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A Day in The Life of a Cisco Recruiter

January 21, 2016 - 11 Comments
Talent Team

That’s me, on the far left, with my Talent Acquisition colleagues.

I’m a Cisco recruiter. But I do more than that. We recruiters make dreams come true. As a military veteran, I can say that this, too, is more than just a job.

Do we read a lot of resumes? Yes. We also help change the world. And we hire people who help change the world. There’s a lot of world-changing going on at Cisco.

For example, I help hire engineers who work on our Telepresence video collaboration technology. Not only do they help companies get work done, but they also used the technology to enable remote education and healthcare. People who would not historically have access to learning or top health specialists do now. That’s giving someone a new life, a new opportunity, a new hope.

Are you a sports fan? I hire engineers who develop the content networking architecture so you can have the dream-team experience that’s now available in many sports stadiums across the U.S.

I also recently worked with our Corporate Social Responsibility team on a program to support the underserved to get education and potentially internships to help them apply next gen skills in the Internet of Everything economy.

If you’re wondering to yourself, “But I’m not an engineer, or someone with the skills to build life-changing technology, so how can I make a difference at Cisco?” Every new employee at Cisco gets to change the world. The culture of giving back allows employees the flexibility to participate in charitable events that are meaningful to them. Cisco matches those volunteer hours as well as donations, so you can work in marketing, in operations, in any discipline here and still understand your impact. Plus, Cisco just announced that employees can have 5 paid days per year to volunteer for the cause that they’re passionate about.

Yes, I’m a recruiter. But I’m a Cisco employee too. These are the reasons #IChoseCisco myself. I love the culture of giving, but I also like the fast pace in which we innovate and change the world.

My favorite way to give back (aside from hiring those world-changers) is to spend time with my team giving back in our local community.

We are always looking for other people who want to change the world with us. Check out our Careers site for more!


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  1. Creative marketing, out of the box thinking!

  2. Nice sharing! I used to hear from other employees the culture of Cisco is about encouraging entrepreneurship and right now I realize the other culture is to give back to community and make difference into the world!

  3. "There's a lot of world changing going on at Cisco" - Yes there is! Great article Brenda!

  4. Ken- You are one of the most inspirational and one call with you and anyone would know that you put your heart and soul into what you do. Great post and Cisco is lucky to have you.

  5. Thanks for sharing Brenda

  6. Thank you Brenda! Awesome explain of what Cisco is. Cisco is my dream company where to work. I hope that I could finish my studies in networking and I could apply in Cisco.

  7. Great article and I hope you came across my resume a couple days ago :). When people think of networks, Cisco is the first company that comes to mind. Working for Cisco is a goal of mine.

  8. Nice pic

  9. Excellent - i speak to Dave Browning who handles critical needs there in RTP and its amazing how diverse the talent is there - the internet of everything is truly changing daily and Cisco is knee deep in the mix - Thanks for sharing

  10. Awesome Brenda!!! There's a reason why you are one of my favorite people at Cisco

  11. Giving: the repaying gift that never ends.