CAREER DEVELOPMENT / DEC. 22, 2014
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How to Find a Job With Google

Each year, 2 million people send in their applications to Google for an opportunity to work at the company. Other than being one of the most successful businesses in the world the company also offers numerous other incentives. Free food, beer, and high-tech toilets, being just a few of the perks Google employees enjoy. So, where are the Google jobs? How do you find them? How do you find a good match?

Finding country-specific opportunities

On its public career portal, Google offers a handy tool that allows you to take a ‘self-drive’ tour across the globe to find available positions in specific countries. This is a much easier method of finding job opportunities not just in your country, but also in other countries where you would like to work. All you need to do is simply hover over the map that shows where all Google offices are located across the globe to get access to the listing of positions available in that country.

Check out the teams and roles

If you are unsure about the types of the opportunities offered at the company, a good place to start is by checking out the departments and the available roles. Google has categorized departments into those that ‘build cool stuff’, ‘sell cool stuff’, and ‘do cool stuff.’ To find opportunities to build cool stuff, you would have to look at the roles and available positions for engineers, designers, developer and product managers. To find a job that entails selling cool stuff, a look at the sales, partnerships and customer support roles would be a good start. If you are looking for a job in business, finance, administration, legal, or social areas, you can learn more about the available positions under the ‘do cool stuff’ category.

Use Google’s Intuitive Career Portal

Google’s career portal aggregates all the jobs available at its global offices. If you have a Google+ profile, Google can use the information on your profile to show you job opportunities that match your skills and experience.

This intuitive career platform also shows you a list of suitable Googlers whom you can connect with on Google+. In fact, when you find a suitable job, the online application platform asks you whether you also want to connect with other employees on Google+. Connecting with Googlers on social media may not guarantee that you will be hired. But it is a great way to ask questions and to learn more about the company from someone who is already working there.

Filtering Jobs

The intuitive portal allows you to filter jobs by location, teams and roles (remember the categories build, sell and do coo stuff?), your level of education, experience, and the kind of position you want whether that is temporary, full-time or part-time.

The intuitive portal allows you to filter jobs by location, teams and roles (remember the categories build, sell and do coo stuff?), your level of education, experience, and the kind of position you want whether that is temporary, full-time or part time.
Concerning Google’s public job posting, CEO Eric Schmidt says that the job posts do not entirely correspond with the people they are hiring. Google hires the person, not the job. What does this mean for someone who is looking for a job there? It means that even if you do not have content knowledge in a certain area, you still stand a chance of working at the Googleplex. The secret is to demonstrate your cognitive and problem-solving abilities.

Have you ever applied for a job at Google? Was it a pleasant experience? Have you ever work for Google? Were they good employers? Your thoughts and comments below please...

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