MARK PARKER ON HOW TO GET A JOB AT NIKE

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Nike is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. In addition to boasting a roster of world class athlete ambassadors, the Beaverton, Oregon based organization has already shared its aspirations to become a $50 billion company. With all of these things going on, Nike seems like a top destination for anyone interested in getting into the industry.  So what exactly does it take to work at Nike? Nike CEO Mark Parker has shared his thoughts on what he looks for in a potential hire.

Below is an excerpt from a recent interview with Portland Business Journal. Read the entire piece here.

Nike has hired more than 2,000 workers at its Oregon headquarters since 2012. What does the company look for in new employees?

At Nike, we’ve built a culture that attracts smart, curious and highly creative employees. Of course a passion for sport is also critical because no matter where you work — in design, at retail or in the supply chain — we are all focused on serving the athlete. We also look for people who strike a balance between mastering the fundamentals of their role and pushing the edges of what’s expected from them. That’s what drives new thinking across our company and that’s how people grow in their careers here. I started at Nike in design, but I was always looking for ways to contribute to the team in an expanded way. And we are big believers in the power of the collective – in uniting individuals with different strengths, experiences and points of view. The chemistry across our diverse teams makes us stronger together than we could ever be as individuals