With unemployment stubbornly hovering above 9%, job-seekers are having a hard time resisting the temptation to do some “creative writing” on their résumés.
Sometimes, it’s outright deception. The Liars Index, which tracks the percentage of résumés claiming false credentials, reached another new high in the first half of 2011. It found that 21% of education claims on résumés were misrepresented.
In other cases, applicants take the oddball route, hoping to stand out in the crowd. With half of HR managers saying they spend, on average, less than a minute reviewing each application, that can be a wise move at times. But as Rosemary Haefner, VP of HR at CareerBuilder says, “Job seekers need to ask themselves if they’re standing out for the right reasons.”
When does unique cross the line into just plain weird? Here are 10 of the most “memorable” résumés from a recent CareerBuilder survey of 2,600 HR pros and hiring managers:
1. Said the more you paid him, the harder he worked.
2. Said he just wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie.
3. Listed her dog as reference.
4. Listed the ability to do the moonwalk as a special skill.
5. Cited a contact email address on the résumé with "shakinmybootie" in it.
6. Used his first name only on the résumé.
7. Insisted in his cover letter that the company pay him to interview with them because his time was valuable.
8. Shipped a lemon with résumé, stating “I am not a lemon.”
9. Asked in his cover letter, “Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this? I think not.”
10. Noted, quite honestly, that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.
How about you? What’s the most unique—or oddball—thing you’ve seen on a résumé? Leave your comment below.