15 Ridiculous things people have put on their résumé
No résumé is perfect, but is everything on your resume 100% accurate? Most employers don’t think so. In fact, they’re becoming increasingly skeptical of what candidates claim about their skills and work history.
In fact, one survey found that over 80 per cent of employers believe that candidates are lying on their LinkedIn profiles. 67 per cent of those surveyed said that candidates are most likely to lie about their past job titles and responsibilities. Sometimes its employers are skeptical because of minor errors like a misspelled word or too many buzzwords.
Having a good résumé is one of the most important things when applying for a new job. Although minor errors aren’t favourable in the eyes of the hiring manager, they can easily be forgiven if the candidate is otherwise impressive and qualified for the job. However, blatant lies, inappropriate email addresses, and bad links cannot be forgiven.
“Job seekers understand that there is a lot of competition for jobs today; therefore, they are trying more unconventional methods in effort to stand out and grab the hiring manager’s attention,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “These efforts may also likely be misguided attempts to compensate for lacking 100% of the qualifications specified in the job posting.”
Therefore, to show us examples of ridiculous lies people have written, Resume Writing Service has put together this infographic. It lists the 15 of the most ridiculous things that people have put on their résumé. Take a look at this guide and see what to exclude when you’re trying to write your CV.
The 15 most ridiculous things people have put on their CV
- Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner
- The job seeker said to have gotten fired “on accident”
- Applicant wrote “whorehouse” instead of “warehouse” when listing work history
- The applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages—one of which was Pig Latin
- Applicant claimed to be the former CEO of the company to which he was applying
- Personal website of the applicant linked to a porn site
- User name of applicant’s email address was “2Poopy4MyPants”
- Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really serving time
- The applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously
- Someone went out of their way to send a 3D-printed head that comes with the slogan “small head, but ideas” as a résumé; hoping that a model of his head to prospective employers will be able to capture the attention of his future employers
- A candidate sent a plastic foot, with the opening line of her cover letter stating she wanted to get her “foot in the door.” Throughout the letter she added other foot references such as “her shoe was the right fit”
- Résumé had a small plastic vial of red-coloured liquid attached to it and a note saying the candidate would “sweat blood” for the job
- Education: “Took a special course titled How to be Patient with an Impatient Boss
- The most honest employee in the world: “I am seeking a permanent position to get out of debt”
- Don’t know how to write about qualifications? “I have some experience in the technology industry, but that was 20 years ago”
For more résumé writing tips, check out the anatomy of a successful résumé.