interviews is just as important, she believes.

“Don’t rely on your CV to do all the talking for you,” Blake concludes.

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