Lighter side: Bizarre resume claims

by Janie Smith12 Sep 2014
As an HR professional, chances are you’ve seen your share of embellished resumes – whether it’s a slight exaggeration or a completely outrageous claim.

AskReddit called for managers to share their stories of strange CV claims. Here are a few of our favourites.

“I had a guy who had no experience being a luthier apply to be my assistant. On his resume he actually put, ‘People say I look good holding things’. I laughed for a solid minute. It caught me off guard.”

“While attempting to hire my replacement, as I was transferring to another site, I saw this on an application: ‘Skills: Can speak good, knows how to tipe’. Not even kidding.”
 
“It's been over 20 years since I saw the resume and I still remember it like yesterday. The company I worked for had put an ad in the paper for a junior market analyst. We got a crapload of really, really bad resumes, but one...one stood out. Everything on the resume was hyperbole at just...insane levels. He claimed he was qualified for any job in existence, because he knew everything, with PhD-level knowledge in physics, chemistry, engineering, his list went on and on. He did not claim to have won a Nobel Prize, but did claim that he had been nominated, commenting further that being nominated for the prize was functionally equivalent of having won one. Finally, he gets to his job history. Immediately prior to the history he states that due to his immense knowledge that he routinely solves every problem at a business in two weeks. The next three pages of the resume was the actual job history, single lines, double-spaced, with no job lasting longer than two weeks. Several of us in management got together to decide if we wanted to invite him to an interview for entertainment purposes, but we wisely decided not to. An admin called several of the businesses listed on the history, and either got denials he'd worked there, or laughter in response to the inquiry.”
 
“We once had a guy fill out a job application where every single S was a dollar sign, even in his name. Which he spelled wrong at one point. I wish I still had a copy of it because I don't remember the rest of the application that had me laughing so hard I was crying.”
 
“A guy sent his resume 15 times over a 30 day period. Each time it was a slightly different resume. Sometimes it would list certain jobs, other times it wouldn't. Sometimes it would list all of his degrees, sometimes it would omit one. He also mixed up the names of prominent companies he claimed to work for (hypothetical example: JP Chase Morgan). He never once called to follow up on his application. He just sent a new (slightly different resume) every few days. We actually became really intrigued with him and hoped that he would call because it was such odd behaviour.”
 
What outrageous resume claims have you come across?
 
 

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