It’s always refreshing to get in a good laugh. One of my all-time favorite shows is Seinfield because it kept me laughing and successfully interspersed real life situations with comedic responses. It created lasting memories for viewers and kept people talking for years about the show. Similar to Seinfield, candidates should want to create a lasting yet positive impression as a candidate, but you do not want to end up as the laughing stock at the office. Pulled from a Monster article, here are 10 real-life resume bloopers:
1. “Revolved customer problems and inquiries.” Just what every employer is looking for — an expert in passing the buck.
2. “Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.” Sales managers aren’t likely to be impressed with this self-proclaimed underachiever.
3. “Dramatically increased exiting account base, achieving new company record.” If customer accounts were leaving in droves as this statement implies, it’s probably fair to assume that this candidate also tanked as a top sales producer.
4. “Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.” Every hiring manager is searching for employees who exceed budgets by millions of dollars.
5. “Directed $25 million anal shipping and receiving operations.” This person is either showcasing compulsively stubborn management qualities, or he has a challenging product packaging/storage problem.
6. “Participated in the formation of a new telecommunications company.” This job seeker was also in charge of bubble control.
7. “Promoted to district manger to oversee 37 retail storefronts.” This is a common resume typo. There must be literally thousands of mangers looking for jobs in today’s modern world. Here’s a tip: Use your word-processing program’s find/replace feature to correct this common mistake. You can also modify your application’s spelling dictionary so it won’t recognize the word “manger.”
8. “Experienced supervisor, defective with both rookies and seasoned professionals.” Many of us have had a boss like this at some point in our careers, but you usually don’t find them being so frank about their leadership inadequacies.
9. “I am seeking a salary commiserate with my training and experience.” There are a couple problems with this statement. To begin with, salary requirements don’t belong on a resume. Secondly, a salary should be “commensurate” with experience (meaning proportionate to), not “commiserate” with (meaning to express sympathy for).
10. “Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.” Sounds like a fun job.