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Weird Resume: What Works And What Didn’t

Manisha Goel
Candidates searching for job have many fears in mind and an ignored resume is one of them. Everyone wants their resume to be noticed by the recruiters. Hence, they make a few wicked mistakes or deliberately make them to catch the eye of the reader. But if these ridiculous CVs and cover letters are of indication, it seems that anyone who is applying for job is not putting his/ her best foot forward.

Employers also agree with this as they get flooded with resumes and it's difficult to remember all before making a call for interview. Any wicked mistake in the resume or differently drafted resume does catch their eye, but the chances of them giving an interview call may also reduce. Applicants forget that on the basis of the resume, their skills and cognitive power is assessed by the recruiter. Recruiters doubt what a person will bring on board who cannot even design his CV effectively.

A CareerBuilder survey of 2,300 hiring managers provides real-life examples of resumes that stood out for the right (and wrong) reasons. Hiring managers in the CareerBuilder survey cited these losing lines:
Candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview him at his apartment. Candidate's cover letter talked about her family being in the mob. Candidate's resume included phishing as a hobby. Candidate specified that her resume was set up to be sung to the tune of "The Brady Bunch." Candidate highlighted the fact that he was "Homecoming Prom Prince" in 1984. Other candidates cited in the CareerBuilder survey tried a creative approach, made a positive impression and, in some cases, were ultimately hired. These include the candidate who: Sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik's Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the resume. He was hired. Had been a stay-at-home mom and 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. Created a marketing brochure promoting herself as the best candidate. She was hired. While applying for a food and beverage management position, sent a resume in the form of a fine-dining menu. He was hired.
So, the essence of the story is, making a different CV is not wrong but make it relevant to the job you are applying for. If your job requires you to be creative, then making a differently creative CV may increase the chances of getting an interview call.

Here we are sharing some weird CVs that we come across and were not hired:

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