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Oops! Resume Mistakes

October 1, 1998
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Although no job applicant is without some redeeming qualities, careless mistakes on resumes or cover letters can make some candidates seem—well, less than attractive. The following are examples of some of the types of irrelevant information, misunderstood messages and grammatical typos that have killed the employment hopes of many would-be job hunters.

"Please note that I have a Fortune 500 pedigree."

"Worked in hospital as a candy streper."

"Great eye for derail."

"Currently unemployed because of self-inflicted toe sprain."

"I have incredibly entertaining hair."

"I know all about the ‘i’ before ‘e’ except after ‘c’ thing."

"Education: Married junior year at University of Florida, twins 10 months later."

"Single-handedly nabbed a group of shoplifters."

"Education: Valid Florida state driver’s license."

"My weakness is that I may be too successful."

"Education: Some."

"Responsible for all customer complaints."

"I have mobile living equipment and can live on-site if needed."

SOURCE: Accountemps, Menlo Park, California.

Workforce, October 1998, Vol. 77, No. 10, p. 27.
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