Resumes and Cover Letters

HR Managers Hate Them: Easy Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Sometimes, the job search process can feel like a war. You spend hours prepping for battle, reviewing answers to interview questions, and filling out online applications, and then it all comes down to a final showdown interview against the HR manager. It’s easy to think they want you to lose.

But in reality, HR managers are on your side. They’re hoping you’re the best applicant for the job so they can fill the position and move on to the next opening.

That’s why it’s so important to make a good first impression with your resume. You want to stand out right away as a stellar applicant, the answer to their problem. And that starts by avoiding easy resume mistakes. Here are some of the top mistakes according to a survey from CareerBuilder. (more…)

FALLing for Your Resume

Fall is finally here! Leaves are changing colors, the temperature is dropping, and pumpkin spice is once again taking over the country. But before you put on your sweater and run outside to enjoy the crisp officially autumn air, take a second to think about your resume. When was the last time you updated it? Even if you aren’t actively seeking a job, it’s important to have a resume that reflects your current experience. Here are a few fall-inspired things to keep in mind! (more…)

Celebrate Your Independence from Overused Resume Adjectives

Happy 4th of July! While we celebrate the independence of the United States, why not take a moment to celebrate yourself with a resume update? Hiring managers sometimes see hundreds of resumes, and the same words pop up over and over again. Making strong word choices can really make your resume stand out from the pack.

Powerful and specific adjectives are key to an impressive resume, and we’re here to help. We’ve organized some of our favorite terms to replace those tired, overused words, so you’re sure to find an alternative that works for you. (more…)

Don’t Be an April Fool: Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Ah, April 1, April Fool’s Day. A day of pranks and jokes where anything posted online is to be looked at with skepticism and doubt. But not here on Job Journey! We’re serious about the job search, and you won’t find any silly tricks or made-up stories here.

However, we want to take this chance to keep you from being seen as a “fool” when it comes to your resume. You might think you’re doing everything right, but a slight typo or other mistake could keep you from getting the job. Here are a few resume mistakes to avoid. (more…)

Spring Forward with a Fresh Resume

It’s hard to believe it’s already spring! Flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the air smells just a little bit fresher. And as always, the new season brings with it a wave of spring cleaning across the nation as folks dust, buff, and wash their way to a brighter tomorrow.

Since spring is all about newness and rebirth, why not take advantage of the season to freshen up your resume? As technology has developed, so too have the trends in resume formatting. What worked in 2000 won’t necessarily work in 2021. Here are a few 2021 resume trends to take advantage of! (more…)

Deck the Halls with a Resume Revamp

‘Tis the season, after all!

Boughs of holly are great, but a stellar resume makes for the ultimate holiday decoration. What better way to celebrate the season than with a shiny resume revamp? If you find yourself with a bit of downtime as this month draws to a close, take a look at your resume and see if there’s anything you might want to change. 2021 is fast approaching, and you want to be prepared! Here are a few yuletide-inspired tips for wrapping your resume just right.

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