We’ve all made them: spelling mistakes, grammar errors, silly tidbits on our resumes. They stay there until one employer is kind enough to tell us, “Don’t do that! It’s what holding you back.” It’s understandable if one made a small spelling errors here and there, but how is it a professional thing to do to put that one is a single mother with six kids on our resume? Not only is that unprofessional, employers are not suppose to know that kind of information. Also, it makes us too desperate to get the job and that we are not confident in our qualification for the job. True, extra information like our hobbies of photography and mountain climbing might give us an edge, but know when it is too much unneccessary information. The only things that need to be in our resumes are things that pertain to the job applying for or have to do with our professional experiences.
I hope none of you out there are dense enough to make these resume blunders:
Job site CareerBuilder.com recently asked pollsters Harris Interactive to survey hiring managers and find out the wackiest resume items they’ve seen lately. Out of 2,627 responses, here are the top ten resume blunders made by job candidates:
- Attached a letter from her mother.
- Used pale blue paper with teddy bears printed around the border.
- Explained a three-month gap in employment by saying that he was getting over the death of his cat.
- Specified that his availability to work Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays is limited because the weekends are “drinking time.”
- Included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
- Drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said the car would be a gift to the hiring manager.
- Listed hobbies that included sitting on a levee at night watching alligators.
- Mentioned the fact that her sister had once won a strawberry-eating contest.
- Stated that he works well in the nude.
- Explained an arrest record by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
I wish you all luck on your job hunt.