Yesterday’s post gotcha down? How about some résumé blunders to cheer you up! 🤣🤣🤣


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If you’re a federal contractor, have you picked up your jaw since yesterday’s post?

I’ll admit it. I was also surprised that a federal court would conclude that a Connecticut federal contractor could not fire an employee for using medical marijuana. What, with that Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and all.

Fortunately, as I noted yesterday, your mileage could vary outside of CT. And, I suspect that the employer may appeal the decision to the Second Circuit.

In the meantime, let’s laugh out loud, shall we?

CareerBuilder recently issued a press release, “Employers Share Their Most Outrageous Resume Mistakes and Instant Deal Breakers in a New CareerBuilder Study

Why do I get the feeling that we’ll see something a tad more outrageous than the “Untied States of America”?

The Study notes that “[t]he pressure to make a good first impression quickly is high, as 39 percent of hiring managers said they spend less than a minute looking at a resume and 23 percent spend less than 30 seconds.”

And here are the top 10 “most notable and cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on actual resumes” that HR managers caught when reviewing resumes:

  • A 22-year-old applicant claimed three different degrees.
  • An applicant listed 40 different jobs in one year.
  • An applicant thought they attached a resume to an email but instead sent their full credit application for an apartment.
  • An applicant applied for a job for which they were vastly unqualified (e.g. grocery store shelf-stocker applying for a physician position).
  • An applicant referred to having “as many marriages as jobs.”
  • An applicant listed out their extensive arrest history.
  • An applicant’s resume had a different font type for every sentence.
  • An applicant stated at the bottom of their resume that they do not like babies or puppies.
  • An applicant’s resume was only one sentence.
  • An applicant had the same employment dates for every job listed.

I like these. I like them a lot.  But, I suspect that you have better stories.

Who wants to share? You can either join the discussion on LinkedIn or email me.

Here’s what I want:

  1. Your best resume gaffe story — the one you share on Facebook to get the hecka-likes from your HR friends.
  2. The funniest email address that an applicant ever listed on a professional resume that you reviewed.
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