How can you make a strong first impression, and convince someone to hire you, on one page? That’s the challenge of crafting the perfect resume: it can either help you land a job interview or send your application to the “no” pile.
There’s a secret to writing a great resume that doesn’t involve a complicated format or hours of re-writing, according to Google’s Global Head of Recruiting Brendan Castle. “The no. 1 thing you want to be thinking about is to tell your story — not just your work experience, but also what you’ve learned and the accomplishments you’re most proud of,” he tells CNBC Make It.
There is a list of important questions your resume should answer, Castle says, starting with: who are you? It can be challenging to sum up your interests, dreams and achievements in a single document, but Castle offers a few guiding questions to help you better structure your resume:
For recent college graduates, Castle suggests that job applicants highlight recent academic research, tutoring, student group or class project experiences. More seasoned candidates, he adds, should use metrics and concise examples to show the impact of their work.
If someone is applying for an account management role, for example, they could write: “Grew revenue from 15 small business clients by 10% quarter-over-quarter by mapping new software features as…