5 Biggest Résumé Mistakes According to Google’s HR Man

Résumé plays an extremely important role in your hiring process. It speaks for what you are as an individual, as a professional and how hiring you would benefit the organization. It has to be good enough to be able to convince the person on the other end of the line that you’re worth giving a chance.

Google is the dream company of many. As Google’s SVP of People Operations, Laszlo Bock has seen more than 20,000 resumes which gives him more than enough experience to dole out advice and identify the biggest mistakes that he sees on resumes.

Here’s what he has to say

  1. TYPOS:
  • People make typos all the time.
  • Everyone aims at editing a resume rather than creating one from scratch. The more you edit, the more likely you are to mess something up.
  • Bock advices that you need to proofread your resume and just to be sure, ask a friend to proofread it too and not just one friend, at least two or three. Better safe than sorry.
  1. LENGTH:
  • The lengthier your resume, greater the chances of it being dumped in one corner.
  • Brevity plays a very important role in creating your resume. It speaks about your ability to exhibit the best of you with preciseness.
  • You have to prioritise and highlight what is more important. Be smart in filtering what needs to be there and what doesn’t.
  • Bock says that unless you’re applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible.
  • Keep a 10 point font and at least half inch margins. Use black ink on a white paper.
  • Make sure that the lines are consistently spaced and columns are aligned.
  • You’d hate to miss out on a job because your resume is in Pages and the hiring manager can’t open it on a PC. PDF is a good option.
  • Blurting confidential information about your current employer in front of your potential employer just to show how clever you are puts you in a very bad light in terms of your integrity and loyalty towards your employer.
  • There is no way your new employer will trust you as an employee if you go behind the back of your previous one.
  1. LIES:
  • This one is probably the most common mistake that people make. They are somehow led to believe that since not everything you mention on your resume will be cross checked you are free to boast and lie.
  • It’s really easy to get caught and even if you’re not caught and do get the job, if the lie comes out later, even years later, you’ll probably lose whatever job you have at the time.

So, those are Bock’s top resume mistakes. Don’t make them, particularly if you’re applying for a job at Google.




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