Resume Tip Tuesday: 11 Worst Bullet Points

Posted September 17, 2013

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Resume Tip Tuesday: 11 Worst Bullet Points

Last week, recruiter and career consultant Rich Jones tweeted that he was literally crying from laughter after reading one candidate's bullet point, which said:

  • Reported on time for scheduled work

Jones Tweeted his frustration with candidates who fail to highlight notable achievements and said: "Oh really? One of your responsibilities worth noting to employers was to be on time to work? #KillingMe"
Since hiring managers and recruiters like Jones sift through hundreds of resumes, they're bound to come across a few gems like these from time to time.

And by gems, we mean face-palm-worthy bullet points!

So, we went on a quest to scope out the worst real life bullet points that managers have seen on a resume. These are all either meaningless (like the one mentioned above), misspelled or just plain weird! CareerBliss community, we know your resume wouldn't include anything resembling the following terrible bullet points. Know you're much better off than folks who included these 10 other bad bullet points!:
  • An Amex Black Card Holder

             This resume was sent for a job at Bloomingdale's in New York.

            -- HR Director Emily Rickel at Medical Guardian, formerly of Bloomingdales
  • Detail Oreinted

             Several managers mentioned spelling bloopers. Please, folks, spell check!

            -- Rod Hughes, vice president of Kimball Communications
  • Happy

              "Love the word, but would rather see that in a cover letter."
             -- Sherry Thomas, president of Palm Beach Etiquette
  • Harmony, Belief, Relator

            These three words were listed under "Skills"
              -- Mike Ketcham, general manager at Weather Radios Direct.
  • I am a quick learner

             The phrase is just a bowl of snooze!
            -- Faruq Hunter, President of GeniusCorps
  • Made coffee on a daily basis, a second pot if needed

           -- Heather Young, founder of Virtual Help Resources  

  • My parents for teaching me through strict positive and negative reinforcement

            This was listed under "References."

           -- Phil Danne, hardware integration lead at Livio, a second-phase start-up in the auto tech industry
  • Valedictorian in the 6th grade

          Anything before college usually doesn't belong here!

           --Scott DiGiammarino, CEO and founder of Reed Potential 
  • Experienced with a chainsaw

            Apparently, this appeared multiple times in a resume for a sales position.
            -- Gabriel Ferland, president and CEO Last Rose Studios 
  • Shaken hands with Anderson Cooper

             -- Meg Favreau, senior editor at WiseBread.com.
For all you visual folks, here's a compilation of the 11 worst resume bullet points in this faux resume we made just for you!:

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