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I got them resume blues

Most of us have gone job hunting at one time or another and have put together a resume. A good resume tells the prospective employer something about us. A bad resume does the same thing, only it’s probably not quite the message we want to send. The good folks at Fortune Magazine snipped some bits from resumes and cover letters that weren’t quite up to snuff. Enjoy

  1. “I demand a salary commiserate with my extensive experience.”
  2. “I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0 computor and spreadsheet progroms.”
  3. “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”
  4. “Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.”
  5. “Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions.”
  6. “Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.”
  7. “It’s best for employers that I not work with people.”
  8. “Let’s meet, so you can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over my experience.”
  9. “You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.”
  10. “Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”
  11. “I was working for my mom until she decided to move.”
  12. “Marital status: single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments.”
  13. “I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.”
  14. “I am loyal to my employer at all costs…Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voice mail.”
  15. “I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.”
  16. “My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meterology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.”
  17. “I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.”
  18. “As indicted, I have over five years of analyzing investments.”
  19. “Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.”
  20. “Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.”
  21. “Note: Please don’t miscontrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping’. I have never quit a job.”
  22. “Marital status: often. Children: various.”
  23. “Reason for leaving last job: They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 a.m. every morning. Could not work under those conditions.”
  24. “The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.”
  25. “Finished eighth in my class of ten.”
  26. “References: None. I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.”

Kmal and Mary passed this story along: A friend was preparing her cv. Having written it up she got her boyfriend, a graphic designer, to format it for her. He became bored during the process and substituted “cussin’, spittin’, fartin” for her interests which were along the lines of “sailing, reading, tennis”. He forgot to change it back. She didn’t notice and sent it out like that to a number of law firms and the supreme court. She did get a job in the end.

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