December 2, 2009
It's time for another installment of Resumania! It may be hard to believe that these blunders are from real resumes...but believe me, they are! Even though these are good for a laugh...resume mistakes are no laughing matter. A recent USA Today survey of 150 senior executives found that 40% of employers will discard your resume if they see even one typo. 36% of employers will eliminate a candidate because of two typos. Bottom line: if you want to have a fair shot at a job, proofread your resume-again...and again...and again!
OBJECTIVE: "A job."
Any one will do.
SKILLS: "Ability to work over pressure."
And how do you respond when under it?
JOB HISTORY: "Restaurant manager. Cleaned and supervised employees."
That is clearly going above and beyond the call of duty.
OBJECTIVE: "To obtain a position that will enable me to utilize my professional skills and knowledge in a capacity that demonstrates me intelligence."
My, oh, my.
SKILLS: "Pay attention to two details."
TECHNICAL SKILLS: "PlayStation 2."
SKILLS: "I am able to wok well with computers."
Do you bring your own soy sauce?
OBJECTIVE: "To work on interesting projects."
We'll do what we can.
JOB DUTIES: "Created brilliant presentations."
And modest, too.
ACTIVITIES: "Traveled Europe through American Youth Hostiles."
Couldn't you find a friendly group instead, maybe one with lodging?
EDUCATION: "Suspected to graduate early next year."
Maybe you should let us know when you're sure ...
OBJECTIVE: "To obtain an entry-level position after I get my beachler's degree."
Will you also have a minor in surfing?
COVER LETTER: "Outstanding worker; flexible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."
WORK EXPERIENCE: "Responsibilities included checking customers out."
And then did you rank them on a scale of 1-to-10?
RESUME: "Spent several years in the United States Navel Reserve."
Is this where the oranges remain until they're ripe?
"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude."
References: Resumania, USA Today
Authored by Rachel Kaschner.