On Feb. 2, 21-year-old Marissa Sidwell, a Florida Atlantic University graduate and student teacher, shared a TikTok in which she is seen with tears in her eyes as she pans the camera to her resume. At first look, the resume seems fine, but it soon becomes clear what the mistake is.
In the clip, Sidwell, who used a template to create her resume on Microsoft Word, realizes that she forgot to swap out the template photo. The student teacher herself is white while the photo depicts a smiling Black gentleman in scrubs.
“You think you’re having a bad day?” she wrote in the TikTok’s caption. “I just sent this resume without changing the template picture.”
You think you’re having a bad day? I just sent this resume without changing the template picture (repost cuz y’all spammed my number) ##fyp♬ original sound – Marissasid21
The TikTok has since gone viral, receiving over 2.7 million and plenty of amused comments.
“Just imagine the confusion on the HR employee’s face,” one person wrote.
“It’s the fact that he’s dressed as a doctor and your resume says student teacher that is sending me to MARS,’ another added.
“Tell them that 2020 really changed you,” a third joked.
Others questioned why Sidwell even had a photo in her resume in the first place.
“Girl you shouldn’t even put a pic on your resume tho but this is funny,” one commented.
According to Jobscan’s Molly Nevins, adding a photo to your resume can, in fact, hurt your chances of landing a job. Nevins argues that a picture “could distract from your relevant skills and experience.” A photo also might not render correctly in an applicant tracking system, causing hiccups and delays in the process.
Undercover Recruiter’s Jörgen Sundberg further adds that using a resume template can be particularly risky since employers and recruiters have “a trained eye” for spotting them and will notice similarities in language or format.
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