12 Most Outrageous Resume Mistakes

Survey details the real deal on job-seeking snafus to avoid

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We all know the importance of having a good resume. We’ve also probably read hundreds of stories on tips for making your resume stand out among the pack. For some, a plight to making that resume memorable can lead to irreversible mistakes that could cost an opportunity.

In a recent study, CareerBuilder found out some of the most bizarre missteps job seekers have made with their resumes. The nationwide survey, conducted on the Web by Harris Interactive, asked 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals and 2,999 workers across industries about resume faux pas and found out the following:

  • Resume was submitted from a person the company just fired
  • Resume’s “Skills” section was spelled “Skelze”
  • Resume listed the candidate’s objective as “To work for someone who is not an alcoholic with three DUI’s like my current employer”
  • Resume included language typically seen in text messages (e.g., no capitalization and use of shortcuts like “u”)
  • Resume consisted of one sentence: “Hire me, I’m awesome”
  • Resume listed the candidate’s online video gaming experience leading warrior “clans,” suggesting this passed for leadership experience
  • Resume included pictures of the candidate from baby photos to adulthood
  • Resume was written in Klingon language from Star Trek
  • Resume was a music video
  • Resume didn’t include the candidate’s name
  • On the job application, where it asks for your job title with a previous employer, the applicant wrote “Mr.”
  • Resume included time spent in jail for assaulting a former boss
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