It takes all sorts in life, and HR and hiring managers understand the deep and beautiful meaning
of this phrase better than most. In surveys conducted by CareerBuilder.com, HR and hiring
professionals shared the most unusual resumé blunders they came across:
1. Candidate included that he spent summers on his family’s yacht in Grand Cayman.
2. Candidate attached a letter from her mother.
3. Candidate used pale blue paper with teddy bears around the border.
4. Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying it was because he was getting over the
death of his cat for three months.
5. Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was
6. Candidate included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
7. Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring
8. Candidate’s hobbies included sitting on the levee at night watching alligators.
9. Candidate included the fact that her sister once won a strawberry eating contest.
10. Candidate explained that he works well nude.
11. Candidate explained an arrest by stating: “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
12. Candidate included family medical history.
13. Candidate included weight and all allergies.
14. Candidate stated the ability to persuade people sexually using her words.
15. Candidate wrote resumé as a play – Act 1, Act 2, etc.
16. Candidate explained that getting this job would look really neat on his resumé.
17. Candidate specified emergency contact as the hospital.
18. Candidate included naked picture of himself.
19. Candidate explained the need for multiple bathroom breaks each hour.
20. Candidate’s hobbies included long walks with fiancé and bingo.
Rosemary Haefner, vice president or HR at CareerBuilder, commented on the release of the
findings that many employers do appreciate creativity in job applicants because it assists them in
dealing with the monotony of trawling through piles of resumés . “However, the key is to balance
that creativity with professionalism,” she said. “You want to stand out as someone unique but also
as someone with applicable experience who can add value to the company.”