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If you're still wondering what works and what doesn't, here's a list of real things that employers read on résumés that they deemed to be "weird and wacky:"

"I always tell people to include their relocation details up top of their résumé and I received one that read, 'Researching condoms in the local Washington, DC area.'" Heather R. Huhman, founder and president of!Come Recommended "One of the weirdest résumés I ever received was

from someone who had a statement at the top about how dependable he was and then a doodle of him on a skateboard." Huhman "I once received a résumé with three pages worth of résumé packed onto one page by putting it in 7 point font. You needed a microscope to read it" Huhman

"People have sent me résumés with the words 'fast paced' spelled incorrectly. I have seen 'face paced,' 'fast paised' and my favorite one of all times, 'fast paste.'" Abby Kohut, president and staffing consultant at Staffing Symphony, LLC "Some people do not know how to abbreviate 'assistant.' You really should not be abbreviating titles (or much else) on your résumé. To me, it indicates laziness in that you don't want to spend the time typing the extra letters. But if you're going to abbreviate 'assistant,' please use 'Asst' not 'Ass'." Kohut

"I once reviewed a résumé that was handwritten on lined yellow paper. One of the jobs was listed as 'Central Intelligence Agency, Langley, VA,' and the description of the job was, 'I'm not authorized to divulge the nature of my job duties while in the employ of the CIA'."!Sue Thompson, The Potentialist at Set Free Life Seminars LLC

"I once had a candidate for a marketing assistant position who had worked in a supermarket very early in his career and, for that job; he listed as one of his responsibilities, 'cut the cheese'."! Anonymous hiring manager at a large staffing firm "A résumé from a part-time model.!Included with her résumé was a 4x6 card showing her in various poses and at the bottom it read 'good hands.'! She was applying for a corporate position."Cathleen Faerber, The Wellesley Group, Inc. "The gentleman that included his picture (not a flattering one) and the declaration that he was single and lived with his mother -- this was disclosed right under his picture and was the initial comment on his résumé prior to any career objective or work information." Faerber "Under 'reason for leaving' [the applicant] stated

'threat of death'." Faerber "It seems that my credentials would be a good fit for what you are looking to accomplish, however, I don't wish to make a career of it." Michael Becce, CEO of MRB Public Relations Inc.

"I think the goofiest thing I saw on a résumé was a person who listed one of their special skills as Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. They were applying for an accounting position, so it makes absolutely no sense why they would have that on there." Sky Opila, online résumé service "The other one was a gentleman who put his marital status as 'single, but looking' on the résumé! I don't understand what these folks were thinking..." Opila !"The résumé said 'ecxellent attention to detail.'

Yes, 'excellent' was misspelled!" Molly Wendell, a job-networking expert and author of "The New Job Search"

"Excellent composer of song lyrics." Isabel Huntsman, Seneschal Advisors, LLC "Hobbies: Sleeping, etc., etc." Carrie Rocha, "One day when I returned to my office, after the ad was published, I found a 2x2 post it note on the door, with a name and Web address, written in very tiny penciled letters.! It was intended as an application for the position. Unfortunately, I concluded that the applicant would need some social skills to work on the project. I still have it, filed under the topic: minimalist résumé.! This was in 1999, before the world was half as electronic as it is now." Barbra Lancelot, Montgomery Health Care ACTION "An e-mail address: (How seriously can you take this person? How professional does this e-mail look if used on our behalf?)" Kitty Werner, Chair, Central Vermont Crime Stoppers "A résumé that included drawings of Tweedle Dee

and Tweedle Dum, then when we called the applicant in for an interview, his twin brother came as well. They had duplicate résumés and showed the same portfolio of work." David Langton - Principal, Langton Cherubino Group, Ltd.

"[The applicant] had blank spots on his cover letter and résumé that he filled in by hand. He had whited out info - like the 'To' and 'Objective' and hand wrote info for the current job." Anonymous "'I have never trapped a man.' A woman offered this as evidence of good character."Robert Dagnall, Résumé

"Personal accomplishments: Getting back together with my boyfriend upon his release from prison." Dagnall

"And here's a new favorite that arrived in my mailbox this morning as part of someone's e-mail signature:!'I am the Master, and Technology my Slave.'" Dagnall

"Number of grandchildren." Ty Mays, Owner of Perfect Pitch Public Relations "Homecoming king." Mays

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