With more candidates in Asia Pacific faking their resumes, it perhaps doesn’t hurt to be extra vigilant the next time you’re sourcing for new staff.
At the very least, you will come across a few resume blunders which might make you laugh.
A new survey by CareerBuilder polled more than 2,000 full-time, US hiring and human resources managers on the most memorable mistakes they’ve seen on resumes.
These included an applicant who claimed to be a former CEO of the very company to which they were applying. Another candidate claimed to be fluent in two languages – one of which was pig Latin.
Here is the full list, according to CareerBuilder:
- Applicant wrote “whorehouse” instead of “warehouse” when listing work history.
- Applicant’s personal website linked to a porn site.
- Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying “Hey you.”
- Applicant vying for a customer service position gave “didn’t like dealing with angry customers” as the reason for leaving her last job.
- User name of applicant’s email address was “2poopy4mypants.”
- Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner.
- Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time.
- Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant.
- Applicant said to have gotten fired “on accident.”
- Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn’t exist.
- Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver’s license for four years.
- Applicant listed as a reference an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant.
- Applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously.
When asked to name the most common areas around which job seekers lie, these employers named skill sets as the most frequently inaccurate section of the resume, with 62% saying this was the case.
“Job seekers have the unenviable challenge of grabbing – and holding – a hiring manager’s attention long enough to make a strong impression,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder.
“Most hiring managers are willing to consider candidates who do not meet 100% of the qualifications. Job seekers can increase their chances for consideration by proving past achievements that exemplify an ability to learn, enthusiasm and cultural fit.”