People put weird things on their resumes. Don't be one of them.

Is watching “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” as a job qualification? One job applicant put that on his resume. Btu at least he’s being honest.

Three out of four hiring managers have caught a lie on a resume, according to the job website CareerBuilder. When you have about 30 seconds to leave an impression, tall tales and irrelevant skills just don’t pay off.

“If crafted well, your resume is one of the most valuable marketing tools you have,” says CareerBuilder chief human resources officer Rosemary Haefner. “In a matter of seconds, it can make or break your chances of moving along the hiring journey with a company. That’s why it’s important to be proactive with your resume and avoid embellishments or mistakes.”

But lies aren’t the only mistakes people make when sending in an application. Here are some things that will leave you unemployed longer than you want to be.

Biggest sins

Here are some of the most cringe-worthy lies hiring managers caught, according to the study:

  • One applicant said he worked for Microsoft, but didn’t know who founder Bill Gates was.
  • Another said he studied under philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who died in 1900.
  • A third said he was a CIA spy, but during the same period he was in elementary school.
  • One job seeker included a resume they stole from the Internet, which did not match their cover letter.

Claiming you’re going to retake a hiring exam after failing it three times is not going to help you, either. But there are some things you can include to make yourself look competent.

Crafting your resume

If your resume is your lone path into a job, you may as well spend some time making it stink less.

Your skills and experience are the most important things hiring managers review on your resume, according to Forbes. Including a picture of you and your pets isn’t going to sway them to give you a job. It will just make them concerned.

On top of that, misspelling words, calling yourself hardworking, or not including your references will also lead you to fail, according to Glassdoor. The simplest mistakes can lump you into the undesirable pile alongside the idiot who claimed he wrote the same code the hiring manager did.

Getting the interview

Besides avoiding messiness, hiring managers also look for these factors to separate seemingly identical job seekers:

  • 35 percent look for candidates who are involved in the community.
  • If you’re bilingual, 34 percent of managers are looking for that.
  • For those who can take a joke, 25 percent of hiring managers will prefer you.
  • 24 percent say they will more likely hire someone who dresses well.

Once you get that interview, being weird while getting grilled makes it worse. Making eye contact with the interviewer and using other positive body language will give you a better chance of impressing for that job.

Even if you’re not talking about your family on your resume, make sure your financial situation is together as well. Five percent of job seekers have been rejected due to their financial situation, meaning you should be in control of your problems before you take on that interview.

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