20 Unfortunate CV Mistakes People Have Made

Have you ever accidentally made a typo on something important and not noticed until it's too late..? You're not the only one! Honestly, these incredible CV mistakes will make you feel better!

June 20, 2023

We've all (probably) been there in some shape or form; typing up an email too quickly, sending an essay without doing one final check, writing a blog and not noticing a glaring error...

And of course, making a ridiculous typo in our CV.

These kinds of errors never get old - and can be rather entertaining.

So, we thought we'd share some of our favourite CV mistakes with you today!

Word to the wise; always get someone to check, before pressing that SEND button.

1. Attention to detail

Skills: "Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail”

2. Achievements

Achievements: “Nominated for prom queen”

3. Full disclosure

Candidate explained an arrest by stating, “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”.

4. Skill

Skills: “Yeah I got ’em”

5. Bilingual?

Bilingual in three languages.

6. Job hopping? Never!

“Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping.’ I have never quit a job.”

7. Responsibility

“Responsibility makes me nervous.”

8. Procrastination

“I procrastinate – especially when the task is unpleasant.”

9. "Revolved"

“Revolved customer problems and inquiries.”

10. Hobbies

Hobbies: “Mushroom hunting.”

11. Blackmail?

“I’ll starve without a job but don’t feel you have to give me one.”

12. I did good

“Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.”

13. Wage

Wage desired: “menemum”

14. Paranoia

“I have become completely paranoid, trusting completely no one and absolutely nothing.”

15. Mom

Candidate included a letter from his mother.

16. Shorty.

"Hope to hear from you, shorty"

17. I like food, too

"Demonstrated ability in multi-tasting"

18. Point, and evidence too!

Experience: “I’m a hard worker, etc.”

19. There's the spirit!

Hobbies: "Everything that requires talent."

20. No fear

Skills: "No fear at all."


Well, I hope you laughed as much as I did at some of these.

But wait, have you got any CV mistakes that you think we'd enjoy? If so, let us know via Twitter (@CoburgBanks) or Facebook!

Or, feel free to continue reading some more brilliant blunders here:

(And not to forget the flip-side, hiring companies make mistakes too!)

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