Our 2nd Women in Technology (WIT) blog post comes from Hailey on our product development team. Hailey talks about how her experience in our sales department and working with merchants helped her uncover her true passion. In her words:
“…what’s great about working for a startup is that there’s always more than enough work to go around. And if you’re driven to gain the experience you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it.”
Learn more about her journey by clicking through to our People Blog
There have been more than a few articles floating around the interwebs about employers asking for interviewees’ social networking login information and password. This is not just a bad idea and unnecessary for us, but also could be a violation of privacy.
As good recruiters, we will occasionally view your public information on social networks to get a better idea of your interests and web savvy, but we would never ask to read personal messages or look at private photos. Be smart and keep private things private and make public those things that will give us insight into your performance on the job, or knowledge in your particular space. As I said, we will look at your social profiles, but more as a supplement to your personality than something to weed you out.
A blood sample, SSN, and ATM PIN number are just fine for us here at Groupon…
With over 60 companies participating and thousands of candidates expected to come to our SXSW booth in a couple of days, I thought I’d jump in with a few tips to make the most of your time in Austin. Even if not in Austin, maybe these will help you in other career fairs.
- Research companies and take a look at open jobs. It will be a much better use of your time if you can talk to recruiters about a specific opening that you saw or be able to show your knowledge of what’s going on with the company. At Groupon, we have a number of roles across all departments, so pick a few that you are interested in to see if they are the best fit for you.
- Travel lightly. Companies, including Groupon, will always have some sort of swag to give out to participants. Visiting 60 booths will leave you with a lot of t-shirts, pens, and shot glasses at the end of the day. Save your big, bulky bag for the presentations and seminars but leave room to carry home all your sweet, sweet Groupon gear.
- Leave the resume at home. You can bring a resume for us to look at, but we don’t really need you to leave a copy with us. This just creates more and more stuff to carry and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Instead, talk to a recruiter, apply on-line, and then mention that you met us in your cover letter. We have also added an extra source to our application saying that you found us at SXSW. If you want our information and don’t want to carry around a ton of business cards, create a contact in your phone or download a business card-reading app such as CardMunch.
Things you may or may not see at the Groupon table:
- Free hair styling: #grouponstyles
- A digital photo booth: #grouponphotobomb
- Unnecessary winter apparel: #grouponfleece
- Song circles: #grouponkumbaya
- Free Tax Advice: #grouponEZ
I’ve spoken to a few colleagues recently in recruiting, and there is some confusion about cover letters and whether or not corporate recruiters read them. Some people see it as a good way to showcase personality, writing skills, or knowledge of the company. Still others see it as bulky and a waste of time because recruiters aren’t going to read it anyway. I’m not sure who is correct, but I can give you some tips to increase your cover letter’s visibility. Keep in mind that the resume is still the first thing that we review, but a good cover letter can supplement your experience and personality. Some ideas to keep in mind:
- Apply only to relevant roles. If you are qualified for a job, the recruiter will know and will want to look at a cover letter. Use this opportunity to highlight a few points from the job description that closely match your background.
- Show some personality. You don’t have to fill your cover letter with jokes or witty sayings, but you should give us an insight into who you are not just what you can do. Don’t just list random things for the sake of being irreverent; rather connect a hobby or interest to a quality that would make you a good employee.
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the company and the role. Recruiters can spot a generic cover letter within a few seconds. Add a few sentences that show your knowledge of the company or ability to do the job. Bullet points are fine, and the more concise you can be the better.
- Don’t worry about formatting. At Groupon, and other large companies, all your materials will be stored in our resume database, so don’t worry about fancy formatting or colors. Different recruiters work on different roles, and multiple people will have access to your resume. Don’t waste time trying to figure out a specific contact, because it really doesn’t matter to us. But if you do have a personal connection at the company, then let us know.
I hope this info will help you when applying to Groupon or any other company. Cover letters are a nice supplement to your experience and a good way to show your personality and enthusiasm for the role. Including a cover letter doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get an interview. But it’s definitely not going to hurt you to take the extra time to tailor a cover letter for a specific company.
Dustin, Recruiting @GrouponJobs