Gayle Laakmann McDowell
ISBN: 0470927623
Read: 5/17/2012
Pages: 280
Rating: 7.5/10
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Reading Ease: Reading Time:7 hours

The Google Resume provides concrete advice on getting a job in tech and has detailed information from Gayle Laakmann McDowell, who worked at Google and held interviews for over 120 candidates and Interned for Microsoft and Apple. Reading the book, I felt more prepared, confident and informed going into my interviews. I had a high-level view of what kinds of problems I would possible encounter, and Gayle provides a 5 step framework for solving problems and also lists the must-know topics that will most likely be asked. Gayle provides a guide from start to finish to help job seekers land their dream job. The book's content seems to be better suited for students about the enter the market or early graduates. If you have a bit of industry experience, the book will have a lot of common sense advice, so at best this will be a refresher.

Motivations to Read

I was preparing to enter the workforce going into my final years in college and looked for resources to help me prepare for interviews. Gayle's was very prominent in the tech space for helping individuals improve their technical skills and prepare for getting into the big tech companies. I also needed some up to date advice on how to organize my resume specifically for technical recruiters. I didn't have access to mentors who worked at the big tech companies, so I hope this book will fill the void.

3 Reasons to Read

  • How to design and tailor your resume for applying to a top tech company
  • How to prepare for and excel in a technical interview
  • Insight into the interviewing process of many top tech companies
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