Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hiring Managers' Most Memorable Resume Submissions

In a recent CareerBuilder survey, hiring managers were surveyed on the most unusual resumes that they have received from today’s candidates. With a competitive job market, many job seekers are taking risks with their resumes, hoping to stand out from the crowd. But are they going too far?

When asked about the most impressive applications they received, hiring managers gave the following answers: 
  • Candidate sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the resume. He was hired.
  • Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist. She was hired.
  • Candidate created a marketing brochure promoting herself as the best candidate and was hired.
  • Candidate listed accomplishments and lessons learned from each position. He gave examples of good customer service he provided as well as situations he wished he would have handled differently. He was hired.
  • Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a resume in the form of a fine-dining menu and was hired.
  • Candidate crafted his resume to look like Google search results for the “perfect candidate.” Candidate ultimately wasn’t hired, but was considered. 
However, a job seekers’ attempt at being creative and clever can backfire quickly. When hiring managers were asked to share the most memorable applications, they recalled the following examples of candidates who went a little overboard:  
  • Candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview him at his apartment.
  • Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob.
  • Candidate applying for a management job listed “gator hunting” as a skill.
  • Candidate’s resume included phishing as a hobby.
  • Candidate specified that her resume was set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.”
  • Candidate highlighted the fact that he was “Homecoming Prom Prince” in 1984.
  • Candidate claimed to be able to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job to work in Antarctica.
  • Candidate’s resume had a photo of the applicant reclining in a hammock under the headline “Hi, I’m _____ and I’m looking for a job.”
  • Candidate’s resume was decorated with pink rabbits.
  • Candidate listed “to make dough” as the objective on the resume.
  • Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly.
  •  Candidate’s cover letter contained “LOL.”
It is common for an occasional “different” resume to cross your desk, but if you find yourself with more than your share of resumes highlighting their familial mob ties or self-proclaimed “dee-tail-oriented” personality, it may be a mistake on your part. Step back and evaluate why the candidates you need are not attracted to your company. It may be something as simple as changing a job description on a job posting to find the right fit. 
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