In theory, getting a job at Google is even harder than getting a job at an investment bank. Google usually receives roughly three million job applications every year, but only hires 7,000 people (meaning its application-to-hire ratio is 438:1).
In 2020, it’s more difficult than ever to land a gig at Google: Parent company Alphabet said in April that it planned to slow recruitment for the remainder of this year while continuing to add only in strategic areas. CEO Sundar Pichai reiterated this in the company’s investor call two weeks ago, noting that “although we still expect the pace of headcount growth to decelerate somewhat in 2020, we’re continuing to hire aggressively in priority areas…”
If you want to get into Google now, it’s these priority areas that you need to focus on. Key among them are cloud-related positions, which amount for 609 of the 1,393 jobs Alphabet is currently advertising globally. “We’ve been investing to scale up, especially on the people side, on engineering, go-to-market and then, obviously on our investment side with data centers, cloud regions and so on,” Pichai said during the call with investors, noting that banks such as Deutsche Bank have recently signed up for Google’s cloud service.
Many of Google’s cloud roles are for sales engineers, partner managers and corporate account executives to help create solutions for and manage clients. In London, for example, Google is looking for someone with knowledge of the financial services business to work in the EMEA Partnerships Solutions team, and for an enterprise cloud architect to work with financial services clients in either the City or Manchester (where it’s had a small office since 2005.) In New York City, Google wants a cloud database migration manager to work with professional services clients, and an enterprise architect for the financial services sector.
If you don’t want to work on cloud projects, Pichai indicated that Google’s other “priority areas” for 2020 include artificial intelligence (A.I.), where the company is investing heavily in R&D. “The longer-run opportunity of actually using A.I. to truly have business solutions for you for whatever industry you are in, that feels like there’s a lot of potential, and we are still very early there,” he said.
Alphabet is advertising 144 A.I. jobs globally, many of them overlapping with the cloud team. If you want to break into a major tech company, a skillset that’s heavy with A.I. and machine learning might be the way to go.
A modified version of this article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.