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Worst Resume Ever

Feb 15 2017

Worst Resume Ever

7. Oh, the “Ironey”

Typos and misspellings on resumes are critically poor form, but they happen with surprising frequency. Robin Goldstein, founder of JobSparker comes across a particular misspelling often: detail-oriented.


6. What Have You Done For Me Lately

“Showcasing your experience is important, but putting things on your resume that date further back than five years becomes unnecessary and unimportant. You can explain all of your skills in your cover letter; stick to your most recent employment on your resume,” says Jordan Wan, CFA Founder/CEO of CloserIQ. Jordan reports repeatedly finding old and irrelevant experience on candidates’ resumes.


5. The Business Terminator

“The worst mistake that I’ve seen is a job seeker listing the reason that the job ended (similar to a job application) next to every position. Unfortunately, the reason was that the company closed every single time. This job seeker seemed like the “angel of death” for any company that would hire her.”

Lavie Margolin
Career Coach and Author of  “Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions”


4. Proud Parent

Karla Jobling, COO and founder of BeecherMadden, has come across the epitome of the doting parent- one that felt it nessicary to list their child’s achievments on their resume.

“That Eleanor, 22, is a concert pianist is lovely, but it isn’t going to get you this job,” said Karla.


3. “An Exercise in Excess”

It’s often debated, but one of the most common pieces of resume advice is that an applicant should limit it to a single page. The rule is often broken, but Awais Imran, Co-founder and Head of Content at PriceOye received a resume that may have been the most egregious flouting, ever.

A candidate sent a document that was 7 pages long and covered every single thing they’d done from primary school through their undergraduation.

“This was particularly amusing since the opening was for a Data Entry Operator with no qualification or prior experience requirements,” said Awais.


2. Oh Holy Resume

“I’ve seen a lot of resumes over the years, but one stands out. A young man once dropped his resume off in person. He seemed great during the minute I spoke with him between meetings. It was only after when I looked at his resume and saw the most glaring red flag I’ve ever seen: a gory vector illustration of the crucifixion filling the entire page.”

-Cori Carl, Communications Consultant


1. “My Big Brake”

Bianca De Rose and AccountTemps have seen all of the misspellings and typos you could ever care to. Here are some of her top highlights:


“I am graduating this Maybe.”
“I am looking for my big brake.”
“Referees available upon request.”
“My last employer fried me for no reason.”
“Objective: To secure a challenging position and accell in the accounting industry.”
“Work experience: academic tudor.”
“Earned a diploma from a very repudiated college.”
“Looking for a bass salary of $40,000.”

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