An interesting blog post by Alice Lerner who analysed CVs of those who got a job, and those who didn’t. Her findings are:
- typos and grammatical errors matter more than anything else
- having attended a top computer science school doesn’t matter
- listing side projects on your resume isn’t as advantageous as expected
- GPA doesn’t seem to matter
- having worked at a top company matters
In essence the most crucial factor in your CV is the absence of typos, followed by the quality of your previous employers. Your academic scores, your choice of university, your other activities have little impact.
The other factor that had an influence was clearly being able to work out what someone did in previous jobs.
Just another good example of the power of data analysis. Intuition is being replaced by data. Still a place for both of course!
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