Photo Credit: Justin Lane—EPA

Photo Credit: Justin Lane—EPA

I’m sure I’m not the only one who despises updating resumes. Crafting fancy bullet points to land that ideal position can be such a pain, not to mention I’m tired of guessing industry keywords and phrases. But Laszlo Bock, Google’s head of human resources, shares some resume tidbits for impressing potential employers. (And of course Google, too!)

Be specific. Or as recruiters have told me in the past, use numbers and percents. Instead of writing “Wrote editorials for The New York Times,” use “Published 50 op-eds compared to average of 6.”

Explain your thought process in the interview. Employers like to know how we use our brain cells to solve problems, and apparently there’s a formula to showcase our logic and critical thinking skills throughout the interview:

  1. Here’s the attribute I’m going to demonstrate.
  2. Here’s the story demonstrating it.
  3. Here’s how that story demonstrated that attribute.

And here are the other attributes Laszlo thinks we should highlight.




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