15 of the wildest things to appear on resumes

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42% of employers would consider a candidate that met only three of five key qualifications for a specific position, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.

The recruitment company compiled some tall tales told on real-life resumes, ranging from the humorous typo to downright outrageous lies, adding that the people doing the hiring aren’t even that concerned with qualifications.

These include:

  • Applicant claimed to be a former CEO of the company to which they were applying.
  • Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver’s license for four years.
  • Applicant wrote “whorehouse” instead of “warehouse” when listing work history.
  • Applicant’s personal website linked to a porn site.
  • Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying “Hey you.”
  • Applicant vying for a customer service position gave “didn’t like dealing with angry customers” as the reason for leaving her last job.
  • User name of applicant’s email address was “2poopy4mypants.”
  • Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner.
  • Applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages – one of which was pig Latin.
  • Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time.
  • Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what “HVAC” meant.
  • Applicant said to have gotten fired “on accident.”
  • Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn’t exist.
  • Applicant listed as a reference an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant.
  • Applicant’s stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously.

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