Cracking the Tech Career: Insider Advice on Landing a Job at Google, Microsoft, Apple, or any Top Tech Company 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition

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PREPARE TO SAY YES TO A CAREER AT THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING COMPANIES

Let’s be real: preparing for a career at one of the world’s most powerful companies can be incredibly challenging. But, if tech is the right place for you, it could be the most rewarding challenge of your life. In Cracking the Tech Career, Gayle Laakmann MCDowell compiles countless insider tips on how to stand out from the hordes of applicants to land the most coveted jobs in the tech industry.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other top tech firms are at the cutting edge when it comes to employment. But with perks like free organic food and shuttles to and from work, these companies can afford to be choosy. Successful candidates have to be special. Cracking the Tech Career walks you through the whole process.

This book is for any student or job seeker who ever wondered—is tech right for me? Even if you aren’t a programmer, breaking into Silicon Valley takes some planning. In Cracking the Tech Career, you’ll learn what it’s really like to work for the big names and the small startups. Get the experience that they’re looking for discover how to:

  • Get your foot in the door with a knockout resume
  • Nail the tricky coding, behavioral, and estimation questions
  • Break into the exclusive world of game design
  • Get offered the job!

With job offers from over 10 tech firms, Gayle Laakmann MCDowell knows her stuff. Read Cracking the Tech Career to find out how she did it, and learn how you can, too!

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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PREPARE TO SAY YES TO A CAREER AT THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING COMPANIES

Let’s be real: preparing for a career at one of the world’s most powerful companies can be incredibly challenging. But, if tech is the right place for you, it could be the most rewarding challenge of your life. In Cracking the Tech Career, Gayle Laakmann MCDowell compiles countless insider tips on how to stand out from the hordes of applicants to land the most coveted jobs in the tech industry.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other top tech firms are at the cutting edge when it comes to employment. But with perks like free organic food and shuttles to and from work, these companies can afford to be choosy. Successful candidates have to be special. Cracking the Tech Career walks you through the whole process.

This book is for any student or job seeker who ever wondered―is tech right for me? Even if you aren’t a programmer, breaking into Silicon Valley takes some planning. In Cracking the Tech Career, you’ll learn what it’s really like to work for the big names and the small startups. Get the experience that they’re looking for discover how to:

  • Get your foot in the door with a knockout resume
  • Nail the tricky coding, behavioral, and estimation questions
  • Break into the exclusive world of game design
  • Get offered the job!

With job offers from over 10 tech firms, Gayle Laakmann MCDowell knows her stuff. Read Cracking the Tech Career to find out how she did it, and learn how you can, too!

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00MFPZ9X6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley; 2nd edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 2, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 902 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 275 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Gayle Laakmann McDowell is an author, consultant, and founder focusing on improving tech hiring for both the interviewer and the candidate.

Gayle has worked as an engineer for Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Most recently, at Google, she served on the hiring committee where she interviewed hundreds of candidates and evaluated thousands more. It was here that she discovered the disconnect between candidates, their skill set, and their interview performance.

Though her company, CareerCup, Gayle has worked with many of the top tech companies to reform their hiring practices and implement interviewer training programs.

She is the author and creator the best-selling Cracking the Interview & Career series: Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview (co-authored with Jackie Bavaro), Cracking the PM Career (co-authored with Jackie Bavaro), and Cracking the Tech Career

Gayle holds a bachelor's and master's in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

She currently consults, writes, and codes from her home in Palo Alto, California. She can be found online at gayle.com, twitter (@gayle), and facebook (@gayle).

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3.0 out of 5 stars If you've read The Google Resume, you've read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insider information about work in big programming companies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insider information about work in big programming companies.
Reviewed in India on February 2, 2019
Author has explained aboutvthe work culture of big companies in silicon valley.how work is managed and her experience in the field. She had lots of experience in this field.she also advises the readers about choices one should make and how to carry on in such big companies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, but not people already reading tech career advice
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good insights, but nothing you can't find out online.
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