Honesty is indeed the best policy when it comes to your resume and cover letter. Never stretch the truth because even a tiny white lie could damage your credibility if the prospective employer finds out you fibbed. That being said, there is such a thing as being too honest.
Lots of job seekers include an “Affiliations” section on their resume to highlight the professional organizations to which they belong. An accountant, for example, might note her membership in industry associations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
We’re all kids at heart, right? Even your buttoned-up VP likes a lively game now and then, and nearly everyone enjoys a short diversion during routine days. Doing fun team-building activities together also raises spirits, builds camaraderie and yields greater productivity.
If there’s one thing to remember as you write your resume and cover letter it’s that employers are interested in what you can do for them, not what you want from them. While some job applicants put the cart before the horse by including their salary requirements, other applicants go even further by listing the perks and benefits that they need.
Here’s some career advice you can bank on: Don’t include your salary requirements in your resume unless an employer specifically requests that information in the job posting. Mentioning compensation can come across as presumptuous. In addition, you could put yourself at a disadvantage later if the job pays more than the salary you list. Plus, money is not everything.