One of the great things about the web-hosting industry is the rather fortunate circumstance of virtually constant growth. More and more people are taking their lives or businesses online every day. Additionally, those already online are often ever-expanding their online presence. A direct result of that is the necessity for us, as one of the leading providers of web hosting, to locate and hire more and more qualified people to support all of the above. This is certainly a great opportunity, but it can also be somewhat problematic.
Although it would be great if a never-ending stream of qualified individuals would parade through our office doors each day, that simply isn’t the reality. We have a recruiting department which endeavors to locate people with the correct skills to join us here at The Gator in a variety of available positions. We often need to dispatch a highly-trained SWAT team of sorts from the swamp here out into the real world in hopes of returning to the fold with some new potential Gators.
Often the missions these aforementioned SWAT(swamp?) teams find themselves at are recruitment events of sorts. Armed with a very nice tablecloth and often some nice HostGator swag to give out, they go forth into the world in search of qualified candidates:
At a recent event, there were HostGator koozies and squishy stress-relief Snappys to be had by anyone able to correctly guess the number of “Gator Eyes” hermetically sealed within a state-of-the-art containment device (hint: there were 499):
Another obstacle faced by those who came face-to-face with our recruiters was the much-dreaded “Gator Replication Station,” whereby the hopefuls endeavored to create gators of their own using the materials provided. Those who successfully replicated gators in the most creative way won HostGator t-shirts and plush Snappys:
Certainly the goal is to locate and hire new Gators, but we do try to have as much fun at these events as possible. The moral of the story though is that we are always on the lookout for new Gators and invite you to apply to come work with us!
HostGator is a great place to work, with many official (and unofficial) perks aside from those indicated on the website. For example, on the day this blog was written, we had mobile masseuses roaming the office providing free massages to everyone at their desks while they worked.
We certainly appreciate the opportunity to hire individuals with some web-hosting experience, it’s true that the basics of what one needs to know to break into this industry are rather minimal and can be learned by virtually anyone. Even if you are a complete novice, Google will be happy to teach you about FTP, Email Clients (SMTP, POP3, IMAP), DNS (MX, CNAME, A RECORD) and basic troubleshooting (ping, trace route). Also, if you have an aptitude or experience providing excellent customer service, then you’re halfway there!
Consider a career with HostGator; we’d like to hear from you!