Job: Google Doodler - Mountain View (seriously)

Google Doodle for Valentine's day 2011

Google has advertised a job that sums up just how ridiculous the world has become. You know those little drawings that say ‘Google’ in funny ways on the search page? Yeah that’s someone’s job. A Google Doodler.

How did this job come about? Was the last guy promoted? What an incredibly strange topsy-turvey take on ‘The secret to my success’ starring Michael J Fox.

I find it hard to believe that the guy that ‘doodles’ found himself in line for a big promotion for drawing really amusing drawings.

I imagine him (let’s call him Bob) coming home with the news:

Bob: Hey honey, I’m home! I have some news.

Wife: Oh, what is it?

Bob: I’m in line for a big promotion. I told you I won’t be a Doodler forever.

Wife: Wow honey! That’s great news, what’s the job?

Bob: Finance Operations Project and Process Manager.

Wife: ??

Bob: What you don’t think I can do it?!?! You think I should stay a Doodler huh? That I’m not good enough!!

*At this point Wife realises there is a distinct smell of alcohol on Bob’s breath.

Wife: No, that’s great news. I’ll get dinner ready.

Anyway, I assume the job came up because they needed more Doodlers and not due to a promotion.

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Here are some snippets I’ve extracted from the advert.

First impressions matter. Every day, hundreds of millions of online users visit the Google homepage. Yes, to search. But also, to be delighted, informed, and surprised (And maybe even to laugh a little).

Yeah I go to Google to search, the other stuff isn’t a big deal for me. In fact I use the search in my browser therefore bypassing the whole doodle.

As a Product Graphic Designer/Illustrator, more commonly known as a “Doodler,”

Seriously f*** off Google, give the guy a proper job title. How can he look his parents in the eye and say he’s a doodler. That’s as bad as Subway calling the counter staff ‘Sandwich artists’ or me calling ‘Social Media Consultants’ useless tw*ts. Ok I probably shouldn’t call them that but you get the point.

From Jules Verne to Pac-Man, you have the reins to our brand and iconic logo and can run free with your innovative ideas. Go forth and doodle!

That’s kind of true except for the fact that these ‘free-thinking artists’ are restricted. Here’s a work scenario I imagine happening regularly in a Doodler’s work-life.

Doodler boss: Today I want you to draw ET in an amusing way.

Doodler boy: But I was thinking of drawing rainbows in the shape of the word…

Doodler boss: You will draw f***ing ET and you will make his finger shine like the happiness in your heart, OK?!?!?!

*At this point Doodler boy realises there is a distinct smell of alcohol on Doodler Boss’s breath.

Doodler boy: Ok, that’s great news. I’ll get dinner ready.

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