Amazon looks for proof in job applications and in candidates that shows experience in their famous leadership principles

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Amazon university recruiter shares advice for job applications

Amazon university recruiter shares advice for job applications

 September 27, 2018

Tech giant Amazon has always been one of the most sought-after companies for job candidates. In fact, Amazon has been named one of the World's Most Attractive Employers for students thanks to its strong brand.

But what's the best way to be noticed by Amazon? Celeste Joy Diaz, the recruiting manager for university programs at Amazon, told Business Insider what she always looks for in a candidate and their application.

The devil is in the detail

Celeste is always keen to avoid telling people what not to write in their CVs, but the one factor that can put Amazon off a candidate is lack of detail about their previous job position.

“Titles are great, but we want to understand what was the project you owned, what was the scope of a project, and what did you accomplish,” explains Celeste.

Of course, it's impressive if you've worked for a company like Amazon, however, global reputation and brand will mean nothing if you can't explain in your CV what you did whilst working for them. The key is to find some concrete examples to back up your job title.

What to you include 

Major successes or achievements are good places to start, as well as revenue you produced, projects you started, led, or developed, events you organised, or how well you met or surpassed your monthly goals. Try and be as specific as possible with each example by adding statistics, dates and precise detail so your potential employer can't cast doubt on any claims.

Specifying your job role and career experiences will also help your potential employer better understand where they can place you within their company. Will you be good at managing a team? Will you be better at customer-facing roles or internal projects or product development? Most importantly, have you got the skills and experience to contribute to and grow the business? 

“People might not take the time to think about the impact of the work they have done,” says Celeste. “I want to understand scope of impact more than just job titles.”

Demonstrate leadership

Celeste also shares what she looks out for in potential candidates.

Amazon want new leaders who fulfil their famous leadership principles. For candidates with those skill sets, Celeste keeps an eye on LinkedIn, specifically for students who have held positions of leadership during their studies.

Unless you want a tech-related job at Amazon, you don't have to have a specific degree. Amazon are happy to consider candidates from a wide range of disciplines and experiences, as long as you can demonstrate you were proactive in those roles.

“We need people who are curious to learn more and curious to problem-solve,” Celeste told Business Insider. “There are a lot of ways experience demonstrates that – through leadership, through other big-scope ownership projects.”

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Apply Celeste's advice to your job search and application to find your dream job at Amazon.

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