THE INC. LIFE

Here’s What Happened When a 7-Year-Old Girl Applied to Google

No, she didn’t get a job. She got something that’s probably a lot better.

Share on
BY Bill Murphy Jr. - 16 Feb 2017

PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images

Maybe you feel like you're stuck in a dead end job, or working at something that feels temporary at best, while you try to figure out what you really want in your professional life.

Perhaps you worry that even if you did figure it out, you might not actually have the drive to go for it.

Meet Chloe Bridgewater, a 7-year-old girl living in Hereford, England. She probably won't grow up to have that problem.

Her dream job? Through her seven-year-old eyes, anyway, it's to work at Google. She saw some pics of the company's offices, "with their bean bags, go-karts, and slides," her father, Andy Bridgewater, wrote in a post on LinkedIn, and that was all she needed to decide it was the closest thing to getting paid to be a kid.

 

Google Boss and Father Christmas

With her dad's encouragement, Chloe wrote a letter to Google's CEO. Here's part of what it said (her dad shared it with Business Insider.)

Dear Google Boss,

My name is Chloe and when I am bigger I would like a job with Google. I also want to work in a chocolate factory and do swimming in the Olympics. ... My dad told me if I carry on being good and learning then one day may I will be able to have a job at Google. ...

My dad told me to give you an application ... I don't really know what one of them is but he said a letter will do for now. Thank you for reading my letter, I have only ever sent one other and that was to Father Christmas. Good bye.

Chloe Bridgewater, Age 7

 

Is there an opening for a vice-president of cuteness?

Adorable, right? (As an aside, what's up with kids always announcing their ages? Just once, for the sheer fun of it, I'd like to receive a serious job application signed something like, "Howard McCarthy, Age 33.")

But I digress. As the elder Bridgewater went on to describe in his LinkedIn post, Chloe's letter elicited a response from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (You can see Pichai's letter here. Business Insider says they verified its authenticity.)

Of course, it's short and sweet: "I look forward to receiving your job application when you are finished with school," Pichai wrote.

Still, that little 6-line letter left his daughter "delighted" the elder Bridgewater wrote, and left her "even more eager to do well at school" (and to work for Google).

 

What you can learn from a 7-year-old

So, it's a cute story. But is it really unique? And if not, does it matter?

Because I highly suspect that a decade and a half ago, kids were sending cute little letters like this to Microsoft, and 30 years ago they were writing to Jack Welch at GE. Seventy years ago they probably wrote to Henry Ford.

The difference of course was that there was no social media for proud parents to show off their work to the world. But before you take a hard-hearted, cynical view of this story, consider the takeaways:

First, it's never too early to start networking. In 10 or 15 years when Chloe Bridgewater is applying for her first "real job," she'll have a heck of an ice-breaker story.

Second, you never know how much impact a small act of kindness will have. Kudos to Pichai for taking the few minutes the letter must have required.

And finally, especially if you're stuck somewhere, trying to figure out what you really want out of life, remember this: If you never ask for what you want, you're not going to like the answer.