Today’s article is dedicated to the creation of a perfect resume. The Google HR boss Laszlo Bock attempts to give a solid advice, which is a key to a standout resume.
Probably many of you put a lot of effort in the resume by making sure it is very-well organized and including relevant job history and highlights of your most valuable skills. However, often most of the jobs you have applied to, never contact you back.
According to Laszlo Bock, senior president of people operations at Google, this happens because your accomplishments do not stand out since you have not provided a measure of your previous work. Moreover, Bock is certain that there is at least one thing, which differentiates the candidates from one another.
The formula, which Bock uses to quantify any experience, is quite simple and yet he guarantees that it is able to turn your list of duties resume into a clear depiction of your achievements and skills.
Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y] by doing [Z].
“Start with an active verb, numerically measure what you accomplished, provide a baseline for comparison, and detail what you did to achieve your goal,”
Bock even gives a clear example of what he means. He transforms this sentence: ‘Studied financial performance of companies and made investment recommendations.’ into this: ‘Improved portfolio performance by 12% ($1.2M) over one year by refining cost of capital calculations for information-poor markets and re-weighting portfolio based on resulting valuations.’
Clearly, the second option is more useful and stands out because it provides with more details and also describes how the candidate got there, which boosts the his/her credibility.
“Even if your accomplishments don’t seem that impressive to you, recruiters will nevertheless love the specificity,”
“‘Served 85 customers per day with 100% accuracy’ sounds good, even if the customers are people you rang up at a grocery store.”
Source: Business Insider
Read Laszlo Bock’s full LinkedIn post here.