Call it a dream deferred. Seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater of Hereford, England sent off a handwritten letter straight to Google HQ (addressed to “Google Boss”) inquiring about job opportunities (and praising office amenities), and hey, she got a response! In other words, she’s probably already doing better than most applicants to Google.
To be fair to Chloe, she seems to have been pretty clear-eyed about the whole thing from the start. She doesn’t even ask for a job immediately! She modestly states, “when I am bigger I would like a job with Google.” Forceful, but realistic — kid’s got a bright future. She’s also interested in working in a chocolate factory and becoming an Olympic swimmer, but hey, working out priorities is what college is for.
Chloe is also high on all the bean bags, go karts, and slides at Google headquarters, which is pretty understandable. But, she’s not just in it for playtime — she indicates an interest in robotics while unabashedly talking up her excellent performance in school. Honestly, the more I read it, the more her letter strikes me as a pretty well organized and executed cover letter.
Apparently this was Chloe’s second letter, but unlike her first letter to Father Christmas, this one got a real reply. Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent back a typed letter reading,
“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 set your mind to – from working at Google to swimming at the Olympics.
“I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! 🙂
“All the best to you and your family.”
So, not only did Chloe get a response, she got a smiley from the CEO of Google. Ahead of the game is putting it mildly.
Header image: Maurizio Pesce (Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons