University Feature

Before You Apply to Adobe…

October 12, 2012

Contributed by Elliot S., Product Marketing Manager for Adobe CQ and Adobe Web Experience Management

Before you apply for a career Adobe, ask yourself three questions.

1. Do you really know Adobe?
Adobe is more than Photoshop and PDF. We are aggressively pursuing two huge growth areas, Digital Media and Digital Marketing. Over the past 2 years, we have steadily made acquisitions and expanded our focus into new areas that are very different from our history.

If a particular business unit within Adobe sparks your interest, I’d encourage you to stay up to date on the latest news and trends in that space. And if you find a role or a group you’d love to be a part of, I’d recommend digging deeper until you understand where Adobe is headed.

Here are some tips to get to know Adobe better (for those interested in the Digital Marketing business):

2. How are you connected to Adobe?
Chances are you are already connected to Adobe! You may have a friend, or a friend of a friend, who works with us. Reach out to them directly before you even think about sending in your resume. That person might be able to give you the inside scoop on what it is like to work at Adobe and what group would be the best fit for you. Connecting with an Adobe employee before applying will fine-tune your job search and help you sell yourself better to interviewers.

There is no better resource in your career search than personal contacts. Social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook can be a valuable asset as you discover how you are connected to Adobe. Reach out to Adobe employees and chat with them for 15 minutes about your goals, aspirations and how Adobe may fit into your career plans. If they aren’t available to chat, send a brief e-mail asking for advice. Connecting with Adobe through a personal contact is the fastest way to discover if working for our company is the right step for your career. These conversations may also lead to follow up discussions with others at Adobe or in the industry, which will eventually guide you to your dream job.

Another way to stay connected with Adobe is to follow us on LinkedIn.

3. Why should you work at Adobe?
The next logical step is to take an honest look at your background, education, and qualifications. Now you need to figure out why you really want to work at Adobe. Are you passionate about the technology? Our new business model? A specific industry? A new role?

No matter the reason, be sure you are truly passionate about the work you do; it’s a must if you want to fit-in. Most employees at Adobe are very passionate about their work. As the saying goes, “Find a job that you love, and you’ll never work another day.”

A little bit about me…
I’m Product Marketing Manager for Adobe CQ and Adobe Web Experience Management. I began my career as a software engineer at Apple Inc, where I enabled third party developers to ship products faster by providing professional audio, video game audio, and printing software expertise. Later, I spent some time at CSC and Booz Allen Hamilton where I led a team of engineers and analysts to design and build a critical segment of a large combat system for the Department of Defense.

I haves an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an MS in Engineering Management from The George Washington University, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’m also a co-founder of the educational non-profit, The A.B. Foundation (