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In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. [The Nightmare Resume Question]

January 12, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

In 150 characters or fewer, tell us what makes you unique. Try to be creative and say something that will catch our eye!

Has anyone else gotten this question on online resumes?

150 characters or less gets me in the Twitter frame of mind and that is never good. “Try to be creative” and “say something that will catch our eye” makes my brain start to bleed out my nose.

I have no clue on what to say and neither does anyone else, because when I google this question, no one else knows what to say either.

So, let’s use my last few tweets to see if that helps anyone –

I don’t stand a chance, do I?

What would you say in 150 characters or less?


After realizing how many people are searching for this, I decided to do a little digging and ask a few HR professionals about this question. Excluding the one who told me, “I have no idea!” I found a couple of answers that may help:

1) “Depends on what the company culture is, for us, something fun and random. For other companies, maybe something professional and goal orientated. Sorry, I know “it depends” is not a great answer!”

2) “Elevator pitch!

Do you have a concise mission statement?

For example,
‘I help people in transition. They begin by understanding their true nature and creating a personal brand.'”

I hope this helps people who have stumbled upon this blog post for an answer! If I find out more tips, I’ll post them!


  1. Vinny C says:

    ”Hire me because I actually took the time to fill in this stupid field that makes no sense in determining how well I can do the job for which I applied”

    I’ve had to answer questions in that format more than a few times, myself. I’m pretty sure relying on my tweets for guidance will do me more harm than good too.

  2. catryn2013 says:

    URGH I hate this question. It is like “Do a song and dance to show how desperate you are!!!” Maybe if they took the time to get to know you in an interview, they would see what is unique about you.

  3. Erika says:

    I came across this question on an online application just now. I decided to look for a little help in what they might be looking for and I see everyone is as perplexed and irritated as I am. How do I creatively, eye-catchingly, expertly send a 150 character or less message about who I am and why I would fit the position??? Didn’t I just attach a cover letter and resume? Are they too lazy to make a phone call and get more information from me? Maybe I’ll just write, “I wake up every day with more awesome than I can handle and need to offload it onto you!” I’ll let you know how it goes…

  4. Erika says:

    Or maybe I’ll just tempt them with, “I’ll bring doughnuts, cookies and cake.” Ha.

  5. Josh says:

    I used….

    “You should hire me because I am a true person and I’m willing to be corrected for my faults.”

    I thought it was fitting because it is not really what the question asked for but I am willing to be corrected. Maybe I thought into it too much but I am not a fan of the question at all.

  6. Mary E. Collins says:

    I just saw this question too! Urg. How those this approach sounds, “What makes me a unique person? I’m willing to accept when need to be corrected. How often does one need it depends on the person training them!” Leaving 6 characters left. Haha.

  7. The Real McCoy says:

    I just wrote that I wanted to do data visualization (since that’s what the job was for) and that I thought it was the coolest, second only to classic Star Trek. Maybe that’s the right balance of nerdy and professional? I have no idea.

  8. Adri says:

    LOL! I just stumbled upon a question like this on a job app that I was filling out. It’s a tricky one that I’m sure prevents many from continuing. My take on it was to highlight something that I pursue constantly in my life (which is quality) and give it a more informal tone saying that this includes food too, and best if this is homegrown! Not sure if it will fit the bill, but it was an honest answer.

    Thanks for posting this! It definitely makes me feel a bit relieved I’m not the only one that feels uneasy with these types of questions.

  9. April says:

    no ones ever gotten back to you? it looks like their answers to the question didn’t work?

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