HR Strange But True!
November 03, 2011

In a previous SBT, we listed a few of the worst résumé mistakes an applicant can make. Not surprisingly, spelling and grammatical errors made the list. Here are three tales submitted by readers of résumés that would make your grade-school English teacher cringe.

Story 1

“I recently had a résumé submitted that contained many spelling and grammatical errors. I responded to the candidate, stating that I was concerned he would be writing customer correspondence, yet his résumé was rife with errors. He responded, ‘I am a little confused about the spelling errors because I didn't see any errors, the things that were underlined in green are just Word suggesting the writer to look at … all the words that were underlined in green made sense. I always do spell-check ...’ Wow, at least he's confident!”

Story 2

“I have received several résumés in which the applicants spelled their own names incorrectly. One of these was for a marketing position, which required excellent writing and proofreading skills and attention to detail.”

Story 3

“An assembly applicant said they knew how to work in a face paste environment. I can only assume that this applicant meant fast paced as the job posting listed it.”

Thanks for submitting your stories, SBT readers!

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