The resume that got me an internship at Google without even applying for it

Canisha Chakadya started her Google internship in 2019. Canisha Chakadya

  • Canisha Chakadya attended a Google program and submitted her résumé as part of the application.
  • Months later, a Google recruiter contacted her asking whether she’d interview for an internship.
  • Here’s how the résumé attracted the recruiter and secured her the role, as told to Amber Sunner.

This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Canisha Chakadya, a 24-year-old in Swindon, England, about starting an internship at Google. It has been edited for length and clarity.

I secured a Google business internship in the summer of 2019. I was an undergraduate student studying business and management at Swansea University.

The year prior, I’d participated in a two-day program run by Google called Top Black Talent. I saw an advert for it on Bright Network, a graduate careers website.

After applying and submitting my résumé, I got accepted and attended the program in November 2018.

All participants were asked if Google could keep our résumés on file.

A few months after finishing the program, a recruiter from Google reached out. They said they had reviewed my résumé and wanted to interview me for an internship. It was surreal.

How I prepared for the interview

To prepare, I reached out to a Google employee I’d connected with at the program to ask questions about the company culture and her role.

My recruiter also shared what I should expect the interviews to be based on.

I researched the company and planned answers to behavioral questions and a few scenarios. I prepared all of my potential answers using the STAR method, a common interview technique I’d discovered on Google.

STAR stands for situation, task, action, and result. It gives you a structure to provide specific examples of your skills and experience.

During the interview, I was asked to talk about a time when something didn’t go to plan. I’d prepared a STAR response for this exact question, and it was a standout moment for me.

I received the internship offer in May 2019 and started working for Google in Dublin at the end of June.

The résumé that got me an internship at Google

This is the résumé that Google saw and approached me for the internship role. I use an updated version now.

Chakadya’s general résumé caught the eye of a Google recruiter. Canisha Chakadya

This résumé was general because I didn’t apply specifically to the internship program. I had a professional profile on the left-hand side summarizing my involvement with a student society and my part in a university campaign.

My résumé was two pages long, which I now don’t recommend. The second page had my contact information and my education details.

Here are my tips for writing a successful résumé.

Keep your résumé concise and straightforward

Recruiters don’t have a lot of time to sift through your résumé. Ensure that vital information like your contact details is easy to find.

Chakadya had her most relevant and recent experience at the top of her résumé. Chakadya

Your layout should be easy to read, consistent, and structured. Make sure to have your most recent experience at the top of your résumé.

To make a standout résumé, each position you list should only have three to four bullet points focused on your most impactful accomplishments in that role.

These bullet points should also quantify those accomplishments through metrics or data.

Tailor your résumé to the job description while showing that you’re well rounded

I recommend highlighting how your past experiences align with what the company is looking for.

Chakadya highlighted her volunteer work under a “key achievements” section. Chakadya

Include the most relevant experiences to the job and precise keywords that link to the job description.

I also made clear I volunteered and had launched a social enterprise. I think my community-impact work is what attracted Google recruiters to my résumé.

It helped to show that I was interested in more things besides my academics and helped to round me out as a person.

If you are part of clubs or have a hobby that could be talking points for an interviewer, include them in your résumé.

Make sure your résumé is applicant-tracking-system-friendly

An applicant-tracking system is software used to organize candidates for hiring and recruitment. It is commonly used to scan résumés and heavily influences the hiring process.

One way to do this is by featuring keywords from the job advertisement.

Google was a wonderful experience and a great addition to my résumé

The internship was a good three-month challenge. I got to meet other interns and have socials around Dublin as well as network professionally and receive training.

I worked on the onboarding team for Google’s advertising solutions. I helped clients with advertising solutions. I also strategized with the clients about how they could make the most out of Google Ads.

I enjoyed how I could take ownership of my work, such as exciting projects like an analysis of the potential impact of Brexit on small to medium-sized businesses in the UK and Ireland.

I really enjoyed my time at Google, and now I share what I learned about the résumé process with others on my YouTube channel.

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