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CV Humour

  • 03-08-2012 9:52pm
    Registered Users Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭

    What is the general impression of having a lightly humorous CV? I'm not talking about knock-knock jokes, just small quips.
    For example, I'm putting kickboxing under hobbies and interests. I've been doing kickboxing for years and absolutely suck at it, so I want to make some joke about my amazing career of zero competitive wins.
    Does a CV need to be completely professional or is it alright to give it a personal touch? Or should I save the charming self-deprecation for the interview?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,624 ✭✭✭TheBody

    Personally I wouldn't do it.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 18,306 CMod ✭✭✭✭Nody

    I don't give a damn about your so called quips in your CV for two reasons; first of all because I'm unlikely to bother to read them (all CVs are skimmed and details only picked out for a interview) and second and far larger chances are your "humour" will not come over correctly with the person you try to impress.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,929 ✭✭✭JaMarcus Hustle

    I think it's an absolutely horrendous idea personally.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,193 ✭✭✭✭MrStuffins

    Write your CV in Limerick form!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,041 ✭✭✭who the fug

    To use a movie quip

    Just stick to the facts mam

    As Nody says Cvs are skimmed and humor is subjective, what may seem funny to you, may make you look like a tool to somebody else

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭Captain_Generic

    So that's a unanimous no then

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,929 ✭✭✭JaMarcus Hustle

    MrStuffins wrote: »
    Write your CV in Limerick form!

    There once was a man called Joe Bourke
    Who was in desperate need of some work
    He put jokes in his hobbies
    Yet he still has no jobbies
    The employer saw it and said "What the furk?"

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 290 ✭✭Atomicjuicer

    I don't think it'd do any harm. If they're skimming they won't see it, if they're struggling to get through stuff it might lighten their day?

    I know some people who hire based on a persons ability to make the office a bit more bearable.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,390 ✭✭✭The Big Red Button

    It's probably a case of knowing the industry, and knowing your audience.

    I wouldn't do it myself. Ever. But then, I'm an auditor - the most humourless profession of all. :/ So I doubt it would impress any potential employers.

    And, if you reckon you're in with a good chance of getting an interview for the role based on the rest of your CV, I'd leave it out ... you can impress them with your wit and charm at the interview. ;)

    But, if you're chancing your arm applying for a role where you know there'll be much more qualified and experienced applicants ... feck it, why not throw it in there. :) If your CV happens to end up in front of the right person, taking a risk to make yourself stand out might make all the difference!

    Basically, I'd say only try it if you've nothing to lose!

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,408 ✭✭✭Captain_Generic

    The 'know your audience' aspect had occurred to me before. I'm primarily applying to computer games companies, who seem to pride themselves these days on having zany and approachable careers pages. I'm only a graduate so anything that makes me stand out will pretty much make all the difference.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 292 ✭✭retroactive

    I worked in a shop during my student years. A lot of people would drop in c.v's to me, hoping I would pass them onto my manager. I was shocked by the amount of typos and grammar mistakes in the c.v's... I would edit and correct these little mistakes using a red pen, add comments and grade each c.v with a red pen before handing them to my manager. Awful, but amusing.

    Anecdote - I was reviewing a girls c.v and noticed that under achievements she listed "Winning a table quiz in 1999". Fair enough, I thought, until I checked her date of birth. It was 1991. Who puts a table quiz they won at eight years of age (and 13 years ago) on their c.v!!?? ... That one got an 'F'

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 18,156 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatFromHue

    Honestly it depends on what area your applying to work in. Engineering would be a no no. Some creative arts area or something like that it might be a possibility but in general I'd say no.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,395 ✭✭✭✭mikemac1

    Get the job first

    Save your humour for when you are chatting up someone at the Christmas party

  • Registered Users Posts: 78 ✭✭L0ui5e

    Wouldn't you just love to apply for a job with a makey uppy CV..
    Say in the name of Ima Royde who happens to be 69 and lists reading the Grey trilogy as a hobby..
    Too much time on my hands I know...

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,001 ✭✭✭Mr. Loverman

    The employer already thinks you might be the right hire by calling you in for interview. During the interview one of the main things they will be looking for is how risky it is to hire you. Generally any sort of crazy man routine will go down badly. You want to come across as pleasant, positive, and not difficult or risky whatsoever.

    So I recommend you don't do anything weird.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,260 ✭✭✭Irish_Elect_Eng

    All good advice.

    Funny CV = Chuckles in the Office + Filing afterwards in the little round filing cabinet under the desk.