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‘Gator hunting’ & More: Survey Lists Résumé Bloopers

July 11 2012

From listing “gator hunting” as a skill to decorating a résumé with pink rabbits, CareerBuilder listed some of the most outrageous résumé mistakes and creative techniques used by candidates. Here are some of them:

  • 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 résumé included phishing as a hobby.
  • Candidate specified that her résumé 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 résumé 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 résumé was decorated with pink rabbits.
  • Candidate listed “to make dough” as the objective on the résumé.
  • Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly.
  • Candidate’s cover letter contained “LOL.”

The list is based on an online survey of 2,298 hiring managers and human resources professionals across the U.S.


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