Comic Relief: Job-Seeking Humor – Volume 3

June 28, 2010 at 12:01 am 5 comments

OK … here we go again. It’s time for me to take yet another break from my usual “advice for job-seekers” mission, and offer up this 3rd blog of pure humor! [See “Volume 1” and “Volume 2” for the first two editions of this popular side-trip!]

Once again, I’ll point out that I fully realize that being unemployed is generally not a laughing matter. However, much like “gallows humor,” the intention of “job-seeking humor” is quite simple: to lift the spirits of people who are in an otherwise depressing situation. I’m a firm believer that maintaining a sense of humor is a key component to positive mental health. And I’m a still a tough critic when it comes to job-seeking humor. I figure, if it makes me laugh out loud, it’s worth sharing here!


In the category of Videos, this clip called “Job Interview” was an actual TV ad for Pepsi Max. (It was shown during the 2009 Superbowl.) I’m not sure if this ad was very effective in actually selling their product … but it sure is a funny job-seeking scenario:


In the category of Cartoons, here are some more miscellaneous funnies that I couldn’t fit into any other blog articles, but I think are hilarious nevertheless … and deserve to be shared here:


Finally, in the category of “Reality Humor,” here are some actual résumé bloopers gathered from various reliable sources that were submitted in response to job postings:

●  “I am about to enrol on a Business and Finance Degree with the Open University. I feel that this qualification will prove detrimental to me for future success.”
●  “I’m intrested to here more about that. I’m working today in a furniture factory as a drawer.”
●  “Hobbies: enjoy cooking Chinese and Italians.”
●  “2001 summer Voluntary work for taking care of the elderly and vegetable people.”
●  “Skills: Strong Work Ethic, Attention to Detail, Team Player, Self Motivated, Attention to Detail.”
●  “Objective: Career on the Information Supper Highway.”
●  “Experience: Stalking, shipping & receiving”
●  “I am great with the pubic.”
●  “My duties included cleaning the restrooms and seating the customers.”
●  “Revolved customer problems and inquiries.”
●  “Consistently tanked as top sales producer for new accounts.”
●  “Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget.”
●  “Seeking a party-time position with potential for advancement.”
●  “Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”
●  “Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.”
●  “Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”
●  “It’s best for employers that I not work with people.”
●  “I would like to work for a company that is very lax when it comes to tardiness.”
●  “Spent several years in the United States Navel Reserve.”
●  “I have a lifetime’s worth of technical expertise (I wasn’t born – my mother simply chose ‘eject child’ from the special menu.)”
●  “Reason for leaving: Terminated after saying, ‘It would be a blessing to be fired.'”

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dave Blosser  |  June 28, 2010 at 9:57 am


    The Comic Relief was a real treat this morning.
    Thanks for the fun trip joining my inner soul with the humorous side of reality.
    I needed the soothing of LOL.

    Dave Blosser

  • 2. Heather Nelson  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Oh, I just have to drop you a line and say “Thank You!” for your comic relief postings. Unemployment sucks, but your blog makes me laugh out loud. The real-life resume mishaps are refreshing, and reminds me that I’m not the only one who has seriously goofed. I once applied for a copywriting and proofreading position, and stated in my cover letter that “…typos irritate me to the very core of my sole.” I never received a call from that company and it wasn’t until I was sending out another resume that I realized that “sole” should have been “soul”. Live and learn, I guess. It was a humbling moment to realize that even proofreaders need proofreaders. 🙂

  • 3. brucebix49  |  June 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I really thought the Pepsi commercial was great!!!

  • 4. Efi Golan  |  June 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you for a nice break from work … I get much pleasure from reading your posts.

    Efi Golan

  • 5. Lynne Blackwell  |  July 2, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Thanks Michael. Absolutely hilarious! There’s no better way to start the day than with a good laugh.


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Michael Spiro

About the Author:

Michael Spiro has been a 3rd-Party Recruiter and Account Executive for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Director of Recruiting / NE Ohio Region for Experis Finance, a dedicated business unit of ManpowerGroup. Other recent positions include President of Midas Recruiting, a boutique head-hunting firm, Director of Talent at Patina Solutions, and Executive Recruiting positions with two of the largest search firms in North America. Before his career in the staffing industry, Michael was a manager in a large non-profit social-services organization. And in a former life, Michael was active in the entertainment industry, with extensive road-warrior experience as a touring performer (singer-songwriter / guitarist / comedian) and as a recording artist, producer and booking agent.  [More...]

Index (by Topic):

Résumés & Cover Letters:
 The "T" Cover Letter - The
         Only Type Worth Sending

 The Brutal Truth on How
         Résumés Get Eliminated

 Explaining Short Job Stints
         and Employment Gaps

 The Résumé Test &
         Checklist: Does Yours

 Beating the Résumé-
         Elimination Game: Where
         Do Recruiters' Eyes Go?

 The Truth About Lying on

 "Why Did You Leave Your
         Last Job?"

 How to Network: A
         Step-by-Step Guide for
         Job Searching

 Looking for Networking in
         All the Wrong Places

 Targeted Networking: How
         to Effectively Reach Out

 The Art of Giving: the Key to
         Effective Networking

 Face-to-Face Interviews:
         Secrets, Tricks and Tips

 Phone Interviews: Secrets,
         Tricks and Tips

 Skype Interview Tips ...
         Welcome to the Future!

 Nuggets: A Secret
         Interviewing Technique

 Answering the Dreaded
         Salary Question

 20 Surefire Ways to Blow
         an Interview

 "So, Do You Have Any
         Questions?" Nailing the
         Interview Closer

 Cool InfoGraphic: "What
         You Wish You'd Known
         Before Your Job

Age Discrimination:
 Age Discrimination: Secret
         Conversations Revealed

 Age Discrimination:
         Exposing Inconvenient

 Are You "Overqualified?"
         Handling the Age Issue

 Baby Boomers to the
         Rescue! An Idea Whose
         Time Has Come ...

 Overcoming Job-Search
         Obstacles and
         Redefining Your Career
         After 50

 Advice for Recent Grads
         and Career-Changers

Switching Jobs:
 The Proper Way to
         Quit a Job

 Counteroffers: Just Say No!

General Job-Seeking Info:
 The Real Truth About
         Working with Recruiters

 Contract/Consulting Jobs
         Explained ... Available in
         3 Different Flavors

►  What Recruiters Say
         vs. What Job-Seekers

►  The Dirty Truth About
         Misleading Unemployment

►  Let the Jobs Find You:
         Making Yourself More

 "Help ... I Need a Job!" A
         9-Step Guide for Newly
         Minted Job-Seekers

 Avoiding the "Black Hole
         of HR"

 Is Your Elevator Pitch
         Taking You UP
         or DOWN?

 Time Management: Recipe          for a Well-Balanced Job          Search
 Getting Un-Stuck from your

 The Double-Whammy of
         Rejection and Isolation

 "Unemployed Need Not
         Apply" - Working Around
         This Scary Message

 Using Social Media to
         Enhance Job-Searching

 Warning: That Rant You
         Posted Just Went Viral!

 The Golden Rule for
         Business: Never Burn

 The Power of a Positive

 Why Job Hunting is a
         Consultative Sales

 Top 10 Most Helpful Things
         for Job Seekers

 Top 10 Most Annoying
         Things for Job Seekers

 New Year's Resolutions for
         Unemployed Job-

Job-Seeking Humor:
 Comic Relief: Volume 1
 Comic Relief: Volume 2
 Comic Relief: Volume 3
 Comic Relief: Volume 4
 Comic Relief: Volume 5
 Comic Relief: Volume 6
 "In Transition" and Other
         Awkward Euphemisms

 Candidates Gone Wild:
         Recruiter Horror Stories

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