Top 12 resume disasters

Have you been submitting your resume lately? Here’s the top 12 resume disasters from real resumes. You may want to make sure you are not putting something like this in yours.

  1. Candidate mentioned in his resume that he spent summers on his family’s yacht in Grand Cayman.
  2. Candidate attached a letter from his mother.
  3. Candidate used pale blue paper with teddy bears around the border.
  4. Candidate explained a gap in employment by saying he was getting over the death of his cat for three months.
  5. Candidate specified that his availability was limited because Friday, Saturday and Sunday were “drinking time.”
  6. Candidate included a picture of herself in a cheerleading uniform.
  7. Candidate drew a picture of a car on the outside of the envelope and said it was the hiring manager’s gift.
  8. Candidate’s hobbies included sitting on a levee at night watching alligators.
  9. Candidate included the fact that her sister once won a strawberry-eating contest.
  10. Candidate explained that they worked well in the nude.
  11. Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
  12. Candidate included a family medical history.

Jobs That Don’t Require Degrees

While many jobs like lawyer, doctor, and professor still require degrees,, helped us pinpoint several jobs that don’t.

1. Freelance Photographer – $47,800

Non-degree jobs tend to fall into one of two categories: technical or entrepreneurial. Being a freelance photographer requires a high degree of business savvy in addition to photography skills. Depending on the type of work you do, you might take product shots, family portraits, corporate headshots, wedding pictures, or other images, then touch up the pictures digitally and send them to clients for review.


2. Private Detective or Investigator – $50,600

This is another area where a high degree of personal initiative is required. Private detectives or investigators might testify at hearings, analyze data, search databases, or question suspects. Knowledge of psychology and the law, critical thinking skills, and the ability to listen and read body language are also useful.


3. Elevator Mechanic – $61,500

When elevators break, people are miserable. Successful elevator mechanics generally have a knack for understanding complex mechanical systems, assembling and disassembling elevator parts, and following safety standards.


4. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator – $79,100

Since nuclear power reactor operators work with highly sensitive reactors, they need an understanding of physics and engineering, as well as active learning and troubleshooting skills. The higher pay correlates to the highly specialized skill set required.


5. Personal Trainer – $37,500

Knowledge of nutrition, anatomy, and first aid are helpful, so many personal trainers have a college degree or specialized certification. Since the independent personal trainer’s income is tied to the number of clients they train, time management skills, physical stamina, and customer service skills are assets in this field.


6. Director of Security – $62,400

Someone might start out as assistant to the director of security and work their way up. Tasks might include analyzing security data, investigating security breaches, and supervising others. Jobs like this are “not a bad track for someone who is more physical or manual, where it’s about on-the-job training and less about formal programs.”


7. Air Traffic Controller – $60,200

Although the job doesn’t require a college degree, the FAA screens prospective air traffic controllers with a pre-employment test and other requirements, so it’s a competitive field. The job might entail monitoring aircraft, issuing take-off and landing instructions, and directing ground traffic.

You could also get into radio! Happy job hunting. – Justin

BEWARE THE GATEKEEPER – Be Nice To The Receptionist.

When you check in with the receptionist before a job interview, remember to smile because the person behind the front desk holds more power than you think. Some companies feel a lot can be learned from how candidates treat receptionists, particularly if they’re rude, condescending or arrogant. Here are some tips:

  • Be friendly, but formal: Take the time to learn the receptionist’s name, which always leaves a positive impression.
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Don’t treat the receptionist as an underling. If offered a drink, keep it simple and don’t expect the receptionist to go out of the way to serve you.
  • Watch your mouth: Expect everything you say to the receptionist to get back to the interviewer, so speak carefully. Avoid talking on your cellphone. Those conversations could come back to haunt you.
  • Bid adieu: Make sure to thank and say goodbye to the receptionist after the interview. Last impressions are unforgettable.

… and if you’re coming to the radio, beware of Christine Ravely at the front desk! No just kidding. Go get that job. – Justin