Having a great resume is extremely important. It not only gives job recruiters and companies a better idea of who you are, but it can also separate you from other applicants applying to the same job. As unique as your resume can be, according to one Google executive, the formula to a great resume is quite simple,
The New York Times had a Q&A interview with Laszlo Bock, the former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google. In the interview, Laszlo Block was asked:
How do you write a good resume?
The key,” Bock said, “is to frame your strengths as:
‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.’
Most people would write a résumé like this: ‘Wrote editorials for The New York Times.’ Better would be to say: ‘Had 50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed [writers] as a result of providing deep insight into the following area for three years.’ Most people don’t put the right content on their résumés.
As the man who once handled all the hirings of employees at Google, Bock has found a niche for what Google and other top-level companies look for on a resume. Applying to work for the best companies is much more competitive nowadays, so having a great resume is a must. If you don’t, your chances at a job offer will be slim to none.
Read the full The New York Times Q&A interview with Laszlo Bock here.
Watch the full 30 minute interview below!