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MBHockey
06-08-2005, 11:04 AM
I just picked up an application for summer work in my local Apple Store. I did this last summer, and they didn't even call me back. I plan on being more persistent about it this summer, though, because if i ever want to see my girlfriend and actually do things besides watching movies with her, i'm going to need money because NYC is expensive.

So I got the application today, and want to bring it back tomorrow. Any tips on what I could put on here that might make me stand out? Or any tips in general in filling out job applications (very new to this)?

Thanks for any suggestions

nkuvu
06-08-2005, 11:24 AM
"Wears matching socks."

"Voted least likely to massacre the customers at my last job."

"Always arrives at work clothed in accordance with local decency laws."

Oh, and put glitter all over your application.

Hmm, maybe this isn't the best advice. I've never had the Apple Store call me in for an interview...

MBHockey
06-08-2005, 11:48 AM
haha...i'll definitely do the glitter thing... ;)

yellow
06-08-2005, 12:36 PM
Nice ones nkuvu! :)

Do not use crayon to fill it out, but make sure you add "Mine go clank."

Phil St. Romain
06-08-2005, 12:41 PM
"Thinks OS X rules."

"Knows how to use Terminal.app . . . in a pinch."

"Recommends Apple RAM instead of 3rd party alternatives."

Wear an "Apple Care" T-shirt -- have one made, if necessary.

;)

nkuvu
06-08-2005, 01:37 PM
haha...i'll definitely do the glitter thing... ;)
A friend of mine owns a video rental store. She told me that one applicant put glitter around the edges of the application. My friend still talks about that particular applicant (it's been years since this happened). Of course it's along the lines of "There was glitter all over my desk for months."

So it wasn't necessarily a good impression, but it was a lasting one.

yellow
06-08-2005, 01:41 PM
Whenever I put glitter on any 'official' document, I make sure all the I's are dotted with hearts. :)

voldenuit
06-08-2005, 01:51 PM
Sorry to post the first "real" suggestion; I'd probably mention my activity here and whereever else you're posting on Apple-related boards.
That could help them to assess your qualification quick'n easy.

Take care to delete anything embarassing from your posting history first ;) .

yellow
06-08-2005, 01:52 PM
Sorry to post the first "real" suggestion
There you go, being helpful again..

miklb
06-09-2005, 02:28 AM
As someone who had the unfortunate experience of working in an Apple store (I know, not everyone has the same experience, and I'll leave it at that)
But if you really want to get a job in an apple store, there are few things I could suggest.
If you are applying for Mac Specialist (sales), then you need to emphasis your customer service background, cash handling, sales experience FIRST, and then be sure to tie in the enthusiastic mac user, and your areas of expertise. If you are an ipodder, definitely highlight that. Also, public speaking experience would be helpful as they have the in store sales pitch/seminars, and those comfortable with speaking to crowds would definitely get a second look.
If you are applying for a Mac Genius, that's a whole new ballgame, and that is the tech side of the store. Those jobs are harder to get, and generally require previous experience working on machines/previous work with a certified apple reseller. A lot of those positions are filled from within.
Also, if you really want to stand out, make a glowing pitch about how much you love dot mac and recommend it to EVERYONE... (and that's all I'm gonna say about that).
Good luck.

mclbruce
06-09-2005, 04:01 AM
Put down "Jobs" as your middle name.

acme.mail.order
06-09-2005, 08:58 AM
Wear a black t-shirt at the interview, a mini iPod in a (discreetly) visible pocket, the white 'phone wires around your neck, and of course list a .mac email address.

fat elvis
06-09-2005, 10:14 AM
talk about OS 9, and other things that will illustrate your experience as opposed to trendiness. Mention the things you do in the CLI. Tell them that you spend all day, and most of you free time on a computer...er...Mac. Mention the bad things about PCs (cold interface, SpyWare, etc.)

Good Luck!

MBHockey
06-09-2005, 11:51 AM
I'd be lying if i said i was familiar with OS 9, but i did use many of the (serious :p) suggestions. I also applied at a bunch of restaurants and (gasp) CompUSA, we'll see, i really do need a job.

Thanks guys, i'll let you know if i end up getting it.

acme.mail.order
06-09-2005, 11:32 PM
We're just getting started :D:D:D
Wax rhapsodically about how great your Apple ][ was, (and remember to write the name correctly - right/left square bracket) and the nights you spent working with the Pascal compiler back when 'colour monitor' meant green or amber. How Beagle Bros. programs ruled, how you were looking forward to getting an Apple /// but then you saw THAT commercial during the Superbowl and, well, things changed.

This might not work so well if you are under 25. But you could get the black t-shirt printed with a Bill-Gates-as-borg (http://www.theapplecollection.com/various/anti_ms/BillGates/cb.borggates.jpg) picture (not that they haven't seen it before)

Might want to avoid the "Bill Sux" on an Intel chip image now, even if it was a fake.