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Jamie Overton, a technical recruiter for Shipt answered our questions for this month's Career Chats column. Shipt actually started just down the road in Birmingham, AL, in 2014 and is now in over 200 cities across the U.S. Jamie tells us about this dynamic company that is unlike any work environment you have experienced so far. Check out the interview below:

 

1. What is your title at Shipt and how long have you been there?
Technical Recruiter - About 6 months.

2. Could you tell us a little about your company?
Shipt is an on-demand grocery delivery service that utilizes a web and mobile application, allowing our members to order their groceries from a local retailer and have them delivered in as little as one hour.

3. What made you choose to work for Shipt/what brought you there?
Ultimately I was not looking for a new position when I found out about the role at Shipt. It was the people and initiatives I could impact as a recruiter for Shipt that ultimately made me make the switch from my last position.  

4. What kinds of daily responsibilities do you have?
On a daily basis I am working with hiring managers and perspective candidates; facilitating our hiring efforts while providing a great candidate experience. Ultimately a recruiting position involves constant communication with all parties involved.

5. What is your work atmosphere like?
The atmosphere at Shipt is unlike any other I have worked in. It is a highly collaborative, open workspace that encourages teamwork and growth. It is truly incredible how interconnected we are with our San Francisco office as well.

6. What is the best part of your work?
The best part of my job is when both the hiring manager and the candidate feel like they have made the best choice they could have. It is rewarding to be able to impact the life of an individual and the dynamic of our organization.

7. What kinds of things do you look for in a resume when looking for employees?
Mostly I look for uniformity and career progression off the bat. I also like reading about specific projects that might apply to our business.

8. What kinds of qualities are most attractive in a potential employee?
An understanding of our business/organization and recognizing areas of potential growth.

9. How can students better engage with you and your company?
I would encourage students to consider being a shopper while they are still in school. You would get a better idea of how we operate with a service mindset, an understanding of the potential pitfalls of our application, and it is always good to hear someone is a shopper at a career fair. All aside from the money you can make on your own hours!

10. Do you have any inside advice on how to better secure a job with your company?
Getting an internship at a startup or on-demand type of organization would help be a good way to start.

11. Do you have any overall advice for students, since you have been in their shoes, on how to pursue a professional career?
Don’t be afraid of things you don’t know much about. I had no idea technical recruiting existed prior to graduation and I love what I do.

12. Do you have any fun (appropriate) workplace stories that describe who you all are as a company/describe your team dynamic?
One of my coworkers convinced me (briefly) that Shipt was an acronym. We proceeded to come up with our own acronyms for Shipt and let the team vote on whose was best for breakfast that Friday. I lost.

 

Shipt is one of the coolest part-time job opportunities available and a great way to make a little extra money on the side that could transition into a long-term career, with a great team and working environment. Be sure to check out their website if you want to learn more about them!