Six Completely Bizarre Resumes

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-07-2013 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1-Error Prone
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    Error Prone

    58% of hirers will dismiss a candidate if the accompanying resume contains typos.
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    2-Copy and Paste Job
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    Copy and Paste Job

    32% will dismiss a candidate if the resume simply contains large amounts of the same exact wording from the job posting.
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    3-Return to Sender
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    Return to Sender

    31% will dismiss a candidate if the resume uses an inappropriate email address.
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    4-Chronological Disorder
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    Chronological Disorder

    27% will dismiss a candidate if the resume doesn't include exact dates of employment.
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    5-Bizarre Resumes: Spell Check
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    Bizarre Resumes: Spell Check

    A resume's "Skills" section was spelled "Skelze."
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    6-Bizarre Resumes: Photo Finish
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    Bizarre Resumes: Photo Finish

    A resume included the candidate’s baby pictures.
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    7-Bizarre Resumes: Beam Him—Out
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    Bizarre Resumes: Beam Him—Out

    A resume was written in Klingon language from Star Trek.
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    8-Bizarre Resumes: Vital Information
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    Bizarre Resumes: Vital Information

    A resume failed to include the candidate's name.
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    9-Bizarre Resumes: Personal Conviction
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    Bizarre Resumes: Personal Conviction

    A resume detailed time spent in jail for assaulting a former boss.
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    Bizarre Resumes: "I Want My MTV"

    A resume was presented as a music video.
 

OK, we know you don't expect the typical IT department applicant to be a polished gem when it comes to resume writing. But you do maintain some semblance of standards when it comes to proofreading, relevancy and an overall sense of professionalism, don't you? (Of course you do!) Apparently, however, a number of job candidates badly "missed the memo" on this topic, judging by the following flat-out bizarre resumes as compiled by CareerBuilder. The face-to-palm-worthy decisions here would make most potential future employers cringe. But, in citing less off-the-wall but still unfortunate resume mistakes, CareerBuilder has also found that far too many candidates are sabotaging their own prospects and making a poor first impression. If you are curious about what other managers look for in a resume, CareerBuilder reports that 77 percent of employers feel that a resume should extend to two pages for seasoned professionals. And 53 percent say they want to see experience that's relevant to the job at hand, while 57 percent prefer that the resume focus primarily on work history that took place within the last 10 years. More than 2,075 hiring managers and HR professionals and nearly 3,000 workers participated in the research. For more about the CareerBuilder survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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