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75,000 job applications flood Google

By Bloomberg News
February 4, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc., the world’s biggest Internet search service, received more than 75,000 job applications worldwide last week, setting a record for the company as it embarks on a hiring spree.

The flood of resumes topped a previous high set in May 2007 by 15 percent, said Aaron Zamost, a spokesman for the Mountain View, Calif. company.

Google, which had 24,400 workers at the end of 2010, said last week that it would add more than 6,000 employees this year.

The company is stepping up hiring as it pushes deeper into mobile services, display advertising, and Internet applications. Google also faces steeper competition from Silicon Valley rivals Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. for users and engineering talent. The company aims to hire more workers in 2011 than any year in its history, exceeding its 2007 record.

“We’re looking for top talent,’’ Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research,’’ said last week in a blog posting.

While Google remains one of the most desirable places to work in Silicon Valley, it lost some luster in the past three years.

It was ranked as the best workplace by Fortune magazine in 2007 and 2008. Google now ranks fourth.

Google shares dropped $1.85 to $610.15 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.