How to make the perfect Apple Store resume?

Wanttoworkapple

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I don't know if this belongs here, but I really want to get a job at the apple store, it's been my dream. Can anyone give me tips on a resume and cover letter?
 
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aristobrat

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At the Apple Store I worked at, being referred by a current employee was a huge help towards landing an interview.

That was a small store, and I remember the managers mentioning that there were literally hundreds of on-line applications in the queue. Can't imagine what it's like at a bigger store.

Also, google Steve Job's resume. That's the type of tone that would set your resume apart from the tons of others that yours is blended in with.
 

Wanttoworkapple

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At the Apple Store I worked at, being referred by a current employee was a huge help towards landing an interview.

That was a small store, and I remember the managers mentioning that there were literally hundreds of on-line applications in the queue. Can't imagine what it's like at a bigger store.

Also, google Steve Job's resume. That's the type of tone that would set your resume apart from the tons of others that yours is blended in with.
Thanks. I thought I'd keep my resume 1 page, but I'll make it similar to Steve with two pages, cover letter. Or is that a bit too much?
 
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aristobrat

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Did Steve Jobs ever have a resume?
I doubt this is his actual resume, but the tone this is written in is something that would get noticed by the team of managers of the store I worked at.

http://www.landsnail.com/apple/local/steve-jobs-resume/Resume.html

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Thanks. I thought I'd keep my resume 1 page, but I'll make it similar to Steve with two pages, cover letter. Or is that a bit too much?
My guess would be to keep it as short as you can. But you still need to do something to make it stand out. Not having it read like a traditional resume might be something that catches the eye of the hiring manager at that store. It's all subjective, so you can be damned no matter what you do.

Plus, would it look bad if I keep confronting the manager for a job there?
I think that anything that you can do to build up a positive rapport with the staff/management of the store is good for you. On that note, I'd imagine anything you do that comes across as "confronting" probably doesn't help you in that regards. :)
 

powerstrokin

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Why not create your own business and open your own stores? Working for the man shouldn't be something one strives to do. To each his own, I suppose.
 

Wanttoworkapple

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Why not create your own business and open your own stores? Working for the man shouldn't be something one strives to do. To each his own, I suppose.


Helping people with tech is my dream job, and I happen to be a fan of apple so I might as well try.
 
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yg17

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No offense, but I saw the resume you linked to a couple days ago before you removed it - you're getting a degree in computer science and working a retail job for what's likely slightly above minimum wage is your dream job? :confused:
 

aristobrat

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No offense, but I saw the resume you linked to a couple days ago before you removed it - you're getting a degree in computer science and working a retail job for what's likely slightly above minimum wage is your dream job? :confused:
So if he doesn't graduate for two more years (I thought I saw 2016 in there) and wants to work in what he perceives as a fun atmosphere in the meantime, surely the Apple Store is more of a match to his degree than a theme park?
 

question fear

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How does the Apple Store do applications? Is it electronic? If it is, take your time, especially if there's a personality test. When I worked in retail electronic applications were sorted by red, yellow, green by the system before we even received them. Yellow and green were OK to hire, red was an auto-reject.

Whether it's a paper app or electronic, here's what I would do: Go to the store when it's not super busy, and ask to speak to the manager to find out about how to apply. Find out if there's a specific manager who does the hiring and ask their name. Fill out and submit your app, wait 48 hours, then call the hiring manager and ask if they received your app. There's a good shot they'll pull your application up while you're on the phone, and probably schedule an interview if they're actively hiring. Even if they aren't actively hiring, you're likely on their radar more than someone who just submitted an application and never followed up.

This goes for any retail, fyi, not just Apple...you don't want to be a pain, but there's nothing wrong with politely following up a day or two later. Retail gets busy, and often applications build up for a few days before a manager has time to sit down and call for interviews. If you've followed up, you've improved your chances at getting interviewed quickly. Just be polite and friendly.

I know when I did hiring this was often how we ended up hiring people. We'd have 5 applications in the system, and a plan to review them later that week, and one of the applicants would call for a follow up. That was enough to get us to look sooner, and we found some great people that way.
 
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Mr_Brightside_@

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Wear: button up shirt, good jeans, casual shoes (Chucks, Vans, Toms)

Be assertive, enthusiastic and confident. Introduce yourself and listen to what the other participants have to say. Talk a lot (but not too much) and ask questions.
 

aristobrat

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Yes!!!!! I got an email from the manager at one of the stores I wanted to work at. I'm invited to a hiring event next week!!!! Omg what do I do?!!! What do I need to know?!!!
If this is like the ones I've seen before, there will be other applicants there, and you guys will be mingling with managers and store employees. It's a good way for the store folks to get a feel for who would match the culture of the store.

IMO, Mr_Brightside's advice on how to act is spot on.
 

Wanttoworkapple

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If this is like the ones I've seen before, there will be other applicants there, and you guys will be mingling with managers and store employees. It's a good way for the store folks to get a feel for who would match the culture of the store.

IMO, Mr_Brightside's advice on how to act is spot on.

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Mr_Brightside_@

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I was panning on spending a couple hours at the apple store to get a feel of what they're looking for. Should I try to mimic the employees in the store? I'm sure they'll be questions like, "Why do you want to work at the Apple store" and "try to sell me a laptop"

One of the managers I talked to gave me a hint so I'll try that.

Should I wear a tie? I was going to wear a collar shirt with tie and a hoodie on top.
If you're doing a tie, which I probably wouldn't, don't do it with a hoodie.

You're overthinking this a bit. Don't bother going to the store for hours.

You've been to the store before and you know what they're like. Peppy, enthusiastic, and, for the most part, knowledgeable.

Be those things and you'll be fine.

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I was panning on spending a couple hours at the apple store to get a feel of what they're looking for. Should I try to mimic the employees in the store? I'm sure they'll be questions like, "Why do you want to work at the Apple store" and "try to sell me a laptop"

One of the managers I talked to gave me a hint so I'll try that.

Should I wear a tie? I was going to wear a collar shirt with tie and a hoodie on top.
In my interview, one of the main components was going into small groups of 3-5, being given a customer scenario involving their lifestyle, and recommending products that would work for them.

I took the lead in my group, and ultimately presented our idea on my own.
 

Wanttoworkapple

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It was something I really wanted, and it's killing me right now. I seriously fell off the treadmill just thinking when I'll get that call. If I'll ever get the call for the second interview.

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They did say they'll contact us in 48 hours.
 
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Astroboy907

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Ok so I went to their event less than 48 hours ago and I haven't got a call back. Am I done for?

I participated in everything, I tried to be a leader, I tried to communicate with everyone, I tried my best... And I think I failed at my best.

There are a few things I could have done better, I know I could have. I felt like I was the only one there that sincerely wanted the job. Everyone there just treated it like another interview, but I didn't. I know this because I talked to everyone after the interview.

It was something I really wanted, and it's killing me right now. I seriously fell off the treadmill just thinking when I'll get that call. If I'll ever get the call for the second interview.

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They did say they'll contact us in 48 hours.
If it's still less than 48 hours... I wouldn't sweat it (well, you are on a treadmill so you could sweat it, I guess). Sounds to me like you really did try your hardest. I haven't been keeping up with this thread but I sincerely hope you get your dream job.
If you don't end up getting the job, here's what I figure. For some reason (and I don't know if you believe in God or "divine intervention" or not, sorry if I offend you), but if you don't get it I believe that sometimes, things like that happen for a reason. Now, the reason may not be clear to you, or anyone else, but I believe that there are reasons why bad things happen...
 

Wanttoworkapple

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!!!

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So do I have a better chance? I wonder how many interviews I have to do. I still cant believe it.
 
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aristobrat

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Store Leader = the top manager. The store I worked at had an assistant manager that did all of the one-on-one interviews, so I guess there's some variability.
 

Southern Dad

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My DD11 has attended one hour-long workshops, youth programs and one-on-ones since she was 9. She shares your dream job. The funny thing is that I think she will easily get it. Not even on their payroll she has already helped sell a couple of Macs. It seems that people shopping for a computer see a child able to use it like a guru and they want one too.

I say that because one way to really get to know those folks at the Apple Store. It costs $99 per year and is well worth it. It is only available when you are purchasing a new Mac.