Honesty is always the best policy, but only to a point
Did you know that April 30 is National Honesty Day?
Sure, it's not on par with some of the bigger holidays, but it serves as a good reminder to job seekers that even the littlest of white lies could spell trouble.
Your credibility -- and chance of landing the job you seek -- can disappear quickly if a hiring manager discovers you presented false or embellished information.
On the other hand, there is such a thing as being honest to a fault. You don't need to share everything with prospective employers:
COVER LETTER: "My day started off as a normal Monday morning. I woke up squinting my eyes because they were still feeling the effects from last night's party."
This is not the Monday morning routine you want to highlight.
Your resume and cover letter are essentially marketing documents. There's no benefit to issuing warnings about your weaknesses. Be truthful about your skills, accomplishments and professional background, but keep the harsh self-critiques to yourself.
RESUME: "I am not always good at marketing myself."
You have the power to change that, you know.
"ABOUT ME: Personable with no direction."
Sounds like you need either a career map or a GPS device.
COVER LETTER: "I am going to give you the bad first: I make a lot of errors."
You certainly did by including this sentence in your cover letter.
"ATTRIBUTES: Humorlessness is another one of my traits."
This is no joke.
"WEAKNESSES: I think I'm terrible with people. In fact, I've blown four job interviews for that reason alone."
With this revelation, you may not get a fifth interview.
Finally, regardless of your feelings about former managers and colleagues, it's never a good idea to badmouth them.
"REASON FOR LEAVING: Ann. You would hate Ann, too."