When it’s time to watch TV, 14 million households fire up their DISH. Englewood, Colo., DISH Network depends on cutting-edge technology to deliver entertainment services, including 200-plus channels of HDTV. It also offers a service to give its customers the ability to watch TV programs on compatible PCs, smartphones or tablets.
The company’s history of technological innovation has helped land it the 88th spot on InformationWeek’s most recent list of Top 500 Innovators.
“We are growing and have needs across the board from entry level to manager,” says Corporate Recruiting Manager Kerry Tate. “Some of the skill sets we’re looking for include Java, .NET, data warehouse, Oracle ERP and QA testing.”
But don’t come knocking until you understand PAW: Pride, Adventure and Winning, DISH’s core cultural values. As the company explains it, “When you have pride in your work, you don’t just set standards, you exceed them. Pride is the attitude that separates excellence from mediocrity. Adventure is the willingness to take the road less traveled with skills and confidence that you’ll overcome any obstacles along the way. Winning is what happens when you match a competitive spirit with discipline and vision.”
A Need for Achievement
According to Tate, a candidate’s ability to embrace this lofty internal mantra is as important as intelligence or relevant career experience. “We look for candidates with high energy and a strong need for achievement, people who are hard-working and looking for a constantly changing environment at a cutting edge company as successful as ours.”
“To create a strong impression, you should come well prepared with a basic understanding of DISH and our industry. The ability to explain your past experiences and articulate how you can contribute to the future success of DISH are ways to make a name for yourself in the interview process,” says Tate.
Like most recruiters, Tate is quick to point out that “Your first impression is created through your resume.” Beware of even slight grammatical errors, objectives that don’t align with available positions, large gaps in your employment history, and laundry lists of technologies that aren’t accompanied by explanations of how you’ve used them to achieve successful projects.
College Grad Advice
Tate is happy to hear from college graduates. “Launching your career at a large company like DISH will provide you the opportunity to gain a variety of experiences and help you determine your niche within IT.”
What she hopes to see in a recent grad’s resume are proof of leadership skills; roles of responsibility through internships, campus activities or community involvement; and relevant classes or experience with the technologies required in your desired position.
For Seasoned Pros
As for seasoned pros who find themselves back in the job market, Tate has this sobering but important reality check: “Understand it is now a mid-level market in terms of career experience, and your previous title or compensation may not directly translate to your new role.”
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