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How to Get Hired
We asked Cisco 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?
At Cisco, we seek dreamers, doers, and creators. Because innovation starts with people, we want the bold ones who can learn and evolve to reach their highest potential. Those who are proactive, self-starters, with a go-make-it-happen mentality thrive within our Connect Everything, Innovate Everywhere, and Benefit Everyone culture. We seek talent that is professionally and personally strong in both hard and soft skills. Sure, each role has its specific tasks, but we look beyond for high achievers who always ask, “What could be?” Individuals who are strong communicators, who focus on building relationships, and who create lasting impact from day one. Our best employees are those who can create and harness the potential of teams and lead others to success. We believe a diversity of ideas adds incredible value. So bring on those team builders and risk-takers.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
Be proactive. Stand out. Show us how you shine. Don’t just submit an application—connect with us through our social media platforms to build your understanding of our company and our culture. We want to know you—and you to know us—so tell us what matters most to you in a work environment. Because we want to work together for the long run. We encourage all prospective employees to engage with us beyond the application and before the interview process event begins. Curiosity and courage pay off here. Go ahead, put your best foot forward. We’re ready to be impressed.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
We make a lot of products, to say the least. With the breadth of our technology portfolio, the range of roles we recruit for is vast. We take pride in hiring individuals from diverse professional backgrounds regardless of gender, ethnicity, or disability. We’re proud to provide an environment where all employees feel accepted, accommodated, and supported, and where they want to grow and develop. Because we focus on software-related technology, our need for software specialists keeps growing. That said, delivering software technology depends on our core business areas where we continue to add expertise. On the sales side, we’re always open to candidates who can engage at an enterprise level and articulate the value of Cisco solutions beyond just the product. Come sell us on what you can do.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
To kick-start your recruiting process, visit Cisco’s career page (http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/careers.html) to explore all our open positions. We encourage candidates to get inspired by company culture and employee stories on our Life at Cisco blog. Then, go social. Use the hashtag #wearecisco on social media sites—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—and see Cisco through the eyes of our employees. The #wearecisco tribe is like one big, techie family that likes building things to change the world while having fun. That means being proactive goes a long way at Cisco, so reaching out to our recruiters casts you in a good light. We also partner with universities across the U.S. to hire undergrads, masters, MBAs, and Ph.D.s to build a strong, diverse workforce. Whether you’re still in school or a recent grad, speak with your university’s career center to learn more.