7 recruiters from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and other major companies looked over my resume and offered feedback. Here are 5 things they liked

Eugene Hayden on Business Insider

  • Most resume templates online won’t help you land your next job for one critical reason: Real recruiters haven’t reviewed them.
  • Eugene Hayden, who’s worked at Google, KPMG, and Boston Consulting Group (BCG), had seven recruiters from major companies like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft scan his resume and offer advice on how to catch their attention during the recruiting process.
  • Put your experience first — unless you’ve recently graduated or switched careers — and organize your accomplishments and technical skills in a way that helps them shine.
  • Spend substantial time flushing out your most recent achievements, and include any entrepreneurial experience that shows off your leadership skills.

In 2016, I quit Google with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do.

I had been working as an industry manager, and two years in, I launched Google Flights service in several European countries, helped my clients to grow their gigantic advertising budgets, overachieved sales quota multiple times and received a spot bonus from a country director.

But on October 21st, I quit — even though I loved working at Google.

I immigrated with my family to Canada and switched my career to engineering. I realized then that I had forgotten how to write meaningful resumes.

I applied for more than 100 jobs in Canada with no success. I was holding a Canadian degree and demonstrating my achievements at Google, but I failed to find a meaningful job. I felt broken inside.

I found thousands of resume templates on the web and almost all of them were missing the most essential component — they were designed by other applicants without involving REAL recruiters from top tech companies.

Instead of searching for a perfect resume template, I decided to build relationships with professionals from Amazon, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Bank of America and PayPal and ask them to review my resume. Here’s what I learned:

Eugene Hayden’s resume. Eugene Hayden

1. Include your technical skills right under the job experience and not in a floating section

Put technical skills under job experience. Eugene Hayden

Neha Hurpaul, Amazon

Make sure you include your technical skills right under the job experience and not in a floating section. Employers love to see where you used what! At the end of each professional experience, I would recommend including skills/tech bullet points emphasizing which tools and technologies you used, e.g. Python, R-Language, JavaScript, MATLAB, Microsoft Excel etc.

Calvin Liu-Navarro, LinkedIn

That way the companies can see your most recent skills and experience which could help them match to their open roles better.

April Tsuei, Amazon

If I were using my recruiting eyes and not reading each bullet point consistently, it would be hard to know from a floating section what skill resonates with what experience

2. Put your experience first. Normally education on top is used for recent undergrads with very little experience, or someone trying to make a career switch

Your experience should come first. Eugene Hayden

Andrea Rodriguez Luna, Ex-Amazon

In terms of structure and format, I would probably move your education down and your professional experience up since you have a very good experience.

Calvin Liu-Navarro, LinkedIn

If I have to say anything, one suggestion would be putting your experience first instead of education.

Magdalena Munro, PayPal

It looks good and the only thing I would change is not kicking off with your education. I only recommend that for interns.

3. Bring your impact to the front and highlight your accomplishments by listing them. This is what matters

List your accomplishments. Eugene Hayden

Amy Miller, Amazon / Google / Microsoft

I LOVE measurable achievements. Numbers, percentages, it all helps me paint a picture of what it is you CAN DO! You do a good job of creating that mental image so that works well.

Indoora Hayles, Bank of America

I love this! Talk about the results more and the types of projects you worked on. Quantify your achievements. What was the cost, projected revenue, did you save the client money? If so, how much and how long did it take?

4. Write a bit more about your most recent one or two jobs

Elaborate on your most recent jobs. Eugene Hayden

Calvin Liu-Navarro, LinkedIn

Each job has two to three points. What if the most recent ones got more information and the most important achievements? That way you will increase your chances to match open roles.

5. Add the entrepreneurship piece, it shows your leadership skills

Show off your entrepreneurial skillset. Eugene Hayden

Amy Miller, Amazon / Google / Microsoft

Love your entrepreneurship piece — I would consider moving that up, not only because it’s more recent but ALSO because I think it ties more neatly to your leadership achievements and what I assume is the kind of work you want to do.

Good luck on building your resume and on your job search (because we all need a dash of it, even if the notion of luck is nonsense) and please copy and use my one-page resume as a template.

Eugene Hayden previously worked as an industry manager at Google, senior consultant at KPMG, and researcher at Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

Eugene is passionate about advanced analytics, business intelligence, strategy, and operations.