Fortune: 10 Dumbest Resume Blunders

Just in case you missed it, here are the 10 dumbest resume blunders according to Anne Fisher, Fortune. The story ran April 26. 1. ... attached a letter from her mother. 2. ... used pale blue paper with teddy bears printed around the border. 3. ... explained a three-month gap in employment by saying that he was getting over the death of his cat. 4. ... specified that his availability to work Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays is limited because the weekends are "drinking time." 5. ... included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform. 6. ... drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said the car would be a gift to the hiring manager. 7. ... listed hobbies that included sitting on a levee at night watching alligators. 8. ... mentioned the fact that her sister had once won a strawberry-eating contest. 9. ... stated that he works well in the nude. 10. ... explained an arrest record by stating, "We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig."

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Comment by Pat Grueiro on May 17, 2007 at 5:30pm
Thanks for sharing. I have been keeping a similar log of resume blunders. My favorite was, "I honestly don't know how long I have worked there. I worked with my Mom".
Comment by Rich on May 17, 2007 at 5:56pm
Thank you Pat! That's priceless! You might find it fun to know that Gen Y expert Ryan Paugh commented on RecruitingBloggers that he considers Moms writing resumes and blogs as outsourcing. He was joking, um, I think. ;)


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