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I am the Time Person of the Year for 2006, and I was wondering if this is a good idea to include this on my resume? I figured it might make me stand out and be more noticeable amid all the many other resumes.

closed as off-topic by Ernest Friedman-Hill, bruglesco, gnat, Twyxz, motosubatsu Apr 2 at 8:31

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it’s just a joke – Ernest Friedman-Hill Apr 2 at 3:08
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    Between the sparkles coming from my mouse pointer and this sort of post I dont even know where I am. I'm going home. Argue amongst yourselves. – solarflare Apr 2 at 3:10
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    Actually an honest question. Would adding a subtle joke like this make me more noticeable? – theresawalrus Apr 2 at 3:11
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    Nope. No it wouldn't. – bruglesco Apr 2 at 3:20
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    Funnily enough, I'm the winner of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. I'm a modest person though, so I don't include it in my resume. – Matthew Barber Apr 2 at 6:22
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Giving this question some benefit of the doubt...

But say I'm applying for a high demand job, where there are many applications/job. Would just being noticed be worth the chance they don't like the non-professionalism?

Could you explain why the trade-off wouldn't be worth it, maybe as an answer?

Especially for a high demand job with many applications, hiring managers are busy people. Putting something into your application that indicates you don't take the job completely seriously might be a way to get their attention, but not in a good way. There's a chance that they catch the "person of the year" line, assume it's a lie, and reject your application based on the lie. There's a chance they look up the person of the year to fact check you, figure out the joke, and still reject your application based on wasting their time or not taking the application process seriously.

The risk you run is that this stunt catches attention, but for the wrong reasons.

There are less risky ways to get noticed. If you don't have much work experience yet, listing some hobbies on a résumé can catch someone's eye. Or listing a GPA, if it's high. Or linking to a portfolio of projects you've done previously, or to a personal website. Even just having a well-formatted résumé can catch people's eye in a good way. I can't imagine a circumstance where a joke on a résumé would be wise.

  • Thanks for this. Could you go more into the alternate scenario where you leave out the joke and don't stick out? – theresawalrus Apr 2 at 3:48
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Leaving aside the broader question of whether jokes can be helpful in resumes, this particular joke is unlikely to help, because it's already been done to death.

Here is an article from 2013 explaining why the joke is tired. It notes that 1404 people on Twitter have this joke in their bios; when I ran the same search today, the number had risen to 3403.

If you want to impress a recruiter with your creativity and sense of humour, look for a fresher joke.

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