The Biggest Resume Mistakes, According To Google’s Head Of HR

The Biggest Resume Mistakes, According To Google’s Head Of HR

Laszlo Bock, senior VP of people operations at Google, has reviewed over 20,000 resumes in his career. These are the mistakes he sees over and over.

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The five mistakes he lists are mostly obvious, from typos to bad formatting and lies. Two tips, however, stand out, whether you want to get a job at Google or elsewhere:

Length. A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience. Hard to fit it all in, right? But a three or four or ten page resume simply won’t get read closely. As Blaise Pascal wrote, “I would have written you a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” A crisp, focused resume demonstrates an ability to synthesize, prioritise, and convey the most important information about you. Think about it this way: the *sole* purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. That’s it. It’s not to convince a hiring manager to say “yes” to you (that’s what the interview is for) or to tell your life’s story (that’s what a patient spouse is for). Your resume is a tool that gets you to that first interview. Once you’re in the room, the resume doesn’t matter much. So cut back your resume. It’s too long.

And don’t spill the beans on your company’s confidential information in your resume. (“Duh!” comments not welcome. 5-10% of the resumes Google gets reveal confidential information.)

Check out all his advice on LinkedIn.

The Biggest Mistakes I See on Resumes, and How to Fix Them [LinkedIn via Business Insider]

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