You might have read fellow Work Buzzer Kate Lorenz’s article on strange things written in cover letters and résumés. As expected, hiring managers and employers have seen some pretty bizarre things. A couple of examples:
- “One of the weirdest résumés I ever received was from someone who had a statement at the top about how dependable he was and then a doodle of him on a skateboard.” – Heather R. Huhman, founder and president of Come Recommended
- “Hobbies: Sleeping, etc., etc.” – Carrie Rocha, www.pocketyourdollars.com
Over on our sister blog, The Hiring Site, employers are encouraged to share their unorthodox experiences reading cover letters and résumés. (I admit, I’m eager to see what other bizarre information job seekers have felt compelled to share with their potential employers.) If you’ve ever been in the hiring seat, feel free to head over and share your story.
However, I thought this would be a good place for job seekers to share the strangest things they’ve seen on job postings or heard during the interview process. I can attest from my experience as a job seeker that some employers try to get too funny with their postings, so I spend 10 minutes reading a description but have absolutely no idea what the actual job is. Or after I read a paragraph that begins, “Do you like to…” I come to the final sentence that says, “If this sounds like you — don’t apply for this job.” Clever, but you just wasted my time!
So, dear job seekers of past and present, what are the strangest things you’ve read or heard from employers in the hiring process? Share below.