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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 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 11. März 2011

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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.



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.


"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

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Not Steve Urkel? This isn't for you, sadly. 20. Oktober 2012
Von Gregory Thompson Jr. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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? Read this. If you're like me, you'll be surprised by the pomposity. Just imagine what Steve Urkel ("Family Matters"), David Lightman ("WarGames") or Chris Knight ("Real Genius") would be like as real people, but instead of being humble, they're openly supercilious because of their school-related accomplishments.

I will not blame Ms. McDowell for her snootiness. Aren't we always (or almost) products of our environments? It's clear that she's been around those with lavish opportunities and nurturing environments for most of her life. There's no wonder this book managed to unearth a significant disconnect with the commoner's reality.

Code, code, code. Code some more. That's the best advice anyone's ever given me. While Ms. MsDowell does manage to get this message across sometimes, she tends to beat a few dead horses of superior breeds: She doesn't seem to understand that 90% (not literally) of STEM graduates don't know what a compiler is, let alone what an SVN is to a software development community. Of course, she makes some realistic assumptions about her audience, but the bottom line is that she constantly circumvents the fact that HER resume isn't something one can so easily fake.

I once bumped into Sanford Dickert (really cool guy) and he stressed that I think practically and have something to show for it. Greatest advice ever. Ms. McDowell attempts to instill the same value (Great!), but instead of spending 200 pages on examples of how to do that, she drastically generalizes the process of becoming seemingly competent on paper.

I think she should have attempted to provide the reader with extremely specific examples -- online portfolio? List your projects in 'this' fashion; Built something? Cover 'these' aspects of that project in your project description in 'this' fashion; ... The depth just wasn't there.

The verdict:

Good for those with projects and notable accomplishments to list. For those people, I imagine it's a great confidence boost.

For the commoner who just needs their foot in the door somewhere, this isn't what you should spend your money on. I'm being brutally honest with you. You can find every piece of advice Ms. McDowell's offered throughout this piece in online blogs, comment listings, and by reading the news (check out articles on the tech job market -- you'll pick up the same ideas).

I can appreciate the attempt, nonetheless.
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Dishonest title but possibly worth reading anyway 2. August 2011
Von CrunchyCookie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
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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A MUST have book for any student or recent grad looking to land a high paying tech position. 28. Juni 2011
Von aTechNerd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
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. I thought I had the perfect resume before reading this, boy was I wrong.

Chapter 9: The programming Interview. This chapter is all about what you can expect from the technical portion of a programming interview, including how you can prepare and what sort of coding questions you can expect. One of the most valuable sections in this chapter is the "Must Know" topics for programing interviews. She provides a list of all the data structures, algorithms and computer science concepts that one would be expected to know at a bare minimum. If you're still a student, this allows you to know in advance what topics will carry over into industry, and should therefore be taken even more seriously.

Chapter 10: Getting into Gaming. I have always wondered what it's really like to work in the video game industry. She provides very insightful commentary on the ins and outs of gaming related jobs. 12 hour days working in gaming, ouch!

In addition to all this, Gayle has a companion website called CareerCup, that gives you company specific interview tips that have been graciously submitted from users that have gone through interviews at companies like Qualcomm, Microsoft and of course Google:)

Perhaps the best thing about this book is that it has zero fluff and can easily be read in a few days.

I've read other advice books related to other topics and I've put them down after a couple chapters, thinking the author was no more knowledgeable on the subject than me. I think it's rare to find a book written by someone with such genuine knowledge on a topic, and who's willing to share it!

if(you want a clear path to a high paying job in tech)
purchase and devour this book;
proceed blindly into the technological abyss;
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Even Better Than I Expected 24. Februar 2011
Von Kevin Gorham - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
This book was far better than I expected. Reading it feels like pulling Google, Microsoft and Apple into a conference room and picking their brains for hours about exactly what it takes to get hired!

Why? Because not only has the author interviewed and WORKED for each of those companies, she also was a lead interviewer, served on Google's Hiring Committee, assessed over 700 applications, evaluated thousands of resumes and interviewed 150+ top candidates! Beyond that, she runs a website entirely dedicated to this subject. The author is definitely this book's distinguishing edge.

Gayle Laakmann is passionate about this, to say the least. By all definitions, she is an expert and, above all, she is genuinely motivated to help. So, I can't think of a better person from which to take such advice.

Then, she does a fantastic job of giving that advice! This book demystifies the process of landing a job at top tech companies, providing behind-the-scenes insight that allows you to separate fact from fiction so you don't feel blindsided. The chapters cover the entire process:

Advanced Preparation
Getting in the Door
Deconstructing the Resume
Cover Letters and References
Interview Prep and Overview
Interview Questions
Programming Interview
Getting Into Gaming
The Offer
On the Job
Final Thoughts

Like a powerful résumé, each chapter contains only the most relevant information, keeping the book short and fluff-free. The primary audience is college students but even as a professional with over 10 years experience, I still found it indispensable. To me, the best part was the hand-selected Q&A after every chapter, excerpted from actual real-world questions. Often, someone made the same inquiries that were on my mind and her answers provided a fresh and authoritative perspective.

Drawing from personal experience, Laakmann helped me to understand, from the inside out, how these "dream" companies work and what it takes to get hired. She provides the interviewee's viewpoint, discussing her story and how she got accepted into every company you've ever dreamed of and she also covers the employer's angle, detailing the processes she and her colleagues used while making hire/no-hire decisions.

Of course, there is no "magic bullet;" you won't read this book and then wake up a Noogler! It takes work and you will need other resources to refresh your skills. Use this book to create a roadmap.

I went from feeling like I have slim chances to having an exact game plan on how to tip the odds heavily in my favor! I even read excerpts to my non-technical wife and it helped her successfully negotiate a signing bonus!

Overall, the practical advice, alone, is worth far more than the 12 bucks I paid to get it.

(as a core-skill refresher in software, I also recommend Cracking the Coding Interview from the same author, Algorithms in a Nutshell from O'Reilly, and Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software from the "Gang of Four")
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tiresome, obvious 24. Januar 2013
Von taras - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
All the useful information in this book could probably have been condensed into a few pages. Most of the practical advice is stuff you could predict. There's a few insights into very specific mega-corps, and a few examples of good answers to particular interview questions. Otherwise, a great deal of tiresome anecdotes.
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