Need a job? Google plans biggest hiring year in history

Despite the executive changes that took place at Google recently, the search giant is still looking to bring newcomers on board. In fact, they plan to hire more people this year than any year in the past.

In a blog post today, the company announced that they added 4,500 workers in 2010. And while that number is seemingly high, it still comes second to 2007 when they added 6,000 new people. Now Google wants to expand even more, claiming this year will top 2007 and become their biggest hiring year in company history.

"We’re looking for top talent—across the board and around the globe—and we’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science[.]"

This news comes right off the coattails of more recent layoffs from Internet companies; News Corp. decided to fire 500 MySpace workers, BBC announced it would cut 25% of its online budget, and Yahoo! stated today that its second wave of layoffs will come in about a month and a half, amounting to about 1% of its workforce.

Business must be good at Google, however, which is buying small sites and startups (including failed attempt for GroupOn) pretty rapidly, the most recent of which is fflick as reported by Neowin today. The company acknowledged that new hires would work on what they consider startups within Google even though most of last year's hiring took place in engineering and sales. Google was quick to assure that there is a job for any interest.

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