Think resume typos are no big deal? Last year, a temporary staffing firm interviewed 150 senior executives from some of the nation's largest companies. Forty percent of the respondents said that just one typo on a resume would cause the candidate to be eliminated. Thirty-six percent said it would take just two mistakes before the resume was put in the "no" pile. Here are some of my favorite resume bloopers. Obviously spell-check isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Objective: Seeking a party-time position with room for advancement
Professional headline: 1 year old marketing executive
Achievement: Planned new corporate facility at $3M over budget.
Explanation of employment gap: career break in 1999 to renovate my horse
References: Referees available upon request
Skills: I am a rabid typist
Strengths: Impersonal skills
Hobbies: Enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians
Education: College: August 1880 to May 1984
Cover letter: I would like to assure you that I am a hardly working person.
Objective: To have my skills and ethics challenged on a regular basis
Personal Information: Married, eight children, prefer frequent travel
Language Skills: Exposure to German for two years-but many words are inappropriate for business
Reason for leaving last job: the owner gave new meaning to the word paranoia
Achievements: Nominated for prom queen
Education: Finished eighth in a class of ten
Awards: National record for eating 45 eggs in two minutes
References: Bill, Tom, Eric - but I don't know their phone numbers
Salary: The higher the better
Cover letter: Please disregard the attached resume; it's totally outdated