You may have seen various resume or cover letter bloopers posted online. At Integrated Staffing, we have seen several as well. The following were received in just a two week period:
- Skills: Pulled orders in an accurate and time consuming manner.
- Experience: Not willing to relocate anywhere. Candidate did not list any experience.
- Objective: To obtain a position at a [sic] Hotel. Candidate was applying for a warehouse production/assembly position.
- Objective: Any job will do
- Skills: Strong atention to detail and acuracy.
- Introduction: Im applying 4 whse job w/u.
- I am also looking for something else, as I do not trust this job will last. I have loyalty only to myself now.
- For contact information, candidate provided an email address that was a swear word.
To give you a few more ideas of what to avoid doing on your resume or cover letter, the following were taken from a list printed in Fortune Magazine:
- I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience.
- Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.
- Its best for employers that I not work with people.
- You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.
- I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.
- I am loyal to my employer at all costs…Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voice mail.
- I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.
- I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.
- Note: Please don’t miscontrue my 14 jobs as job-hopping. I have never quit a job.
- Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 a.m. every morning. Could not work under those conditions.
- The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.
- References: None. I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.
Be sure to take that second, or even third look at your resume and cover letter!