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Thirteen real life examples of extreme stupidity on display in CVs


Next time you write your CV (or résumé if you’re in the U.S), then be warned. On one hand your CV is a wonderful platform for promoting your abilities. On the other, it’s a Trojan horse in which your shortcomings can be smuggled into an organization or recruitment firm and unpackaged loudly in public –  particularly if your CV contains mistakes which are amusing or stupid.

We asked CV writing specialists City CV and CVKnowHow for examples of the most mirthful and ridiculous resume mistakes they’ve come across in recent times. They sent the 13 bloopers below.

  1. While working in this role, I had intercourse with a variety of people
  2. Hobbies enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians
  3. Failed bar exam with relatively high grades
  4. M&A Associate with Moogan Stanley.
  5. Education: University of Durham, August 1889 – May 1992
  6. Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse
  7. “Talented leader of business operations and people with 13 years’ experience.”
  8. I am great with the pubic
  9. Six years’ experience working for Credit Switz.
  10. My interests include cooking dogs and interesting people
  11. I am a rabid typist
  12. Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement
  13. Personal interests donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.

Comments (5)

  1. Thank you for sharing. I laughed in tears reading this short but extremely funny article.

  2. Dear Valentin. Get a life. Go outside, parks are nice

  3. My personal favourite was from somebody who had previously worked in a local hospital where his ‘duties included helping to disable people’.

  4. I bet that the people that wrote these howlers would have damaged the financial services industry less than that super duper smart people in charge taht helped cause the financial market meltdown.

  5. It works both ways. I wondered why an agency kept sending me for IT jobs in wine companies. It turned out that they had misread my CV which stated ‘Wide industry experience’!

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