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People write the craziest things on their resumes and misspell most of it.

Even if you actually had 40 jobs in one year, best not say it on your resume. It’s just not very believable and could get your application thrown out.

That’s just one response jobs site CareerBuilder got after commissioning a study asking HR pros about the “most notable and cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on actual resumes.” The results were, well, hilarious, and a staggering 75 percent of these managers said they’d “caught a lie on a resume.”

Some of our favorites…

  • Someone wrote at the bottom of their resume they didn’t like “babies or puppies.”
  • A 22-year-old said they had three different degrees.
  • Someone included that they had “as many marriages as jobs.”
  • And one applicant used a different font type for every single sentence.
  • A 22-year-old applicant claimed three different degrees.
  • Instead of attaching a resume, an applicant just attached their full credit application—for an apartment.
  • An applicant chose to include their “extensive arrest history.”
  • And another applicant “had the same employment dates for every job listed.”

“The problem with lying on your resume is that the odds of getting caught are high,” said Michael Erwin, senior career advisor for CareerBuilder. “However, the short-term gains you might make in landing the job through deception can have long-term consequences that may do serious damage to your career.”

How to screw up getting hired…

One strange behavior job applicants are increasingly exhibiting is even stranger.

Apparently, more than 40 percent of job seekers say it’s OK to “ghost” companies during the interview process. That’s what Clutch, a company that rates other companies, found after asking more than 500 people specifically about so-called “ghosting,” or the abrupt cutting off of communication with someone…

  • More than 70 percent of job seekers have abandoned a job application
  • More than half (55 percent) say they’ve quit on up to five applications during a job search.

Companies can ghost, too.

  • Over a third of job seekers (36 percent) got rejected from a company but never heard about it.
  • If they do get a response, less than a third (30 percent) of respondents said they got an email, “providing candidates with much-needed closure.”
  • And only one in five candidates (21 percent) get a phone call rejection from an actual human.

The best way to avoid getting ghosted—other than doing it first—is to do everything you can to get your foot in the door, including a strong application package.

How to avoid weird resume mistakes…

  • CareerBuilder’s survey found hiring managers don’t have the time to for our bad applications…
  • Close to half (39 percent) of hiring managers spend less than a minute looking at a resume.

And 23 percent said they spend less than 30 seconds.

These same people rated the seven top “instant dealbreakers” applicants make…

  • 77 percent checked off “typos or bad grammar.” Spellcheck goes a long way and it’s free.
  • 35 percent put an “unprofessional email address” in second place.
  • 34 percent said it’s bad when a resume is full of unquantifiable language.
  • A fourth of respondents said to avoid “long paragraphs of text,” which is really just good life advice.
  • 18 percent said it’s better to customize your resume than use a generic one.
  • 17 percent said long resumes are bad, citing “more than two pages” specifically a mistake.
  • And 10 percent said it’s unwise to send a resume in without a cover letter.

Follow all of the above and, with some luck and persistence, you might get an interview. If you do, here’s the best tip we can give you: Don’t lie—and get caught.

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