The resume is an integral part of the employment process, as you’re tasked with the unenviable job of fitting your entire professional life into two (or at a push, three) pages in the hope of impressing your potential employer.
However, the pressure of getting your foot in your prospective workplace’s door can often be more trouble than it’s worth; with many jobseekers unsure just how much detail they need to share with their future boss.
But by focussing their efforts into being a dream employee, usually results in the form of a nightmare resume. Use these disadvantaged skills to your advantage, and join us as we laugh (and cry) at some of the funniest blunders that have made their way onto a resume:
- I often use a laptap.
- Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.
- Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.
- Qualifications: “I have extensive experience with foreign accents.”
- Experience: “My father is a computer programmer, so I have 15 years of computer experience.”
- Objective: “To become Overlord of the Galaxy!”
- Accomplishments: “Brought in a balloon artist to entertain the team.”
- Reason for leaving last job: “Bounty hunting was outlawed in my state.”
- References: “Bill, Tom, Eric. But I don’t know their phone numbers.”
- Special skills: “I’ve got a Ph.D. in human feelings.”
- Skills: “I have technical skills that will take your breath away.”
- “Marital status: often. Children: various.”
- Education: “University: August 1890 to May 1993.”
- “I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.”
- Candidate explaining details of an arrest: “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
- Hobbies: “Having a good time.”
- “Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.”
- “Let’s meet, so you can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over my experience.”
- Interests: “Gossiping.”
- Experience: “Any interruption in employment is due to being unemployed.”
- A CV written completely in the third person.
- Hobbies: “donating blood – 12 litres so far.”
- Awards: “National record for eating 23 pancakes in 2 minutes.”
- Pastimes: “Running, editing video, cooking, writing and wondering.”
- Length of residence: “60 feet, give or take.”
- Reason for leaving: “Responsibility makes me nervous.”
- Hobbies: “Space Travel.”
- Hobbies: “Marital Arts.” (Maybe it’s a variant to martial arts?)
- Job history: “Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse.”
- Work experience: “Night stalker in Tesco.”
- Key skills: “I am quick at typing, about 30 words per minute, 45 with strong coffee.”
- Current salary: “£28,000. Salary desired: £170,000.”
- Accomplishments: “My contributions on product launches were based on dreams that I had.”
- Skills: “Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”
- References: “None. I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.”
While obviously it’s important to inject your personality into your CV, ensure that you maintain a professional tone of voice (and that you undertake a rigorous spellcheck) – as employers may be averse to you using the company “laptap”.
This post has been supplied by BT Business Direct