Most companies’ college recruiting strategies are pretty straightforward — sign up for a handful of career fairs, set up a few tri-folds containing some pictures and fun facts about their company, and maybe hand out a few keychains or stickers with their brand’s logo on it. But with the competition for talent getting more heated than ever, companies must now think up some pretty creative ways to get your attention if they want to stand out from all of the other organizations vying for young talent.
Enter: Walmart eCommerce’s cross-country RV recruiting tour.
“This year, we really wanted to go beyond career fairs and company presentations (you can find us there, too) to let students engage directly with our brand and explore career opportunities through our latest technology. We want students to experience what our employees experience — our culture, our vision, and how they can contribute,” said Evan Woods, Head of Digital Marketing & Planning for Walmart eCommerce. “Oh, and a big branded RV is a pretty awesome way to get attention.”
Starting September 6th, their mobile recruiting vehicle will hit the road to visit college campuses across the country, bringing with them hands-on activities like VR tours of the offices, role-specific challenges and puzzles, and of course, plenty of cool company swag. Want to learn more? Get the full details in our interview with Woods below.
Glassdoor: What’s this campaign about on a high level?
Evan Woods: We’re excited to launch the Change The Way The World Shops Tour this fall — a campus-based experiential tour where students across the U.S. can experience the future of eCommerce in person. On our tour bus, we’ve designed multiple interactive exhibits that showcase our technology and company culture, allowing students to engage with the Walmart eCommerce family of brands (i.e. Jet.com, Moosejaw, Shoes.com, ModCloth) in a totally immersive way. Our goal is for students to understand what makes us different and the immediate impact they can have in changing the way the world shops.
Glassdoor: What sort of activities do you plan on having, and how do they tie back to the roles you’ll be hiring for?
Evan Woods: We’ve designed a wide variety of exhibits, transporting our offices straight to campus — VR-based office tours and shopping experiences, multiple touchscreens to explore our company history and teams, and role-specific challenges where students can solve real problems our employees encounter every day. For example, students interested in engineering can participate in Hack the Box, an online platform designed to test hacking abilities and learn about machine hacking and its implications on cyber security. When students are interested in a role, they can text to learn more about open positions and explore teams that match their interests.
Glassdoor: How does Walmart eCommerce stand out from other employers?
Evan Woods: In a word: impact. As part of the Walmart family of brands, students will be able to access the resources and scale of a Fortune 1 company, while leveraging the innovative technology and nimble environment of an early-stage startup. At Walmart eCommerce, students now have the ultimate power to design a successful career that is truly their own.
Walmart eCommerce is also unique in its strong commitment to Talent Experience. Our Talent Experience team focuses specifically on the candidate and employee experiences in order to attract and retain the best talent. We create an environment where candidates can bring their whole selves to work starting at the interview, and support our employees at every step of their journey in creative and engaging ways. Whether interviewing candidates on a ferris wheel or introducing our brand to students on an RV tour, we aim to engage with candidates in ways they’ve never experienced.
Glassdoor: What do you want prospective candidates to know about Walmart eCommerce?
Evan Woods: We aren’t wedded to the obvious candidate on paper, because for us, that doesn’t exist. Many of the things we are trying to accomplish have never been done before, so we focus less on “have you done this elsewhere,” and more on “does this person have the right skillsets and problem-solving approaches,” and equally as important, “is this person a kind person that we’d want to work with on a daily basis.” We value passion and potential, and find that people that are passionate about our business, have the right critical thinking skills, and culturally connect are the ones who are successful here.
Glassdoor: What’s your tour schedule going to look like? Can interested students sign up in advance?
Evan Woods: We’re still finalizing the full list of schools, but we plan on visiting about 20 campuses all over the US starting early September. For a full list of schools and to pre-register to secure a spot, students can visit ChangingTheWayTheWorldShops.com or follow Jet on Facebook or LinkedIn where details will also be posted.
Want in on the fun? Check out open Walmart eCommerce jobs here, and make sure to catch representatives from the company at the following campuses:
- Brown University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Dartmouth College
- Duke University
- Emory University
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Northwestern University
- Princeton University
- Rice University
- Stanford University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Chicago
- University of Notre Dame
- University of Pennsylvania
- Vanderbilt University
- Washington University, St Louis
- Yale University