Stupidity or Brilliance?

May 4, 2007 by  

A CareerBuilder survey of hiring managers uncovered these “Top 12 Odd Resume Inclusions.”

  1. Candidate included that he spent summers on his family’s yacht in Grand Cayman.
  2. Candidate attached a letter from her mother.
  3. Candidate used pale blue paper with teddy bears around the border.
  4. Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying it was because he was getting over the death of his cat for three months.
  5. Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday was “drinkin’ time.”
  6. Candidate included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
  7. Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring manager’s gift.
  8. Candidate’s hobbies included sitting on the levee at night watching alligators.
  9. Candidate included the fact that her sister once won a strawberry eating contest.
  10. Candidate explained that he works well nude.
  11. Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
  12. Candidate included family medical history.

It is important that a hiring manager not discriminate against a candidate because they included something strange in their resume.

When reading resumes like this, and subsequently interviewing candidates, it is also important to consider your corporate culture. Introducing a personality like candidate eight, who enjoys sitting on the levee at night watching alligators, may bring new life to a monotonous day at the office.

LOL. I am speechless. Were these brilliant tactics to stand out from the crowd or the result of a lack of common sense?

Fortunately (or not) the resumes that fly across my screen tend to be less colorful.


2 Responses to “Stupidity or Brilliance?”
  1. Vinny says:

    Funny stuff.

    In my previous position, I was hiring Teaching Assistants and Clerical Staff. I sat on the committee for one gentleman, but did not run the interview. I had not said a word except “hello”. However, for the entire interview, he addressed his remarks to me, the only male on the panel.

    Another interview had a gentleman who never looked at a single person. Still another had a woman who, in mid-interview, had her contact lens shoot across the table. Another woman showed up in sweats and untied work boots. One clerical candidate had a resume that was clearly quite short, but was spread across 5 pages because she could not get it formatted properly. She was applying for… (wait for it)… a Secretary/Typist position.

    I was continually amazed.

  2. Roland says:

    Vinny, you found me! Thanks for the post. We had a guy once who started wearing open toe shoes (sandals, flip flops) to the office. But he didn’t come to the interview that way. He pulled a bait and switch on us.