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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

ISBN: 978-0-470-92762-5
288 pages
March 2011
The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company (0470927623) cover image
The Google Resume is the only book available on how to win a coveted spot at Google, Microsoft, Apple, or other top tech firms. Gayle Laakmann McDowell worked in Google Engineering for three years, where she served on the hiring committee and interviewed over 120 candidates. She interned for Microsoft and Apple, and interviewed with and received offers from ten tech firms. If you’re a student, you’ll learn what to study and how to prepare while in school, as well as what career paths to consider. If you’re a job seeker, you’ll get an edge on your competition by learning about hiring procedures and making yourself stand out from other candidates.
  • Covers key concerns like what to major in, which extra-curriculars and other experiences look good, how to apply, how to design and tailor your resume, how to prepare for and excel in the interview, and much more
  • Author was on Google’s hiring committee; interned at Microsoft and Apple; has received job offers from more than 10 tech firms; and runs CareerCup.com, a site devoted to tech jobs

Get the only comprehensive guide to working at some of America’s most dynamic, innovative, and well-paying tech companies with The Google Resume.

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Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Advanced Preparation 15

Chapter 3 Getting in the Door 36

Chapter 4 Résumés 57

Chapter 5 Deconstructing the Résumé 78

Chapter 6 Cover Letters and References 89

Chapter 7 Interview Prep and Overview 108

Chapter 8 Interview Questions 137

Chapter 9 The Programming Interview 163

Chapter 10 Getting into Gaming 190

Chapter 11 The Offer 207

Chapter 12 On the Job 230

Chapter 13 Final Thoughts: Luck, Determination, and What You Can Do 258

Appendix A 156 Action Words to Make Your Résumé Jump 261

Appendix B Answers to Behavioral Interview Questions 265

Index 273

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GAYLE LAAKMANN MCDOWELL worked in Google Engineering for three years, where she served on the hiring committee and interviewed over 120 candidates. She interned for Microsoft and Apple, and interviewed with and received offers from ten tech firms. She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, a site devoted to tech jobs. She is the author of Cracking the Coding Interview.
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March 22, 2011
How does one get hired at Apple, Microsoft or Google?

People from all industries drool over the perks and salary enjoyed by employees at Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and other tech companies: casual attire, free and unlimited sodas (or even food), flexible hours, onsite luxury gyms, and funky offices. The Google Resume is targeted at people from all industries who crave one of the coveted positions at these top tech firms.  It instructs students on what to study and how to prepare, what career paths to seek, and it explains to job seekers, both technical and non-technical, how to make themselves stand out from the hoards of other candidates seeking jobs at a tech company. The book answers questions such as:

  • What should you major in? 
  • What can you do outside of work to make yourself stand out? 
  • How do you perform well at work -- and have it show in your next application? 
  • How should you design your resume? 
  • How much technical expertise do you need? 
  • How should you prep for the interview? 
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