People write the strangest things on their resumes, sometimes downright hysterical. Why should only recruiting managers get to laugh at these? The Top 10 are at the bottom. Enjoy!
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From Resume Hell:

  1. “Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse”
  2. “1990 – 1997: Stewardess – Royal Air Force”
  3. Hobbies: “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians”
  4. “Service for old man to check they are still alive or not.”
  5. Cleaning skills: “bleaching, pot washing, window cleaning, mopping, e.t.c”
  6. “Job involved…counselling clientele on accidental insurance policies available”
  7. “2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people”
  8. “I'm intrested to here more about that. I'm working today in a furniture factory as a drawer”
  9. “I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”
  10. “Time is very valuable and it should be always used to achieve optimum results and I believe it should not be played around with”
  11. “I belive that weakness is the first level of strength, given the right attitude and driving force. My school advised me to fix my punctuality…”

From's 10 Wackiest Resume Blunders:

  1. Candidate included a letter from his mother.
  2. Candidate stated the ability to persuade people sexually using her words.
  3. Candidate wrote résumé as a play – Act 1, Act 2, etc.
  4. Candidate included naked picture of himself.

From Amy Joyce on Resume Bloopers:

  1. “Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail”
  2. Woman who sent her résumé and cover letter without deleting someone else's editing, including such comments as “I don't think you want to say this about yourself here”

From Ask Annie's article about resume blunders:

  1. “an applicant ghosted a headshot as the background to her resume”
  2. Other Interests: “Playing with my two dogs (They actually belong to my wife but I love the dogs more than my wife)”.
  3. “One applicant used colored paper and drew glitter designs around the border”
  4. Hobbies: “getting drunk everynight down by the water, playing my guitar and smoking pot”
  5. Why Interested in Position: “to keep my parole officer from putting back me in jail”
  6. A woman had attached a picture of herself in a mini mouse costume
  7. Hobbies: “Drugs and girls”.
  8. Under “job related skills” – for a web designer – “can function without additional oxygen at 24,000 feet”.
  9. My sister-in-law misspelled the word “proofreading” in her skill set.
  10. The objective on one recent resume I received stated that the applicant wished to pursue a challenging account executive position with our rival firm.
  11. Objective: “career on the Information Supper Highway”
  12. Experience: “Stalking, shipping & receiving”
  13. “I am great with the pubic.”
  14. A candidate listed her e-mail address as pornstardelight@*****.com
  15. The applicant listed her name as Alice in the resume but wrote Alyce on the onsite application.
  16. One candidate's electronic resume included links to her homepage, where the pictures were of her in the nude.
  17. “…sent out my resume on the back side of a draft of a cover letter to another firm…”
  18. “My duties included cleaning the restrooms and seating the customers.”
  19. One applicant for a nursing position noted that she didn't like dealing with blood or needles.
  20. Achievements: “Nominated for prom queen”
  21. I once received a resume with a head and shoulders picture in the top left of the first page. The picture was of a lion's head, wearing a coat, shirt, and tie.
  22. a resume… was printed on the back of the person's current employer's letterhead.
  23. One resume that came across my desk stated how the individual had won a contest for building toothpick bridges in middle school.
  24. A resume… had several grease stains and a smudge of chocolate on it
  25. Hobbies: “Having a good time”

From's Top 12 Wackiest Resume Blunders:

  1. Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying it was because he was getting over the death of his cat for three months.
  2. Candidate's hobbies included sitting on the levee at night watching alligators.
  3. Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
  4. Candidate included family medical history.

From's Avoid These Resume Bloopers:

  1. “nine-page cover letter accompanied by a four-page résumé”
  2. “One applicant tried to make an impression by using four different fonts, three ink colors and a variety of highlighting options on her résumé”

From's Ten Classic Resume Bloopers:

  1. “Revolved customer problems and inquiries.”
  2. “Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.”
  3. “Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.”
  4. “Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.”

From HotJobs' Real-life Resume Blunders to Avoid:

  1. “I often use a laptap.”
  2. “Able to say the ABCs backward in under five seconds.”
  3. “I am a wedge with a sponge taped to it. My purpose is to wedge myself into someone's door to absorb as much as possible.”

From Fortune Magazine via

  1. “Finished eighth in my class of ten.”
  2. “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”
  3. “Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.”
  4. “Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.”
  5. “Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”
  6. “It's best for employers that I not work with people.”
  7. “Let's meet, so you can ‘ooh' and ‘aah' over my experience.”
  8. “I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.”
  9. “You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.”
  10. “I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.”
  11. “Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.”
  12. “Marital status: often. Children: various.”
  13. “I am loyal to my employer at all costs..Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voice mail.”
  14. “Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.”

From Resumania's Archive:

  1. Job Duties: “Answer phones, file papers, respond to customer e-mails, take odors.”
  2. Interests: “Gossiping.”
  3. Favorite Activities: “Playing trivia games. I am a repository of worthless knowledge.”
  4. Skills: “I can type without looking at thekeyboard.”
  5. Employer: ” Myself; received pay raise for high sales.”
  6. Objective: “I want to play a major part in watching a company advance.”
  7. Experience: “Chapter president, 1887-1992.”
  8. Experience: “Demonstrated ability in multi-tasting.”
  9. Experience: “I'm a hard worker, etc.”
  10. Languages: “Speak English and Spinach.”
  11. Reason for leaving: “I thought the world was coming to an end.”
  12. Additional skills: “I am a Notary Republic.”
  13. Objective: “So one of the main things for me is, as the movie ‘Jerry McGuire' puts it, ‘Show me the money!'”
  14. Skills: “I have integrity so I will not steal office supplies and take them home.”
  15. Objective: “To hopefully associate with a millionaire one day.”
  16. Skills: “I have technical skills that will take your breath away.”
  17. Qualifications: “I have guts, drive, ambition and heart, which is probably more than a lot of the drones that you have working for you.”
  18. Objective: “I need money because I have bills to pay and I would like to have a life, go out partying, please my young wife with gifts, and have a menu entrée consisting of more than soup.”
  19. Qualifications: “Twin sister has accounting degree.”
  20. Experience: “Have not yet been abducted by aliens.”
  21. Skills: “Written communication = 3 years; verbal communication = 5 years.”
  22. Objective: “I would like to work for a company that is very lax when it comes to tardiness.”
  23. Education: “I possess a moderate educatin but willing to learn more.”
  24. Education: “Have repeated courses repeatedly.”
  25. Salary requirements: “The higher the better.”
  26. Salary desired: “Starting over due to recent bankruptcies. Need large bonus when starting job.”
  27. Bad traits: “I am very bad about time and don't mind admitting it. Having to arrive at a certain hour doesn't make sense to me. What does make sense is that I do the job. Any company that insists upon rigid time schedules will find me a nightmare.”
  28. References: “Bill, Tom, Eric. But I don't know their phone numbers.”
  29. Work experience: “Two years as a blackjack and baccarat dealer. Strong emphasis on customer relations – a constant challenge considering how much money people lose and how angry they can get.”
  30. Personal: “I limit important relationships to people who want to do what I want them to do.”
  31. Objective: “Student today. Vice president tomarrow.”
  32. Accomplishments: “Brought in a balloon artist to entertain the team.”
  33. Application: Why should an employer hire you? “I bring doughnuts on Friday.”
  34. Achievements: “First runner-up for Miss Fort Worth, 1982.”
  35. Reason for leaving: “Pushed aside so the vice president's girlfriend could steal my job.”
  36. Special skills: “I've got a Ph.D. in human feelings.”
  37. Reason for leaving last job: “Bounty hunting was outlawed in my state.”
  38. Experience: “Any interruption in employment is due to being unemployed.”
  39. Objective: “To become Overlord of the Galaxy!”
  40. Objective: “What I'm looking for in a job: #1) Money #2) Money #3) Money.”
  41. Hobbies: “Mushroom hunting.”
  42. Experience: “Child care provider: Organized activities; prepared lunches and snakes.”
  43. Objective: “My dream job would be as a professional baseball player, but since I can't do that, I'll settle on being an accountant.”
  44. Awards: “National record for eating 45 eggs in two minutes.”
  45. Heading on stationery: “I'd Break Mom's Heart to Work For You!”
  46. “I am a ‘neat nut' with a reputation for being hardnosed. I have no patience for sloppywork, carelessmistakes and theft of companytime.”
  47. Experience: “Provide Custer Service.”
  48. Experience: “I was brought in as a turnaround consultant to help turn the company around.”
  49. Strengths: “Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer.”
  50. Work experience: “Responsibilities included checking customers out.”
  51. Work experience: “Maintained files and reports, did data processing, cashed employees' paychecks.”
  52. Educational background: “Highschool was a incredible experience.”
  53. Resume: “A great management team that has patents with its workers.”
  54. Cover letter: “Experienced in all faucets of accounting.”
  55. Objective: “I am anxious to use my exiting skills.”
  56. Personal: “I am loyal and know when to keep my big mouth shut.”
  57. Job duties: “Filing, billing, printing and coping.”
  58. Application: “Q: In what local areas do you prefer to work? A: Smoking.”
  59. Reason for leaving: “Terminated after saying, ‘It would be a blessing to be fired.'”
  60. Personal: “My family is willing to relocate. However not to New England (too cold) and not to Southern California (earthquakes). Indianapolis or Chicago would be fine. My youngest prefers Orlando's proximity to Disney World.”
  61. Resume: “I have a lifetime's worth of technical expertise (I wasn't born – my mother simply chose ‘eject child' from the special menu.”
  62. Resume: “Spent several years in the United States Navel Reserve.”
  63. Qualifications: “I have extensive experience with foreign accents.”
  64. “I am fully aware of the king of attention this position requires.”
  65. References: “Please do not contact my immediate supervisor at the company. My colleagues will give me a better reference.”
  66. “Worked in a consulting office where I carried out my own accountant.”
  67. Accomplishments: “My contributions on product launches were based on dreams that I had.”
  68. Career: “I have worked with restraints for the past two years.”
  69. Experience: “My father is a computer programmer, so I have 15 years of computer experience.”
  70. Education: “I have a bachelorette degree in computers.”

JobMob Top 10

  1. Application: How large was the department you worked in with your last company? “A: 3 stories.” (Resumania)
  2. A resume listed a skill as “being bi-lingual in three languages” (Ask Annie's)
  3. Background: “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).” (Resumania)
  4. In the section that read “Emergency Contact Number” she wrote “911.” (Ask Annie's)
  5. Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring manager's gift. (
  6. Languages: “Fluent in English. Also I have been heard muttering Gibberish in my sleep.” (Resumania)
  7. “Directed $25 million anal shipping and receiving operations.” (
  8. On one of our applications, a girl wrote ” I'm 16, I'm pregnant and I can do anything.” At the same time she turned in her application, her boyfriend handed in his. On his: “Felony for breaking and entering.” (Ask Annie's)
  9. “One candidate included clipart on their resume of two cartoons shaking hands.” (Ask Annie's)
  10. Application: “On the line that asked what “sex” he was, he wrote “occassionally”.” (Ask Annie's)

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  3. Brad Shorr

    These are hilarious – and horrifying if you were the author. It’s always a good idea to have someone else proofread your stuff.

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  5. Sucker

    Haha that’s hilarious!

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  9. goldman

    i enjoyed reading your commentaries especialy on blunders that prospective employees make on their resumes, it was quite informative. may you please send me information on how to write the resume(especialy the lay out and how to present it.

  10. Jacob Share

    Hi Goldman, glad you enjoyed the read. You can find more tips from the JobMob archives about resume writing. Also, we’ve bookmarked some great links in the JobMob account.

  11. Recruitnik

    People outside recruitment don’t understand we can not make this stuff up!

  12. Bernard

    I dont understand what is funny about Resume Hell No 2???

  13. Jacob Share

    Recruitnik- I know. Great, isn’t it? You guys are lucky, not everyone gets such comic relief on the job.

    Bernard- It’s the visual of a stewardess in the fighter cockpit

  14. FunnyList

    29. Work experience: “Two years as a blackjack and baccarat dealer. Strong emphasis on customer relations – a constant challenge considering how much money people lose and how angry they can get.”

    Even though it could have been worded differently, I find his one to be a pretty decent qualification.

    “Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail”
    This one is just perfect.

  15. Anna

    Oh boy these are really funny! Anna 🙂 PS got your blog link from Robyn’s Brain Based Biz.

  16. Jacob Share

    Glad you laughed, Anna. Thanks for telling me about Robyn’s site, I just Stumbled it. Her article is also funny

  17. Meirav

    This one is supper..
    “Let’s meet, so you can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over my experience”

  18. Andrew Milner

    “Son of God”
    Taking comment by Mullah rather too literally.
    “We are all sons of God.”

  19. Clive Harris

    A couple of years ago, when applying for a job designing electronic surveillance equipment, I included in my application letter the fact that I had just obtained a pilot’s licence. They offered me the job!

    Sometimes, adding something unusual to a job application can help. In my case, I was trying to prove that, at 49, I wasn’t yet “over the hill”, and I could manage stressful situations.

  20. caro

    I have had a wonderful giggle at some of the above. Good fun to read. Thank you for letting us enjoy them. Very funny, made my afternoon!

  21. Jacob Share

    Clive- great success tip, thanks!

    caro- glad you enjoyed the list. I had a lot of fun putting it together. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy some of the other funnies under the ‘Best Of’ tab here above on the right.

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  23. Dan

    Ermm… I’ve already heard or seen most of these, and I’m not in recruitment. Then – I’m the guy in the office with Dilbert on my cubicle walls.

    Expand and organize, there’s a whole lot more stupidity going out there on resumes.

  24. Mr. Martin Sands

    “I am a ‘neat nut’ with a reputation for being hardnosed. I have no patience for sloppywork, carelessmistakes and theft of companytime.”

    I think this guy worked for me at my last job!!!

  25. Rohan Dhruva

    Nice collection.. Interesting read 🙂

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  27. Chimbles

    Some people are just too much, this is hilarious! LOL

  28. JOhn Thomas

    LOL, looks like they took several of those bloopers from my Resume! LOL


  29. Tom Howarth

    very funny, appart from the fact that the RAF does acutally have stewardess, they serve on the RAF’s Tristar fleet.

    “1990 – 1997: Stewardess – Royal Air Force”

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  32. babino

    I don’t understand why 1990 – 1997: Stewardess to the royal air force is funny? There are stewardess’ in the air force.

  33. Tom Howarth

    Yes, I think you will also find they are in the Royal Canadian Airforce as well, the RAF’s Tristar fleet is used to do troop transport to locations like the Falklands, Belize etc and operates form Brize Norton. it operates almost as a scheduled airline, it is just operated by the military In fact if you visit the Falklands and travel by air you will actually travel CrabAir 🙂

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  35. confidential

    OMFG, With all these people out there, no wonder I get so many call backs on my resume.

  36. Jacob Share

    babino and Tom – it’s just the visual of having a stewardess for a fighter pilot.

  37. Tom Howarth

    why not, there are women on the front line now, and the israelis have had active combat women for years, and damn good they look too. 🙂

  38. RP

    I also love mushroom hunting. If you’re quick with the old rifle you can sometimes bag 2 of the little suckers at the same time before they manage to scarper off behind a tree.

  39. Jacob Share

    Tom, I know, most of my Israeli army unit (not Air Force) were good-looking women. And Israel has female fighter pilots and male stewards, but there’s still no room for anyone to carry peanuts around in an F-16 or Harrier cockpit 😉

    CrabAir, what a great name if your planes tend to crash in the sea.

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  41. Yasser

    Too funny lol

  42. Malarkey

    Hey! #41 from Resumania’s Archive is “mushroom hunting,” which is totally fun and has nothing to do with hallucinogenics. Basically you walk around the woods looking for edible mushrooms, which is great if you’re like me and you enjoy walking around in the woods.

    I just went and found 3 morels on Saturday. I sauteed them in butter and they were delicious. The season’s almost over!

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  44. Greg

    All hilarious, but what’s depressing is I could see myself putting some of these in mine, since my art school insisted that we inject some personality in the “Interests” section

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  48. dodddddddd

    some of these are obviously jokes or little witty remarks to make the hiring manager laugh and get his attention, they shouldn’t be listed under “blunder”

  49. business

    Hahaa, I think one of those is mine.

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  53. Steph

    Great list. I loved reviewing resumes at my last job. Some of the things people wrote were just hysterical. My favourite was between the guy who wrote an 8-page resume/essay in full paragraph style or the guy who wrote about the porn store he used to own.

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  55. Amy

    I worked for a staffing company as a supervisor, so I saw a LOT of bad resumes. My favorite was from a college-aged girl named Candace. She had written her name vertically on her resume (where the work experience section normally is) and had written an adjective for each letter of her name, with an explanation.

    C – can do anything
    A – attentive to detail
    N – not afraid to go the extra mile
    D – delightful to work with
    A – always on time
    C – clean
    E – elegant

    It cracked the whole office up. I wanted to frame it and put it on the wall, but my boss wouldn’t let me. 🙂

    Amy @

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  57. steve

    My wife was the human resource director at a bank and they are always hiring tellers. One candidate’s cover letter stated that her previous experience in a retail store was a plus in that it gave her the opportunity to have “extensive intercourse with the public”. Classic!

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  59. ptitz

    whats so weird about mushroom hunting? its a fun hobby actually.

    i really liked this one

    Hobbies: “getting drunk everynight down by the water, playing my guitar and smoking pot”

    i mean… come on, most peoples hobbies would just include *layin on a couch all day watchun telly*. at least this guy is somewhat poetic.

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  63. Jim Olenbush

    Great post – some of these made me laugh out loud!

  64. Jacob Share

    Malarkey, ptitz – there’s nothing wrong with mushroom hunting, but it does sound funny. I used to put “mixology” in my resume’s Personal Interests but stopped doing it because it was having more of a negative impact than positive, and your resume should only leave a positive impression of you. In both cases, people were more apt to misunderstand the real meaning.

  65. Jacob Share

    steve- hysterical

    Amy – awesome. I love the C for Clean.

    Steph – I should add your examples to the list…better yet, I’ll make another one 🙂

  66. Jacob Share

    dodddddddd- the best way to get a hiring manager’s attention is by having a resume that corresponds to exactly what she’s hoping for, not by having her think you’re funny (unless that’s important for the job, of course). Like it or not, that’s reality.

  67. Jacob Share

    Greg- a lot of people give out that advice, but they don’t finish telling it all. To get serious for a moment…a resume is a sales document, the point of which is to get you an interview. Everything on it should be there to sell you to the hiring company. If you think that company wants to know about your art (for example), put it on there. If not or unsure, leave it off. And you should ask yourself those customization questions pretty much every time.

  68. Hugh

    Amy: I saw one like that recently too. This guy had his surname vertically, faded into the background, with words like that (I don’t have the CV here, so I couldn’t tell you the details).

    His email address was also vertically down the side of the page, meaning that I had to go through it letter by letter to figure out what it actually said.

    The CV itself was a flow-chart. I had to search through the boxes for the “previous experience” section to even figure out what kind of job this guy was applying for. Needless to say, we had a bit of a laugh about it, and, while I left it with the people who deal with this kind of thing, I seriously doubt he’ll be hearing anything back.

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  71. Job Quiz

    Very good knowledge for job seekers.Detailed and descriptive one.

  72. Jacob Share

    Hugh, your example sounds like one of the most time-consuming time-wasting resumes ever. A worst-case scenario. Glad you guys at least got a laugh out of it. If you have a scanned copy I’d love to post it here on JobMob after anonymizing it of course.

  73. Pete Aldin

    No wonder this has 93 comments now. I loved myself sick. “Responsibilities included checking customers out.”

    Well, I guess we could all put that one on a resume…

  74. cc review

    The best! “Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”

  75. Payaso Sardonico

    I wonder what was the position they were applying for ???

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  77. John Smith

    I had a resume come postage due! He got my attention! I hired him!!

  78. niaher

    Very funny! HR staff must really enjoy their job, having to meet such interesting people who are completely nuts.

  79. Dave Sharp

    I was interviewed once by a guy who looked and sounded exactly like Spicoli from “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”. I thought somebody was playing a joke on me, so I decided to treat the interview as such.

    He asked me what my greatest weakness was. I said “really good chinese food”. He laughed for about 30 seconds and then offered me the job.

  80. Ah

    this is one is the best !!!

    “I am a wedge with a sponge taped to it. My purpose is to wedge myself into someone’s door to absorb as much as possible.”

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  83. James

    This just get funnier and funnier. One an HR friend shared with me:

    “Yesterday I couldn’t spell executive. Today I are one.”

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  85. Barry

    I was hiring high school teachers when I encountered a resume that included “torturing middle school students” in its experience section. She got the job.

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  88. ErrHuman

    Before you laugh your coyote’s off, we are all human. Look at our president.

  89. Casey

    Okay I just got this one and had to post:

    This was the subject line of the email…
    [NAME DELETED] Resuem for Technical Writer

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  91. make extra money online

    Great post. My favorite is number 24, repeating courses again again.

    I once said during an interview that I always double check and triple check all of my calculations. I heard later on that I almost didn’t get the job because of that one statement.

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  93. Blogging Tips

    One of my friends went in for a job interview. They asked him why he wanted the job. He said, “I need money.”

    hahaha. Well, at least he was honest lol.

  94. Barry

    Interviewer: Do you ever get angry with co-workers?Interviewee: I don’t get angry, I get even.

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  96. lady mira

    sorry bt can u pls tell me what’s wrong abt hell resume # 2?? cz i ddn’t get ur point… PLSSS.. & if i send u mine, will u correct it??

  97. Jacob Share

    lady mira- it’s just the image of a stewardess in a fighter jet. It would be just as funny if it said “Steward – Royal Air Force”. About your question- if you’re a JobMob subscriber and send me your resume, I will give you some free tips on how to improve it. There are instructions on how to send it to me here.

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  99. Linda Duffy

    I have two favorites from my personal experience: (1) man in his forties wrote on his resume “Just completed an early midlife crisis and am anxious to reenter the workforce.”
    (2) woman wrote that her last employer was Pitney Bowels. Hhmmm…wonder if that had anything to do with her departure from the company!

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  101. BodoHL

    Hard to believe what many people write in the application. Very great work of this article. Thanks for the list.

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  104. Ki

    Those are pretty good. I love the

    Experience: “Stalking, shipping & receiving”

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  107. John

    Nice collection really funny.

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  110. Larissa Davis

    I loed some of the blooper..I liked the one cleans bathrooms and seats people. I don’t want a job like that.

  111. Julie Decker

    Asking Ainnie
    Number 4 Hobbies getting drunk every night down by the water,playing my guitar and smoking illrgal drug’s.

    I just couldn’t belive someone would put that on a resume the though of it is silly.

  112. Rob

    “finished 8 out of 10” classic, ha!

  113. Pardeep

    “Languages: “Speak English and Spinach.” I thought this one was the best, i couldn’t help but laugh the whole time.

  114. RitaRecruiter (Rita T. Recruiter)

    Funny resume blunder – “Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse” #resume #career #job

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  116. Matt

    Oh this is too funny! First rule, proof read!!

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  118. Duncan

    Some of those are absolutely brilliant. When is the book coming out?

  119. Jacob Share

    Duncan- you’re right. I should look into making a book of these. Thanks for the suggestion.

  120. dany

    2# “1990 – 1997: Stewardess – Royal Air Force” is not to bad, she just made the mistake of translating the companies name (
    never a good idea) But she’s just saying that she worked for KLM.

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  123. Craig P. Gill, Founder/CEO CPG & Associates

    As the Founder/CEO of a reputable Web Design and Internet Marketing Agency, I browse articles related to various business verticals frequently.This was a very interesting read. I enjoyed it very much…. Well done!

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  125. Ron

    In a resume for an entry level attorney job: “Intern with the pubic defender’s office.”

  126. francesca

    I do not speak English, but i enjoyed a lot . ha,ha…

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  131. Carol

    “Detail orientated” (so many people say “orientated” instead of “oriented”, but I usually never do). What a brain fart (or cosmic intervention).

    I put that in a resume once (way back when before computers were big, hair WAS big, and long before I learned Prof. Harmon’s rule on “marinating” your writing before re-checking. I wondered why out of 13 interviews only 12 gave me an offer until I re-read this one. Then again, the job was 100+ stories up at the World Trade Center so…

  132. monika

    Very funny..
    One should learn from others mistakes.

  133. Carol Ryder

    Funny mistake (VERY common one the even best writers make) I did in class I can laugh about now-the misuse of the possessive “their” when the subject of the sentence is singular. Now, this blunder annoys the crap out of me because a Prof (whose class I CALI’d but assumed I failed just before graduation), great guy, learned a lot but scary in class, stopped me in the middle of me even though I was answering a very concept no one else in the class could grasp well, I was called on a lot more than anyone else (even after I raised my hand a lot). He asked “…do I have the right to proper Eng in my class…I answered yes…then he said that I misued this twice in a couple of minuts and had to stop me. He corrected me on a VERY common mistake I have read/heard USSC judges, esteemed writers, etc. use -misue of the possessive “their”. If the subject is singular so is the possessive. Example “It is the father’s responsibility to their…therefore it is their right whether to…” No-“father” (subject) is singlular. If you have to, re-write the sentence to avoid the awkward he or she and do NOT write “their” there. You should have seen me turn beet red, sweat…Now it annoys me more than “He don’t have no money”, “I could care less” (instead of the proper “I couldn’t care less” or using “myself” to try and soound “fancy” (“Dancing with myself” “Playing with myself”- all proper english (and not that there is anything wrong with that) BUT “It was just my client and myself in the room”-NOT OK.

    1. Jacob Share

      Carol Ryder- thanks for sharing. Funny story and we learned something from it. Nice.

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  135. Laura Murchison

    Resume blunders can be devastating and in reality causes a loss of income that could have been avoided. It’s better to learn from other’s mistakes than create your own.

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    Hi, I am having difficulties loading your post. Just more or less 50 percent of this post appears to load, and the remaining is just blank. I am not really certain why…. but you may want to take a look. I’ll check back later on, this could be just a temporary server error.

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  141. K

    I work at an animal hospital. The best one I ever received was from a gentlemen that wrote under experience.
    “I worked with hores. I gave them shots and trained them”

  142. Charles Martey

    I was at an interview which had my ex as the interviewer…well we didnt talk about the job..we talked about old times..and I told her because of our past relationship I wouldnt feel good taking up the I declined it..but we re-connected..and I’m still with her..I got a job shortly afterwards too..Interesting world we live in

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  145. Barfo Rama

    “I finished ninth in my class of nine.” What I’d like to hear from Sotomayor.

  146. Patrick

    A resume blooper from old days as a manager… “sorted and disturbed all incoming mail.”

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  148. the man

    i was just on a network computer at my appt building and just found this very funny

    Zachary Knorr
    1100 Philadelphia Ave.
    Gilbertsville, PA 19525
    Pretty much in Zerns
    Hence Job!
    Seeking challenges that test my mind and body, since the two are usually inseparable. My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try the flooring field. I am trying for a entry level position? Maybe even laborer but I’m not crazy about working to hard and it really chaps my ass. My primary goal is to be recognized and have my skills and ethics challenged on a daily basis. Objective: I want a base salary of $50-$60,000 dollars, not including bonus. And some decent benefits. Like a retirement plan, health insurance, personal or sick days. I get sick a lot.

    Why you’re holding the resume of a truly outstanding candidate:
    Previous experience: Self employed …a fiasco.

    • My intensity and focus are at inordinately high levels, and with my ability to complete projects on time is unspeakable.
    • Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory; effective management skills and very good at math.
    • Transformed “difficult” customers into “irate” customers. It’s best for employers if I don’t work with people.
    • I’ve had exposure to the Germans for two years, but many words are inappropriate for business.
    • I am a pit-bull when it comes to analysis.
    • Reason for leaving last job, The owner gave new meaning to the word paranoia. I prefer to elaborate privately.
    • My ruthlessness terrorized the competition and can sometimes offend.
    • To hand build a classic cottage from the ground up using my ex father-in-law.
    • Successfully played “Chop Sticks” on a toy piano with my big toes.
    EDUCATION: Graduated top 66% of my class.
    1/2001-1/2002: (Don’t Judge me)
    • Thyping
    • Speak English
    • Getting rid of unruly clients
    • Experienced with transforming numerous office machines into things such as a coffee maker and can I make great lattes!
    • I’ve got a Ph.D. in human feelings
    • Operated Pitney Bones machine
    I vow to fulfill the goals of the company as long as I live. You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time. Looking for an employer that believes in prompting from within.

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  153. chinatl

    Yes, mushroom hunting is a real thing, but it still belongs on this list. The lesson here is if you have anything on your resume that’s not COMPLETELY common knowledge within the given industry, rephrase it, explain it, or remove it!

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  155. Dana

    I just had one where the applicant referred to himself in the 3rd person throughout out the resume. Quite surreal.

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  157. kaylie

    i luv tha’ simsons!

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  159. Willow Smith

    I lulzed.

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  161. Marcel

    ”Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse”

    Love this LOL

  162. shnitzi

    ”Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse”

    Love this LOL

  163. Jazzy

    Hilarious post, the crazy answers must keep the HR managers from falling asleep!

  164. Daitwice

    Can’t see what’s wrong with “1990 – 1997: Stewardess – Royal Air Force”. The job exists in the UK and could involve stewarding for many senior personnel including the monarch or Prime Minister. There must be similar positions in the US Air Force on board Air Force One etc.

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  168. Andrew H

    These are fantastic. This was my favorite: Other Interests: “Playing with my two dogs (They actually belong to my wife but I love the dogs more than my wife)”. I know how that guy feels!

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  173. Kate B

    I laughed so hard, tears came out, but bad spelling always makes me cry.

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  177. Renee

    Just the other day, I looked over a resume that said “Referees available upon request.”

    1. Jacob Share

      That was their way of inferring their hobbies & interests 🙂

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  179. Jonathan

    Where’s the problem in leaving 911 (or whatever number it is for your countries emergency services?) “Oh yes, I’ve broke my leg!” … “Do you want an ambulance?” … “No, just call my Aunty!” 🙂 Oh hell no!

  180. Nathan K Smith

    These are awesome! My favorite was s: “I am great with the pubic.”………with some words you miss one letter and it means something entirely different. Been there done that!

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