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  • You've applied. What now?

    By: Stefan,

    5 days

    Congratulations on sending in your application! Give yourself a pat on the back.

    It may be difficult to not constantly refresh your email waiting for a response from us, but it’s best to find a distraction. We do get an influx of applications when a specific job is posted, so it may take a couple days for your application to be processed before we can get back to you.

    You do not need to call us immediately to make sure that we received your application - we assure you, we have it, unless you have reason to believe otherwise. If it’s going on a week and you haven’t heard back, there’s a chance it may not have been delivered, and it’s fair game then to check in with a phone call.

    Your application could go one of several ways:

    1. You’re called in for an interview. Congratulations!
    2. If you’re called in for an interview, respond with a few days/times that will work best for you to come in for a meeting. Once you’ve done that, you’ll receive a confirmation email with an application to bring with you to the meeting.

    3. Your application is placed on hold.
    4. If your application is placed on hold, this means that although we cannot offer you a position or an interview at the moment, this doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested in you. It may be the case that we are not hiring at the moment or that we are not currently hiring for a position that you indicated you were interested in. Or it may be the case that the position has already been filled by the time you sent in your application. If any of these is the case, we’ll let you know that we would love to hang on to your application and reach out to you when an opportunity does arise.

    5. Your application is not moved forward in the interview process.
    6. Finally, if your application is not moved forward in the interview process, you will receive an email response from us letting you know. The hiring process is often competitive, and unfortunately we are not able to give everyone who applies a chance at the interview process. If your application is not moved forward, you shouldn’t give up hope! There’s nothing stopping you from building your resume with more experience and applying again at a future time. However, if you are not offered a position, you should not respond back with a cheeky email. Though the rejection may sting, it’s best to keep the potentially harsh feelings to yourself and not burn any bridges.

    So, wait patiently as we review your application, and keep your fingers crossed for good news! If you put the time into building your resume, crafting an application email, and proofreading, there’s a good chance your application will be moved to the next step: the interview!

    Check out upcoming blog posts to learn how to ace your interview!

    Tags: #ann arbor tshirt company, #apply, #application success, #and now we play the waiting game
  • Crafting an Application Email (And The Importance of Spellcheck)

    By: Stefan,

    9 days

    While there is no cover letter required to apply to Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company (only your resume!), applications whose emails do include a brief letter of sorts stand out among a sea of resumes.

    You may consider including:

    • A greeting

      It seems obvious, but many forget to include a simple “hi” or “hello.” A greeting tells us that you are friendly and know basic communication!

    • Your interests

      Are you interested in Art? Sales? Screenprinting? All of the above? We want to know so that we can match your interests with the appropriate position.

    • Why you are interested in the company

      Have you ordered t-shirts from us before and had such a great experience that you wanted to be a part of the production process? Did your friend work here last holiday season and tell you it was the greatest job ever? Did you watch the company owners on youtube describe the t-shirt making process and knew that you just had to be a part of it? Let us know what stands out to you!

    • What makes you a great fit for Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company

      Is it your love for cotton? Your enthusiasm for custom apparel? Your positive attitude? Your love of office dogs or free lunch? This is your chance to introduce yourself.

    • Your weekly availability and hours preference

      If nothing else, please include specific time frames of when you will be available to work (e.g., Monday after 3pm, Tuesday before 5pm, Wednesday anytime, etc.). If your availability is completely open, please let us know that too. Additionally, let us know if you’re seeking a full-time or part-time position, and if part-time, how many hours per week you are looking to work.

    Once you have drafted your email - or included your availability in the email body at the very least - attach your resume! It’s easy to forget and press the magic ‘Send’ button. It happens to the best of us, but don’t let it happen to you! Save yourself that moment of embarrassment and double check that it attached properly.

    Not so fast! There’s one last step before you should send in your application email. Always use spell check and re-read your email before pressing Send! This could be the difference between you:

    • Being Fast Paste and Fast Paced.
    • Assassinating wait staff and assisting wait staff.
    • Constructing employees and instructing employees.
    • Bein an honor roll student, and Being an honor roll student.
    • Demonstrating patients and Demonstrating patience.

    And most importantly, it could be the difference between you being called in for an interview or not! Spelling and grammar errors in an application email or resume, though sometimes entertaining for us, tell us that maybe your attention to detail isn’t quite where we would like it to be. After all, a lot of detail goes into creating a t-shirt from designing, to proofing, to printing. So read, re-read, and triple read your email and resume before sending it off.

    What are you waiting for? Fill out the application, and send your resume and spell-checked application email to!

    Tags: #ann arbor tshirt company, #work, #apply, #spellcheck, #emails and crafts
  • Applying for a job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company FAQS

    By: Stefan,

    12 days

    Applying for a job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company FAQs

    “My resume’s ready! How do I apply?”

    Send your resume to Attach it to your email as a pdf or word document. Please no fancy file types, as these can be a struggle to open and may lead to your stellar resume never being seen. If you’d like, tell us in your email what you’re interested in (e.g., art, screen printing, screen making, sales, etc.), why you’re interested in our company, and why you may be a good fit.

    “Is there an application?”

    Yes! And you must fill it out to be considered for employment at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company! You can find it here. We still recommend sending in your resume with a quick email to explain why you are interested and what makes you a good fit; however, you will only be considered if an application is fully completed and submitted.

    “My computer’s not working. Is there another way to apply?”

    If, for whatever reason, you are not able to apply via email, feel free to drop your resume off at the Ann Arbor office location. The friendly salesperson working the front desk will see to it that your resume makes its way to Human Resources’ hands.

    “When should I apply?”

    Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall - you may send your resume over to us any time! Though we may not be hiring at the particular moment that you apply, Human Resources would love to hang on to your resume and reach out to you when an opportunity comes along that you may be a good fit for based on your interests and experience.

    We periodically post ads for specific positions on sites such as Craigslist, Indeed, and University Student Employment websites when the staffing need arises. In those cases, we are looking to hire more immediately.

    “This sounds like a really cool place to work, but I’m still a student.”

    Not a problem! We actually have several students that work part-time at the company. In fact, our Seasonal Minion position might be an excellent match for you. The winter holidays are a busy time of year for us, and we need extra hands for printing and packing garments during the day, evenings, and weekends.

    The seasonal opportunity is great for students or others looking for a temporary position to make some extra money around the holidays. We typically begin hiring for seasonal workers beginning late Summer through mid-Fall, and the position goes until the end of the calendar year. The holidays are an especially festive time to work at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company - you’ll see many of our employees walking around in elf hats and spreading good cheer!

    So fill out the application, and send on over your resume to! Tell us why you should be the next great addition to the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company team! And check out the next blog post for help in crafting the perfect application email!

    Tags: #ann arbor tshirt company, #work, #apply, #faqs
  • How to make a completely custom hat from the ground up

    By: Stefan,

    18 days

    Most of the time, clients looking for custom hats are simply looking to put embroidery onto an existing hat. Financially, this makes the most sense for most budgets, and from a design standpoint, this is usually more than adequate. We’ve got a wide range of hats from 5 panel snapbacks to classic low profile golfing mainstays.

    Sometimes, though, a client needs something completely custom, fabricated from the ground up. The process isn’t quick (it typically takes about two months from start to finish concepts, manufacture, and get the final goods in hand), it requires a clear design vision, and you need to be looking at a minimum of 144 pieces - but if you can swing all of that, the results are astounding and the price is probably less than you’d think.

    Here’s our latest, a hat designed from the ground up for Norwegian sports fans. We needed full seam to seam embroidery, screen printed line art under the bill, printed taping on the inside, and contrast coloring on the button, eyelets, and snaps.

    If you have a big idea and can swing the minimums / wait time, get in touch with one of our salespeople today! Tell them you’re specifically looking for fully custom hats, and feel free to reference this post. This is a more niche service that we provide, and most people are more than happy with embroidering existing hats - but for that special project or product line, this can be a powerful program!

    Tags: #hats, #custom, #snapbacks, #ann arbor tshirt company
  • Our cheesiest shirt EVER

    By: Stefan,

    26 days

    “You know what people like, Christina?” said Jerry. There was an air of arrogance about him as he entered the artists’ corner of the office, clutching his weekly list of prompts for the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company’s design team.

    “Cheese?” offered the artist, sketching away on her pad.

    “Well yeah, but I was gonn - yeah…” Jerry sighed, and slid his list into the recycling bin. “I like your answer better.”

    “What were you going to say?” asked Christina.

    “Nevermind, I hate it now. We’re going with cheese. One cheese shirt to rule them all...”

    Want one for yourself? You can buy the women’s lightweight terry fleece pullover here or the unisex ringspun cotton t-shirt here! Both are Amazon Prime eligible!

    Tags: #cheese, #ann arbor tshirt company, #one cheese to rule them all..., #there can be only one...cheese
  • Already have a resume? Excellent! But don't hit send just yet!

    By: Stefan,

    29 days

    Our online job application is available here

    Perhaps you have applied to one or more jobs previously, and already have a resume. That’s great news, and surely will make your life easier so you are not building a resume from scratch.

    However, there’s a good chance that your resume isn’t quite ready for Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company HR’s eyes just yet. There are a few simple steps you should follow before sending in your already-complete resume:

    1. Update your education and experiences.

    Perhaps you used your resume to apply for a job back in high school or college, but you’ve probably done a lot since then! Think about all the work, volunteer, and educational experiences you have had since you last updated your resume and add them to your list of accomplishments. All of your experiences are important, but we do want to know what you have been doing recently.

    This might mean that along with adding your new experiences, you should omit your high school dog-walking job or your lawn-mowing job for the neighbors, since recently, you’ve held more relevant positions.

    Include the highest level of education that you have completed. If you’ve completed any degree past a high school diploma or GED, you might want to omit your high school education from your resume - it’s implied that you completed high school, and where you went to high school is not going to make a difference to our hiring decision.

    2. Check your objective.

    If you do choose to include an objective on your resume, it may be outdated or irrelevant to your application to Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company.

    For example, if you had used your resume to get a summer job scooping ice cream, your objective undoubtedly reflects your love for ice cream. If you forget to change your objective to reflect your love of t-shirts instead of ice cream, your application will likely not be seriously considered.

    3. Update your address and contact information.

    No longer living at your parents house in Ohio? Update your address! When we see that you live in another state and do not indicate your plans to move in your cover email, we’ll be a bit wary of your seriousness in applying.

    Double check that your email address and phone number are correct. These are our two gateways of contacting you, and if they are not correctly written on your resume, our correspondence may be lost before it begins.

    4. Check that all information you have included is relevant.

    If you cannot draw upon an example from a previous experience that you are including in your resume to show us that you are an excellent fit for the company, you probably shouldn’t include it. Think about examples related to work ethic, teamwork, positive attitude in the face of a challenge, ability to pick processes up quickly, etc. when thinking about whether or not your experiences are relevant.

    5. Spell check!

    Remember, attention to detail is one of the most important qualities we look for in a candidate. Typos on your resume indicate that attentiveness to detail may not be your forte.

    Even if you have used your current resume to apply for another job before (and perhaps even landed the job!), we recommend that you follow these steps and make the necessary edits. It’s important that your resume is catered towards your interest in working at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company.

    Just as if you were building a resume from scratch, put it down for a night or two, and read over it with a fresh pair of eyes once you are done editing. You might consider asking a friend to look it over as well. When you feel comfortable with your work, then you’re ready to send it in! Check out the next blog post for details on when to apply. And visit this link when you are ready to apply!

    Tags: #resume help, #ann arbor t-shirt company, #apply today, #t-shirt
  • No Resume? No Problem! Creating a Stellar Resume

    By: Stefan,

    about 1 month

    Our online job application is available here

    A resume is a paper snapshot of your experiences and accomplishments, and is the pathway to your interview - If you don’t look good on paper, we’ll never get to meet you in person, despite your awesome personality.

    No resume? No problem! Here’s how you make one.

    1. Begin by gathering the basic information that you would like to include on your resume. Think education. Think employment. Think volunteer opportunities and extracurricular activities. You’ll want to have the dates handy that you went to school, worked in various positions, and participated in various events. Get this information all down on paper, so it will be simple to organize.

    2. Next, organize your thoughts into a resume template. There’s no one ‘right’ way to organize your resume - different people will tell you various things that you should include (e.g., some may recommend a section for Skills or Publications) and in what order to include them. A rule of thumb is to include what is relevant for the job you want.

    A basic way to organize is with the following headings:

    Basic Information

    This should be at the very top of your resume and stand out (and does not need to be a formal heading). Put your name large and in bold, and include your address and contact information (phone number and email).


    Include 1-2 sentences explaining what kind of job experience you are looking for. E.g., Seeking an opportunity to utilize my knowledge of printing technology to and grow in a company that shares my passion for apparel.

    Some people nix this section - it is not absolutely necessary, but is another opportunity to express your interest in our company or a specific position.


    Indicate where you attended (or perhaps currently attend) school, your graduation date or expected graduation date, your major or concentration area and minor if you have one, your GPA, and any academic honors and awards you have received.

    If you are in or have graduated from college or an institute of higher learning, it may not be necessary for you to include your high school education in this section, but it is up to you whether you prefer to include it or not.

    Work Experience

    This will likely be the heart of your resume. For each job you have held, you will want to include the company or organization name, your job title, and the dates you worked. Your work experiences should be listed in order, most recent to least recent. You will also want to include 3-4 bullet points about your responsibilities and results of your work for each position you held.

    Use action words, and be specific and measurable with your bullet points. Perhaps you used to work as an ice cream scooper. To explain your role on your resume, you might write:

    • Gave customers ice cream and made them happy.

    But this is not specific or measurable, nor does it show action. Instead, write:

    • Scooped ice cream cones for 50-100 customers daily, resulting in 100% customer satisfaction.

    If you’ve held numerous jobs, you may consider not including all of them. Include the 2-3 most recent positions you have held, and then choose which others to include based on relevance to obtaining a job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company.

    Oppositely, if you have not had any work experience, this does not mean you will not be considered for a position. We understand that you have to start somewhere, and we’re willing to give you that shot, as long as you shine in other areas of your resume!

    Volunteer/Extracurricular Activities

    Have you participated in any events or activities that make you stand out from others? Here we want to see your leadership experience, and take a peek into your values and interests. Also, we do sell to groups - volunteer and extracurricular. Connections that may help us win a new customer make you valuable to Sales.

    You can create your own resume template on a basic word processing program, or to really simplify things, you can download a basic template from the internet and fill in your information (simply Google ‘Resume Template’ - your options will be countless). Some word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word, have pre-made templates for resumes as well that you may find helpful for organization.

    3. Once you have your thoughts typed up and organized, put your resume away for a night or two. You’ve undoubtedly been working on it for several hours, and will have more to contribute once you look at it with a fresh pair of eyes.

    4. With well-rested eyes, read through your resume again. Does everything sound okay? Perhaps you should reword that bullet point that sounds awkward. Are there any egregious typos? Make edits as you deem necessary.

    5. Send it off to a couple people you trust to give you honest feedback (maybe not your mom if you already know she will tell you it looks great no matter what it says). Take a look at the feedback they give you, and seriously consider it. If something is confusing to them or difficult to read, there’s a good chance it may be confusing to us here at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company as well. Again, make any edits that you deem necessary.

    6. Finalize it. There is a good chance that you’ll never completely ‘love’ your resume. You could work on it for countless hours and still not be satisfied. Once you feel that it is excellent, send it in! More details on how to go about this in an upcoming post.

    We want to hear from you! Send in your resume to after applying here!! Or keep following our blog to find out how to craft the perfect email to send with your resume.

    Tags: #resume help, #ann arbor t-shirt company, #apply today, #t-shirt
  • Should I apply to Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company?

    By: Stefan,

    about 2 months

    Our online job application is available here

    The first step in applying for a job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company is to determine both if the company is a good fit for you, as well as if you are a good fit for the company.

    Not everyone shares our love for cotton or our enthusiasm for custom apparel. But for those who do, you may just be an excellent match for us.

    Before applying to Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, ask yourself:

    Is Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company a good fit for me?

    Here is what we can offer you:

    • A fun atmosphere and youthful company culture. (Did you know we have 3 dogs that work in the office daily?!)
    • Flexible hours that fit your schedule. Daytime, evening, and weekend shifts are available during the holiday season, as is your choice between part-time and full-time work.
    • Learning opportunities. Never printed before? Don’t sweat it! No experience is necessary - we will train you on all of the processes and technology you need to manage.
    • Free lunch daily and discounts on apparel! Not to mention, plenty of Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company apparel for your wardrobe.
    • An endless supply of popsicles for hot days. It gets hot in the warehouse, so we like to keep our workers cool!
    • Opportunities for growth and permanent positions for the right candidates. The best seasonal employees may be offered permanent positions for the following year.

    If this sounds like a place you might like to work, then proceed to asking yourself:

    Do you have what we are looking for?

    We want employees who:

    • Work efficiently and produce quality.
    • Consistently exhibit a positive attitude.
    • Pay close attention to detail.
    • Follow standard procedures, and make suggestions for improvement.
    • Work as part of a team.
    • Are able to work independently.
    • Are reliable (always come to work, and always come on time!).
    • Can lift at least 50 pounds.
    • Can stand for a 10 hour shift. *Not all of our shifts are this lengthy, but when things ramp up during the holidays, you may experience a few extra-long shifts!
    • Have availability at least 3 days M-F.

    If you believe yourself to be an excellent fit, then we absolutely want to hear from you! Check out our next blog post to find out how to get your resume in order! If you feel 100% ready and eager to work at the Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, visit here to apply today!

    Tags: #summer popsicles, #apply today, #ann arbor t-shirt company, #t-shirt, #interview
  • How to land a job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company - Overview

    By: Stefan,

    about 2 months

    Our online job application is available here

    Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company is often looking for general production help, especially in the latter half of the year. The holiday season is our busiest time of year, and we hire seasonal workers to assist us with the production process. Available work ranges from receiving and inventorying garments to printing garments to folding, bagging, and boxing them for customers.

    Other types of work periodically become available as well, such as sales, campus representative, and art and proofing positions. However, there is no timeline for when these types of positions will be open. Consider applying for and starting as a general production worker, as we often hire for higher level positions like these from within-house.

    There are a few steps you should follow to land your dream job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company:

    Step 1: Apply!

    If you feel you’d be a good fit for us, we would love to hear from you! Your resume will be the heart of your application to Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company, and our Human Resources team will notify you if we would like to set up an interview.

    Step 2: Ace the inverview.

    You’ve made it through the round of resume cuts. This means we were impressed with you on paper, and now we want to meet you in person. Show up on time, dress to impress, and ‘wow’ us with your insightful experiences.

    Step 3: Accept the offer.

    Congratulations! You’ve been offered a job at Ann Arbor T-Shirt Company. If you still feel, after your interview and getting a taste of the Ann Arbor Tees atmosphere, that this is the place for you, simply let us know, “Yes! I’ll take the job!”

    Step 4: Begin working.

    Your first day will consist of a bundle of paperwork, an introduction to the handbook, safety training, and a tour of the facility. Once you’re oriented, you will go over standard procedures and begin training.

    Step 5: Make it permanent

    There’s a good chance you were on-boarded as a seasonal employee. However, there is opportunity for permanent employment following the holiday season - continue to impress us with your work ethic, teamwork, concern for the customer, and positive attitude, and you may just be asked to stay on.

    Follow our blog to see how to ace each of these steps in depth or if you are ready to apply, visit this link today!

    Tags: #need a job?, #interview, #ann arbor t-shirt company, #local, #apply today, #t-shirt
  • Live Event Case Study: Spies are Forever

    By: Ricky,

    2 months

    Recently Ann Arbor Tees Retail Partner the Tin Can Brothers" successfully kickstarted their first live musical, Spies Are Forever. They approached us with the desire to have merchandise that touched on the "spy theme" of the show.

    One of the themes for the merchandise is "Hidden Messages", so for the show poster we did a screen printed poster with a glow in the dark hidden message

    The poster in daylight

    The poster in darkness

    We also did a piece of apparel with a hidden message, however instead of being glow in the dark, we used light sensitive ink that would change color in sunlight.

    The Tank Top Indoors

    The Tank Top in Sunlight, revealing a hidden message

    Their fan base has always been known to be fond of sunglasses, so we gave them a Tin Can Brothers makeover.

    The Tin Can Brother Sunglasses feature a "mustache disguise" and were pad-printed here in Ann Arbor, MI

    The Tin Can Brother Sunglasses feature a "mustache disguise" and were pad-printed here in Ann Arbor, MI

    Also very fond of hair bows, such as those made by cast-member Tessa Netting, we wanted to do a hair bow. This was our first time printing such an item.

    The predominantly male merch team had an interesting time researching hair bows at Forever 21, The Icing, and other similar establishments

    We wanted an accessory that seemed straight out of a James Bond movie, and were able to find this pen which we decorated with the show logo.

    It's a SAF Pen!

    It's also a USB Drive!

    Wait, there's more, it also has a laser!

    A theme in the musical is Curt Mega's battle with alcohol, which inspired a few drinking accessories

    Spies Are Forever Shot Glasses

    We went with a professional boxing and accessory kit to give the flask high end appeal

    "It's Actually A Gun" is a joke from the musical

    For the hoodie, we wanted to do a twist on the classic gun barrel sequence, with Curt Mega in a humorous pose. Finally, we put the show artwork onto a light blue t-shirt as well.

    The back features curt in the gun barrel

    For the front, we have the show wordmark

    A super soft t-shirt with show artwork

    Spies are forever is showing through April 3rd, 2016. For complete details on how to see the show, visit Thanks to Joey Richter and Corey Lubowich for providing the merchandise photos.

    Tags: #live events, #Tin Can Brothers, #case study