No matter how long you’ve been an HR professional, we’ll bet you have stories of poorly written and inappropriate CVs to add to this list.
In answer to a question on Reddit which asked, “Employers of Reddit, what is the most unprofessional thing you’ve ever seen on a submitted job application?“, hundreds of people shared their funniest stories.
Here are a few of the best.
“I was hiring a Project Manager to help out on a technology project. One of the applicants listed “World of Warcraft Guild Leader” with his guild name as the only item under ‘related experience’.”
“I wasn’t doing the hiring, but I handled the applications. It wasn’t that this guy said anything stupid on the app, it was that his mom literally filled out the entire thing for him.
“I just got to see the application, but this one guy spelled both of his previous jobs wrong. He had previously worked at “McDolands” (McDonalds, if it wasn’t obvious), and “Mirjir” (Meijer).”
“I’ve blurred out the details, but someone sent in a CV like this”:
“One applicant pretty much pasted the Microsoft Office software highlights into his resume as his qualifications. I Googled the phrases and it took me straight to the Microsoft site. I’ve also seen some interesting typos. My favorite is the one who had a Masters of Pubic Finance.”