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10 Tips to Get A Job At Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon

Since many big tech firms are moving recently to Canada to cities like Toronto, Montreal Calgary and Vancouver, you will need the following 10 tips to get a job at one of these big tech firms.

1. Prepare To Wait

Millions of candidates apply to big tech firms every year. On average it takes about 8-12 weeks to receive a job offer if you are selected. Let that sink it – that’s 2-3 months after you start your interviews to get your offer. So make sure you have a job otherwise you will wait for a long time to pass all the interviews. Some of our bigger clients average 8 interviews where it starts with HR interview, and then goes to another 6-7 interviews with developers, leads, managers, VPs, etc.

2. Apply, apply, apply

Even if you do not meet all the requirements, apply anyways. Big tech firms go above and beyond to find a diamond in the rough. So even if you do not have that GoLang requirement but been developing with python apply anyways. If you are good at what you do, hiring manager will try to find a way to hire you.

Be open with recruiter of what you want, and be ready to explain what you have achieved so far in your career.

3. Keep it Simple

Most larger tech firms invested millions into their HR / AI software. However if your resume is illegible , has tables all over the place, or over 3 pages long, sometimes that automatic CV parser would not be able to auto read it and most likely mark it as spam or trash. Make sure you use PDF and or Word resume. Use bullet points for the ease of reading the resume. Your formatting has to be easily understood as most recruiters only spend 10-15 seconds before deciding whether to give you a call or discard your resume.

4. Many Interviews

Be prepared a lot of technical testing. On average bigger tech firms do anywhere from 5 to 8. On top of technical coding challenges you will be asked to “grab a coffee” so the hiring managers and leads can get to know you. Good idea would be to research the person who will be interviewing you to try to estimate what questions will be asked. And most importantly, make sure you go in refreshed and ready to adapt and react.

5. Common Interview Questions at Big Tech Firms

These three questions always come up – so be prepared with an answer:
a) Why are you interested in the job?
b) What are your biggest accomplishments? Explain
c) What are you passionate about? Time to talk about that Fiji hiking trip you did.

6. Dream big, no no even bigger

Big tech loves big dreamers. Your eCommerce idea about selling shoes online might be a good one, but you need to make it 100 or even 1000 times bigger. Big tech caters to millions and billions of users, they want you to think big also. So make it big.

7. Hobbies anyone?

Have a cool hobby? Big tech firms want to hear about your passions. Do you build drones in your spare time? Tell them about that – but do not show off too much. Be modest.

8. Show Interest and Take notes

Buy notepad! and take some notes when doing interviews with big tech. That will show to the hiring manager that you are paying attention and curious. Ask questions – be curious!

9. Social Media

All big tech will do a social media search on you. So be prepared with updated LinkedIn profile, make sure you contribute to GitHub, and share some interesting ideas on Twitter, and for god-sake remove those skinny dipping pics from Facebook.

10. Thank you

Over 80% of candidates do not do this! Send thank you emails to all the interviewers you’ve met. Do not wait – send it the same or next day. Highlight your experience and express your interest in the job. It is so simple, and will give you a definite boost over many other candidates.

Google to Hire Up To 5,000 Employees in Canada

Google has announced last week that it will be adding three times more employees than they have now in Toronto, Montreal and Waterloo – Kitchener, Ontario.

Google hopes to get the hires in within the next few years. Each location will get a new office. Kitchener is expected to have the largest number of employees hired, as many as 3,000.

Google is following the lead of Amazon, Microsoft, and Shopify – all opening new offices and increasing staff in Canada. This can definitely help persuade some Canadian engineers not to move to USA for work and stay local. On the other hand, with unemployment rate as low as 1% in IT field, this may prevent some local tech companies and startups from hiring local IT talent as salaries might increase and available tech talent decrease.

The open web allows any size company or individual creator in Canada to become a global business and reach customers. Canada’s digital economy is now bigger than its forestry, mining and gas industries, and the transition to digital reflects incredible momentum for Canadian businesses leveraging data and online technologies.

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Ruth Porat

CFO, Google

Google is moving to Canada even though the Canadian government has promised to tax the revenue of advertising-driven digital giants such as Facebook and Google. However, one of Canadian newspapers, Globe and Mail, has investigated and found that the Trudeau government has sent some internal memos wanting to expand Google presence into Canada.

There will be many IT jobs to choose from such as software development, game development, sales leadership, AI research and Cloud expertise.

This new expansion from Microsoft, Shopify, Amazon, and now Google puts tremendous pressure on local tech companies in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa where demand for IT talent has skyrocketed in the last 5 years.

With such a rapid hiring, we can see tech salaries in cities like Montreal , Toronto and Waterloo to grow as the tech giants compete for talent.

Spotify Users in Canada Can Get Free Google Home Mini

UPDATE – IS Spotify promotion still running? Unfortunately it seems they have run out of free Google Home Minis and quietly rolled back their promo. Offer seems no longer available, even though Spotify promised to run promo until May 9. Sorry.


In order to attract more users Spotify in Canada is giving out free Google Home Mini to their premium members. Google Home Mini is a smart speaker with the Google Assistant built in. It is currently listed in Google Store at $79 Canadian dollars plus taxes.

This is a new promo Spotify launched and will run till May 9th 2019 until supplies last. It is only available to premium users’ accounts.

Good thing is even if you are not a member yet – the free giveaway is eligible to new or existing premium users.

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Spotify mentions that you need to follow the following rules to apply: “One device redemption code per account. CA only. Shipping & handling by Google: a Google account and Google-approved form of payment required to redeem a device. Offer available until May 9, 2019, or while supplies last. Devices must be redeemed by May 31, 2019. Trial users not eligible.”

Please note if you have premium family or student plans – this free give away will not work. This really upset a lot of Spotify users across Canada:

The best thing also is that Google will ship the unit to you across Canada for free.

To apply just head over to Spotify Canada Promo page.

Demand for free Google Home Mini is high so when reserving you might get a message: Demand has been very high, so it might take a few days for your device to become available! We’ll email you when it’s ready.

But once you are good to go, you will get an email asking what colour you want and where to ship it. Good luck!

Canadian Govt Eyes Regulating Facebook, Other Tech

The Canadian government said it might start regulating social media and other tech companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon and Twitter in Canada soon.

Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould, mentioned that she thinks that Canadians are fed up with tech giants and want the government to do something about it.

Gould’s announcement is coincided with many other countries attempts at cracking down on social media.

Recently countries like UK and Australia passed a very stringent laws against social medias. Most of these laws cover how the social media should handle “online harms” and how expeditiously they suppose to take it down. In Australia for example if content is not removed fast enough, Facebook execs could face jail time.

Taylor Owen, an associate professor at McGill, in his interview with The Toronto Star, mentioned that government has to tread carefully as te government starts to introduce new restrictive laws.

“We better get the democratic governance right if we have any hope of pushing back against the autocratic model.”

Taylor Owen, an associate professor at McGill

Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook, agrees with the notion in his op-ed in Wall Street Journal.

I believe we need a more active role for governments and regulators. By updating the rules for the Internet, we can preserve what’s best about it — the freedom for people to express themselves and for entrepreneurs to build new things — while also protecting society from broader harms.

From what I’ve learned, I believe we need new regulation in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive, Facebook

Spokesman for Google said no matter what they will continue working with the government to “protect Canada’s democratic institutions and election activities.”

Google To Toronto: We Will Build City of The Future Together

Google has made it official. They (Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google’s Alphabet) will be building internet city downtown Toronto along the lake front.

This is amazing news for the city of Toronto, as they have been selected from half dozen other cities all over the world that were being considered for the Google City of The Future project , and are the first city where this will happen.

“We looked all over the world for the perfect place to bring this vision to life, and we found it here,” said Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff. “We found a city with unequalled diversity and a remarkable spirit of openness. We found a city with a long, rich urbanist legacy matched by a recent technology boom.”

Below you can see some examples (courtesy of Sidewalk Labs) of how Google will transform Downtown Toronto:

Google published the following statement with their Sidewalk Labs partners:

Today no single city stands as a model for our urban future. Yet our cities rest on the way potential solutions to big urban challenges fit together.

So we’re pursuing a large-scale district that can serve as a living laboratory for urban technology — a testbed for coordinated solutions, a foundation for people to build on, and a vision for other cities to follow.

Google has announced that more than $1 billions of dollars will be invested to create public, residential and commercial spaces as well as advanced infrastructure for city’s high tech companies.

In press release, Google stated:

Sidewalk Toronto aims to make the Eastern Waterfront the global hub of a new industry focused on urban innovation to improve the quality of city life, tapping into Toronto’s already-thriving tech sector and developing innovations that could beneft communities and neighbourhoods elsewhere in the city.

To help get started, Alphabet plans to move Google’s Canadian headquarters to the Eastern Waterfront.

 

Google Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs Hoping to redevelop Toronto Waterfront

Larry Paige loves to fix cities using technology. His first city might be in Canada and not the US.

Sidewalk Labs have applied with City of Toronto to renovate the city’s waterfront. The goal is to create connected and high tech city.

Before applying in Toronto, Sidewalk Labs have considered Denver and Detroit.

Company wants to build the urban centres “from the internet up,” with the same tools and rules that have provided success at many tech companies.

Waterfront Toronto was created in 2001 and is now accepting bids to revitalize city’s downtown water front.

Sidewalk Labs created in 2015 is a Google Alphabet company that imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges.