How to really get a job at Google

Jun 6th, 2013
How to really get a job at Google











Both located in sunny California, Hollywood and Silicon Valley have been strengthening their ties to each other in the past few years. In 2010, the film The Social Network explored the story behind the rise of social networking giant Facebook. This summer, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson take their chances in Silicon Valley by interning at the Mountain View, CA based search behemoth in the movie The Internship.


Truth: Ridiculously Low Acceptance Rate

Annually, Google receives over 40,000 resumes for only 1,500 internships --- an acceptance rate of <4%. According to the Wall Street Journal, it receives over 1 million resumes, but only hires less than 3,000 full-time employees (exact number depends on hiring needs) an acceptance rate of less than 0.2%. So unless you have a degree from a Top 10 school, are a genius with an IQ that qualifies for Mensa or a PhD in a Technical field is your best chance to see the inside of a Google campus through the new Internship movie?


But Wait: The 'Secret' Backdoor

Fortunately, there is a 'secret' backdoor- an alternate path to getting a job at Google that is not as well-known but significantly easier. It is said that Google hires about 5,000-10,000 contractors to do jobs where they don’t hire full-time resources but still need the job done. Contract jobs are not very well-known to the general public because they are not advertised by Google or anyone else. The only way to find out about these jobs is through recruiters at the staffing agencies that work at Google

Contracting or Temp staffing is a strategy adopted by most tech companies to maintain flexibility, keep costs low and provide an additional channel to source talent. These contractor roles can be thought of as paid on the job training and longer (6 to 12 month) “interviews” that sometimes lead to full-time jobs in the future or at least some great experience and resume building opportunity.

However, finding these positions can be a challenge as one would have to navigate through a maze of staffing agencies as these jobs are not advertised by Google or the staffing agencies they use. Don't worry though OnContracting is here to help. While Google is helping organize the world's information, we're working hard to organize information about Google (at least about how to get a contract job there).


How to get Started makes finding contract jobs at Google and other Silicon Valley technology firms easy. Just pick a company you are interested in, find the approved staffing agencies and consulting companies that place contractors at Google, find the recruiter at the agency and introduce yourself to them.

Don't have the skills for Google, research other hiring companies in the Bay Area. Good luck! And if you have any tips for us, do let us know. We would really appreciate it.



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