Resume Mistakes That Keep Hiring Managers Amused But Cost You the Interview
By Barbara Safani
Think resume typos are no big deal? Last year, Accountemps, a temporary staffing firm, interviewed 150 senior executives from some of the nation's largest companies. Forty percent of the respondents said that just one typo on a resume would cause the candidate to be eliminated. Thirty-six percent said it would take just two mistakes before the resume was put in the "no" pile. Here are some of my favorite resume bloopers I found via Job Mob, Resume Hell, and Zimbio. Obviously spell-check isn't all it's cracked up to be.
- Objective: Seeking a party-time position with room for advancement
- Professional headline: 1 year old marketing executive
- Achievement: Planned new corporate facility at $3M over budget.
- Explanation of employment gap: career break in 1999 to renovate my horse
- References: Referees available upon request
- Skills: I am a rabid typist
- Strengths: Impersonal skills
- Hobbies: Enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians
- Education: College: August 1880 to May 1984
- Cover letter: I would like to assure you that I am a hardly working person.
And just how much information on a resume is too much?
- Objective: To have my skills and ethics challenged on a regular basis
- Personal Information: Married, eight children, prefer frequent travel
- Language Skills: Exposure to German for two years-but many words are inappropriate for business
- Reason for leaving last job: the owner gave new meaning to the word paranoia
- Achievements: Nominated for prom queen
- Education: Finished eighth in a class of ten
- Interests: Gossiping
- Awards: National record for eating 45 eggs in two minutes
- References: Bill, Tom, Eric - but I don't know their phone numbers
- Salary: The higher the better
- Cover letter: Please disregard the attached resume; it's totally outdated