Google In Massive Recruitment Drive For Groupon-Killer?

Google announced that it had managed to attract more than 75,000 CVs in seven days as the Internet giant embarks on the largest recruitment drive in its 12 years history.

The drive will bring in an estimated 6000 employees, bringing the total number of Googlers to more than 30,000.

Although Google did not disclose exactly where those jobs will be created within the company, it looks likely that a significant number of them will work in Google's Groupon competitor, known as Offers.

Group buying services are historically known for being big employers because, unlike most online services, they are geared towards down-to-earth interaction with brick-and-mortar businesses, most of them small.

This means having more people on the phone, on e-mails and even in businesses, trying to get the best deals for their respective cluster buying websites.

Google is likely to tie Offers with other services within the company including Google Places, Latitude and even Orkut, its social networking website. This means that the actual number of people working on Offers might actually be higher.

Although no release date has been announced, rumours say that Google is actively building and expanding a network of partners across the US and the rest of the world.

Groupon has 3,000 employees in 29 countries and Google is likely to roll out its network across a similar number of countries.