Microsoft is now hiring staff for the first two retail stores in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California as reported by TechCrunch today. The basic outline:
We’re looking for new store employees who love technology and teaching and helping others. In particular, we’re looking for people with technical backgrounds who can help customers choose the best Microsoft products and services for their needs and troubleshoot any technical issue they may have.
This additional detail in the skills required made me chuckle
Lifting/carrying up to 75 pounds (loading and unloading all those great products and carrying purchases out for our customers will be required!)
I’m very drawn to this and keep wondering if I should try to get involved – albeit if and when we bring something to the UK. I love my current job but I’ve always enjoyed simplifying technology and surprising people by showing technology and bringing it to life through simplicity and stories. That’s what the Blue Monster was all about really – getting outside the walls of Microsoft and telling the story of our software through experiences. I don’t think you’ll be seeing the iconic blue cartoon in a store anytime soon but perhaps we need some of that ethos.
You can find the full job details at https://www.talentbankpreview.com/talentplus/preview/MSCORP/careerHome.do?careerSiteId=50 and keep an eye on the Microsoft Jobs blog for more.
Me, I’m off to think about contacting some friends in Redmond to see what opportunities may exist here in the future.