Your resumé is the only first chance you get to impress a potential company (right after the cover letter). It makes sense then that getting the details right can make or break a potential job offer. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Google’s Senior VP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock, provides tips for perfecting your resumé:
“The key,” [Bock] said, “is to frame your strengths as: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.’ Most people would write a resumé 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.’
It’s easy to create a resume from a template-style list of accomplishments and talents. What Bock recommends is providing clear evidence of how those accomplishments were achieved and which abilities it took to do them. Writing your resumé this way makes it vastly easier for potential hires to imagine exactly how you could help their business, giving you better odds at landing an interview.
Read the full interview and get more tips for writing a better resumé today, at New York Times.