Writing resumes is not fun. It’s a time consuming and stressful process. There’s a lot riding on your resume, so it’s a good idea to spend extra time writing it to ensure that it’s error free. Unfortunately most people don’t do this. In fact, most resumes have some sort of silly mistake or error hidden amongst the text. Recruiters will find those resume mistakes.
If you search Google for resume mistakes, the results are endless. It’s shocking to see what errors, bloopers, and mistakes get posted online. Some are funny, others are unique. Here are few that shocked us:
- Including a full-spread background image of yourself, behind all the resume text (AttentionMax.com)
- Hobbies: “getting drunk everynight down by the water, playing my guitar and smoking pot” (JobMob)
- Achievements: “Nominated For Prom Queen” (JobMob)
- “Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.” (ResumePower.com)
- Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.” (CareerBuilder.com)
Here are 150 more funny resume mistakes that will make you laugh, cry, smile, cringe, and chuckle.
As you can see people do ridiculous things are their resumes. While some of the above might qualify as the worst resume mistakes you could make, there are some mistakes that are more common. Here are some things that you should consciously avoid:
- Including An Objective Statement – Objective statements are no longer necessary. If they are too specific, you won’t be considered for the job. If they are too broad, they leave the recruiter wondering what type of job you really want. Ditch it.
- Self-Focused – It’s not a good idea to start every sentence with I, me, or my. Use action verbs and power words to help paint a picture of what you are capable of.
- Inappropriate Web Links – There is no need to share links to your Facebook profile or Twitter account on your resume. This is especially true if you haven’t spent the time to edit what’s posted there.
- Too Much Personal Information – There’s no need to include information about your parole, court dates, or other unnecessary things.
- Unprofessional Email Address – No one will take you seriously if your email is something like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t already have a professional email, create one. It’s free.
- Not Proofread - If you want to get your resume chucked in the bin, add in some spelling and grammar errors. Recruiters absolutely hate resumes that aren’t proofread because it shows that you didn’t care enough to proofread your resume.
- Improper Abbreviations – Don’t abbreviate unnecessary things. If you do choose to abbreviate something be sure to get the abbreviation correct.
- Including Photos – The recruiter will Google you. If they don’t find anything about you, they’ll see you in the interview. They don’t need to know what you look like yet.
- Not Using Spell Check Correctly – Spell check is a great function, but it can still miss things.
- Non-Relevant Information – While you might be proud of your saltine cracker eating ability or your county record for pig wrestling, it’s not necessary to add it to your resume. Most recruiters won’t be impressed. Keep it professional.
- Ridiculous Length – Resumes are not meant to be small novels. Keep it to one page. If you really want to add more, create a blog or website and provide a link.
- Unreadable Font – Choosing the right resume font is important. Using a font that’s unreadable, super funky, or microscopic is not cool.
Here’s a great link to a fake resume that made most of these resume mistakes. It’s good for a laugh, but it also makes a valid point about resume mistakes.
Remember these simple mistakes the next time you are writing a resume. Do you best to keep your resume error free and professional. Put in the time and effort and it will pay off in your job search.
Did you know that you can keep your resume up-to-date and ready to go on the JobMonkey Job Board? All you have to do is log-in to JobMonkeyJobs and use the Resume Manager. It’s free and simple.