Joe Grimm said he doesn’t like to “make sport of people” with mistakes in their resume or cover letter.
“Applying for jobs is hard,” said Grimm, Michigan State University journalism professor and former recruiting and development editor at the Detroit Free Press, in an email. “And the pratfalls are made more spectacular by the fact that most people don’t make them.”
Here are some of the more spectacular errors Grimm has seen, in his own words:
* Another, whose full story is too long to fully explain here, told me that the dirt on his cover letter was from where the cat had vomited. “But don’t worry,” he said as I inched the letter toward the trash can with a pencil, “The cat died.”
* A favorite was the man who wrote saying he did not think that he wanted to work for a newspaper, but that I should expect an application if his run for the state house did not succeed. I sent back a short letter. It said, “Good luck in the election.”
TELL US IN COMMENTS: What are the craziest resume mistakes you have seen?
Related story: “Recruiters List Top 3 Application Turn-offs”