Job seekers are not only being dishonest on their resumes , they have also made some incredibly stupid mistakes, while trying to make a first good impression with potential employers.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, more than 3 in 4 HR managers (77%) reported having caught a lie on a resume, and also listed out some of the most costly mistakes candidates have made.
1. Can’t spell his own name
An applicant’s surname was auto-corrected by the computer from “Flin” to “Flintstone.” By the way, his first name was Freddie. Not a high chance he got an interview, but he gave everyone in the office a good laugh for sure.
2. Talking nonsense
An applicant said he had been a prince in another life. Enough said.
3. Not checking the spelling
An applicant claimed to pay great attention to detail, but the word “attention” was misspelled. What a coincidence!
4. Not understanding the meaning of skill
An applicant included “taking long walks” as a skill. In fairness, this one could actually make sense, if the applicant were applying for a job as a park ranger or something similar.
5. Big fat liar
An applicant claimed he had worked at a federal prison. A background check determined he was actually incarcerated at the prison during that time. Nice job presenting his past ‘experience’ in a favourable light.
6. Money, money, money…
An applicant said he would work harder if paid more. Well, it is not wrong, we work to make a living after all, but perhaps he should keep it to himself.
7. The Star Wars geek
An applicant’s resume used direct quotes from “Star Wars.” It is a classic, but a grown man talking about “Star Wars” all day? Not cool.
8. The smokie smokerson
An applicant listed “smoking” as a hobby. It only takes some common sense to realise employers prefer to hire people who do not enjoy a hobby that kills.
9. Not being professional
An applicant used a resume template with cats in the corners. Again, it is not wrong but it is better to share your love for cats with colleagues rather than hiring managers.
10. Ghost writer
An applicant wrote the following at the end of the resume: “I didn’t really fill this out, someone did it for me.”
The national online survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between May 11 and June 7, 2016 and included more than 2,100 full-time, U.S. hiring and human resources managers in the private sector across industries and company sizes.
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