Putting Your Worst Foot Backward

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Unemployment rates may ebb and flow, but there's never a shortage of unfortunate resume blunders making their way to hiring managers. Job-seekers should take note that attempts to land that dream position may be foiled if they don't take proper care when preparing resumes.

"Resumania" is the term hiring expert Robert Half, founder of Accountemps, a nationwide temporary staffing service for accounting, finance, and bookkeeping, coined to describe the sloppy mistakes, typos, and use of inappropriate information in job candidate's resumes, employment applications, and cover letters. Some recent examples he has collected include:

* "Excellant at people oriented positions and organizional problem solving." (But not so good at proofreading.)

* "I am a great team player I am." (And I do not like green eggs and ham!)

* "I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0, computor, and spreadsheat programs." (But have yet to master the spell check.)

* "Very experienced with out-house computers." (Where did they find an extension cord that long?)

Lynn Taylor, a vice president at Accountemps, advises job candidates against relying solely on computer spelling and grammar checkers instead of careful proofreading. …