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10 weirdest boasts on applicants’ résumés

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“Creative writing” on résumés has risen along with the unemployment rate.

Sometimes, it’s outright deception. In other cases, applicants take the odd­­ball route in a bid to stand out. A recent Career­­Builder survey found real-life ex­­am­­ples of résumés in which the applicant …

  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 a 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 only his first name on résumé.
  7. Insisted in his cover letter that the company pay him to interview … because his time was valuable.
  8. Shipped a lemon with his 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 that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.

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