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The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company Hardcover – March 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470927623
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470927625
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Hiring bonuses, onsite pools, cocktails, flexible hours . . . meaningful work! This is the stuff of recent graduates' dreams—and the shimmering lure dangling at Google, Apple, Microsoft, and other top tech firms. Scoring those coveted positions requires brains, drive, a minimum of luck, and an abundance of smart moves. The Google Résumé is the only book that delivers the critical know-how to get you through the door, in the job, and up the first rungs of the tech ladder.

Former Microsoftie, Appleite, and Googler Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the mentor you need. Get crucial advice on choosing a major, minor, internship, and part-time job that will make you a superior candidate. Identify your weaknesses, and start developing a track record of achievement now.

The hiring processes and requirements of the tech industry are unique—and the competition, stiff. No matter your tech savvy, there are infinite ways to improve your chances of landing your dream job, from picking relevant extracurricular activities to striking the right tone during an interview.

Filled with answers to real job-seekers' questions, a list of 156 résumé action words, and examples of choice answers to tough interview questions, The Google Résumé also teaches you how to:

  • Develop a specialized skill while you're in school

  • Land an interview

  • Create a great first impression

  • Navigate the hiring procedures for programmers, designers, and game developers

  • Negotiate an offer

There are a lot of smart people in the world, and anyone can catch a little dumb luck. But if you want to stand out among the roiling mass of tech strivers, you have to do everything right. Here's how.

From the Back Cover

"The Google Résumé is a comprehensive guide to getting into the top tech companies. McDowell shows applicants how to create an effective résumé, how to prepare for interviews, how to negotiate an offer, and how to perform well on the job. This is truly the 'bible' of the tech hiring process." —Stephanie Jacobs, former recruiter, Google

"This book takes you behind the scenes at companies like Amazon and Microsoft with real-life stories from candidates, interviewers, and recruiters. Their experiences will show you how to position yourself for success. An excellent read for candidates at all stages." —Venise Cunningham, Recruiting Coordinator, Amazon, and formerly Microsoft

"During my time at Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, I've seen even the most brilliant candidates fumble. Some get too nervous, some don't prepare adequately, and some lack the right experience. The Google Résumé addresses each of these issues and helps candidates develop a more compelling appli-cation. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone pursuing a tech career." —Peter Wilson, former engineering director, Google and Microsoft; consultant, Facebook

"A perfect follow-up to McDowell's first book, Cracking the Coding Interview, The Google Résumé goes beyond the interview itself and shows candidates how to make their applications stand out. There may be no silver bullet for success, but this book is about as close as it gets." —Trey Williams, Software Engineer, Google, and formerly Microsoft

"A surprisingly fun yet helpful look at the tech recruiting process, this book offers candidates concrete strategies for landing these coveted positions. Learn how companies like Microsoft approach hiring and use these lessons to land your dream job. This is the book that I wish all our candidates would read." —Belinda Drllevich, Recruiting Coordinator, Microsoft


More About the Author

Gayle Laakmann McDowell's interviewing expertise comes from vast experience on both sides of the desk. She has completed Software Engineering interviews with - and received offers from - Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Capital IQ, and a number of other firms.

Of these top companies, she has worked for Microsoft, Apple and Google, where she gained deep insight into each company's hiring practices.

Most recently, Gayle spent three years at Google as a Software Engineer and was one of the company's lead interviewers. She interviewed over 120 candidates in the U.S. and abroad, and led much of the recruiting for her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, she served on Google's Hiring Committee, where she reviewed each candidate's feedback and made hire / no-hire decisions.

She assessed over 700 candidates in that role, and evaluated hundreds more resumes.

In 2005, Gayle founded CareerCup.com to bring her wealth of experience to candidates around the world. Launched first as a free forum for interview questions, CareerCup now offers a book, a video and mock interviews.

Gayle holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School.

Customer Reviews

The book is nice written and contains lots of useful informations.
Michal Modzelewski
For job seekers, the book explains how to prepare your resume, cover letter, get noticed by recruiters.
Jakub Gielzak
This book is the closest you can get to understanding what hiring is really like.
Mullster

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

108 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Thompson Jr. on October 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not here to waste your time, especially since I feel like my time's been wasted. With that on the table, here's my short review:

This book is great for the following:

-Giving you an idea of what tech companies are looking for.
-Making sure you have no misconceptions about how screwed you are if you've decided to major in something non-STEM.
-It's a Gayle McDowell primer. Yes, you will be an expert on how well Ms. McDowell (the author) has done throughout her career. She'll walk you through it from the painful beginning -- how she temporarily rued her opportunity to work with Microsoft at a young age; how her 'unimportant-to-the-networking-process' Ivy League diploma worked out for her (in her opinion); etc...
-Providing your pride with just enough of a harsh beating to keep you where you are. You won't quit that job at the promising start-up you just landed in lower Manhattan, but you'll realize just how useless you seem to the engineering community shortly before finishing this book!

This book ISN'T great for:

-Getting you a job. (Although, reading any book won't get you a job anyway.)
-Giving you the tools you need to land an interview with a top company. Instead, you're provided with a BROAD option with regards to your overall direction. What that option is: well, you won't know when you're done with the book, but you'll know there's some underlying option...somewhere. Essentially, you will NOT know what to do with yourself specifically in order to even start your resume.

Want some project ideas to get you started? Don't read this.
Want a mildly attractive, active look on sites like GitHub? Don't read this.
Want to know exactly what interviewers at companies like Google and Microsoft are thinking?
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48 of 61 people found the following review helpful By CrunchyCookie on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The only part of this book with any relation to Google is the author's keyword-obsessed title: she knew a book with "GOOGLE" and "RESUME" in bold would grab attention (as would a boobie-enhanced self-photograph on the back flap, and asking 30 friends to leave 5-star reviews). So let the record show that aside from maybe 1.5 chapters on the specifics of how tech companies think and prioritize candidates, this is essentially another generic career advice book to add to the mile-high pile of the same, with the majority of content focused on resumes, cover letters, interview questions, deciding between offers, etc. You know, the kind where you'll hear advice to not order spaghetti at a lunch interview, and to check your teeth afterwards.

As those books go, though, it's not bad. On any topic, most of her advice is well-reasoned and common sense-driven, i.e. to quantify your achievements, how to explain why you're leaving your current job, to always consider location and cost of living when evaluating offers, and why it's wiser to start at a giant company and then ditch it for a startup than vice versa. Could be helpful, especially if you're 22 and your common sense is still a work-in-progress. It's an easy read, and in the rare event when specific information actually surfaces (i.e. that Microsoft pays more than Amazon, or that Amazon is more a retail company than a coder's paradise), it can momentarily get interesting.

Still, the shallow content makes this more suited to a library checkout than a purchase.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful By aTechNerd on June 27, 2011
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The Google Resume is a comprehensive guide to landing a job at any major high-tech company.

This book could not have been written by a more passionate and qualified person. In fact, the author Gayle Laakmann McDowell not only worked at Google and other tech giants, she was responsible for interviewing 100+ candidates while she was there!

The Google Resume opened up my eyes to how rigorous and intimidating a tech interview can be and I feel very lucky to have found such a well written book on this topic, while only a junior in college. Gayle provides all the tools and knowledge so that you can start preparing for the challenging job/internship hiring process now! This puts you at an advantage over the other candidates, who will probably be blindsided when asked to write a non-trivial algorithm on the spot during an interview (See the Programming Interview chapter).

Here are some of the highlights of the book:
Chapter 2: Advanced Preparation. i.e., if you're still a student, what should you be doing right now to build a skill set that would compel a recruiter and manager to interview and hire you.

Chapter 3: Getting in the Door. This chapter has a section that talks about the "Black Hole" of online job submissions. If you don't know what the black hole is, it's when you spend 30 or more minutes submitting your resume online, only to never hear back. She provides many important tips in this chapter to avoid the pitfalls of online resume submissions.

Chapters 4-6: These chapters are all about the fundamental qualities that a tech resume and cover letter should have. I see conflicting resume advice scattered all over the web, Gayle on the other hand, provides very clear and meaningful tips throughout these chapters.
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