Using the same resume, software developer Sahil Gaba applied to Google, Meta and Uber in 2021 and received a job offer from all three tech giants. He finally accepted Google's offer, which promised him the most exciting tasks and an annual salary of 278,000 euros. That was very attractive back then, when he was 29 years old.

“I really wanted to work at a big tech company,” Gaba, who reviewed her salary and work history, told Business Insider. That was the reason he taught himself programming after studying mechanical engineering in India and Chicago. All of my friends who had studied computer science found work “relatively easily.”

Gaba applies to all companies with the same CV

Gaba published the CV with which he received the job offer. There she will find a list of her first skills.

You have “backend development with Java, Python, Spring, Express, NodeJS”, as well as experience with “data pipelines for Amazon Redshift, Amazon EFS, S3”, as well as experience with “frontend programming in ReactJS, Redux, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Materialize, HTML and CSS”.

Gaba lists a number of keywords such as “soft skills.” He is a “team player”, has a tendency to act when in doubt and is used to “getting results”.

Below, Gaba describes his work experience at Amazon and a smaller fintech company, as well as his studies. Academic awards and hobbies (“travel, fitness, nutrition, food, self-improvement”) round out the one-page resume.

Today Gaba would restructure his CV

Although this CV gave you the desired result, today I would structure it differently. The first thing I would mention is professional experience. “I would still like to mention my skills, but only for the keywords,” says Gaba. He would reduce the number of keywords.

“[Damals] “I always tried to add interesting abbreviations,” says Gaba. “But that can alienate HR managers very quickly!” That's why he would prefer to choose some key words that he could explain understandably and precisely.

However, today he would still like to mention his hobbies. These can sometimes act as icebreakers in job interviews.

Generation Z is running more often than the previous generation

While a single wave of applications got Gaba the job he wanted, Generation Z employees (born after 1997) in particular like to apply frequently. A recent study by opinion research institute Forsa showed that 61 percent of Generation Z are willing to change jobs.

Members of Generation Z were noted to have a particularly high level of confidence in their own abilities: They were one and a half times more likely than older employees to say they believed their employer was “dependent on them.”

Additionally, members of Generation Z showed above-average confidence that they deserve a raise.