One Way To Land A Job At Google

Want to work for Google but don't know how to rise above the 1,500 resumes it receives each day?

Thomas Claburn, Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

October 1, 2005

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Want to work for Google but don't know how to rise above the 1,500 resumés it receives each day? Warsaw University student Marek Cygan got noticed by entering the search-technology company's third annual computer-programming competition--the 2005 Google Code Jam--and scoring the $10,000 grand prize, beating 14,500 competitors from 32 countries.

Beyond celebrating geek prowess, the contest is both a clever recruiting event and a recruiting event for the clever. "We've hired some people through the Google Code Jam, and we're continually exploring opportunities to find more bright, talented engineers to join our team," a Google spokeswoman explains via E-mail.

For Cygan, the real test is still to come. "If he's interested in pursuing a job opportunity at Google, he will go through the same interview process as any other candidate," the spokeswoman says. At least he's sure to land the interview.

About the Author(s)

Thomas Claburn

Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

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