Magazine article Personnel Journal

Candidates with Resume Bloopers Get Attention, but Usually Not Jobs

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Candidates with Resume Bloopers Get Attention, but Usually Not Jobs

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HAVE YOU EVER RECEIVED A resume from a rabid typist? What about one from a quick leaner? For more than 40 years, Robert Half, the founder of Accountemps temporary service, has been collecting resumes that have what he calls resumania. Despite proofreaders and computer spell checks, errors in resumes and cover letters abound. Some examples from Hall's file include:

*"Education: College, August 1880-May 1984"

*Here are my qualifications for you to overlook"

*Thanks for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty"

*Strengths: Ability to meet deadlines while maintaining composer"

*Work Experience: Maintained files and reports, did data processing, cashed employees' paychecks"

*Personal: Married 20 years, own home, along with a friendly mortgage company"

*"CPA licensed to practice in the state of Florida in February 1985"

*"Education: B.A. in Liberal Arts."

In addition to collecting resumes that have typographical errors and improperly used words, Half keeps those that provide facts that impede the job search. …

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