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September 12, 2005: Resumania
“Resumania” is a term coined by Robert Half, founder of the specialized staffing firm Robert Half International Inc. (RHI), to describe errors made by job-seekers on resumes, applications, and cover letters. He first published Resumania in his company newsletter back in 1966 and encouraged readers to submit items that they came across. Soon, he began receiving a steady flow from colleagues throughout the United States. Its popularity grew, and the never-ending supply of Resumania continues today.
The examples at Resumania come from clients and businesses worldwide over the years. States the site: “Although the bloopers are a lot of fun, the purpose of Resumania is not to disparage the individuals who made them, but to emphasize the importance of professionalism in resume preparation, which means avoiding:
- personal information
- attempts at humor
- misusing or omitting words
- extraneous or inappropriate information
- awkward phrasing
It pays to carefully proofread all resumes and cover letters before submitting them to potential employers — just one typo may knock you out of the running for a job!”
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