These are the 15 most ridiculous CV mistakes

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Saturday 15 August 2015 15:00

Don't lie on your CV and don't make mistakes on it either: these are the only two sensible messages anyone ever managed to gleam from The Apprentice.

Despite it being a career no-no some workers do make silly errors - and even try to get away with some quite audacious lies.

Jobs site Careerbuilder has collected examples of the most ridiculous embellishments and mistakes (such as the person who wrote "whorehouse" instead of "warehouse" when listing their work history) found on resumes.

The 15 best are below - let us know if you've had any similar howlers in the comments

  • Applicant claimed to be a former CEO of the company to which they were applying
  • Applicant claimed to be fluent in two languages - one of which was pig Latin
  • Applicant wrote "whorehouse" instead of "warehouse" when listing work history
  • Applicant's personal website linked to a porn site
  • Applicant introduced himself [in the cover letter] by saying "Hey you"
  • Applicant vying for a customer service position gave "didn't like dealing with angry customers" as the reason for leaving her last job
  • User name of applicant's email address was "2poopy4mypants"
  • Applicant claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner
  • Applicant claimed to have worked in a jail when they were really in there serving time
  • Applicant who claimed to be HVAC certified later asked the hiring manager what "HVAC" meant
  • Applicant said to have gotten fired "on accident"
  • Applicant claimed to have attended a college that didn't exist
  • Applicant for a driver position claimed to have 10 years of experience but had only had a driver's license for four years
  • Applicant's reference was an employer from whom they had embezzled money and had an arrest warrant out for the applicant
  • Applicant's stated job history had him in three different companies and three different cities simultaneously

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