Applied for Apple retail

Discussion in 'Apple, Industry and Internet Discussion' started by alphonse23, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    So I just applied to Apple retail for 5 different stores near my area. How long does it take to hear back from them? Say I don't hear back from them for a while, would it be to my advantage to rewrite my resume and cover letter again and reapply until they do contact me?

    Would anybody more experienced than me be willing to help me out. I'd really appreciate it and I would owe you a great deal eternally.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    I applied in May 2012, never got a reply. Earlier this year a store opened right outside my flat so I applied for that and never heard back. Instead they decided to hire people that shout at customers who are trying to buy multiple products, or tell them things like "there is no such thing" when a customer asks for an iPad 4th generation.

    They get so many applicants, do not hold your breathe!
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did you try reapplying? Did you go into the store and ask? What did you write on your cover letter?
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I reapplied, no response. I did go into the store and ask but they were useless and had no idea what to do or how to help. I can't remember what I wrote on my cover letter.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmm.. Well I'm going to try to walk in and pass my application to the hiring manger personally. Let me try to see if that works. I write back if it does.
     
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    Mr_Brightside_@

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    It won't, they only accept applicants online. If he or she even took it they would throw it out.
    If you don't get contacted within a month or two, keep updating your info online.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    Your application stays in their internal system for 90 days. However, if the recruiter passes your resume and decides not to call you're out of luck. Updating your information and resubmitting won't put you in the front of the queue until 90 days have passed since your original application.

    Also, remember that the recruiter skims your resume so you need to have key words or achievements that stand out. They have so many applications to go over.

    Majority of the people who get a called are those who are either extremely lucky or referred by an employee. If you manage to get an employee referral, it automatically guarantees a callback and at least 1 interview.

    Good luck!
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, so it really is that hard to get a job at the Mac store. I know of so many people that work there (not personally) -- they make it look easy.

    > Also, remember that the recruiter skims your resume so you need to have key words or achievements that stand out. They have so many applications to go over.

    What kind of achievements? Should I highlight some of my experiences to make me stand out more. Specifically ones that involve Apple. What if I don't have that many professional experiences that involve Apple. Like I use to work as a technical support specialist, but I mostly fixed windows based computers.
     
  9. macrumors 68040

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    My advice is to make friends with a specialist. Go in there when they aren't too busy and just chat with them about computers. Show them that you know your stuff. Then bring up the fact that you'd like to actually work in the Apple store and that you've actually put your resume in.

    That's sort of how I got my job at Apple retail. The specialist ended up mentioning it to the Assistant manager and I got a call a few days later.
     
  10. macrumors 68030

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    Where do you live that that there are times when they aren't too busy?
     
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    Mr_Brightside_@

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    Or they can refer you.
    Go in near open or close.
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    It depends on the recruiter. Majority of Apple's recruiters are regular specialists who have decided to take up extra responsibilities. They pick possible candidates and are then given feedback regarding the candidates they picked and fine tune their searches to find people that are best for the job.

    It varies from person to person. When I worked at Apple, the former recruiter liked picking people with experience in technology - so those from Best Buy, Radioshack, etc usually got called. The interview process is solely based on personality though - experience plays little part in that. Getting the call is the hardest part.

    The job IS easy. It's possibly the easiest job I've ever had - with the best pay - at least for retail. You find that getting hired at apple, staying there for a while and looking for a new job people tend to snatch you up.

    Good luck!

    P.S: As someone mentioned, I would probably befriend a specialist and get them to refer you. You'll get a call and if you get hired they get a nice $250 referral bonus. ;)
     
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    "Hey Mr. Specialist... Let's be frieeeends" well.

    Well, I'm not currently employed right now, so maybe I should start hanging around Mac stores.... yaaay.
     
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    G51989

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    If your looking for Semi long term job, try Lowes, or Costco, or hell even Wal Mart sometimes pay more than Apple with better benefits.
     
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    Being referred will help increase your chance of getting a call.

    For me, time of application to a phone call was probably around 1 and 1/2 months but I did not get a referral.
     
  16. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @G51989 I think the point of working at the Apple store is that you get to be around what you love.
     
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    G51989

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    I mean honestly, sure if you like apple products. But you'll be underpaid and over worked, many other retail places pay a lot more with benefits and better hours
     
  18. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @G51989 okay thank you G51989. That's some helpful information. Though, I'm not actually looking to make it a full-time job. I was really just looking for a part-time job, working at the Apple store is just something I want to do in the mean time while I search for another job. Thanks for that information. Very helpful.
     
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    where can I apply to be Jony's secretary's secretary?

    thanks
     

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