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VMware Foundation – Employees Give Back – Betty’s Costa Rica Service Learning

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I’m just back from five days of service learning, and I can’t say enough about this wonderful experience. If you aren't aware of VMware Foundation it is a program for VMware employees that allows them to take 5 days paid leave to help out in a non-profit or community service project that's important to them. If you are an employee at VMware and haven’t yet used your five days of service learning, perhaps I can convince you!

 Last week, I traveled to Costa Rica with an organization called Cross-Cultural Solutions. Five of us, from various parts of the US, worked in a senior day care center with some of the most wonderful “abuelitos” (little grandparents). We spoke inadequate Spanish, and they spoke no English, but there was plenty of communication.

Our role was to plan and lead all activities for the morning hours – which seemed daunting at first. But these folks were delighted play games, paint, draw, wear funny hats, and simply join in our silliness. The 70-somethings could really rock the house with their singing and dancing.

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Some would belt out songs while others shook their booties for all they were worth. Some talked a blue streak in Spanish, knowing that we understood nearly nothing of what they said, and it didn’t matter. Some just smiled at our goofy antics, and gave us hugs and kisses.


On the last day, we all cried as did many of the abuelitos.

I arrived wondering if we could do much of anything useful in five short days, but I left knowing we had brightened the lives of these sweet people. It was one of the most touching experiences of my life. Thank you VMware!


Betty Chase

 

 

 

Betty Chase

Sr. Communications Manager, VMware

 

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VMware Foundation – Employees Give Back – Colorado Springs Soup Kitchen

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Last week, 26 employees in our Colorado Springs office served at a local soup kitchen. We prepared and served over 650 meals a day to struggling families, seniors on a fixed income, the working poor, veterans, people with disabilities, unsupported teens, and those who are homeless.

Employees were able to sign up for shifts Monday-Friday, so VMware had a volunteer presence each day of the week. This service learning project was back by popular demand, as we also served there as a group last November.

It's always a great time serving others and spending time with co-workers outside of the office. I encourage every employee to use the time provided by the Foundation (5 days) to accomplish something for the community and greater good and anyone looking at a career at VMware should consider this an amazing benefit to joining the organization.

 

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Laura Douglas 

VMware Workplace Coordinator

Colorado Springs, CO

 

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The Value of a Mentor – And Why You Shouldn’t Take an Internship without One

Mentor Taking on a new internship for a prestigious company, with a challenging project is daunting in-and-of-itself. You've got a great manager and the company perks are awesome. But is that enough? What separates a great internship from just another “opportunity”?

The answer is: One that gives you a mentor.

 

The role of a mentor is often elusive and sometimes undefined, but at the core, a mentor is someone you can turn to, befriend, partner with, find success with, and bond on a level that is unique to any other relationship. 

At VMware, mentorship is a vital part of our intern program. Each intern is paired with a mentor, who is enthusiastic of their role; some of whom started out their careers at VMware as a VMware intern. Their goal is beyond working closely with you to complete your project. They provide skills training, career development and guidance, and ongoing feedback. Our VMware mentors help you network and make those critical industry connections. They’re your sounding board and your personal cheerleader; the one who hands you that Redbull when it’s crunch-time.

 

Here’s what one of our interns had to say:

“It is such a privilege to have James as a mentor at VMware. Since I started working here, I have met with him every week, and he has shared so much about his experience working in the Silicon Valley for many years. James has helped me narrow my future career plans, and always gives me food for thought about both professional and personal matters. He really asks me what I want out of my internship, and is a great support on teaching me how to network and make the most of my time here. We've been able to bond over lunches and various activities, and it is such a great experience to get daily advice from him and so many other smart and successful people here. On a daily basis I learn and grow both professionally and personally and I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people here."

–Sebastian Rubio – VMware 2011 Intern shares his mentor experience at VMware this summer.

 

So if you’re looking for a “great internship” that isn’t just another opportunity, consider VMware’s winning intern program and experience first-hand the value of having your personal mentor!


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Remote Control Helicopter Fun in the @VMwareCareers Office

VMware recruiter Clint Buelter decided to bring his toy helicopter into the office today. We on the VMware Careers social media team felt this was a great decision and promptly began terrorizing the office with it. 

We made this short clip titled "VMcopter" to document the fun. 🙂


 

 

We proceeded with a full assult on the HR Source team then finished with a window sneak-up on our Director of Staffing Juliet Peniston. Just another fun day working at VMware! 

Will Staney - VMware Careers Community Manager

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Career Tip from a VMware Recruiter: How to Handle Rejection

Clint  As a candidate you apply to jobs, research companies, meet recruiters, and attend interviews. With the drive and purpose to make a forward move in your career. The reality is, you won’t get every job you apply to or interview for, there is a multitude of other candidates in the market actively or passively. And let’s face it, there is always someone out there smarter / better than you in your industry or profession.

Don’t be discouraged, here is the tip.:

What to do when you hear “we regret to inform you, that we are moving forward with other candidates…”

My advice, and I know at first this seems obvious,  is to:

  1. Thank your recruiter for their time (in reply to the email or on the phone).
  2. Thank them for introducing you to the team / speaking on your behalf.
  3. Ask if they would please thank the team for taking their time to meet with you or provide you with an address that you could send a professional thank you note to the interviewers (this added touch let’s them know your a good sport and leaves a lasting impression).
  4. And finally, ask your recruiter if you can add them to your network (Linkedin/Twitter) so that you can be connected for future opportunities.

If you do these things as a candidate, you will stand out to the organization, the teams, and the recruiter. Who do you think a hiring team/recruiter will call the next time they have a similar role? The candidate who slams the phone down after arguing how great a candidate they are or the candidate that says thank you and leaves a good, professional impression?

About Matthew: 

Clint is an R&D Recruiter in Austin, TX. 

He is passionate about technology and the products we develop at VMware. He enjoys being an evangelist tasked with finding, developing relationships, and introducing like minded – talented folks that desire to perform / make an impact, and grow with the leader in virtualization, cloud, SaaS, PaaS. Clint says he is also a big San Antonio Spurs fan. He currently recruits for the following roles at VMware:

Build Infrastructure & Tools
Enterprise Management – VCM
Technical Publications
Endpoint Security
SpringSource

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Career Tip from a VMware Recruiter: Using Social Media in Your Job Search

Each week we reach out to our recruiters at VMware to provide a quick tip to share with our communities. 

 Kylie  My career tip is how to enhance your use of social media. It has never been more important to create a strong, professional online presence. More and more employers are using social media to find potential candidates. Make sure your profile is up to date specifically LinkedInGoogle +FacebookTwitter etc. On these sites highlight your career-oriented professional self, get recommendations from colleagues, start discussions in relevant groups, Be Active!  and provide links to these on your CV/resume.

Use social media sites to help you in your job search. It is important to have the right key words on your profile this will increase your position in searches (search yourself using key words that a recruiter may use and see where you come up in a search) check your spelling and presentation, have your contact details clearly visible, update your education, qualifications and skills, expand your network connect with people whom you worked with previously (they could be working in your preferred company now), and have a nice picture!

Once you have identified target companies connect with people in these companies especially with those you are interviewing with. Research the company and the people. Use this knowledge in your cover letter or the interview. If you have something in common with the interviewer then use this. I recently interviewed a candidate who knew I had been in Australia and I was really impressed he had done his research.  It can be a great way to make an interviewer remember you!

Remember if it is on the internet then potential employers will see it, if you don’t want people to see it then don’t post it or make sure to take the time to set up your privacy settings appropriately on Facebook and Google+ .

About Kylie: 

Kylie is a recruiter in Cork, Ireland.

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VMware is Hiring – Quality Engineering Team

 In our latest video, VMware's multi-talented Quality Engineering team discusses their work on our revolutionary product line, what they enjoy about working at VMware, and the things that drive their passion for what they do. 

 What does the Quality Engineering team work on at VMware? They touch everything. 

 Do you think you have what it takes to join the QE Team? Check out the links below to apply and find out more about what it's like working at VMware.

Current Quality Engineering job openings

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