The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company
"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...more
I think overall the book skews more toward college students and recent graduates than folks like me who have been working in tech for a while. There were plenty of parts that I just skimmed because I felt like they didn't apply to me.
I felt like ...more
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn't gone through the technical interview process and wants a technical job - it's pretty accurate (and not just for the big name companies listed in the title).
For people who've been there, done that - it's a good refresher if you need it. I find it useful as a checklist of things to be on top of (the "must know" data structures, algorithms, concepts, etc.).
The website has alot of useful information as well (careercup.com), resume template and ...more
Another thing worth pointing out here is that paying somebody to write a resume is a real thing, and they already take into account a ...more
The advice for resumes, interviews, etc. is nothing I haven't read before, but she presents it well, with specific examples that one can follow, and adds some embellishments relevant / specific to the big tech companies.
I also liked the short Q&As at the end of every chapter.
The structure of the book helps make it clear how to choose activities strategically, both in terms of internships and extracurriculars.
The book is similar to other Gayle Mcdowel's books when it comes to getting ready to apply to top tech companies but with more emphasis on building a great resume.
However, the book is very similar to Gayle's book "Cracking the Tech Career" that many chapters share the same name, so it's not worth reading ...more
What this book is about is obvious if you’ve read it’s title. The book is about how to write a resume to take a job in one of the top-notch tech companies of our time. There’re not so many companies every fresh grad dreams ...more
I got an interview (followed by two other interviews by Google) while reading this book after spending 48 hours fixing my resume. It helped me perfect the process without any awkward moments.
Did I get the job?
Even though I did not get the job it was the most intense and amazing experience I have ever had.
This book will help you get the phone screening at least, but you won't get the job. Only 1 in 160 ...more
If I need to look for a job again, I'll probably revisit this book when I revise my resume, and have to prep for the hated interview process. However, I had some specific problems with the book.
It seems *very* focused on recent grads. Nothing wrong with that, or with a book having a specific audience. Where I had more of an issue was with ...more
I'm a Communications student whose main interest includes video games and technology. I really loved how she also gave advice for people outside of Computer Science field on how to break into the industry. I couldn't put the book down ...more
The advice in the book was useful and pragmatic. I think the most useful advice was about how to quantify your accomplishments in your resume, making it more concrete and memorable.
Two things hold me back from giving the book 5 stars.
1. A decent amount of the advice is common sense.
2. The book focuses disproportionately on recent graduates and internships (probably drawing from the author's own experience).
i read this book to know the process of interviews the author have a solid background on the hiring process i advice any on want to work at big tech company read this book
This book has been recommended to me, and I thought bleh, just another self-improvement book full of unrealistic advices. But it turned out to be very useful, although I cannot relate to most of the situations she depicted in this book (interviewing processes, job offers...etc).
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Gayle has worked for Microsoft, Apple and Google as a software engineer. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Wharton School. She currently resides in ...more