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Submitted by mike_bruns_99 on


Every time I think the quality of Resumes can't get any worse, I'm surprised.  I received one yesterday for a $70,000/year professional position.  It was three pages, and the font of the entire document was Comic Sans.

What other bizarre things are people seeing in resumes these days? 

Kevin1's picture

enough ebay listings to qualify as a sales professional

BariTony's picture

There was the intern who submitted the 8-page resume. Seven pages were on his leadership qualifications. He told me he was a "strategic thinker" because he liked thinking long-term and not having to deal with deadlines. Then there was the one that listed "driver's license" as an accomplishment. And then there was the resume written entirely in Brush Script MT font. Oh yeah - and the font for the whole resume was magenta. I couldn't even read it.

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I had one that said he was a cook for the State Government for 3 years.  When I googled the name, saw that he was in jail for a bank robbery.  

Had to give him credit for creativity.   

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My HR department seems to find it enjoyable when candidates submit 4-8 page resume. A reccent one looked like a brochure for a timeshare, with suggested white space where I might fold it  for my pocket and 4 color graphic swooshes covered with the logos of licensing agencies. I am the 2nd in a line of a three interview process. So these resumes have already passed through HR and another interviewer. 

Should I give them my impressions of their resume in the interview? Does the answer change depending on my evaluation of them as a candidate?



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Resumes that include information about people's private lives and extracurricular activities go strait into the "don't bother pile". I once interviewed for a role and was sent a batch of resumes from one of the main industry recruiters who obviously didn't read or vet the resumes first. One person had resigned from their previous role because they didn't agree with management. Another stated that they would need to leave by a particular time in summer owing to their Surf Life Saving commitments. The man who gave platelets once a fortnight so would need time off. Then there was one who's extracurricular activities gave a pretty clear idea of their political and sexual orientation. I was left scratching my heads as to why these people thought that including the information was a good idea, especially as it had no bearing on their ability to do the advertised role. When I queried it with the recruiter and suggested that the candidates were doing themselves a disservice, the recruiter replied that they don't read the resumes they just send them on. Needless to say we didn't bother interviewing any of the proposed candidates and never used the recruiter again.