In First-Ever Layoffs, Google Dismisses 100 Recruiters

After dismissing a large number of contractors late in 2008, Google has taken the additional step of cutting 100 internal recruiting positions.The company’s first official layoffs come as no surprise, but they’re an important milestone nonetheless.

In a blog post on the move, VP People Operations Laszlo Bock wrote, “Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring.”

He expressed regret that the the people who “helped build this company” are the first to get the axe. “We are enormously grateful for everything they have done,” he said.

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