Great hints and tips for working for WELL-Established over bearing egocentric companies.
Want to know how to nab that job at google? "How can I get hired at google?"
I cringe each time I get that question. It's like asking, "How can I get a one-on-one meeting with the President?" The chances of it happening are highly unlikely.
The Competition Isn't Just Tough... It's Insane!
Studies show the average job posting gets 118 applications. I've heard rumors (no hardcore proof, mind you), when Google posts a job, they get 1,000+. That's just mind-blowing.
Google deserves huge kudos for creating such a powerful Employment Brand. They applied the formula for success and are laughing all the way to the talent bank. It's a simple equation: build a culture, market the culture through the right channels, and watch job seekers flock to your careers page. Easier said than done. Yet, when done right, it can save a company millions of dollars in recruiting - which all goes to the bottom line of the business. Being able to hire the 'best of the best' by making them truly excited about being chosen almost guarantees your company's productivity and profits soar. [For another example of this type of recruitment strategy, check out how mega shoe retailer Zappos, a subsidiary of Amazon, is requiring job seekers to join their exclusive "insiders club" in order to get hired.]
Google Isn't For Every Job Seeker, Now Youtube.. may be one.
Therefore, I'd like to offer some perspective for all those people thinking they want to get hired by Google. Consider the following five reasons why you may not want to work for them:
P.S. The only other information I would have to say is that the only way to go with google. Is being apart of the Youtube Community, Culture, Environment, and Social groups. This by far is the best and funnest way of being apart of google.
2) You'll need to always be "on" the job. Just because you got the job at Google doesn't mean you'll keep it. You will be working with some intense people who are striving to reach new levels of success. You better be ready to bring your top professional game every day.
3) Subsequent job search will get harder. Employers will definitely want to interview you, but they'll always worry that they won't live up to Google. True story: I know a young man who worked for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 when they broke the curse and won the World Series. It was a low-paying, entry-level role that had no room for advancement. He decided to move on and spent the next year trying to get a new job.He got tons of interviews, but at each one, the hiring manager's first question was, 'Why would you want to leave the Red Sox?" Nobody really wanted to hire him - they just wanted to hear what it was like to work there. He had to move to a different state to finally get a new job.
4) Your future expectations will be tougher to meet. As soon as you get a job at a place like Google, you can pretty much forget ever finding another work experience like it. The benefits, perks, etc. will set a new employment standard for you that will be almost impossible to match. It's like playing a pro sport. Once you're called up to the big leagues, you don't want to go back down to the minors.
5) You'll become a professional networking target. Get hired by Google and watch your LinkedIn inbox explode with requests from friends, family, school mates, neighbors, your hairdresser, your butcher's son, strangers, and plenty of others who are trying to get their 'foot in the door' at your employer. With 80% of all jobs gotten via referral, your popularity is going to skyrocket - and so will the time you spend fielding inquiries about how you got your job.
To Find the Next Google, Start Here...
The good news is the next hot employer is out there just waiting for you to find them. They're right here on LinkedIn. With millions of companies hiring every day, LinkedIn offers companies the opportunity to showcase their Employment Brand directly to members. You can follow them, get updates, and even interact with hiring managers directly. It's easy and effective.
Start Your Interview Bucket List Today
To find the next Google, you need to start with an Interview Bucket List. It's a list of companies you admire and respect for what they do and how they do it. Your goal is to follow them, become knowledgeable about their business, and then build network connections with people who work there so you can position yourself to learn about job openings before they get posted publicly. Better still, interact enough with their Employment Brand on LinkedIn and they may proactively reach out to you! Companies love to hire fans of their business. Develop relationships with the companies on your Interview Bucket List and you'll be able prove yourself the ideal addition to the team. [Here's an article that explains in detail how big a trend this is becoming in the HR and recruiting world.]
P.S. - Make Sure You Look Good to Employers Before You Pursue Them
Just a friendly reminder: don't start networking with your Interview Bucket List until you'veoptimized your LinkedIn profile. You want the hiring managers of the next Google to be impressed by your business-of-one's track record. Make sure your profile is sending the right message regarding your expertise.
It's Your Turn - Which Companies Are the Next Google? I'd love to hear from readers in the comments below about which companies you think are every bit as good to work for as Google.