HR Strange But True!
July 15, 2009

When 76 percent of executives say that one or two typos on a résumé can be enough to remove a candidate from consideration for a job, a jobseeker who included “my work ethics are impeachable” has probably sealed his or her fate.

That's actually one of the many egregious résumé errors that a recent survey by Accountemps uncovered.

The staffing firm conducted a survey that found that 40 percent of executives say it only takes one mistake on a résumé to rule a candidate out for a job. Another 36 percent of respondents said it takes two errors.

Fourteen percent of respondents said it would take 3 mistakes to remove a candidate from consideration, compared with 7 percent who said it took 4 or more mistakes.

Here are the other flagrant mistakes uncovered by the survey:

  • "Hope to hear from you, shorty."
  • "Have a keen eye for derail."
  • "Dear Sir or Madman."
  • "I'm attacking my résumé for you to review."
  • "I am a rabid typist."
  • "My work ethics are impeachable."
  • "Nervous of steel."
  • "Following is a grief overview of my skills."
  • "GPA: 34.0"

Got some of your own? Let us know about them and we'll use the best (or, in this case, the worst) in a future column.

Source: Accountemps

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