Examples of CV Mistakes That Should Never Have HappenedWe can’t overstate how important it is to spellcheck a CV before you send it. Better still, get someone else to do it as well. A second set of eyes will pick out things you missed, and will result in a much better end product.
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Another prime example of CV hilarity crossed the desk of an agency recruiting for supermarket section managers.
“I was responsible for dissatisfied customers.”
This next one formed the last line in what was regarded as a very good CV sent in application for a teacher in North Yorkshire.
“My interests include cooking dogs and interesting people.”
This person applying for a civilian post with the Ministry of Defence didn’t get an interview.
“As security guard my job is to pervert unauthorised people from coming onto the site.”
This call centre job in Brighton might have been just the place for this person, except they were excluded almost immediately after reading this line.
“My role involved coaching and mentioning.”
A publisher in Wiltshire saw this CV, and it promptly found its way onto the internet, to much hilarity. As examples of CV mistakes go, this is a good one.
“I have excellent editing and poof-reading skills.”
The recruiter for a large hotel chain in London was tempted for a moment.
“I relieved the conference manager.”
This is an old one, but still a good one.
“I am a prooficient typist.”
This person was trying to get a job as a waitress in an Argentinean restaurant in London. I think they were referring to multiculturalism rather than the décor.
“Socially I like to dine out with different backgrounds.”
This next one wasn’t for a doctor or nurse, but for a fast food chain. Lost in translation I think.
“I get well with all types of people.”
This next application is one of the prime examples of CVs that weren’t proof read. This could cause trouble. It was an application for the Benefits Agency too.
“I was responsible for fraudulent claims.”
A recruitment agency working on behalf of a conference organiser did forward this CV on to the employer, but only because they knew each other well.
“While working in this role, I had intercourse with a variety of people.”
It’s a shame this next CV wasn’t for a chef or sommelier, it was in fact for an IT engineering job in Wolverhampton.
“Highly adept at multi-tasting.”
This final one is my favourite. When it comes to examples of CVs that got it wrong, this is a classic. It was received in application for a role as a shop assistant in a chain store in Swindon.
“Left last four jobs only because the managers were completely unreasonable.”
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