4 Things You Can Do To Get Hired by Google, Microsoft, or Apple
It's tough out there in the workforce, but our guest blogger, Lucy Benton explains how you can get hired by the big three.
The tech giants from Silicon Valley such as Google, Microsoft, and Apple are a powerful magnet for the best talent. Thousands of the best and brightest developers, designers, engineers, data scientists, and product managers do whatever they can to get a job there.
These three companies have been bombarded with resumes for years. In fact, Michael Morell, an executive recruiter in Palo Alto, California, said in a 2008 interview with the New York Times that Google received 20,000 resumes a week on average, but the number climbed to 70,000 at times.
Can you imagine how many resumes Google, Microsoft, and Apple receive now? Naturally, the average number of people applying for positions at these companies increased significantly.
For you as a job applicant, this means huge-time competition, but not a reason to abandon the idea to apply.
In fact, let us help you to increase your chances of getting a job at your dream company. This article compiles tons of research on recruiting practices, job skills, and typical mistakes by candidates that you can certainly benefit from.
Tip #1 - Pass the "6-Second Test"
Given the sheer number of resumes that Google, Microsoft, and Apple receive, reviewing them thoroughly requires a lot of time (months, maybe even years!). Obviously, recruiters aren’t going to do that, so they review as many candidacies as they can by reducing the time they spend to look at one resume.
According to the study completed by TheLadders, the recruiters spend only 6 seconds reviewing an individual resume. Unfortunately, this is the only way they can analyze as many resumes as possible.
So you have to make a good impression, fast!
Here’s what you can do to give recruiters the clue that you’re the one they’re looking for:
- Include your name along with relevant designations and certifications (MBA etc.) in a legible and recognizable font
- Avoid including jobs where you worked for a short period of time (this raises red flags)
- Include the most serious positions
- Include certifications and degrees that are relevant for the prospective position
- Don’t use fancy fonts and clip art
- Include a professional photo.
Tip #2 - Avoid Typical Resume Mistakes
If you passed the “6-second” test, you’re in for you a more serious test that you’ll pass only if you avoid a number of mistakes. To know what these mistakes are, we’ve used the interview with Scott Bacon, a former Google recruiter who agreed to share the tech giant’s recruiting secrets in an interview with Fast Company.
So, here are the mistakes that automatically guarantee that you’ll fail this review test along with helpful tips:
- Cluttering the resume with big blocks of text. Bacon recommends to put the most pertinent information near the top left corner because that’s where Google recruiters look first.
- Including an objective statement. These are way too “old school,” says Bacon. It’s better to pull together a skill bucket with up to 10 skills that you can discuss during the interview.
- Remove jobs that have nothing to do with the one you’re applying. A serious company like Google, Microsoft, or Apple is not interested in your experience as a barista.
- Tailor your resume to each company. An experienced recruiter will spot a generic resume almost immediately. To them, seeing such resumes means that the candidate doesn’t appreciate their time.
- Tell them what you’ve done. Bacon’s advice is to “use one line for responsibilities, two lines for accomplishments.”
Tip #3 - Have the Skills They're Looking For
Obviously, Google, Microsoft, and Apple need their employees to have a diverse range of skills and competencies. But what the most sought-out ones? We can find the answer to this question in the study by Paysa, a popular job board.
The researchers analyzed the resumes of people who work at Microsoft, Apple, and Google, and identified the skills they had in common. If you want to join these people, it would be helpful to know what skills got them hired, right?
So, here are the primary skills most in demand by tech giants, according to Paysa.
For Product Managers:
- Customer service
- Project management
- Cloud computing
- Product marketing
For web designers:
- Web design
- UI design
- Graphic design
- Information architecture
- Adobe Illustrator
For data scientists:
- Project management
- Machine learning
- Data analysis
- Data mining
- Software development
Tip #4 - Get Active with Apple
This section is for those who want to get a job at Apple. Given that this company has built a unique office culture and recruiting processes, getting hired there requires you to go an extra mile. For example, you can increase your chances by doing the following.
- Get an internship. Apple regularly hires employees, so if you do well, they might consider your candidacy. Check out available positions for interns at Jobs at Apple page.
- Get active on Apple’s forums. There are some examples of people getting hired for gaining attention in an Apple’s developer forum, including Jordan Hubbard. The announcement of his hiring was big news that prompted many developers to become active on Apple’s forums by showing what they can do.
- Develop a great iOS or Mac app to the App Store. This demonstrates your fantastic coding abilities, which is something that recruiters at Apple love.
Tools to Help you Get Hired
- Free Resume Checker. This tool uses a sophisticated technology to check your resume and generate a score.
- Assignmenthelper. Having a well-written and error-free resume is a must, so you can use this tool to ensure that your resume is flawless.
- Interview Preparation Guide – Official Microsoft’s website. The company’s recruiters share their tips.
Applying for a job at Apple, Google, and Microsoft means getting into a fierce competition, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot get hired. Use these tips to increase your chances of getting noticed and don’t worry if you don’t a response right away because it takes them weeks and sometimes even months to review all resumes (can’t blame them for that).
Do you have any tips on applying to the big three? Was it easy when you applied...or grueling? Post your comments below and let's discuss.