Google HR Head Reveals the Worst Resume Blunders

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Regardless of what job you’re applying for, a bad resume will deplete your chance to be included on the shortlist no matter how deserving you are for the job.

Laszlo Bock, author of “WORK RULES!” and the Senior Vice President (SVP) of People Operations at Google, wrote an article about his experience in noticing the same mistake in over more than 20,000 resumes he has reviewed.

Here are the worst resume mistakes according to the expert himself:


According to the 2013 survey of the global leader in human capital solutions, CareerBuilder, 58% of resumes have typographical errors. Why does this happen? Bock says that people who refine their resumes the most carefully are more likely to commit typos. This mistake is fatal as employers interpret it as lack of detail-orientation.

How to fix it?
Read your resume or have someone proofread it for you to be sure.


If you think 2 to 3 pages of resume is just fine, then you need to rethink it. Remember your purpose: to be called in for a job interview and not to reveal your entire career history.

How to fix it?
He adds, “A good rule of the thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of experience.” To fit your 7-10 years of experience in one page, include only the details that show your abilities and the most important information about you.

Bad Formatting

Using outdated or inappropriate fonts such as Times New Roman or Comic Sans; having too narrow or too wide margins; sending resume without converting it to PDF copy.

How to fix it?
Unless you’re applying for web designer, graphic artist, or illustrator, follow these quick rules to a professional-looking resume:

  • Use clean and legible font styles such as Calibri, Arial, Cambria, Georgia, or Garamond in 10pt at least.
  • According to a Contributor in Business Insider, Jillian D’Onfro, your resume should have half-inch margins, consistent spacing, and aligned columns.
  • To ensure your resume won’t look different on other devices, convert it into PDF.
Disclosing Confidential Information

In Bock’s article on LinkedIn, he shared his experience receiving a resume from an applicant working at one of the top consulting firm, which also happens to have a strict confidentiality policy. On the resume, the candidate wrote that he has consulted to a “major” software company in Redmond, Washington. Although he didn’t specifically mentioned Microsoft, Bock says that whoever reviews the resume will know that’s what he meant to say. It’s a total turn off to him and surely to other employers as well.

How to fix it?
Bock suggests anything you want to put in your resume, follow the New York Times test.

Telling Lies

GPAs, degrees, experiences, achievements, and sales results are the common things that candidates tell lies about on their resume to impress the employer. Every applicant, including managers and CEOs get fired for this.

How to fix it?
Just like what your mom tells you since childhood, “Don’t tell lies.” If you think your background will not suffice the job criteria, your ace is to be creative. Pay attention to your achievements in a truthful way instead.

Substance matters than style and integrity weighs more than intelligence. Market yourself the right way by following these tips and browse through our web site where you’ll find resume examples made for every professional.

To Googler aspirants, you may want to read our article about the pros and cons of working at Google so you know what to expect.

Sources: Daily Muse, Inc., LinkedIn, Business Insider Inc., Bloomberg L.P.
Photo is courtesy of Opensourceway’s Flickr Photostream, under Creative Commons Licensing.

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