Careers Slideshow: How to Fail in Your Job Search

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-18-2012

In the Family Business

A candidate's cover letter included details about her family being in the mob.

In the Family Business

Hackers Need Not Apply

An applicant's resume listed phishing as a hobby.

Hackers Need Not Apply

Fuzzy Logic

A candidate's resume was decorated with pink rabbits.

Fuzzy Logic

Half-Baked

An applicant listed "to make dough" as the objective on the resume.

Half-Baked

The Devil in the Details

A candidate wrote that he was "deetail-oriented" while misspelling the name of the company he was applying for.

The Devil in the Details

The Last Laugh

An applicant's cover letter contained "LOL."

The Last Laugh

A Pleasing Palate

Creative SuccessesFor a food-industry job, a candidate customized the resume in the form of a fine-dining menu -- and got the job.

A Pleasing Palate

Mind Games

Creative SuccessesAn applicant sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik's Cube, and the recipient had to push tiles around to align the resume. He was hired.

Mind Games

Just Google It

Creative SuccessesAn applicant crafted his resume to look like Google search results for "perfect candidate." (It was enough to get him carefully considered, although he didn't get the job.)

Just Google It