If You Want to Get the Attention of a Recruiter, Your resume must be data-driven

Below you’ll find three examples on how you can describe your results in your resume. Taking your time doing that will help you get the attention of a recruiter and not least a hiring manager working at your desired company. The source is Google’s Work Resume Workshop video published on YouTube.

Explain why your wins are impressive

What the resume says:
“Won the second place in Hackathon.”

 

What the Googlers method suggests:
“Won second place out of 50 teams in Hackathon with standout productivity tool.”

 

Why it will get noticed:
Specifying a large number of entrants provides context and makes it clear how you stand out in a competitive crowd.

Show how you stand out

What the resume says:
“Member of Leadership for Tomorrow Society”

 

What the Googlers method suggests:
“Selected as one of 275 participants nationwide for this 12-month professional development program for high-achieving diverse talent based on leadership potential and academic success.”

 

Why it will get noticed:
The second version makes it clear that membership in this group is an achievement, not just a social activity. Sharing the number of participants provides additional context on the program’s exclusivity.

Show you're a changemaker

What the resume says:
“Increased server query response time.”

 

What the Googlers method suggests:
“Increased server query response time by 15 percent by restructuring our API.”

 

Why it will get noticed:
Sharing percent growth shows how you made change happen.