It’s much simpler than general relativity, but in your job search it will be infinitely more useful.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, Google’s ‘VP People Operations’ dropped a few simple hints to help you succeed with your resume and in interviews. In a nutshell he says:
The key, is to frame your strengths as: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.”
According to Bock, most people list out their accomplishments as a 1 line description, in the form:
“Wrote editorials for The New York Times.”
A better way to say this would be:
“Had 50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed [writers] as a result of providing deep insight into the following area for three years.”
Laszlo says “Most people don’t put the right content on their résumés.”
It may seem like common sense, but it’s a step job-seekers often overlook; highlighting their core strength excellence and how it makes them the best choice for the job.
Laszlo also let out his number one interview tip:
“What you want to do is say: ‘Here’s the attribute I’m going to demonstrate; here’s the story demonstrating it; here’s how that story demonstrated that attribute.’ ” And here is how it can create value. “Most people in an interview don’t make explicit their thought process behind how or why they did something and, even if they are able to come up with a compelling story, they are unable to explain their thought process.”