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CV Bloopers

Aug 25, 2016 | Blog

After such a serious 5-part series of posts, we thought this week we would bring some humour into your week.


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Now, we’re always spouting advice about what to put on your CV, how to fill gaps, how to enhance the unimpressive aspects and how to present your biggest achievements. This week, we’ve been scouring the internet looking for the wackiest things people have put on their CVs and we’ve chosen 10 of our favourites to share with you. Thankfully, none of these have ever featured in any of the CVs we take in!





“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.” – from Resume Hell. Remember that thing we’re always saying about proof-reading your CV? Maybe even getting someone else to do it?

“Married, 8 children, prefer frequent travel” – from UnderCover Recruiter. We’re saying nothing…

“Candidate included a letter from his mother.” – from Career Builder – While that’s very nice of her, it’s not quite standard practice…unless she happens to be his boss, perhaps? But isn’t that kind of true of mothers in general?

“Candidate included family medical history.” – Another one from Career Builder. Background checks are pretty thorough, but not that thorough!

“Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail” – from The Washington Post. Attention to detail fail.

Why Interested in Position: “to keep my parole officer from putting back me in jail” – From Ask Annie. Points for honesty!

“Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.” – From Resume Power. It’s quite important to make sure you know the meaning of the words you use!

“None of my references really like me, so please don’t believe what they say.” – From The Job Network. Not the way to handle this situation…

“I came up with the idea for Windows.” – Another one from The Job Network. There’s enhancement, there’s exaggeration and then there’s this!

“I bake great cakes and will share if you give me this job.’ It was for a mortgage banking position.” – From HR Morning. While cakes are the answer to many things in life, this is not one of those things.

There were so many to choose from, so if you liked this post and want to see more, drop us a comment!



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