Create Your Resume for Google: Tips and Advice


JEREMY ONG: Hi. I’m Jeremy, and I’m a
technical recruiter at Google. LIZI LOPEZ: And I’m Lizi,
a business recruiter. We’re going to walk you
through our tips and advice to help you prepare a strong
resume that stands out for any job or
internship at Google. JEREMY ONG: We’ll also share
tailored resume recommendations and examples from business and
engineering and technical roles that you can apply to
your resume right away. And feel free to skip ahead
to specific timestamps noted in the
description if you only want to watch certain
parts of the video. LIZI LOPEZ: Let’s get started
with a few important basics for your resume
overall, and then we’ll walk you through
everything you need to know for each section of the resume. To start, make sure the format
is simple and consistent in design, font, sizing,
and spacing throughout so that the person
reviewing your resume can easily scan and find
information quickly. Black ink is always a safe bet,
but other font colors are OK as long as they’re readable. And PDF formatting is preferred. Include your contact information
and email at the top. You don’t have to include
objective statements, but if you do, make sure it’s
relevant to the job you’ve applied for. You also don’t need
to include references. Try to keep your resume
to one page for business and internship roles
and no longer than two pages for engineering roles. Really focus on including what’s
relevant for the specific role you’re applying for. Use bullet points with
consistent formatting and structure throughout
the resume rather than long paragraphs. And perhaps the most
important tip we have overall is to always check for typos. JEREMY ONG: Now a
few additional basics for technical and
engineering candidates. List your programming languages
at the top of your resume and make sure you’re comfortable
interviewing in them. It’s also critical
you list your GitHub profile or other prominent
open source work that shows us you’re contributing to
the open source community, passionate about the work
you’re doing, and looking to improve your skills. LIZI LOPEZ: For
all resumes, it’s important to use clearly
delineated sections. Think about what
a recruiter needs to know about you
and your experience and then organize
them accordingly. If you’re a student
or a recent grad, education should
always be listed first. If you’re an experienced
industry professional, this section can be
moved lower on the page. Experience should take up
the bulk of your resume. If you have multiple distinct
categories of experience, consider creating
subsections for each. If you’re a technical or
engineering candidate, include personal
class projects next. We then recommend including a
leadership and award section. You can use an
optional final section to tell us a little
bit about yourself. JEREMY ONG: Now let’s walk
through our advice and tips for each section. First up is education. Generally, the more recently
you attended university, the more detail you
should include here. So pay close attention if
you’re currently a student. Include all post-secondary
institutions you’ve attended and
all degrees and majors, with your most recent
education first. Definitely include your
actual graduation date if you’ve graduated or the
anticipated date if you’re still enrolled, and always in
the month-year format rather than season-year. For example, May 2017
instead of Spring 2017. If you’re a current
student or recent grad, include your cumulative
grade point average, too. But don’t be scared by this. Although GPA is a factor,
we look at the whole package and understand that every
school and student is different. LIZI LOPEZ: Experience
is next on the list, and it can come in
many different forms beyond jobs and internships. So if you’re a student,
be sure to include impact from things like
academic research, teaching or tutoring experience,
personal projects, and student, group, and class projects. If you’re applying for
technical or engineering roles, be sure to include
any experience with open source, mobile app
or web development, hackathons, and coding competitions. Think through all of
your relevant experience for the role and then use
these tips to showcase them on your resume. You’ll want to list everything
in reverse chronological order with your most recent
experience first. Include your employer,
position, and dates employed for all
jobs and internships in the month-year format. Keep your bullet point
descriptions concise and clear, and make the most of your space
by streamlining bullet points that spill over onto the next
line by only one or two words. And for each bullet,
use action words like created, designed,
debugged, negotiated, developed, managed, and so
on, so the person reading your resume can easily and
quickly understand your skills and experience. JEREMY ONG: A big tip here is
to read the job description and look at the
language it uses. Writing a resume for a
specific job description takes a little bit of
effort, but it can really help your application stand out. You can even bold and italicize
keywords related to the job description to highlight your
relevant skills and experience. It’s important to
focus on the results and impact of your work, so
list metrics and examples concisely rather than
writing long descriptions. Use data and comparisons or
averages to provide context. We value data at
Google and want to see you know how to apply
it when speaking to your accomplishments. If you’re applying for
technical or engineering roles, be sure to include
the programming language you used in bold
for each project you include. LIZI LOPEZ: To ensure you
focus on results and impact in this section, we recommend
using this helpful framework– accomplish X as measured
by Y by doing Z. Let’s walk through a few examples for
different types of experience. JEREMY ONG: If you’re applying
for technical or engineering roles, this example should
be particularly helpful. “We have increased server
query response time by 15% by restructuring API.” This concisely conveys the
impact backed up by data and communicates a skill. In this case, it’s
restructuring an API, but it could be experience
like adding new hardware, algorithmic improvements,
caching answers, or implementing
machine learning. LIZI LOPEZ: Here’s
another example for those of you applying
for business roles. The goal here is to convey
account management experience. We have a good starting point
with the first statement, and we can make it
stronger with metrics. So it reads– “Grew revenue from
small/medium business clients by 10% quarter over quarter.” Now let’s take it a step
further by adding more context. So the final version reads– “Grew revenue from 15
small/medium business clients by 10% quarter over quarter by
mapping new software features as solutions to their
business goals.” JEREMY ONG: This
framework is also helpful to apply to the next
section of your resume– leadership and awards. Here you can include any
relevant leadership positions, awards, university
honors, scholarships, or other types of recognition. Let’s look at an example. Here we want to
communicate membership to a particular
group or program. The initial statement can become
stronger by including metrics. So it reads– “Selected as one
of 200 participants for an 18-month
professional development program for high-achieving black
and Latinx talent in tech.” Let’s take it a step further
by adding more context. So the final version reads– “Selected as one
of 230 participants nationwide for an 18-month
professional development program for high-achieving
black and Latinx talent in tech based on leadership potential
and academic success.” LIZI LOPEZ: The last
section of your resume should include
anything else we should know about you because we love
learning about what makes you– you. This is particularly important
if you’re currently a student. Be sure to include any
involvement you have in student groups, including
multicultural, academic, community service, and
social organizations, especially if you have
a leadership position. And again, use
the accomplished X as measured by Y by doing
Z, framework, to communicate your impact. You can also link relevant
publications, papers, patents, and conference
presentations, too. Those are a few ideas,
but feel free to add any other meaningful
extracurricular activities or experiences you might
have in this section as well. JEREMY ONG: And those
are our tips and advice to help your resume stand out. Check out the links in the
description for more resources to help you prepare your
application for Google, and head over to the career
site to see our open jobs and internships. We hope to see your resume soon. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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