In the tech world, competition for jobs is notoriously fierce. And perhaps, this is most true at Google, a company known to many as the “World’s Most Attractive Employer” two years in a row (2016-2017, as voted by Universum Global) and revered by many as an overall great place to work.
Ever wondered what Google looks for in tech applicant resumes? This handy guide from Paysa will give you valuable tips on how to wow your recruiter and land that Google dream job you’ve always wanted.
Format for Success
It’s possible that over the years, you will have had multiple employers or earned various degrees. There’s no expectation that your resume will be confined to one page. However, the agreed-upon preference at Google is under two pages. If your experience is extensive and relevant, this may not be possible, and you won’t be dinged for a long resume. But remember, given the volume of applicants Google recruiters deal with, they’ll want to understand your experience and qualifications pretty quickly.
When it comes to structuring your resume, Google doesn’t necessarily care about an introductory objective. Instead, focus on your education and put that front and center at the top. Perhaps include coursework you’ve done that pertains to the role for which you’re applying. Even if you don’t have a degree in that field, including more details about your academic background can help recruiters see how your education aligns with the job description.
Moving on to work experience, you’ll want to put your most recent experience at the top of the section. Depending on where you’re at your career, Google recruiters will not be interested in seeing every single thing you’ve done in the last 15 years unless it is directly applicable to the position for which you’re applying. According to Google recruiters interviewed in this Google Hangout video, your best bet is to instead focus on experiences such as internships that are relevant to the role or other full-time positions or projects that would pertain to the sort of work you’d be doing in the position.
After discussing your education and work experience, you can move on to other aspects that make you a great fit, which we’ll discuss in further detail below.
Google is just as focused on their corporate culture as they are on the competencies their employees bring to the table. They love to see personality, spunk, and value the chance to hire interesting, well-rounded talent. Recruiters especially like reading about experiences that show an altruistic side to their potential employees—be sure to discuss causes you care about and share any volunteer or community-oriented experiences you’ve had and how they’ve shaped you as a person on your resume.
Even if you don’t have a top-tier education from a school like Stanford or MIT, Google is keen to know if you’ve been contributing to open-source communities, have excelled in coding, math, or algorithm competitions as this will show that you may be a good fit for one of their tech teams.
These days, Google is looking for people who are actively involved with the tech community in a hands-on way. If you run or contribute to an industry blog, are passionate about topics like SWE, big data, machine learning, etc., or are involved in a mentorship community, you’ll certainly want to include that information to give Google recruiters a clearer picture of who you are as a candidate and as a person.
Avoid Common Pitfalls
It’s a given that Google receives a ton of resumes, and standing out from the competition can be tough. In fact, getting hired at Google is ten times harder than getting into Harvard. A former recruiter for the tech giant once told Fast Company that they would often get upward of three million applications a year. (For reference, that’s about the population of Lithuania.)
Luckily for us, they also shared their wisdom on how to avoid common resume mistakes that would make recruiters pass over potential talent. Some of these include:
- Improper Formatting: On average, a recruiter only spends six seconds glancing at each resume. Put the most pertinent information at the top where it will be seen front and center.
- Generic Objective Statements: Ditch these all together. Objective statements are outdated and may pigeonhole you, meaning that you may miss out on a potential dream job.
- Oversharing: No need to detail every job you’ve had since high school. Use your resume to showcase your most relevant skills and experiences.
- Not showcasing accomplishments: If your work experience reads like a job description, you’re doing it wrong. Make sure that you aren’t just talking about what you did, but how well you did it. List your accomplishments, not your tasks.
- Buzzwords: Avoid industry jargon in favor of telling a compelling story about your career. Words like “synergy” and “dynamic” are almost sure to put your resume in the trash bin.
The Bottom Line
It’s easy to see that the resume is far from dead for recruiters at some of the world’s top tech firms. While working at Google is a reach for even the most talented tech professionals, it’s possible to give yourself a leg up by using these resume best practices.
Proper formatting, showcasing your passion, and focusing on your most relevant skills can go a long way to place you head and shoulders above your competition at this world-class technology employer. Finally, be sure to proofread and edit several times to ensure your resume is squeaky clean and you’ll certainly be ahead of the game.
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