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Resume Blunders that are Out of the Box [Literally]

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A CareerBuilder survey was conducted on 2600 employees across US. In the survey, HR managers were asked to recount some mistakes that could be deemed unusual. Here’s the list that can literally sweep you off your feet.

1) Candidate said the more you paid him, the harder he worked.
2) Candidate was fired from different jobs, but included each one as a reference.
3) Candidate said he just wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie.
4) Candidate listed her dog as a reference.
5) Candidate listed the ability to do the moonwalk as a special skill.
6) Candidates – a husband and wife looking to job share – submitted a co-written poem.
7) Candidate included “versatile toes” as a selling point.
8) Candidate said that he would be a “good asset to the company,” but failed to include the “et” in the word “asset.”
9) Candidate’s email address on the resume had “shakinmybootie” in it.
10) Candidate included that she survived a bite from a deadly aquatic animal.
11) Candidate used first name only.
12) Candidate asked, “Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this? I think not.”
13) Candidate insisted that the company pay him to interview with them because his time was valuable.
14) Candidate shipped a lemon with résumé, stating, “I am not a lemon.”
15) Candidate included that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.

I wonder if these people would ever be hired!


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Abhinav Kaiser
Abhinav Kaiser is an author and a management consultant. He has authored Reinventing ITIL in the Age of DevOps, Become ITIL Foundation Certified in 7 Days and Workshop in a Box: Communication for IT Professionals. He works as an agile/devops coach in one of the top consulting firms. He advises businesses, organizations and enterprises in the areas of DevOps, IT service management and agile project management frameworks.

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