What I Learned From Googles Resume Workshop

During the summer I was able to attend an event called CSSI (Computer Science Summer Institution) hosted by Google. It was a four-week boot camp/internship where aspiring computer science students worked with Google engineers/staff to learn and build HTML, CSS and JavaScript programs. CSSI is usually hosted at Google Headquarters, but due to the pandemic, it was hosted online for most people. However, there were some programs with universities where this was done in person. The program was for about 3-5 hours every day, depending on how much work you wanted to put into the program. There were lucrative opportunities like resume workshops, and my favorite opportunity, the Google Techincal Mock Interview.

Although the feedback given to me may be complete for me as I am still a student studying computer science, some of the feedback given to me may be helpful to you. Some of this feedback you may already know, while some of it may be new to you, I hope you find something useful out of the feedback you have given me.

What I Learned From Google’s Resume Workshop

  1. The most important things should be at the top of the page
    • Don’t just list skills or jobs as soon as they come to your mind, prepare your resume carefully so that the most important things appear on your resume.
  2. If you are a student applying to Google, include relevant research work in your resume.
    • I doubt Google will really care that you took a history class if you’re applying for a technical position. However, if you were applying more for an HR position, perhaps the relevant research work might be psychology.
  3. I was told that some including their LinkedIn profile is just a personal choice and not a deciding factor in the resume review process
    • However, I prefer to use LinkedIn because they have their own resume builder, rather than using some cheesy “free” resume builder online.
  4. Try to Avoid Putting Too Much Information in Your Resume
    • A cluttered resume is also no good, put what is needed, too much information on your resume makes it complicated and very hard to read.
  5. Follow the star method, status, action, action and result
    • Provide a situation in which there is most likely a problem, a task that is something you have assigned or assigned to yourself, an action that you did, and an outcome that is a consequence of what you did. How solved the problem.
  6. follow the DRY principle
    • Don’t repeat yourself, if you said you worked on a certain project, don’t bring that project up again.
  7. Use the Tenses You Use in Your Resume Carefully
    • For things you’ve already done, put it in the past tense.
    • Put the work you are doing in the present tense
  8. kissing method
    • keep it simple Stupid! You don’t need crazy graphics or a fancy looking font. (God help if you use Comic Sans.)
    • Logos of companies or places you’ve worked in are nice, but they’re not really needed, keep it consistent.

Hope this helped you!

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