We certainly do live in a different world than what we lived in just a few decades ago. It seemed that many of us, when we were growing up, had the desire for specific jobs, including being a nurse, a cowboy or perhaps a film star. Today, children tend to look to different areas for jobs, including the possibility of getting a job with Google.
That is what seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater decided to do when she wanted a job. She sat down and wrote a letter with the help of her father so that she could get a job with Google. She then went about submitting her “application” and was waiting around for a response. Rather than getting a non-response or a form letter in return, she actually got a letter from the CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai, a few days later.
Google has confirmed that the letters are real.
The letter wasn’t a rejection letter but more of a message of support. In it, Pichai wrote, “I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school! :)” He also encouraged her to continue to learn about technology saying that she could accomplish anything she set her mind to.
— Andy Bridgewater (@B21DGY) February 13, 2017
It started a few weeks ago when the first grade student asked her father about his job as a refrigerator part sales manager. He was telling her about what he did and she asked if there was anywhere else that he wanted to work.
Her father told her about Google. “I said Google would be cool and she asked why. So I showed her the pictures of their offices and the cool things they do.” She was hooked on the possibilities, especially after seeing the Google campus complete with slides, beanbags and go carts.
She told her father that she wanted to work there as well and he made the suggestion that she send an application. She decided to do it, and her father helped. In the application, she was upfront about not knowing how to apply for a job. “I don’t really know what one of them is but [dad] said a letter will do for now.” Of course, if Google doesn’t work out, she was also prepared to swim in the Olympics or work at a chocolate bar factory.
She really talked herself up in the cover letter. “My teachers tell my mum and dad I am very good in class and am good at my spelling and reading and my sums.” And she gave specifics to show her skills. “My dad gave me a game where I have to move a robot up and down squares, he said it will be good for me to learn about computers.”
Bridgewater claims that he does not have any Google connections and his family is never even been to California. He just shipped off the letter and hoped for the best.
When they received a response, he posted it to his LinkedIn page hopes of giving his daughter a confidence boost. Since it was posted, it has been liked more than 90,000 times.
Chloe is still a child mentally and is healing from a frightening car accident that occurred a few years ago. This letter was encouraging and exciting for her, and none of them expected any of the attention.
Chloe explained to Pichai that it was only the second letter she had written, except for the one she wrote to Father Christmas. She got a lot more attention from this letter.
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