Help for getting hired as an Apple Retail Specialist

BillyMatt7

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 3, 2012
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Stamford, CT.
Hey everyone,

I bet this isn't the first time that somebody has been seeking advice on this forum but I would appreciate any input and tips to further assist me in my goals.

First of all, I've been applying online and nearly every day following my 18th birthday in 2010 and I never got too much further than that. I have never been officially employed anywhere before but I'm extremely passionate about Apple and I enjoy working with other people who share the same dedication and I enjoy helping people experience technology in ways that could benefit them and everyone else.

I'm in my 2nd year of community college and like many others my age, I'm broke and work is hard to come by. I have a few buddies from my school who work at the store in our downtown mall and one of them, put my most recent resume through and I got an email confirmation of that and I felt that was a step in the right direction because of all the different places I've applied to for jobs, Apple has been the only one to follow up with me to some extent.

I am curious to know if I have a strong or slim chance of getting hired in the near future. I wonder if the imminent launch of the 3rd generation iPad may help out because they might need extra people but I'm not totally sure.

I may not have any previous work experience in retail or anywhere, but I have a lot of enthusiasm, insight and self-motivation to make up for that and I will link a Keynote presentation I uploaded to iWork.com if anybody is interested in seeing an example of my work.

http://public.iwork.com/document/?a=p124789363&d=Apple_Presentation.key

I hope you guys like what you see and possibly give some feedback so I can see if I'm moving in the right direction.

:apple:Thanks everyone!:D:apple:
 

miles01110

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Jul 24, 2006
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I am curious to know if I have a strong or slim chance of getting hired in the near future. I wonder if the imminent launch of the 3rd generation iPad may help out because they might need extra people but I'm not totally sure.
Nobody knows. Since they aren't getting back to you it's probably time to move on. Also they usually don't care much if you know a lot about the particulars of their products. That doesn't necessarily translate into a good salesperson.
 

nuckinfutz

macrumors 603
Jul 3, 2002
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Got a friend that works at an Apple Store.

They typically have hiring events so you can go on for a while without hearing anything and them suddenly you're getting a call. Remain diligent ...it's all about timing and attitude. Good luck
 

BillyMatt7

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 3, 2012
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Stamford, CT.
Got a friend that works at an Apple Store.

They typically have hiring events so you can go on for a while without hearing anything and them suddenly you're getting a call. Remain diligent ...it's all about timing and attitude. Good luck
Thanks. I admit maybe I've been a little impatient but when they sent me an email confirming that my reference put my resume through and that I'm being considered, that gave me some hope.

Also, my friend who works at the store and who is my reference said that since he's helping me and if I get called, I skip the group seminar and go straight to a one-on-one interview. I'm not 100% certain about that but if true, I got a pretty good chance if they contact me!
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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Sep 23, 2005
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PM me later on today and I'll give you some tips. What is the purpose of the Keynote you posted? For us? If you've sent it to Apple it's probably not doing you any favours
 

BillyMatt7

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 3, 2012
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Stamford, CT.
PM me later on today and I'll give you some tips. What is the purpose of the Keynote you posted? For us? If you've sent it to Apple it's probably not doing you any favours
When I applied to Apple online, I uploaded my resume and the keynote is on iWork.com to show off some of my creative talents. My resume is also on iWork.com for anyone to critique.
 

r1ch4rd

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Aug 5, 2005
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Manchester UK
First of all, I've been applying online and nearly every day following my 18th birthday in 2010 and I never got too much further than that.
Am I reading that right? You have sent an application to Apple almost every day for the last two years? That probably explains why they aren't replying to you!

I would also lose the keynote presentation. I don't think it brings anything to the party. If anything, it may be a negative.
 

callmemike20

macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2007
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USA
When I applied to Apple online, I uploaded my resume and the keynote is on iWork.com to show off some of my creative talents. My resume is also on iWork.com for anyone to critique.
Get rid of the Keynote. It doesn't help you at all.

There are a lot of posts on here about working at an Apple store. Did I miss something in the minimum wage retail sector?
 

kolax

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Mar 20, 2007
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When I applied to Apple online, I uploaded my resume and the keynote is on iWork.com to show off some of my creative talents. My resume is also on iWork.com for anyone to critique.
Creative talents? You're applying to be a salesman, not a designer.

You're trying too hard and overselling yourself. Keep your resume sleek and simple, no one reads it word for word, they just skim over it. So you need to make your resume read really well, and avoid any fanboyism. You can briefly talk about what it would mean to work for Apple, but the most crucial to Apple is your personality and interest. Are you someone that would fit into their "culture"?

I wouldn't worry about not having experience since you are young as long as you have the right attitude and that is portrayed in your resume.