Dream Of Working In Tech? Join A Resume Workshop With Google Recruiters, Bria Sullivan And Tech Stack’d

Written by Dana Sanchez

Google gets more than 2 million applications a year and hires 7,000 people. The odds seem insurmountable, yet working in tech remains a dream job for many, and Google wants to help.

Bria Sullivan, a Google engineer and mobile-app developer, is building an online community to help underrepresented adults get jobs in tech, and she’s drawing on her Google network to make it happen.

Sullivan founded online community Tech Stack’d to help Black techies advance their careers in tech, and she offers workshops.

“I started Tech Stack’d to fill in the gaps that cause underrepresented people to fail when trying to join the tech space. When looking at what privileges I had to help me get to a role at Google, I noticed that many of these privileges are not available to people who look like me around the country.” — Bria Sullivan, founder, Tech Stack’d

An upcoming resume workshop with Google recruiters is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST on Jan. 15. Here’s your chance to tailor your resume for a big tech company and stand out.

Tech Stack’d is for people who want to start a tech company or have a career in tech such as software engineering. By recognizing common pitfalls, Tech Stack’d works to fill in the gaps that cause many underrepresented people to fail when trying to break into tech.

Sullivan told Moguldom that she bootstrapped Tech Stack’d herself. Membership to Tech Stack’d is free for now. Members get access to virtual workshops to help them advance their careers or grow their companies. Each workshop is targeted to developers or entrepreneurs.

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Tech Stack’d members can schedule one-on-one calls with industry experts in areas such as iOS and Android development, full stack website development, career growth in tech, and startup fundraising. Special guest experts such as Google recruiters are available to lend a helping hand for people in the midst of a job search.

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Bria Sullivan, Software Engineer at Google & Tech Advisor | Image: Anita Sanikop

The Tech Stack’d community consists of both developers and non-technical startup founders. Tech Stack’d provides a way for members to potentially start teams.

The resume workshop is for Tech Stack’d members. Sign up for free at techstackd.com.

Sullivan talked to Moguldom about why she started Tech Stack’d and how Google is involved.

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Google Venice Office | Image: Anita Sanikop
Moguldom: Why did you start Tech Stack’d?
Bria Sullivan: I started Tech Stack’d to fill in the gaps that cause underrepresented people to fail when trying to join the tech space. When looking at what privileges I had to help me get to a role at Google, I noticed that many of these privileges are not available to people who look like me around the country. These privileges also allow me to be able to launch a tech startup whenever I want, and the chances of it doing well are much higher because of my technical knowledge and my access to more developers like me to execute a vision. I want to make these privileges more accessible to the people (in technical roles and non-technical startup founders) who need that little extra help to get to the next level. Ultimately, I created Tech Stack’d so that these people can level up their skills/careers, then network with others in the community so that they can break off and start their own companies.
Moguldom: Who funds Tech Stack’d?
Bria Sullivan: Tech Stack’d is a 100-percent bootstrapped project of mine.
Moguldom: How is Google involved with Tech Stack’d?
Bria Sullivan: Google’s only involvement with Tech Stack’d is that they are providing virtual workshops for us the same way they would do for a club at a university.
Moguldom: How many resumes does Google get per year and how many people get hired?
Bria Sullivan: Over 2 million applications in one year and 7,000 hires. This was as of 2014 (and what can be shared publicly).
Moguldom: For people who are deciding whether to join this workshop, what are the most important things Google recruiters look for in a resume?
Bria Sullivan: I can’t speak to what the most important things Google recruiters look for, as they will be covering that in the workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to give an overall view of the application process, debunk any myths about the process, and teach people what they’re looking for and how to stand out. They want to hear from everyone and are doing at least 30 minutess of general Q&A. Everyone who registers for the workshop can also provide questions ahead of time and all of the questions will be reviewed by the recruiters beforehand so that they make sure to cover most of what people want to know.
Moguldom: Is Google doing outreach to underrepresented adults who want to advance their careers in tech?
Bria Sullivan: I’m not sure what else Google is doing outside of the University Programs. GV invested in Lambda School, so it’s on the radar to see how we can assist people joining tech through non-traditional paths.
Moguldom: What misconceptions do underrepresented people in tech have about working at Google?
Bria Sullivan: In recent years, Google has dedicated extensively to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Although not perfect, the company provides many programs to help shift the narrative of tech being a “white boys club.” The Google in Residence program at HBCUs, the diversity budgets with no questions asked, the Queer Students of Color event, have all changed my view of how much Google cares. Lastly, a misconception that I often hear is either that Google makes it harder for underrepresented people to get hired or (the opposite) that Google makes it easier for underrepresented people to get hired. I don’t believe either is true and there are thousands of people on the inside fighting for fairness in the process.
Moguldom: Google is a notoriously difficult place to get hired for people of color. You talked about your own experience on the GHOGH podcast with Jamarlin Martin. How is this changing?
Bria Sullivan: There is now a team at Google that will work with applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to call out any bias they see in the application/interview process. They do not provide any extra assistance or advantages other than to watch their process closely and help them choose the right team and role that fits their skills. In the event they find interview feedback that seems biased for them to fail … there is a process.
The resume workshop is for Tech Stack’d members. Sign up for free at techstackd.com.

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About Dana Sanchez

Dana Sanchez was born in South Africa and is a U.S. citizen. After working in advertising, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. As a business writer, she won regional and national writing awards. As editor of a daily newspaper, she coordinated staff writers, freelancers and photographers in the fast-paced environment of daily news. Dana was an editor at Moguldom Media Group for four years, helping to build and manage a team of staff and freelance writers. She works now on Moguldom.com for Nubail Ventures. A long-distance hiker and cyclist, she writes about the business of technology.