Google rejected this man 39 times before offering a job

“The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.”




This quote by American author John C. Maxwell fits perfectly for this man’s story which is inspiring everyone around the world. His story is important because it teaches the importance of perseverance. Meet Tyler Cohen, the man who chased after his dream job at Google and didn’t give up until he landed a job.

Cohen applied to Google 39 times and was rejected throughout until his dream finally came true in 2022. Cohen first applied to Google on August 25 in 2019, but he was rejected. He then applied again just after a few days but faced rejection again. This process of applying for jobs at Google went on for two years until July 19, 2022 when he was finally accepted.

After getting through Google and bagging a position in his dream company, Cohen, who was previously employed with DoorDash, shared the good news on LinkedIn. Cohen also shared a screenshot showing the amount of times he applied for a job at Google.

“There’s a fine line between perseverance and insanity. I’m still trying to figure out which one I have,” Cohen wrote, adding that he faced “39 rejections, 1 acceptance.”

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While the six-day old post got over 35K likes on the social media platform, several people also questioned Google’s hiring process.

“Despite all the positive comments, I don’t really see what’s positive about this. You applied on May 3rd and got rejected, then applied again on May 6th and got the job. We can only assume that the two applications were for very different roles, otherwise it would mean that Google hiring process is completely random,” one person commented on the post, asking Cohen what the moral here was.

“Google is such a dream-company that your goal is just to get into the company, no matter what role you’re offered? And so you spent the last two years applying for 39 different roles? Or maybe these were 39 similar roles, so at the end it’s just a matter of luck?” asked Enrico Camporeale, a research scientist.

Several others also voiced the same opinion and wondered if people applying to Google are just looking to be part of the ‘dream company’, rather than bagging their dream job.

“Most employees provide no support on how to develop a resume that Google will review. This post only proves the Google’s hiring system doesn’t care about their applicants, and the real truth on what Google really is,” one named Christopher S commented.

One person on a LinkedIn post wondered why it took over 20 times for the HR to take notice of Cohen’s resume.

“This looks to me like a flaw in the process. Why does someone have to apply to the same company 20 times to get a job? Would it not make more sense that the HR team uses the CVs of people that have already applied?” Fabio Tisci, Principal Engineer at Mimecast wrote.

Meanwhile, Google also replied to Cohen’s post as it welcomed him to the family.

“What a journey it’s been, Tyler! It was definitely time,” Google replied.

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