If you ever wanted to apply for a job at Google, you’re in luck because the VP of People Operations recently wrote a piece for LinkedIn on resumes. Even if you’re not looking to work for Larry and Sergey and the gang over at Google, reading what Laszio Bock has to say in regard to resume mistakes he often sees, is pretty cool. Oh, and informative.
Google gets more than 50,000 resumes a week and it’s Bock’s job to find the best candidates for positions at the number one search engine company. He states, “I have seen A LOT of resumes. Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job.”
It’s that simple – a bad resume is not going to make it past the initial viewing. And we’ve said this many (many!) times, resume mistakes are so simple to make and so simple to correct.
Some of the examples Bock gives for resume mistakes:
It can be as simple as a missed period or a wrong subject/verb agreement. Any time you go in and tweak your resume – even if it’s the smallest change – re-proof your resume all over again. Better yet, have someone else proof it. Mistakes in your resume show that you are not detail-oriented.
Bock says clean, legible, white paper, black ink. Whatever formatting you choose, make sure it’s consistent. And remember folks, PDFs are universal; not everyone has plopped down $20 for Pages.
It’s something you learned in kindergarten – just tell the truth. Even if you think fudging your achievements a bit won’t matter, you just never know what information will come back and haunt you.
To read more of what Laszio Bock had to say, click here for the rest of his tips. If you’d like more personalized advice on your resume and job search, contact Maxsys Solutions today.