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The 10 most ridiculous resume mistakes job seekers have made

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Crafting a resume takes a lot of time and effort, so don't let a typo, or worse a lie, land yours in the garbage.

In fact, 43 percent of managers said they spend less than 60 seconds looking at a resume, according to a survey of 2,100 hiring managers conducted by CareerBuilder and marketing research firm Harris Poll.

In the survey, a number of managers shared some of the worst errors, lies and blunders they had seen in resumes.

These 10 embarrassing resume blunders serve as a reminder to always proofread your resume.

1. Misspelling your own name

An applicant's name was autocorrected from "Flin" to "Flintstone."

His name was Freddie.

2. Telling a fairy tale

An applicant said he had been a prince in another life.

3. Not checking for spelling mistakes

An applicant claimed to pay great attention to detail, but the word "attention" was misspelled.

4. Providing random information

An applicant included "taking long walks" as a skill.

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5. Blatant lying

An applicant claimed he had worked at a federal prison. A background check determined he was actually incarcerated at the prison during that time.

6. Saying you're only motivated by money

An applicant said he would work harder if paid more.

7. Darth Vader

An applicant's resume used direct quotes from "Star Wars."

8. Advertising the wrong things

An applicant listed "smoking" as a hobby.

9. Forgetting to be professional

An applicant used a resume template with cats in the corners.

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10. Truth be told

An applicant wrote the following at the end of the resume: "I didn't really fill this out, someone did it for me."