Resumes and Cover Letters

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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Should You Lie on Your Resume?

Is it worth your pants catching fire?

Applying to job after job and getting rejected over and over is awful. It stinks to go through all the trouble of submitting countless applications and then not even getting a single interview. And if you aren’t getting interviews, it’s easy to blame your resume. There must be something wrong with your experience or your educational background. Otherwise, they’d at least let you come in for an interview. It would be so easy to just change a few numbers around or add a position that didn’t exactly exist. They’d never know, right?

Wrong. As noted by Dave Davis, CEO and hiring manager at digital analytics agency Redfly in an article put out by Monster.com, “Hiring managers were not born yesterday. A single question is enough to catch you out on a lie. It causes an embarrassment and an awkward situation for everyone in the room.” Interviewing is all about making a good impression, and getting an interview isn’t worth it if a lie ends up ruining your reputation. Here are a few other reasons lying isn’t worth it. (more…)

Writing the Perfect Cover Letter

Job applications are rough. You can spend hours just finding the right jobs to apply for, and then it takes even more time to fill out each job application. Since it takes so long to apply, it’s important to find a way to stand out, to make those hours spent looking up positions and filling out job history worth it. One way to do that is with a stellar cover letter.

With so much of the job search going online, the cover letter is a great place to show your potential employer who you are as a person, and how your unique experience and personality make you the right pick for the job. Here are a few tips to make your cover letter stand out. (more…)

Does Your Resume Have Any Red Flags?

When a hiring manager wants to decide whether to bring you in for an interview, your resume is the first thing they’ll check. That’s why it’s so important to keep your resume updated, use strong action words, and list any relevant certifications,

However, even if you’ve done all that, a great resume can still be rejected due to mistakes hiring managers see as red flags. Let’s take a look.

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