When looking for a new job, the pressure to make a good first impression is often intense. In an effort to get noticed, some candidates may be trying a little too hard, and as a result are making critical, and often humorous, blunders on their resumes.
Here are some of the most cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on resumes, according to a new CareerBuilder survey:
- Applicant’s last name was auto-corrected from “Flin” to “Flintstone.” (His first name was Freddie.)
- Applicant stated they had great attention to detail, but “attention” was misspelled.
- Applicant claimed he worked at a federal prison. A background check determined he was actually incarcerated at the prison during that time.
- Applicant stated he had been a prince in another life.
- Applicant listed a skill as “taking long walks.”
- Applicant used direct quotes from Star Wars in their resume.
- Applicant claimed he would work harder if paid more.
- Applicant wrote the following at the end of their resume: “I didn’t really fill this out, someone did it for me.”
- Applicant used a resume template with cats in the corners.
- Applicant listed smoking under hobbies.
The pressure to get noticed and resulting stress is understandable, given how little attention each job applicant’s resume actually gets. Among human resource managers — who are typically the gatekeepers who decide which applicants get in front of actual hiring managers — 43 percent said they spend less than a minute looking at a resume. Nearly 1 in 4 spend less than 30 seconds.
That’s not long. It is, however, plenty of time to catch job candidates in a lie: According to the survey, more than 3 in 4 HR managers (77 percent) report having discovered a lie on a resume.
The national online survey was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between May 11 and June 7, 2016 and included more than 2,100 full-time, U.S. hiring and human resources managers in the private sector across industries and company sizes.