We provide a comprehensive portfolio of data-based, integrated marketing and loyalty solutions to more than 1,000 consumer-facing corporations in a variety of industries. We are able to analyze data, understand consumers, and then apply insights into their preferences
How to Get Hired
We asked Alliance Data for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
Knowledge and talent are good, of course. We want our associates to have a lot of both. But the difference-makers for us really fall under soft skills, like your attitude or your work behavior. Our CEO calls these employee traits the “Alliance Data DNA”: Driven and energetic, Flexible and adaptable, Collaborative and team-oriented, Never satisfied with mediocrity, Willing to take risks, Quick to learn from mistakes, and Willing to get it done, whatever it is. Above all else, these are the characteristics we look for in associates, and they’re the ones that determine whether a person flourishes at Alliance Data. Why are these traits particularly special to us? It’s because we see ourselves as a growth company at heart (even though we’re a multi-billion dollar company).
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
Prospective associates already have. If someone is interested in applying for a position at Alliance Data, he or she automatically has our attention. We look through a lot of resumes, and we read every one. (Trust us. There’s no machine looking for key words.) We figure if you’re going to take the time to apply, we’re going to take the time to consider you. But this is a competitive game. There are a lot of well-qualified men and women trying to join us. A resume that shows results, initiative, and responsibility is key. We’re also looking for changing roles and new challenges. It’s also smart to see if you have a professional connection at Alliance Data. We listen to our associates, and when they tell us that you would be a great hire, that truly gets our attention.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Because we’re a fast-growing company, it’s almost easier to list positions that we don’t need in the coming year — astronauts, Supreme Court justices, and placekickers all come to mind.Just about everyone else might be needed at Alliance Data. We hired close to 3,000 new associates in 2015 alone. Here are a few specific positions that we’re always onthe lookout for: Business Systems Analysts, Statisticians, Art directors, Strategic Consultants, Account Executives, Sales reps, Customer care representatives. Yes, that’s a big range. But we do a lot at Alliance Data and within our separate Businesses — all in the name of developing data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions for our clients.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
We recommend three steps if you’re interested in joining us: First, go to www.alliancedata.com. Read up on our Businesses. Understanding what we do, what our values are, and who our clients and customers are will help you decide if you’d like to join us. (It will also serve you well when a recruiter contacts you.) Click on the Careers button on the homepage. Read about our culture, and watch the videos. Then start looking through the jobs we have open. Second, find out through your friends or professional network if you know someone who works for Alliance Data. Ping them, and ask them what we’re like. We’re big on hiring people who come recommended from someone already inside our company. And third, keep an eye out frequently for positions that fit your skills. We anticipate a lot of new hires over the next few years.