Over the next few weeks, Dustin from our recruiting department will provide some helpful tips on how not to get hired at Groupon.
How Not to Get Hired at Groupon: Stalk Us. This may seem slightly obvious, but excessive social networking with recruiters can sometimes work against your chances of getting hired. We ask that everyone apply via our career site, but there are some additional steps you can take. While we very much appreciate someone doing some extra homework and finding us on a professional site such as LinkedIn, try to keep your search targeted and send your resume to the best person to help you.
Choose one person—preferably a recruiter—and explain your situation. Even though we are busy, we also are here to help you get a job. If your email isn’t sent to the right person, that person will most likely forward it on for you. You can mitigate this by doing your research beforehand. A simple search for “Groupon recruiter” brings up tech recruiters, Editorial recruiters, and corporate recruiters, so if you know what you’d like your focus to be, it’s best to reach out to the appropriate person. If you are not applying specifically to a tech or Editorial position, a corporate recruiter is the best person to help you.
Before you apply, please look at our jobs page and let us know what you think is a fit. We need to focus our time and efforts on candidates who are most relevant to the role at hand, so please be able to articulate your interest accordingly. Also, we want you to be doing the job you actually want to do and not just what you think you can get hired for.
We understand it can be hard to wait for a response, but we ask you to not call customer service for the status of your application. If you have applied, you can check on your application via the email we send when you first apply. We are doing our best to let people know the status, and we appreciate your patience. Bombarding the phone lines/email inboxes of customer service keeps customers waiting longer and without customers we won’t have any jobs anyway.
We are on the phone and in interviews constantly throughout the day, so email is the best way to reach us. This may sound like a brush off, but it’s the truth. Calling over and over again may eventually work, but you are much more likely to get a response via email. If we could train our computers to physically pick up the phones, we would, but then we’d have to be concerned with robot domination and prank calls.
Bottom line, the most effective way to get noticed is to do some research and target your communication accordingly. Just as when you are choosing companies to apply to, we want you to vet this out properly. Connecting with us via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and then showing up at our apartments is a bit excessive. We haven’t checked our MySpace account in awhile anyway and we don’t want you to be ignored.
You can view updated job postings by following the Recruiting department on Twitter (@grouponjobs) or visit our job site at http://www.groupon.com/jobs.