As you look back on your job search efforts over the year, you might have a reason or two to slap your forehead. Don’t worry. Everyone always does.
Maybe you didn’t spot the typo on your cover letter for a copy-editing job.
Or blanked out when the interviewer asked where you studied.
And you can be sure you aren’t the only one who ever said what you thought was a really funny comment, only to see it fall flat with the interview panel.
So moving into 2015, we offer this advice: Stop beating yourself up for any past bloopers. In our experience, you blunder once, and you aren’t likely to do it again.
And finding the humour in the blooper is the only way to keep going — take it from the people who have successfully placed about 60,000 candidates in full-time and contract jobs and temporary placements over 40 + years.
So if you’re still giving yourself a hard time, take heart in the knowledge that others have likely committed bigger blunders than you and survived. As recruiters working with hiring managers across the GTA in every industry, we’ve pretty much seen or heard just about everything.
We can’t share some that we’ve seen since we take confidentiality extremely seriously at Bagg Professional, BTR (Bagg Technology Resources) Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Services and Turn Key Staffing Solutions.
But instead, we’ve compiled a list from other sources of our favourite bloopers from actual resumes and cover letters.
Don’t read and weep, read and smile.
From Fortune Magazine
- “I am loyal to my employer at all costs. Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voice mail.”
- “Finished eighth in my class of ten.”
- “Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.”
- You will want me to be Head Honcho in no time.”
- “Let’s meet, so you can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over my experience.”
- “Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”
- “Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.”
- “Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.”
- References: “Bill, Tom, Eric. But I don’t know their phone numbers.”
- Experience: “I’m a hard worker, etc.”
- Interests: “Gossiping.”
- Accomplishments: “Brought in a balloon artist to entertain the team.”
- Experience: “Any interruption in employment is due to being unemployed.”
- Skills: “I have integrity so I will not steal office supplies and take them home.”
- Qualifications: “I have extensive experience with foreign accents.”
- “Worked in a consulting office where I carried out my own accountant.”
- “I have a bachelorette degree in computers.”
- Objective: “I would like to work for a company that is very lax when it comes to tardiness.”
- Objective: “So one of the main things for me is, as the movie ‘Jerry McGuire’ puts it, ‘Show me the money!’”
- Work experience: “Maintained files and reports, did data processing, cashed employees’ paychecks.”
- Application: Why should an employer hire you? “I bring doughnuts on Friday.”
- Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.”
- “Experienced supervisor, defective with both rookies and seasoned professionals.”
- “Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.”
- “Directed $25 million anal shipping and receiving operations.”
Now don’t you feel just a little bit better about your blunders?
From all of us at The Bagg Group