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HRM CA | 08 Aug 2014, 08:59 AM Agree 0
Nothing brings laughter to the hiring process like finding outrageous errors in resumes. Here are some of the most hilarious CV claims.
  • Justin B. | 08 Aug 2014, 12:19 PM Agree 0
    Talking with the senior HR Generalist at my work about resumes and applications was very enlightening for me. Being in HR, I know how to write a good cover letter, resume etc; I know the dos and don'ts. So reading some of the mistakes and poor email communication in our last batch of hiring has been frustrating.

    Then it was pointed out to me that these people are not sitting down and thinking to themselves "Time to write a terrible resume and send it off!". Now, some are sloppy and haven't put in enough time, but most people know that trying to get hired is a big deal. So why are their applications not very good? Because they have never been taught what a good application is like! So if I judge them harshly on their grammar mistakes (for jobs that don't require writing), then I could be losing good candidates.

    Anyway, just really opened up my mind to not assume just because I have expertise in an area, that everyone does.
  • Elaine | 08 Aug 2014, 12:41 PM Agree 0
    One resume I received had a typo - the individual's current job was supposed to read: Shift Supervisor but they omitted the "f". Either that or they had crappy employees.
  • Rod | 09 Aug 2014, 08:48 AM Agree 0
    I still remember receiving a resume many years ago now. It was very professional and well written. The candidate was well qualified for the job. The last line of the resume under the category other qualifications the candidate had written, "Able to leap buildings in a single bound", like superman! I laughed at first, but was intrigued at why this individual would put this on his resume. I interviewed the candidate, and ended up hiring him. He had a great sense of humour, and ended up being a outstanding employee!
  • Sharon | 14 Aug 2014, 12:12 PM Agree 0
    Good one Elaine! Nice to see at least some HR practitioners still have a sense of humour! Rod - great call on interviewing the employee with the offbeat comment - I've always had a soft spot for people who are willing to put themselves out there and stand out from the crowd - even if just with a single comment.
  • Ruben Benmergui BA, MIR, LLM, CHRP | 18 Aug 2014, 02:29 PM Agree 0
    I've also collected these over the years for my resume and job search seminars. Two that quickly come to mind are:

    "Dear Sir or Madman" and the resume that was signed by two candidates who explained that they were sharing the resume (True!).
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