'HAVE EIGHT ARMS AND EIGHT LEGS,' 'GOT NOWHERE AS PART OF A 60-PERSON HERD,' 'ACTIVITIES: WORRIED A LOT'
New Web Site - www.resumania.com - Will Feature Resumania
MENLO PARK, CA -- If you’re looking for some levity during your job search or think proofreading your resume is just too time-consuming, you may want to visit a new web site, www.resumania.com, which features the zany resume bloopers regularly collected by Robert Half (RHI).
“Resumania™” is the term coined by Robert Half, founder of RHI, to describe the mistakes, typos and inappropriate information that often appear in resumes, job applications and cover letters. Examples come from businesses worldwide and are used to emphasize the need for careful preparation at every stage of the job search process.
The web site includes new Resumania examples, as well as a “Hall of Fame” and “Retro Resumania” from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. Resumania is also the subject of a monthly newspaper column written by Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of RHI, syndicated by Scripps Howard News Service.
Recent Resumania includes:
• “Worked long shifts to make myself, and my company, a lot of cheese.”
(Sounds like you're ready for the "rat race.")
• “Experience: Professionally watered 22,500 office plants.”
(And never lost count. Impressive.)
• “I’ll need $30K to start, full medical, three weeks of vacation, stock options and ideally a European sedan.”
(No corporate jet?)
• “I have eight arms and eight legs with excellent interpersonal skills.”
(A born “web” master.)
• “I need just enough money to have pizza every night.”
(But those toppings can get pretty expensive.)
• “I have never had a single blemish held against me and my IQ is off the charts.”
(And have never been accused of excessive modesty?)
• “I’m submitting my resume to spite my lack of C++ and HTML experience.”
(Don't be so hard on yourself.)
• “I am quick at typing, about 25 words per minute, 35 with caffeinated coffee.”
(How 'bout with espresso?)
• “I have unsuccessfully raised a dog.”
(His bite is worse than his bark?)
Robert Half first published Resumania in its company newsletter in 1966 and encouraged readers to submit items that they came across. Soon, the firm began receiving a steady flow of resume bloopers from clients and colleagues around the world.
Following are some Resumania classics:
• “Being in trouble with the law, I moved quite frequently.”
(We appreciate your candor.)
• “At the age of 12, I began hustling newspapers like many other great Americans had done. The only difference was that they became great.”
(Thanks for letting us know.)
• “Reason for leaving: Want to be facing Times Square so I can read the news.”
(It’s important to keep current.)
• “Other activities: Along with the project engineer, I worried a lot.”
(Glad you weren't alone.)
• “I prefer informality like wearing sports shirts and sandals for footwear in the summer. I prefer setting my own pace. When things get slack I like the right to walk out and get a haircut during working hours.”
(A pioneer of the business casual movement.)
• “In my last position, got nowhere as part of a 60-person herd. Consequently, I did not give the company my full effort and received no chance of advancement in return.”
(Funny how that works … )
Some Resumania examples have even merited induction into the “Resumania Hall of Fame”:
• Cover letter: “Thank you for your consideration. Hope to hear from you shorty!” (Hey, let's not get personal.)
• “Skills: Excellent memory; strong math aptitude; excellent memory.”
(But how's your math ability?)
• “Please don’t regard my 14 positions as job-hopping. I never once quit a job.”
Visitors to www.resumania.com can cast their votes for new inductees into the “Hall of Fame” and submit their own Resumania examples through the site.
RHI has more than 270 offices in North America, Europe and Australia, and offers online job search services at www.rhii.com.