With the pandemic causing all kinds of problems, including the loss of a lot of jobs that simply aren’t coming back, how to find a new job is becoming an important thing to know.
Everybody knows you dress well, smile, act friendly, have some knowledge of the job you’re applying for and do absolutely nothing to embarrass yourself.
But what about the things you put on your resume? It will get to the place you’re applying to, be seen by the hiring people, before you ever set foot in the place. You should probably keep it simple, not too wordy while still playing up what you can bring to the company.
But not everybody adheres to those ideas. Some put things in resumes that are questionable at best and just flat out wrong in other cases. A website called Zippia did a study (as always, you can find a study on anything) and found that people mention everything from Bigfoot to LeBron James on their resumes.
I know what you’re asking. Why? What could Bigfoot bring to a resume? Did you see him? Met one? Been accused of being one?
The LeBron reference turned up in Ohio and is a little easier to understand as he’s from the state. Maybe you met him once or your potential future boss has some LeBron stuff on his desk.
Some resumes in Alabama mentioned Wookies, which is probably taking Star Wars fandom too far, though the most found odd word in Alaska was Klingon. Wyoming job seekers mentioned their wives, which was probably the most normal thing to turn up on resumes.
Some resumes mention hobbies like beekeeping (Vermont), genealogy (Utah), and acrobatics (Rhode Island).
Zippia looked at 3.5 million resumes (!!), searching for key words, and they found some odd ones.
One person name dropped the Kardashians, but that was a person who works in TV and had worked on the show. But there were other, more impressive shows the person had worked on, so why mention Kardashians? There’s a good chance a potential employer would just glance at that name and throw away the resume.
Up in Alaska, the term UFO popped up a lot. But that was explained by the fact there were a lot of people explaining they were familiar with different types of satellites and UFO apparently refers to one.
Redneck popped up a couple of times, but it wasn’t bragging about how well you can fix a car or roll your eyes at education. Some people were describing how they had worked at venues that had the term in the title.
Going state by state, rapping appeared in resumes in Wisconsin, dinosaurs in Minnesota, origami in Arizona, bodybuilding in Idaho and ghosts in South Dakota.
What about Tennessee, you ask? Surely it’s volunteer. Nope. Volunteer is found in Oregon, for whatever reason. The most odd word found on Tennessee resumes is gay. No explanation, that I could find, is given for this. Make of it what you will.
There are people out there who put together resumes for a living, or at least as a side gig. If you really have no idea how to put one together, you might want to contact one of them.
And resume skills are something a lot of people aren’t going to have because a lot of the jobs that were lost never to return were long time jobs. If you’d worked at one place for 20-25 years and suddenly have so many strikes against you (you’re old, have a very limited set of skills, expect “real” pay), a good resume can make all the difference in the world.
If you tackle it yourself, the main rule of thumb is don’t put anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see. One wag put on his resume, trying to get a job that required an internet wizard, bragged he knew how to illegally download porn. He didn’t get the job.
Because, if you become a serious candidate, your resume will be picked apart, your internet history will be searched and all those “jokes” you posted on social media will be found.
Nobody really cares about your thought and opinions on the internet. You’re just wasting time putting them on there.
But you’re not wasting time with a resume. Keep it short, simple and clean looking. There’ll be plenty of time in the interview to embarrass yourself.