Most job hunters know it’s important to make their resumes really stand out. Nearly 40-percent of the over 25-hundred employers taking part in a new CareerBuilder poll admit they spend less than a minute reviewing someone’s resume, while 18-percent say they’ll scan a resume in under 30 second. And 48-percent add that they glance at no more than 25 resumes when searching for a new hire. But it’s also important the job seeker make the right impression. Employers are sharing some of the biggest blunders they’ve seen on resumes. Giving too much information is one mistake. Bosses didn’t extend an offer to the applicant who, quote, “sent a 24-page resume for a five-year career,” “specifically pointed out that he was not a gypsy,” or “claimed to be a direct descendant of the Vikings.” They also passed on the man who, quote, “declared himself the LeBron James of table games,” and the woman who, quote, “listed her hobby as alligator watching.”
Expressing a love of animals didn’t work well for the woman who put a picture of her cat on top of her resume or the man who said he’d only accept the job if he could bring his pet monkey to the workplace. While being ambitious is typically good, it backfired on the person who claimed, quote, “I’ll have your job in five years.” The powerful candidates who, quote, “sent a video trying to hypnotize the HR manager into hiring him,” “listed ‘Master of Time and Universe’ under his experience,” and “started off the application with ‘Do you want a tiger?'” didn’t get the job either. And while it’s perhaps not bad to have The Almighty on your side, managers chose not to hire the candidate who, quote, “put God down as a reference (no phone number).”
CareerBuilder’s List Of Big Mistakes Hiring Managers Have Seen On Resumes
— Candidate put God down as a reference (no phone number).
— Candidate listed her hobby as alligator watching.
— Candidate claimed to be a direct descendant of the Vikings.
— Candidate’s e-mail address had “lovesbeer” in it.
— Candidate listed “Master of Time and Universe” under his experience.
— Candidate started off the application with “Do you want a tiger?”
— Candidate specifically pointed out that he was not a gypsy.
— Candidate’s condition for accepting the position was being allowed to bring his pet monkey to the workplace.
— Candidate pointed out, “I’ll have your job in five years.”
— Candidate sent a 24-page resume for a five-year career.
— Candidate put a picture of her cat on top of her resume.
— Candidate declared himself the LeBron James of table games.
— Candidate sent a video trying to hypnotize the HR manager into hiring him.