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Weird Resume Mistakes

12 of the Weirdest Résumé Mistakes


Before you turn in a résumé, you should always have someone do a quick look over to catch any mistakes you might have missed. The reviewer can act as a filter to make sure that nothing inappropriate is left on your résumé. Hopefully, you haven't been making blatant mistakes similar to the ones CareerBuilder recently found in a study involving 2,298 hiring managers. Here are some of the most outrageous mistakes cited in the survey:

  • "Candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview him at his apartment."
  • "Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob."
  • "Candidate applying for a management job listed 'gator hunting' as a skill."
  • "Candidate’s resume included phishing as a hobby."
  • "Candidate specified that her resume was set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.”
  • "Candidate highlighted the fact that he was “Homecoming Prom Prince” in 1984."
  • "Candidate claimed to be able to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job to work in Antarctica."
  • "Candidate’s resume had a photo of the applicant reclining in a hammock under the headline 'Hi, I'm _____ and I'm looking for a job.'"
  • "Candidate’s resume was decorated with pink rabbits."
  • "Candidate listed “to make dough” as the objective on the resume."
  • "Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly."
  • "Candidate’s cover letter contained 'LOL.'"
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