“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 …
- Said the more you paid him, the harder he worked.
- Said he just wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie.
- Listed her dog as a reference.
- Listed the ability to do the moonwalk as a special skill.
- Cited a contact email address on the résumé with “shakinmybootie” in it.
- Used only his first name on résumé.
- Insisted in his cover letter that the company pay him to interview … because his time was valuable.
- Shipped a lemon with his résumé, stating “I am not a lemon.”
- Asked in his cover letter, “Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this? I think not.”
- Noted that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.