When so many resumes come across your desk, it’s nice to see a few that stand out. But these ones stood out for the wrong reasons.
A recent survey by CareerBuilder compiled a list of the oddest things candidates have included in their resumes. Some are so ill-conceived it looks like the candidate was trying hard to avoid getting a job. Others are so non-job-related, it’s hard to tell what the writer was thinking. The highlights:
- A candidate explained an arrest and conviction by saying, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.” (We’re guessing he or she was turned down because the company wanted someone with the ambition to steal a large pig.)
- Another mentioned that her sister had once won a strawberry eating contest.
- One guy said that he “works well nude.”
- A candidate mentioned that he couldn’t work on weekends because that’s “drinkin’ time.” (He probably doesn’t have to worry about having too much to do during the week, either.)
Read the entire list here.
The article doesn’t mention if any of those candidates were offered jobs. But they certainly got someone’s attention. Of course, some of those inclusions scream “Don’t hire me” (mentioning alcohol on a resume, for example), but they don’t all look like automatic deal-breakers.
Have you come across any weird resume items? Better yet, have you actually hired anyone who sent you a less-than-conventional resume? Let us know in the comments section.