i want to get a job at an apple retail store. help please? *update*

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iamrawr, May 3, 2010.

  1. iamrawr macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

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    So, i have no work experience whatsoever unless you count many hours volunteer work and community service. i am an all-honors student going to college this fall. To an extent, I know basic computer hardware components and their functions and I can usually diagnose software problems myself (mostly in windows).

    so that's a curt overview of my situation. and i really like apple products.

    i'm not asking for anything demanding... just maybe a concierge position (or is the proper name a "Specialist"?) not anything like a genius or supply manager.

    what should i include in my resume?

    what were your experiences if you ever had tried applying or worked there? Any tips?


    i am worried that the position that i'm hoping to reach for has much competition however...

    thank you!
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    All positions at Apple have a great deal of interest. Since you lack work experience you need to showcase your volunteer work. It's been my experience that Apple is not so much concerned with how much you know about computers but how well you can sell their ****. Are you likable? If so that's one step in the right direction.
     
  3. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

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    i would like to think i am, but i leave that to other people's opinions. so the right way to showcase my volunteer work is to emphasize my social conditions within the volunteer work?
     
  4. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    It is competitive. Being out-going and having a warm personality -- two things they can't teach -- gives you a huge advantage over people who may be more technical than you, but lack those two traits.

    Apple Retail prides itself on doing things differently, so having no formal work experience is not necessarily a negative. Have you read the job description for Specialist?

    Want to see a resume example that would probably get you noticed quickly?
    http://homepage.mac.com/steve/Resume.html

    Also, if you didn't already know, you submit your resume online (use the search box for "careers"). It's never bad to follow-up in person at the store, but it looks good for you to say "I already did" when they tell you to submit it online.

    Good luck! If your store is a good store, it's one of the most fun jobs you'll probably ever have. :)
     
  5. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

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    Thanks for the tips aristobrat =)
    may I ask about your past experiences with apple?
     
  6. OGDaniel macrumors 6502a

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    My experience in Apple Retail stores have all been enjoyable. I've never dealt with an unpleasant Concierge or MacGenius. You're not getting hired if you're just some kid who wants a job to get paid, they hire people who want to work at the Apple Retail Store, not just just for money but for enjoyment of working there.
    I'm sure you'll do fine if you're truly enthusiastic about it. Good Luck :)
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    If you have any specific questions, sure. :)
     
  8. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

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    not to sound sappy but i really do want to get a retail job at my local apple store. it's the first thing i wanna do right after i graduate lol and i didnt apply for a job any place else.

    anymore tips is greatly appreciated =D
     
  9. wtmcghee macrumors member

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    climbing the ladder

    I was looking to apply for a position at an Apple retail store as well as a specialist. I feel that I am qualified and know a lot about Apple and their products and read up on them regularly. I feel I am a likable person and what not and could fulfill these requirements to work there. Does anyone know how possible it is to "climb the ladder" and potentially become a manager and or an Apple salesman possibly in the B2B field etc.? All replies would be helpful as I am going to the store tomorrow AM. Thanks.
     
  10. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    Greetings,

    They recently removed the Concierge role and merged the existing staff with Specialists, which is better imo. With the specialist role in mind they're looking for personality rather than knowledge. They can teach you about macs (I know specialists who had never tried a mac prior to being recruited, but now their knowledge is great).

    My CV has been on apple.com for a few years. I recently changed it (like, last month) to make it alot more compact, to the point, etc and I received an invite to some interviews, so I guess my number one piece of advice is to avoid rambling. My CV layout is simply a few bullet points at the top for my profile, then experience, grades and references. Not the best CV but it worked for me.

    It is very competitive, so you need to be confident and strong, and most importantly yourself. Just remember its more about people skills than technical knowledge. Also, when you get an invite from Apple, refer to the Apple Recruitment Seminar thread in this forum as there is some great advice there.

    Good luck.
     
  11. iamrawr thread starter macrumors 6502

    iamrawr

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    Accepted to interview!

    Hey all. Sorry this is an old post but I'd just like to thank you all for helping me with my resume. I got noticed and just got a notification telling me to attend a hiring seminar :D

    is this the same as an interview? Any further tips?

    Thank you all ^_^
     
  12. kajones828 macrumors newbie

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    iamrawr did you get the job??

    how was the seminar?

    im going to one tomorrow!
     

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