7-year-old candidate sends CV to Google, gets reply from CEO

The importance of gender diversity and equality in recruitment is paramount, in order to fully exploit the talent pool at your disposal. Recruiters and hiring managers need to embrace the varied range of candidates that come through your door, without adhering to any preconceived ideas about them.

Tech giant Google recently proved that this approach to hiring should begin at the very start of a candidate’s career – even if that means they’re only seven years old.

A recent post on LinkedIn, from Sales Manager Andy Bridgewater, detailed how determined his own young daughter was to secure a role at Google.

He wrote: “After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go karts and slides, my seven-year-old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job.

“She lost a great deal of confidence after being knocked down by a car a couple of years ago. However, to say she is delighted after receiving this letter signed by Sundar Pichai himself is an understatement.

“She is now even more eager to do well at school and work for Google. Can't thank such a busy person enough to take time out to make a little girl's dream become one step closer, although not sure she's fully aware that it'll take more than riding go karts and sleeping in pods to make it with Google.”

After the child wrote to Google asking to be considered by their recruiters, Google wrote back.

The letter she received read: “Thank you so much for your letter. I’m glad that you like computers and robots and hope that you will continue to learn about technology.

“I think if you keep working hard and following your dreams you can accomplish everything you put your mind to…I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school.”

And whilst this is a great lesson in recruitment values, it’s also a wave of marketing genius from Google. Developing a company brand through interactions with employees and potential candidates showcases company culture and ethics. 

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