Career Advice, Writing Advice

Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

googlegrainIt’s Twofer Tues… err, Monday!  That doesn’t sound right.  Oh, here we go: It’s Multi Monday!  Eh, work in progress.

Today I’m gonna post two amazing articles by Laszlo Bock, Chief People Officer at Google.  They work as a compendium since they just nail some important things you must take in about your resume.

This article reinforces what those that have already met with me know: Don’t just say what you do, Profess how what you did was of greatest benefit to the company you worked for.

Here’s the article.  It’s short and SUPER sweetly informative.


2 thoughts on “Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés”

  1. Reid,

    OK, how about this on a resume? The first day on Fiverr, I wrote two published reviews. Below are the responses of my client:

    [bhodges] bhodges

    Wow, absolutely wonderful job – each review is well written and insightful. Thanks for adding photos too. Another 2 reviews please!

    bhodges added 5 days ago

    Very nicely done. Writes well and put a lot of time and thought into the gig. Many thanks!

    Please let me know what you think.




    1. I would hesitate recommending inclusion of personalized quotes in your resume. The purpose of a resume is to present yourself in the most professional manner possible. De-personalizing is key so that there is objectivity shown. Hence the reason first person voice is verboten on a resume. Also, you need to keep those bullets concise.

      Notice in the article how he condenses the bullet to a single sentence, even when elaborating on the simple “Wrote editorials for the New York Times” He utilizes comparison along with posting hard numbers (50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed) because companies love to see those kinds of facts. And he also shows he went beyond the basic responsibilities for an extended length of service (providing deep insight into the following area for three years) All within a single sentence. So in your case, something to the effect of stating how you made an immediate and recognizable impact is good but also make sure to note this was not a flash in the pan.

      Possibly something like: “Writing assignments recognized by clients from the onset of service spurring requests for more deliverables than their initial order”

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