Answer Key: Outlandish Resume Mistakes

Post and Lesson Plan Here

II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

1…your résumé objective shouldn’t say, “to make dough.”

dough |dō|-noun-1 a thick, malleable mixture of flour and liquid, used for baking into bread or pastry.-2 informal money: lots of dough.

2…while they probably caught the attention of their potential employer, chances are they didn’t land the job.

land |land|-noun• informal succeed in obtaining or achieving (something desirable), esp. in the face of strong competition: she landed the starring role in a new film.

3…and while they probably caught the attention of their potential employer…

potential |pəˈtenCHəl|-adjective [ attrib. ]-having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future: a two-pronged campaign to woo potential customers.

4. These blunders did, however, earn them a spot on…managers’ most memorable résumé missteps.

blunder |ˈbləndər|-noun-a stupid or careless mistake.

5. These job seekers are probably trying to be clever and stand out, but it often backfires…

backfire |ˈbakˌfī(ə)r|-verb [ no obj. ]- (of a plan or action) rebound adversely on the originator; have the opposite effect to what was intended: overzealous publicity backfired on her.

6. For instance, one applicant wrote about her family being in the mob

mob |mäb|-noun-• (usu. the Mob )the Mafia or a similar criminal organization.

7…some applicants include outlandish or inappropriate content to stand out from the crowd of candidates.

outlandish |outˈlandiSH|-adjective-looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar: outlandish brightly colored clothes | the most outlandish ideas.

8. With technology, it is so easy to just click and send a résumé out, but if you take the time to tailor it, it will get more time for review…

tailor |ˈtālər|-verb [ with obj. ] (usu. be tailored)-• make or adapt for a particular purpose or person: arrangements can be tailored to meet individual requirements.

9…you should only include relevant and appropriate information.

relevant |ˈreləvənt|-adjective-closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand: the candidate’s experience is relevant to the job.

10. When asked what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration…

automatic |ˌôtəˈmatik|-adjective-done or occurring spontaneously, without conscious thought or intention: automatic physical functions such as breathing | “Nice to meet you,” he said, with automatic politeness. automatically |-ik(ə)lē|adverb.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

True / False

  1. F- Unless you’re applying for a job at a pizzeria, your résumé objective shouldn’t say, “to make dough.”
  2. F-  Nor should it be decorated with pink rabbits or include texting slang like “LOL.”
  3. F- These job seekers are probably trying to be clever and stand out, but it often backfires.
  4. T- Modifying your résumé for each position to showcase your achievements and professionalism is a good idea.
  5. F- You want to go easy on the eye.
  6. T- It’s not always bad to be creative…But you want to be creative in a smart way.
  7. T- Hiring managers have a big pile of résumés to review, and they are always looking for a reason to put you in the ‘no’ pile.”
  8. T- When asked what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration, employers pointed to résumés with typos…
  9. F- The bottom line is that your résumé is often where you make your first impression on a hiring manager.
  10. F- Referring to yourself as a genius is a bad idea.

•  Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I. With technology, it is so easy to just click and send a résumé.

II. And you should only include relevant and appropriate information.

III. But you want to be creative in a smart way.

IV. Listening Activity  

Video: 5 Mistakes to Avoid for Job Interviews

Pre-listening 

Listening for New Vocabulary or New Terms

attitude |ˈatiˌt(y)o͞od|-noun-a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior: she took a tough attitude toward other people’s indulgence.

ethic |ˈeTHik|-noun [ in sing. ]-a set of moral principles, esp. ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct: the puritan ethic was being replaced by the hedonist ethic.

enthusiasm |enˈTHo͞ozēˌazəm|-noun- intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval: her energy and enthusiasm for life.

 analytical |ˌanlˈitikəl|-adjective-relating to or using analysis or logical reasoning: analytical methods.

rambling |ˈramb(ə)liNG|-adjective- (of writing or speech) lengthy and confused or inconsequential.

prior 1 |ˈprīər|-adjective [ attrib. ]-existing or coming before in time, order, or importance: he has a prior engagement this evening.

sabotage |ˈsabəˌtäZH|-verb [ with obj. ]-deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something).

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

While Listening Tasks

Sentence  Fill-ins

1. According to  Lori Blake  from the USC Career Center the top 5 skills employers are looking for are___.

a- having a great attitude, a strong work ethic, great communication skills, enthusiasm  and analytical skills.

2. The first mistake people make is___

c. talking too much and rambling.

3. Candidates should never___

a. talk over the interviewer.

4. The second biggest mistake is___.

b. not knowing enough information about the company.

5. You should learn as a much as you can about the company___.

a.   prior to the interview.

6. The third mistake candidates often make is___.

b. arriving late to the interview.

7. the best reason to give the interviewer for being late is___

c. none. Don’t be late.

8. The fourth mistake is___.

a. talking about money too soon.

9. The fifth mistake is___

b. dressing too casually.

10.  Being prepared for an interview will make you feel___

a. cool, calm, and confident.