Telltale Signs of a Terrible Resume

Telltale Signs of a Terrible Resume

Telltale Signs of a Terrible ResumeTelltale Signs of a Terrible Resume

From outright lies to blatant typos, these resumes represent some all-time resume blunders.


77% of survey respondents said they’ve found a lie in a resume.

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43% said they spend less than a minute looking at a resume, and 24% spend no more than 30 seconds doing so.

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63% said they’ll pay more attention to a resume if it is customized to an open position.

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41% said they pay more attention if skills sets are listed first.

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40% said they pay more attention if a cover letter is included.

Major Mistakes: Spell CheckMajor Mistakes: Spell Check

An applicant wrote that he had great attention to detail—while misspelling the word, “attention.”

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An applicant claimed he worked at a federal prison, but a background check indicated he was actually incarcerated at one.

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An applicant stated he had been a prince in a past life.

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An applicant quoted Star Wars in his resume.

Major Mistakes: Major MotivationMajor Mistakes: Major Motivation

An applicant said he would work harder – if he got paid more.

Major Mistakes: Nicotine FixMajor Mistakes: Nicotine Fix

An applicant listed “smoking” under the category of “hobbies.”

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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