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I’m Applying For A Job At Google

I applied to work at Google!  The opportunity, Google Developer Advocate, is a perfect fit for me!

Now, an opportunity that I can’t pass up has come to my attention.

Why Google, Why Now?

Here I am in December 2002 sporting my Google tank top.  Back then I thought Google was an awesome resource to find the answers I needed to solve problems.  Yeah, I was a fan girl.  Not much more because let’s face it, who wanted to work for a search engine?

Over the years though, Google’s empire of applications has grown to include every sort of imaginable product for business, enterprise and consumers.  It also has helped me grow my consulting business.  Everything from Gmail email with massive storage and Postini packed spam filitering to Google maps and Google Apps domain email; a fully fledged merchant account with Google Checkout to the oh, so personal Google Wallet for your pocket; from sneezy Google flu trends to the most massive user generated video website known as YouTube to the social experiments of Google+ and ensuring the future of bright kids spending their summers building cool stuff with Google Summer of Code, Google has expanded to offer an amazing Smörgåsbord of services, ventures and solutions.  Let’s not forget Google Maps, the Android OS and the lighter side of Google with their snarky hoaxes (yeah, I linked up to Wikipedia!).

I want to join this team!

You can read about my love of technology, background and desire to make the world a better place.

You can watch a sampling of my YouTube videos that everyday help thousands of people make decisions about technology, life and their world.

Of course, the best way to find out more about me, my journey and what matters to me is to look through the ButYoureAGirl archives.

One of my roommates works at Google, the other worked there too until he left last year to work at a startup that he’s absolutely loving now!

Below is the job description that Google seems to have been crafted for me.  I would love to share the joy of the Google API.  I love talking with tech geeks like myself learn about what their needs are.  Developers and integrators close the loop on innovation between the main product and the customer.  Look at how successful the Google Apps Marketplace has been as well as many of the early companies who signed up.  Since I’m an excellent translator of requirements and needs, have endless enthusiasm for the “Ah ha!” moment and have cultivated a following online with readers, viewers and those thinking about doing something new.

I applied for this a few days ago and read Mashable’s article, “How To Land a Job At Google” so please wish me luck!

Job for Developer Advocate at Google

The area: Engineering

Simply put, Google engineers make computers do amazing things. Populated by extraordinarily creative, motivated and talented people, our Engineering team gets excited by developing new applications that really make a difference and are used by millions of people. We’re driven by Google’s mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. If you seek to tackle such challenges as building a highly scalable computing infrastructure, novel storage systems, innovative user experiences or the next big application that will change the world, then this might be a perfect fit for you.

The role: Developer Advocate

As a Developer Advocate, you will be a member of the Developer Relations organization. Developer Relations is focused on driving the success of Google’s developer products and the open web by creating a thriving ecosystem of 3rd party applications and businesses built on them. You will be an evangelist for our newest technologies in the outside world, as well as a vocal advocate for developers’ needs within Google. We expect you to be an engineer who thrives on the cutting edge of technology and loves seeing exciting, new applications and business that other developers are building. Your job is to drive momentum for exciting new technologies such as Chrome, Android, App Engine, Google Wave, Google Maps API, HTML5 and our core Google Apps and Ads APIs. You will work with some of our most strategic partners who push our technology to its limits — your job is to make them successful as they build apps that showcase the potential of our APIs and developer products. You will be the public face of Google representing these products, speaking at conferences, on panels, at user groups, actively blogging, tweeting and engaging with developer press and bloggers.


  • Create momentum and drive the success of Google’s developer products and the open web through your interactions with 3rd party developers building applications and businesses on them.
  • Advocate the adoption of Google developer products to strategic partners and the broader developer community.
  • Participate in technical and design discussions with technical executives at strategic partners to speed adoption and ensure best practices during implementation.
  • Evangelize our developer products in person and online by presenting at conferences, blogging, writing technical tutorials and other similar activities.
  • Advocate for developers internally, and influence Google developer product strategy by working with Product Management, Engineering, PR, Marketing, Business Development and other cross-functional teams.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree (In lieu of degree, 4 years relevant work experience).
  • 4 years of experience including public speaking and presenting to large technical audiences, blogging and writing technical articles.
  • Programming abilities in one or more of the following languages: Java, PHP, Python, Ruby, .NET, JavaScript.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Computer Science or similar field.
  • 6 years relevant work experience, including experience blogging and writing technical articles, ideally with an existing follower base, as well as experience working directly with press and bloggers.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and charisma, with experience presenting to large technical audiences.
  • Strong command of web application or mobile application development landscapes.
  • Considerable success as a software developer, architect, technology evangelist, CTO, or consultant working with web or mobile technologies.
  • Strong command of web application or mobile application development landscapes.

5 Tech Jobs In San Francisco Available May 2011

As I move back into my role as a technology consultant solving problems for companies, I’m beginning to get questions such as,

“Do you know someone who does XYZ?”

so I’m going to start posting groups of jobs here at to help people get connected with good opportunities.

All jobs are in San Francisco unless otherwise noted.  Feel free to send job leads and questions to me via my contact page.  If it’s a good fit for my readers, I’ll post it.  If you have a question about one of the jobs, I’ll do my best to answer it or get you connected to the person who reached out to me!

Note: Images did not come with the job postings.  I added those in for a bit of eye candy and do not reflect the actual job environment!

1. Mac Desktop Support

Our client is a top tier marketing firm located in San Francisco. Currently we have an opening for a Help Desk Analyst supporting internal users in a MAC and Windows environment. In this role, you will be accountable for the day-to-day operations, monitoring, troubleshooting, automation, and configuration of applications and supporting hardware, software, and operational needs of laptop and desktop systems.  Contract to Hire.  $50,000.

  • Provide technical support to internal users with in a Microsoft, Apple, Adobe products environment
  • Troubleshoot hardware, software and networking issues on Mac and PC
  • Utilize ticketing system to respond to Help Desk calls and problem tickets Continue reading

Old Gig, New Gig At Zendesk: Leaving Webinars For Business Development

I’ve arrived at my one year anniversary consulting with Zendesk and have been offered a full time position at Zendesk in Business Development!
Zendesk business cards

Moving On Up: Business Development

In this new role, I will work to bring on new companies to Zendesk and expand our integrations + partnerships.  So basically it’s geeky stuff plus relationship building.  Right up my alley!  I’m both excited and squeamish about the opportunity as it means learning new things and creating measurable success for Zendesk yet I will have to put my personal brand on hold.  I start full time January 2010.

Want to come and work with me?  Check out Zendesk Jobs including:

Adria & The Zendesk Webinars

A year ago, I agreed to undertake creating the Zendesk webinars.  At that time, Zendesk was receiving several requests a week for demos.  This was not efficient.   Since I’d been a long time customer of Zendesk, having left Cerberus in favor of a cloud based helpdesk solution, and a vocal customer, they asked if I would be interested in creating a webinar series for them.  Uhm, think about it….heck yes!  And so began the journey of chubby buddah, Adria and San Francisco.  The Sunday after Blogworld ended and I’d delivered my 500 hugs for John Chow, I flew to San Francisco for the very first time…
March Trip to San Francisco
The goal was to reduce demo requests and increase conversions of trial customers to paying customers.  Also, if the webinars could answer common questions customers had, there would be less support tickets in the queue.  I set the work learning what the customers wanted to know.  I interviewed Zendesk staff (much smaller group a year ago), looked at tickets and talked with customer support advocates.  I drafted an outline for the very first webinar, Zendesk 101 and out it went through the Zendesk email system for feedback.  After a few tweaks, a brief set of slides and a lot of practice, I was ready to hold the first webinar!
Zendesk webinars
Initially we had technical problems with the internet and audio quality.  Webex was the first company we went with to deliver the webinars and thankfully now we’ve switched to Citrix’s GoToMeeting / GoToWebinar / GoToTraining packages.  I made sure from the first day surveys were sent out to collect feedback.  Being a consultant, it’s very important to collect feedback early on and then keep it coming in.  Not only for quality validation but to improve the delivery of your services.  I used Google Docs spreadsheets for the form to collect the survey responses. We’ve now switched to SurveyGizmo which has advanced reporting and survey logic.

I’m no longer doing the Zendesk webinars.  Amy has come on to run them.

Zendesk Webinar Content

Since I have a technical background and and enjoy training, the webinars were focused on showing attendees how to accomplish things within the Zendesk backend like creating tickets, managing queues and activating widgets.  I spent time doing QnA, taking people through specific questions they had about workflow.  Eventually we started doing special webinars that dove deeper into a specific aspect of Zendesk like customizing the CSS or setting up email routing.  Webinars featuring partner integrations came on soon as well.  Of course, I picked Harvest as the first integration to do a webinar with because…well, they rock!  They were also how I found out about Zendesk.  I was using Harvest for my time tracking and invoicing and they mentioned on their blog about their integration to Zendesk and probably in a newsletter.

Then with the creation of the marketing team at Zendesk, webinars focused on product launches and lead generation came about.
zendesk backend interface
The goal of the webinars was to help prospective customers decide and guide existing customers embrace Zendesk more. I enjoyed developing the content, talking with integration partners and reading the awesome feedback attendees left! I’ve seen many of them at conferences like DrupalCon and Blogworld so it’s a nice way to circle back.

Hello San Francisco

Things were going well and I was liking this webinar thing for Zendesk!  I came to find out I also liked San Francisco.  I was highly focused on my first visit to San Francisco last October.  I didn’t go out much and left exploring the city up to the real tourists.  Several things about San Francisco gave me pause: the weather, the racial diversity of the people, the architecture, the food and the saturation of people working in technology.  Zendesk wasn’t half bad themselves!  They invited me to return in December for the holiday party and that’s when it truly hit me; I could move to San Francisco and work for Zendesk!
Visit to San Francisco March
Visit to San Francisco March
March Trip to San Francisco
Upon their invite, I contacted several people living in San Francisco, asking if they would meet with me to give me their opinion of the city.  Cheryl Contee (@ch3ryl), C.J. Hayden (@cjhayden) and Mike all happily agreed.  Wow, did it make a difference to hear their own personal stories!  Just six months before at Blogging While Brown, my table had decided I should move to San Francisco vs buying a condo in Minneapolis and I had happily added it to my list of goals but had no idea how it would manifest.

The Zendesk holiday party certainly cinched it for me. I had an excellent time, the Danish food was great and the mood was festive. We had the first company meeting and I was awed by the CEO’s vision for Zendesk. I wanted to be a part of their success!
Zendesk Holiday Party
Zendesk Holiday Party
Zendesk Holiday Party
Zendesk Holiday Party
Zendesk Holiday Party
Zendesk Holiday Party
adria zendesk holiday party

Moving To San Francisco

Traveling has always been a hard thing for me to do.  I hate getting lost.  I would print out my Google directions and hop into the car to see a client.  God forbid, I had to make a change in my route because I would have to print out more directions!  This all changed when I started using GPS and the TomTom software.  This improved even more once I got my 3GS iPhone.  Due to the number of conferences I was speaking out, I eventually overcame this dislike of travel in 2009 so then the thought of making that “Move To San Francisco” goal became a bit more realistic.

I began researching places to live and stories of moving to San Francisco.  I talked with the kindly folks mentioned above.  I told Zendesk my intentions, announced it on my blog and asked Twitter for help.  I made the move to San Francisco in 4 months time (January to April) and it was the right choice.  I spent a lot of time talking about the move and made quite a few videos.  I have a lot of videos that haven’t been published yet.  Thinking of how to

Settling In: The New Place

[VIDEO] Moving To The Mission District In San Francisco

[VIDEO] 5 Weeks After The Move To San Francisco

First Video on San Francisco Move

I Made It To San Francisco!

[VIDEO] Day 4 Countdown Move To San Francisco: Air Guitar, Party, Presents, Annie Modesitt, Census Bureau

[VIDEO] Day 5 San Francisco Move Countdown: Packing, Pets, Party, Puters

Farewell Moving Party This Friday

Day 7 Countdown To San Francisco [VIDEO]

[VIDEO] Adria’s Countdown to San Francisco Move – Day 11 #AdriamoveSF

[VIDEO] How To Get Your San Francisco Dream Apartment On Craigslist With PadMapper

Day 13 Countdown #AdriamoveSF [VIDEO]

Day 14 Countdown To San Francisco [VIDEO]

[VIDEO] Day 1 of #AdriamoveSF

San Francisco Apartment Research And Twitter Lurking

Adjusting To Office Life

One of the things that’s been a challenge is settling into working in an office.  I’ve been working remotely for four years so coming into an office with people everywhere has taken a while for me to adjust to.  Being an introvert, I prefer to spend time alone and quietly.  That’s when I do my best work.  The office has people, stuff and everyones talking to each other.  Oh well.  Adjust I will.