"We look for critical technical skills, communication skills, breadth of knowledge, energy, and inquisitive nature, in that order."
– Joseph Kirts, Director, Technical Planning & Distributed Services

IBM 3090, AS/400s, HP UNIX

VB, ASP, PowerBuilder, COBOL, Oracle

Disaster recovery services Large shop

Fast Facts
Revenues: $4.16B (1999)
Employees: 3,600 (1999)
Founded: 1969
Disaster recovery services
Public: CDO (NYSE)
Fortune 500 (#380)
Fortune: Most Admired Companies (1999)
Chicago Tribune: Top 100 (1999)
Computer Business Review: Top 50 Service Vendors (1998)
Computerworld: 100 Best Places to Work in IS (1997)
6111 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
(847) 698-3000

Computer availability. Through floods, fires, usage spikes. Comdisco is the leader in disaster recovery services - hot recovery, warm recovery, within whatever-timeframe-you-set recovery. Started as a company to sell used computers, by an ex-IBMer, then moved into the computer-leasing business. It then became a back-up site for companies taking disaster recovery seriously, Comdisco has since evolved into several lines of business, all aimed at providing alternative computing power. Web-availability, high-speed Internet access, and equipment and capital leasing for start-ups are among its newest lines.

What do you do with years of experience leasing equipment and providing backup? You know what works. How much it costs. By industry. By company size. By number of employees. Jill Gustafson, Senior Manager, Client Relations, explains, "IT CAP (Control and Predictability) is a database containing 30 years of knowledge about leading technologies and how companies have deployed them. It provides a benchmark of what companies are spending on technology and IT staff, where the dollars are being spent, and on what kind of technologies. We are the first company to do this."

Include "Source: Covin's Guide" on your resume and cover letter.