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What’s the Most Memorable Resume You’ve Received?

    A resume written in Klingon?  A resume scanned onto the top of a sheet cake?  A resume decorated with pink rabbits?  Applicants are getting creative (maybe too much so?) about how they are submitting resumes in a tight job market.

    CareerBuilder recently published a survey of 2,298 hiring managers who were asked about the most impressive, the most memorable, and the most unusual applications they had received.  A handful of the responses:

    • A cover letter talked about the candidate’s family being in the mob (no indication of whether the recruiter went into Witness Protection afterwards).
    • A resume in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, requiring that the tiles be manipulated to align the resume (candidate was hired).
    • A resume set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.”
    • A candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview at the candidate’s apartment.
    • A candidate claiming to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job based in Antarctica.
    • A resume from a candidate re-entering the job market after being a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant, and therapist (she was hired).

    On a more serious note, hiring managers reported that they would automatically dismiss a candidate’s resume for the following reasons:

    • Typos  – 61%
    • Large amounts of wording copied from the job posting – 41%
    • Lacking a listing of skills – 30%
    • More than two pages long – 22%
    • Printed on decorative paper – 20%
    • Includes a photo – 13%
    • Large blocks of text with little white space – 13%

    Recruiters and hiring managers can clearly afford to be more choosy in rejecting resumes that during previous hiring periods when applicants were scarce. Forty percent of managers report that they spend less than one minute reviewing a resume.  Fair or not, it’s the job market we’re living in at the moment.  Piece of cake, anyone?