Why Your Infographic Resume is a Dumb Idea

You’ve probably seen them on Pinterest or Etsy: beautiful resume templates with splashy colors and designs that look waaaay better than your black-and-white resume slapped with Times New Roman.

If you Google a bit, you’ll even find custom resume designers with rave reviews virtually promising you a job—if you spend up to three hundred dollars on one first.

The logic is that cool infographics and colors will make you stand out from gazillions of other traditional resumes.

Yes, they’re beautiful. But they will ruin your job search.


  Infographic resumes get attention for all the wrong reasons. Check out why they're a bad choice for job applications, and what you can submit instead. [Read more…]

How to get jobs when you have tattoos, piercings, or crazy hair (plus a FREE checklist!)

Confession time: I have zero tattoos. Zero piercings. And no crazy hair.

I have a low pain tolerance—plus, I don’t think I can pull any of them off.

But lots of postgrads do, and make them look amazing. Doesn’t matter the style: if you can rock a side shave and sleeve tattoo, you have my respect.

But here’s the bad news: badass style doesn’t always fly in the corporate world. People judge those with ink or piercings as untrustworthy, dangerous, impulsive, or irresponsible—so employers would most likely make a poor business decision if they hired you looking that way. So you’re screwed if you already have 10 tattoos and a nose ring, right?

Not so fast. There’s good news too. Under certain conditions, you can keep your badass style—but you might have to make some compromises. With these steps, though, you can reap all the benefits (*cough* higher salary *cough*) of steady employment and still look the way you want when your shift is over.

You have badass style--but you don't know how to translate it to work. Here's how to get jobs when you have tattoos, piercings, and more.

[Read more…]

How to Destroy FOMO for Good

My first full-time job out of college was at an elementary school where most of the staff were at least 20 years older than me.

Needless to say, I had a hard time making friends.

But, after a long week of making sure kids didn’t crack their heads open on the playground (and working my other part-time job as a hostess), I loved coming home to my couch. I could watch Army Wives in my ratty sweatpants and check my phone in between the most dramatic scenes.

There was one problem, though: everyone was doing something cooler than me.

It seemed like everyone, at least. Old friends and acquaintances from school would toast martinis, attend rock concerts, eat Insta-worthy food. By comparison, my weekends seemed pretty lame.

And suddenly, I went from enjoying my evenings to loathing myself for enjoying them. Why couldn’t I spend my time that way? During some months I would work six or seven days each week, yet I still felt like I had to do something more worthwhile with my free time to validate myself.

That feeling? It’s called FOMO: fear of missing out. It’s the self-deprecating drive to see if something more interesting is happening on social media, and the inadequacy that shortly follows.

I hate FOMO—but that didn’t stop me from checking my feeds anyway. Every picture, tweet, or status update made me want to bury myself in that couch of mine. Why couldn’t I just let it go?

Because FOMO, and social media, are addictive. And if we don’t feel FOMO every time we check our phones, we’re forced to question ourselves (i.e., you must be antisocial if you don’t wish you were with your Facebook friends).

These strategies helped me destroy FOMO, though, and keep me motivated when that nagging desire to check my phone starts creeping in:

Your fear of missing out is destroying your happiness in the present moment. Here's your three-step system for destroying FOMO. [Read more…]