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It seems like what you need an external validation of your talents which can be put on your resume. Some examples of such validation include: - Start contributing to open source. Start with small bug fixes but quickly move to some real, solid work. You'll lean a ton along the way and will get the validation you need. - If you are a frontend engineer, put out some demos publicly accessible on the Internet. Let people know what you can build. To add on the top, put the code on github and help others who want to reuse it.

In parallel, start cultivating relationships with Google employees in the area of your interest. Attend meetups where they may be present. Tell them things that you are working on and get their advice on how you can improve.

Somewhere along the way in this path, you will be a better and well-networked programmer that great tech companies won't afford to ignore.

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