Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Impressions

It's the 21st century.  We live in a world of text-speak and tweets, screen crawls and captions.  So what does it matter if a typo slips in now and then?

Oh, believe me.  It does matter.  In the business world, professionalism is the norm, the standard.  Much as I'd like to unleash a tirade about the lack of overall professionalism exhibited by some employers in the current job market, this blog is not about that.  It's about things like unprofessional spelling errors and bad grammar that make a person look like an amateur.  

Your resume is often the first thing a potential employer sees.  The adage "You only have one chance to make a good first impression" certainly applies here, but it's amazing how many people blow it.

The following resume bloopers come from: http://jobmob.co.il/blog/funniest-resume-mistakes/

“Career break in 1999 to renovate my horse” (Resume Hell)

Hobbies: “enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians” (Resume Hell)

“I’m intrested to here more about that. I’m working today in a furniture factory as a drawer” (Resume Hell)

Objective: “career on the Information Supper Highway” (Ask Annie)

Experience: “Stalking, shipping & receiving” (Ask Annie)

“I am great with the pubic.” (Ask Annie)

“bi-lingual in three languages” (Ask Annie’s)

“Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.” (ResumePower.com)

“Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.” (ResumePower.com)

“Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.” (Fortune Magazine)

“Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.” (Fortune Magazine)

Languages: “Speak English and Spinach.” (Resumania)

Experience: “Demonstrated ability in multi-tasting.” (Resumania)

Additional skills: “I am a Notary Republic.” (Resumania)

"I have no patience for sloppywork, carelessmistakes and theft of companytime.” (Resumania)

Is it any wonder some people don't get hired?

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