"I Want to Work for Google/Microsoft!"
"I want to work for Google/Microsoft!"
I hear that a lot...
It's kind of like saying: "I want to visit Europe".
It's too vague. Europe is a big place...unless you choose a country/city you are not going anywhere.
Landing a job at these corporations is no different. If you want to improve your chances you need to get specific.
1) Microsoft has 151,163 employees, Google has 114,096 and that's excluding vendors/temps, so you can double that number.
2) There are hundreds of products in each company which means there are a lot of business units who operate independently.
3) Because it is so segmented, there are only a few dozens of employees (the ones who work for/with the business unit you are applying for) who know the hiring manager and could provide a valuable referral.
4) Unless you find those people, you are wasting your time. Any employee could refer you (employees get a bonus for referrals), but not all referrals are equal. If you want to have the best chance, you need a high value referral.
Choose the product/business unit you want to work for and focus your outreach on the people who work there. It will save you time and increase your chances!
Microsoft/Google product lists: Microsoft: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/allproducts Google: https://about.google/intl/en_us/products/?tip=autofill