It’s one thing to try and make yourself stand out. But when people go too far trying to impress employers, the message can come across all wrong.
LinkedIn polled recruiters about the oddest things they’ve seen in job applications, including photos of topless models and videos of applicants singing. Believe it or not, some of these strategies worked.
A shortlisted candidate decided to add a photo of a topless model as a cover to their CV when it came to their first employer interview. This was a 55-year-old ex-naval captain (so not dumb or inexperienced) who thought it would create interest. In that he succeeded. I remember it with real clarity now! He didn't get the job -- and remains unemployed 4 years later. There is nothing so simple it can't be done wrong!
The first interview I ever did, one of the applicants listed her previous experience as a cast member at Disney World and the application included a character photo -- Chip (or Dale, I can never keep the two straight. She had a red nose). She was applying for a software developer position
I once received a resume that showed the applicant had my previous position ... during the time I held that position
I received a CV for an admin position I was seeking to fill, and the candidate prominently listed their extensive experience in XXX videos
For a resource intern position I received a pizza with the candidate's CV printed on the lid. It was delivered by the candidate, so I had the opportunity to interview him on the spot. He was working for me by the time I'd finished eating. Something like that is more likely to backfire if you don't have the confidence and skill to back it up. And ordinarily I'd advise against it. But it was pretty darn impressive
I received an application (both cover letter and resume) written in 3 different languages, and consisting of a role play with Donald Trump, and marriage proposals to several celebrities based on lottery results. There was no reference to his working history or the actual job he applied for
I received a copy of a cover letter with Shah Rukh Khan's, an Indian movie star, full length photo for a cabin crew position!
She was applying for a receptionist position and she included a tape of herself singing several different tunes. It was really bad. The sad part was that she was very proud of her vocal talents and gave the tape to me so I would be aware that this was just a stepping stone until she made it big in the music business
I once got a cover letter that was perfectly crafted in every way — except that the company the applicant swore he was dying to work for was my chief competitor
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