Recruiters At Google Say Applicants With ‘Text Brick’ Resumes Have ‘Zero Chance’ of Being Considered

Rithika Biswas
Rithika Biswas July 22, 2023
Updated 2023/07/22 at 10:18 AM

A former Google recruiter revealed typical résumé blunders that might hinder an applicant from gaining their dream job at the digital giant. Overall, a former Google recruiter stated that a typical résumé error is having too much language and words. When he notices this obviously preventable blunder, he says candidates have “zero chance” of moving further. According to Forbes, Google positions are very competitive, with the firm receiving up to two million candidates per year, making it more difficult to acquire a seat at the company than getting into Harvard. That is why it is critical to impress recruiters right away. 

From 2012 through 2015, Nolan Church, co-founder and CEO of executive recruitment platform Continuum, worked as a Google recruiter. He told CNBC that the “number one thing I don’t want to see on a résumé is probably brick texts,” which he defined as an “endless stream of text that have a lot of words but not a lot of context.” When he sees this format, Church says, “There’s zero chance you’re going to move forward.

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” The capacity to be “concise” is an important talent, and if a candidate cannot do so, “there’s just no way you’re going to be able to write succinctly in the workplace.” The church encouraged candidates to utilise applications such as ChatGPT or Grammarly to assist them clean up and tighten their resume.

Because Google let off 12,000 employees this year in an attempt to save expenses, the hiring process is expected to be even more tight and challenging as the business takes on fewer applicants. Over 20,000 résumés were reviewed by Laszlo Bock, a former Google executive who spent 20 years at the business. According to Bock, the most typical flaws include typos, bad formatting, or résumés that are much too lengthy. “A good rule of thumb is one page of resume per 10 years of work experience,” stated Bock. “Once you’re in the room, your resume doesn’t really matter.” So trim your résumé.”

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