Bosses Reveal The Worst Thing They've Ever Seen On A Resume

Bosses Reveal The Worst Thing They've Ever Seen On A Resume

A resume or a CV are extremely important for the hiring process. It brings to light where you've been and where you hope to keep going. You get a sense of the person's skill set and what they would bring to the company.

But then resumes can go horribly, horribly wrong. Some things should never be told, let alone bragged about.

u/DogsDinner45 asked:

Bosses of reddit, what is the worst thing you have ever seen on a CV?

Here were some of those answers.

50. All Eyes On Us


The background of the resume consisted of a glamour shot of the applicant wearing a very low cut blouse.


49. A Rose By Any Other Name

One of my coworkers, a copy writer, received a 10,000 word My Little Pony fan fiction as a writing sample.


i can somewhat relate. i've gotten good results from writing video game reviews, but at times i feel that they're not taken seriously when i use them as writing samples for writing jobs outside of the gaming industry. Even if i do good job and don't come off as jokey in the reviews, i'm still reviewing video games.


48. The Glamour. 

So in China its really common for people to have glamour shots. We of course had one from this lady, her resume was "I'm a tall sociable lady, who gives good massages". Of course we hired her to be an engineer...


47. Nothing At All

Very bare CV. Added a hobby section which was their only thing on the 2nd page and all it said was:

"I used to like making models but I don't do it much over the last 3 years"


46.  Just Add it. 

When I applied for my current job I went to my dad as he has previously been a boss at the same company but a different department. He told me I should put my world of warcraft raid guild officer experience on my CV. He didn't quite get it but he said that all that organizing and coordination is going to get me far.

I reluctantly added it and hey, I got the job. Was an interesting thing to talk about during the interview.


45. Yikes On Bikes

People who claim 'attention to detail' as one of their greatest strengths yet have spelling mistakes all over their cv.


44. Insert Disappointment Here

I had one where the covering letter began with...

Dear [Insert Name Here]

I am applying for the position of [Insert Position Here].

If you can't even fill in a template covering letter correctly then I'm afraid your application is going straight in the round filing cabinet.


43. Basic Basic Skills Lacking

It was a horribly formatted, and by that I mean not at all, extremely non specific resume. It included "basic knife skills". I understand that that might be a good thing to have on a resume for food service but I work in IT.


I mean, IT can be super frustrating sometimes. Those knife skills might come in handy when dealing with someone who has no knowledge of tech.


42. Hmmm... No.

I didn't see the CV but I was called as a reference on a person who I had fired for rifling through my desk after hours. After I fired her she called my house and threatened to burn it down

... then she lists me as a reference on her next job. She didn't get it.


41. Misguided Equestrian

One time, a woman submitted her CV with a history that went all the way back to a science fair prize she won in 5th grade. No joke. Then some spelling bee she won in 8th grade, and on and on and on.

And every single one of her equestrian competitions.

And pictures (they were actual photographs, not links, this was in the late 90s) of her cheerleading squad.

The whole packet she sent in was about 20 pages long. I'd have tossed it but it was hilarious so I read the entire thing and it made its way all around the office.

It was a marketing job so I have no idea what she thought her 5th grade science project had to do with it. Needless to say she didn't get an interview, but I'm sure it would have been a fun one.


40. It's Good This was Caught

Not a boss but a colleague at a place I used to work at asked me to look over her cv.

Skimmed over name and address, read over the rest of the cv and was about to say yeah looks good to me.

Then her email address caught my eye : Anyholesagoal

After a few minutes of staring at the email address in disbelief, I turned and asked if that was her only email address she had to use?

"Yeah why what's wrong" was the reply

By then the whole team had looked at it and was losing it over the email address.

We did manage to convince her to create a new email address that was her first name.surname instead!


39. Now You've Prevented Yourself From Being Hired


Not on a CV, but I recall a guy who had done a 3rd party psychological profile of some sort.

For some reason he chose to attach it. There was nothing about it that looked particularily impressive or relevant. But it mentioned something about problems controlling anger, and great difficulty working in teams with other people.

He was applying for a position as a sales manager.

Why he chose to attach the report beats me completely, but I am glad he did!


38. The Queen's Dialect

Had an applicant claim to be bilingual based on speaking both American English and Received Pronunciation (RP) English.

The job didn't require him to be bilingual, he just wanted to put that out there.


37. Non-Uniform Looks

Anyone on JSA in the UK might remember the work programs etc, being handed out like candy in an attempt to get people into any damn job, didn't matter if they could do the work or not. I was put on one, where it was decided that my CV needed touching up by an "professional".

It was returned to me with no less than 3 different fonts and font sizes, half done address, uneven spacing and other issues that I can't remember. Currently 3 people that run CV workshops are using it as an example of a bad CV.


36. Guess We Know What He's Convicted Of


We had a section on the application...

"Have you ever been convicted of a felony? If yes, please describe the nature of the incident."

Now we hired basically anybody. (Gas station)

But one response that gave me pause was a guy who angerly scribbled out the entire section with a black pen. This same man had once followed me to my home, threatened my customers and employees, and tried to steal regularly. He was not given an interview.


35. This Ain't A Prank, This Is Real Life

Someone applied for a position at my work and cc'd me on the Resume, essentially so I could give them a reference. The Resume had such joys as:

  • [insert job here]
    • [insert experience here]
    • [insert experience here]
    • [insert experience here]

The bits they had actually filled out were all in lowercase and full of spelling errors. They also managed to spell their own name wrong. My boss came to me and asked if I was pranking her, I assured her that no this was a real application but I couldn't in good conscience recommend the person.


34. Not A Human Thesaurus

My boyfriend got a crazy CV in where it looked like this guy just basically used a thesaurus every third word to describe very mundane jobs like being a lot loader at Home Depot. It was INSANE and absolutely hilarious. I BEGGED him to interview the guy so I could hear what he was like in person but he wouldn't do it. Well a couple weeks later he told me the guy showed up in person to follow up on his application and the guy was not at ALL like he was on the CV. I was kind of disappointed to hear that.


33. Yo Mama

It was the most hilarious thing I've seen but not on the CV. An applicant emailed their CV, with their name appearing as 'Your Mum' in our inbox. The CV wasn't bad but given that we all did nothing but laugh about it that day, there was no way anyone could have handled interviewing them.


32. Skidmarks. 

Stains. Get your it together people. Red_Hooker_Hunter

I hope they weren't poo stains. Toilet paper is much cheaper. Groo32

31. In the Name. 

Nicknames. mrshardface

Ya, like if your employer asks for your address and there is a section for street name. They mean the name of the street that you live on... Not like your "street name" so don't put down "lil Thug" or whatever your crew calls you. FuriousLafond

30. The General.


That his father was an influential General in the Pakistan army. If you think that helps you get a job in Canada you're not going to fit in. rimshot99

That's probably how dude got everything in life. Lool. What a rude awakening when he realized no one cares about his daddy. yves_san_lorenzo

29. All Hail. 

"Future King of Scotland" It was an interview for an accountant. SkillzMans

28. The Mission. 

Applicant included their religion and where they went on a church "mission." Not what they did or how the experience might be applicable to the job... just that it happened (like 20 years ago). They were obviously expecting to gain favor for their religious affiliation. It actually had the opposite affect. anticipate_me

27. Bless U 2. 

We had a guy applying for a job in our shipping department. He stated he was fired from his last job for writing "God Bless America" on a crate going to Abu Dhabi. boxergirlop

26. Ahoy! 

Received a CV with nothing on it other than basic personal info and a picture of the guy's new boat. It was a nice boat thought. Tank1an

A guy with a boat is a guy who can't afford not to come into work. boxofsquirrels

25. Crayola. 

About 25 years ago, I was on the hiring committee for a marketing job... we literally got a resume in crayon.

Not creative crayon drawings to illustrate a playful grasp of marketing essentials. The applicant wrote out a standard resume in crayon. eilonwyhasemu

24. Statuses....


I had a girl write "Marital Status: Single" as her first qualification. ReflectedPower

I guess she felt she had to write that so that no one will have to worry about her taking maternity leave? someguy7734206

23. So Furry. 

Hobby section that listed furry cosplay. That was a bit too much info. Melikolo

22. It's Me! 

At my previous job (at a restaurant) a girl walked in to apply. First of all, she walked in with shopping bags as if she just went on a shopping spree. Then, when my manager asked her "do you have a CV?" She said the legendary words I will never forget:

"I AM the CV. I know it all by heart, so anything you want to know, you can ask me."

She said this like it was a brilliant idea nobody thought about before.

Like, no crap... of course you know YOUR CV by heart. It's a summary of YOUR life...

As this was going on, me and my colleague were placing bets how long she would last if they hired her. I said first week, he said after first week. Unfortunately we'll never know as she didn't get hired. ISureDoLikePickles

21. Tony Stark? Is that you?

Worst thing I've seen recently was a hobbies section that only included the line 'I am very interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe"

Ok. Doranael


I work with consultants so I have probably reviewed over 2000+ resumes in the last 5 years.

The worst - the absolute worst - was this guy I actually felt really bad for but who had NO business putting the personal news he did on his resume.

He had a 1 year gap on his resume that he marked as a sabbatical. Ok fine, but you're a consultant so no one really cares. But it went into the reasons for the sabbatical which were - I am paraphrasing - "To deal with the grief occasioned by the death of my wife and partner of 30+ years. I also took the time to pursue legal action against the surgeon for the sequence of errors that led to her untimely death."

YIKES! Bud, I feel bad for you, but you DON'T need that on your resume!!! your_highness

19. Oh Life. 

Education: "School of Hard Knocks" easyier

Or "University of Life" 6beesknees

18. One Percenter.


I had a guy who wrote that he was in the 1% of spelling and math geniuses in the world. For a delivery driver job. bravesgeek

17. Big Oil. 

Listed under Miscellaneous....

"My father is the CFO of [oil company]"

....okay? frivolousknickers

16. The Star.

Had someone rank their skills by giving themselves a star rating.

If you give yourself 5 stars in C you better be Brian Kernighan or the ghost of Dennis Ritchie cause to me that sounds like you think you know it inside and out. GabrielForth

15. Life Goals.

There are tons of terrible resumes I have seen. My favorite was in this girl's "Achievements" section:

"First in my family to graduate high school without getting pregnant." Xannin

14. Where to Begin. 

From a variety of places I've worked as a hiring manager:

One woman listed this under her Accomplishments: "I was doing great until i got pregnant and i had no idea what was slowing me down until i took a test. I told my manager and she fired me."

One person listed their previous job duties as: "I did everything that needed to be done."


The worst one I remember seeing listed only the following as their work history: "Babysitting, two months. Ice cream shop, three months. Babysitting, four months." That was literally it. No further details of where she'd actually worked (Really, "ice cream shop"? No name?) or when she worked, no educational info (I assumed she was just out of high school, but who knew?) just a name and phone number. We did not call her. TheCervus

13. A Good Chuckle. 

I'm not a boss, but I read a CV over my bosses shoulder once. It was handed in by a young girl who couldn't have been older then sixteen and the introduction paragraph was basically her going on about how 'she wouldn't be gaining a job, the job would be gaining her,' and 'she expected to move quickly up the company's ranks because anything less would be a waste of her skill and talent.' She sounded so obnoxious and stuck up that I was never happier when my boss chucked the whole five-page monstrosity in the bin. KindlyOffer

12. Higher?


When I was interning for a bank my boss tasked me with the responsibility of reading resumes and picking people to interview. Keep in mind this is a job that will pay at least six figures. I printed out a huge stack of every resume that was sent to us for this job. A lot of people had great experience some people were reaches and then one was just terrible. It was a picture of a guy at a Phillies game with the text underneath "higher me." He applied online without any contact info which is confusing since in order to login in the portal you use an email. I showed my boss and we both wanted to bring him in just to see but we couldn't. IamLeven

11. Spell Check. 

Not the worst thing ever, but I've seen a lot of them with "CURRICULUM VITAE" or "RESUME" blasted in 72pt font across the top of their resume, much larger than their name or, well, anything else on the page.

I recycle most of them. I know what I'm looking at. SharkyTendencies

10. Hello Kitty. 

Had a man apply for a factory labor position where he would be required to lift automobile wheels all day... entire CV was in Hello Kitty pink font. Delaneybuffett

9. Why not Longer?

7 pages, joke inserted in the cv. emoji, code mixed with text.

Called him into interview. We liked him. I hired him. He was a jerk and he was fired in less than 6 months. themir81

8. Insert here. 

HR sent me a resume they wanted me to look at. It was one of those Word template deals but he didn't fill in all the prompts so there would be spots where it would say <insert experience> or whatever.

Bonus was that it was from a guy I had worked with a couple of years before in a state 800 miles away. The guy was a total office power tripping asshat. No interview was offered.

His boss may have found out. Also an a**hat. whatIreallythink4

7. At Least you Know. 

Clinically diagnosed as a psychopath. Reddit

I hope you know that if they're diagnosed with ASPD it means they are probably getting help and getting better. Most 'psychopaths' aren't violent serial killers and treating them all like that is only harmful for everyone and it's the best way for them to end up that way. They didn't chose to have a Personality Disorder and I really don't think it's fair to label them all as a bad person without giving them a chance. feixelius

6. Smile for the Camera.


I had a high school kid who was definitely the nerdy type include his senior photo for me, braced face and all. Jlacosse6082

5. Abs Please. 

Applicant for an administration position at a bank mentioned sports in his interests/hobbies section and added 1.5 page of his photos from swimming pool / competitions with some of them with no t-shirt on to show his abs. That was weird. Lurry-Hurry

4. Dwight?

One guy's resume included a "martial arts" section. It was not Dwight Shrute. PhrohdohsBabe

Could be worse, at least he didn't include a "Marital Arts" section. Daydream_Behemoth

3. The Mascot. 

My brother put on his resume that he was his college mascot for lawyer job resumes like `10 years after graduating. Took him 2 years to find a job. ooo-ooo-oooyea

2. Empty.

A blank one with just basic personal info at the top.

One girl had her past employment descriptions copied off and she also had that same description in her LinkedIn profile too. insomniaceve

1. Be Honest.


Not a boss but - I put "Critic Reviews" on my resume and it included Superman, Harry Potter, and John Cena. I was hired. Galalave

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