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VMware University Relations – Packing our bags for the 2012 Grace Hopper Conference

The VMware University Relations Team fosters relationships with universities, executes recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe.

 

In just a few days, more than 3,600 people will make their way to Baltimore for what will be one of the most inspiring conferences of the year, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference. The Grace Hopper conference was established in order to bring the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront.

Many of us here on the VMware University Relations team have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to take part in the events, workshops and continuous networking opportunities that the Grace Hopper conference has to offer attendees. Our VMware team of 10 employees will expand once more when we land in Baltimore, as we’ll be joined by a number of our female interns from this past summer as well as two other female students who have received a VMware scholarship to attend the conference. In addition to the many professional development activities attendees will participate in, major companies and industry leaders, including VMware will sponsor a recruitment booth on the expo floor. Our team will be on-hand Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, October 5, to discuss both student and experienced-hire opportunities available at our locations throughout the United States.

We’re excited to meet the talent that the conference will attract this year! If you will be attending the conference this week, we encourage you to meet with us to drop off a resume and discuss your career interests and professional background. We will be at booth #1419, so stop by for a chat. We will also be hosting interviews during career fair hours, so be sure to prepare and have questions for us if you are interested in pursuing an opening at VMware as we will quickly move forward with the recruitment process if it is clear that you are a good fit for a position.

Have I mentioned raffle prizes yet? Yes, as an added plus, if you drop off your resume during the conference, you will be included in a raffle drawing that will take place during days one through three of the conference. Submitting your resume with us during the conference will also land you the chance to attend networking breakfast on Thursday morning, October 4 with the VMware team!

We’re looking forward to all that the 2012 Grace Hopper conference will bring as it is sure to be memorable event. If you can’t make it to the conference in Baltimore this year, but might happen be in Bangalore, India between December 13 and 14, there is another opportunity for you to meet up with us at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in India! VMware is proud to be a sponsor of the Grace Hopper conference in India this December.

Lastly, if you are interested in learning more about the VMware University Relations Program or of professional opportunities, visit the VMware Career site here.

Hope to see you soon!

 

Alicia –  VMware Senior University Relations Specialist

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VMware University Relations – Eight Ways You Can Prepare For a College Career Fair

The VMware University Relations Team fosters relationships with universities, executes recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe.

[This blog post is part 2 of a 2 part series on attending and preparing for college career fairs on campus.]

 

Now that you have read my Top Five Reasons To Attend A College Career Fair blog post, I want to share with you eight simple tips and tricks that will help you prepare for your next career fair on campus.

1. Know the companies that are attending the Career Fair

This is key so that you know which employers you want to ensure to visit during the career fair, and this will also help you effectively manage your time while you are at the event. Your campus’ career services center should have a list of employers as well as what types of positions they offer to perspective students.

2. Create an “A” &”B” list of employers to meet

Depending on the fair and how many employers interest you, you might not have time to speak with every employer (and every employer may not be offering what you seek). Make a list to establish a priority of employers you want to speak with, so you allot enough time with yourself at the event.

3. Do your research

Take the time to review each company’s history and their current projects. Explore the company website, news reports and press releases to find what interests you and utilize these as speaking points when talking to employers. This knowledge will show employers that you are truly interested in learning more about their company and the possibility of working there.

4. Bring copies of your resume

Even if you have submitted your resume to the company or to your career services before, it is always key to bring resumes with you to the event so that whoever you speak with can have a point of reference and find your contact information if they are interested in speaking with you at a later time. If you are interested in several different types of roles, you may want to come prepared with more than one version of your resume so that it is tailored to suite certain positions. Please make sure that you have proofread your resume and your contact information is current. Be prepared to speak to your resume, experience, and skills.

5. Prepare a short introduction of yourself

You do not want to sound like you are reading off a script, but you do want to impress the employer by letting them know that you have thought about why you want to speak with them. Have several points that you can elaborate on that will show why your background would be a good fit for the role(s) at their company that you are interested in pursuing. A 15-30 second pitch is a good starting point.

6. Prepare questions

Be smart about the questions you ask. You do not want to ask questions that you can easily find on the employer’s website. Employers like students who are proactive. Remember, you do not have that much time with each representative, so use it wisely. 

7. Engage one-on-one with employers

Career fairs are a great time for you to engage one-on-one with employers that are visiting your campus. You should take advantage of this opportunity and use this time to engage with employers and not with your friends. You can attend the event with friends, but establish relationships with employers on your own. Remember, this is your chance to find out what opportunities match what you are looking for in an internship or future career.

8. Collect business cards

If possible, try to collect business cards or contact information from employers. If you do, be sure to follow up with a thank you letter within 24-48 hours. This is simply out of courtesy and it may make you stand out in their minds.

In the end have an open mind when going into a career fair and make the most of your time at the event because you never know what opportunities could await you there. You may end up speaking with an employer that you might not have thought to connect with or gather more information to make a better assessment on where you might want to work. Ultimately, this is your time to learn about what opportunities are out there and to figure out what you may be interested in pursuing for your future career.

 

Best of luck!

Peggy Hsu

 

 

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Peggy is a University Relations Specialist at VMware.

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VMware University Relations – Top Five Reasons to Attend a College Career Fair

The VMware University Relations Team fosters relationships with universities, executes recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe.

[This blog is part 1 of a 2 part series on attending and preparing for college career fairs.]

 

As the start of the school year begins, so does the start of many career fair events going on around your campus. A majority of these events will be geared towards a particular area of focus, so always check with your career services center to see what days the career fairs are taking place and look to see which employers will be attending. This way you can dodge going to an event that is not relevant to your area of interest and you can be first in line for the events that are.

But you still might be asking yourself whether or not it would actually be beneficial for you to attend a career fair on your campus this year.

Below are my top five reasons that you should take into consideration when determining whether or not you should attend a career fair on your campus.

Top Five Reasons to Attend a College Career Fair

1. You will get to personally engage with employers and convey your aspirations to them.

2. You may find opportunities you didn’t even know existed.

3. To learn about the company culture – you will be able to meet individuals that work at the companies who are attending the career fair. They can give you an insider’s perspective of what it is really like to work there.

4. To gather information about the interview process and key dates for hiring – many companies will conduct interviews on campus and will hold informational sessions about the company while on campus.

5. You will be ahead of everyone else who has not even started thinking about their future careers or how they plan to get there.

So now that you’ve heard why I think you should attend a career fair on your campus are you convinced? If yes, tune in for part 2 of this blog post series in which I will dive into how you can prepare for the next career fair on your campus.

 

Speak with you soon,

Peggy Hsu

 

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What is VMware looking for in a candidate?

At VMware, we thrive on forward momentum. We transform technology by learning actively and acting boldly. And it is through our collaborative drive that we imagine, define and deliver the future of IT. Do you want to know what it takes to be a part of our close-knit community of intellectually driven and entrepreneurial people? Let’s find out with the help of Clint Buelter, VMware Technical Recruiter.

 

What is VMware looking for in a candidate? This is a great question that our hiring teams seem to be answering from candidates as of late. My reply usually starts with the question, “What do you mean?”. The majority of the responses that I hear are related to technologies and skills. So maybe the real question is what technical skills does VMware look for in candidates?

The short answer to this question is that a number of technical skills are required for roles here at VMware. A company of our size with a number of enterprise products ranging from end user applications to infrastructure and operations management requires a number of different skill sets to create a successful team and product.

My focus here at VMware has been on growing products like Zimbra, SlideRocket, Socialcast, and Cetas. I’d like to share with you a few of the things we look for in terms of technical skills around the Socialcast and Zimbra products.

Socialcast

Socialcast is a social networking web application that I use everyday here at VMware to collaborate with teams, share information, and find resources quickly. It is built using Ruby on Rails and modern web technologies. We seek people who have solid web experience around Rails or Java for backend development. On the front end we look for people who can do transformative things with CSS and HTML. Socialcast has an amazing look and feel to it that I really appreciate. While the visual design of the site is important for me as a user, I also want the site to be incredibly fast. We look for engineers that have a solid understanding of advanced JavaScript (client/server) to implement the features and frameworks that make our Socialcast move in real time.

Zimbra

Zimbra is our easy to use email and collaboration product. Like Socialcast, it encompasses web, mobile, and desktop. There really are a number of ways for engineers to help further develop Zimbra. We use a great deal of JavaScript on the front end along with our proprietary AJAX framework. For the desktop products we look for expert level programmers (C/C++) on the Windows and Mac OS platforms.

While this information gives you a sneak peek at the things we look for in terms of technical skills for our applications teams, keep in mind that this post is not a comprehensive list of every skill or role. I hope this information adds some clarity around the skill sets we are looking for here at VMware.

Thanks again to all who have asked the question about what VMware is looking for in a quality candidate, it is definitely a thought-provoking question for me. As professionals we all seek out what I call “career economics”; we want to know what skills are in demand that can be learned so we can mold ourselves to be valuable employees, earns us more challenging work problems, or even more compensation. Whatever the motivation, I advise people to take ownership of these interests; you will be the person who is most motivated to change your career trajectory. If technical skills are your focus, try various technologies, don’t just learn one for the sake of placing it on your resume, find one or two modern technologies that you really enjoy working with and master them. Once you have mastered a language or layer, what’s next for you? If you feel like you’re lacking in another area of your career take that focus and energy you just used and apply it to the the skill you want to grow. I promise, you will be amazed by the results from your focus and energies.

 

Best of luck!

Clint Buelter

 

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I help people discover innovative software products, develop themselves, and become more productive. I am passionate about: solving problems through technology, software, the web, music, and coffee.

 

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How much do you love VMware?

It all started out in a VMware meeting room one late summer afternoon. One employee asked, “Why did you join the company?” To which an engineer replied fondly, “I’ve always had a corporate crush on VMware. For me, it was the first time I saw Workstation in action. It was amazing and revolutionary and I wanted to be a part of it.”

A corporate crush on VMware? We became intrigued and wanted to hear from more people who also have such a special connection. We ended up talking to quite a few of our employees. Here’s a snippet of what they had to say.

Was it the first time you used or saw a VMware product in action? Have our technology and solutions helped you meet your business needs? Or is it our people, company and aspects of our culture that are compelling to you? We want to hear from you, so share your passion for VMware!

Share your unique story by posting a brief message with the hashtag #ilovevmware on one of the following social media channels that we are active in (Facebook, Twitter, and Google+) or by sharing an image and description on Instagram.

We’ll be collecting all of the photos hashtagged with #ilovevmware on Instagram and will post them in real time on our Corporate Crush site! Visit http://www.vmwebapp.com/crush/ to view the latest #ilovevmware photos taken by others in our global community!

We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

 

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VMware Intern Spotlight: Magizharasu Thirunavukkarasu – Cloud Foundry

VMware interns contribute their intellectual curiosity, innovative ideas and refreshing enthusiasm to VMware every day. Do you want to know what it would be like to walk in their shoes? Let’s find out with the help of San Francisco-based intern Magizharasu Thirunavukkarasu as he shares his unique perspective of the VMware internship experience as a Cloud Foundry Developer Relations Intern.

 

 

For me being an Intern on the Cloud Foundry Developer Relations team was much more than coding. As a Cloud Foundry Intern, I also wrote blogs and organized events to promote Cloud Foundry (#PaaS which helps you to deploy your web applications in the cloud easily), attended meet-ups and gave talks and presentations on Cloud Foundry.

During my internship I had the freedom to choose from an array of projects to work on which included supporting the #ContributingCode event at VMware. During this event students built apps for social good and deployed them on Cloud Foundry. Check out my blog to learn more about it. I wrote Validate Helper (a form validation plugin) as a part of the #ContributingCode app and open sourced it. As a developer advocate, to showcase a new feature release on CloudFoundry.com (ImageMagick), Vishwa Srikaanth (@knowmevish) and I built an app called Spacely, a Backbone.js powered image uploader that utilizes ImageMagick to resize the images that are uploaded. This event was also a great opportunity to give back to the community by practicing skills-based service learning in partnership with the VMware Foundation.

Working together and collaborating as a team with my mentor and designer rather than working alone was very beneficial for me. The Cloud Foundry Developer Relations team was truly inspiring. The way they collaborate on work remotely around the world at various VMware office sites was impressive. The hands on week with my team was one of the best weeks in San Francisco. During this time my whole team came together to discuss, learn, travel and eat together- we were more like a family. My mentorship experience from my mentor, Monica Wilkinson was awesome! She introduced me to good coding practices, explained the Cloud Foundry product, and motivated me throughout my internship.

Working with teams within and across my department was also exciting. I connected with the core Cloud Foundry product team and the VMware Foundation and VMware University relations teams while helping to organize the #ContributingCode event. Through this experience, I saw each team’s role and the collaboration that makes VMware successful. Linda Condon, Global Intern Program Manager and Monica Wilkinson, Social Networking and Cloud Architect were a great inspiration for me due to the dedication they have for their work and their ability to manage time. Meet-ups and tech conferences not only gave me technical knowledge, but also a lot of inspiration. Kudos to the HR and Cloud Foundry teams for making the #ContributingCode event a great success.

The best part of the internship was the #CodeSchool where the interns at the VMware San Francisco office taught one another the skills they excelled at as well as their internship learnings.

From this experience I further developed my web developer skills and learned its essential to keep updated through Twittter, GitHub, meet-ups and by following blogs. And with the evolution of new frameworks and libraries, don’t ever skill out on learning the basics.

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Happy coding,

-Magizharasu Thirunavukkarasu

 

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VMware University Relations – Fall 2012 Campus Events

The VMware University Relations Team fosters relationships with universities, executes recruiting strategies and develops programs that enable VMware to acquire the best university talent around the globe.

 

Are you ready? We’re gearing up for another fall recruiting season and we are excited! For the next three months, VMware’s University Relations Specialist’s will be traveling all over the United States and Europe to attend career fairs, networking events, tech talks, and host new and exciting events for students on campus!

This fall, the team will represent VMware in over 100 events at universities worldwide. Our first out-of-the-box event will take place at Carnegie Mellon University this upcoming Sunday, September 9. During this event VMware will provide students with an inside look at technical interviewing. VMware engineers and recruiters will be working with students in small groups to test their knowledge of Systems, Applications, UE/UI or QE. They will also take the time to walk students through tough interview questions and how to arrive at the correct solutions. The goal of the session is to help students feel prepared and confident for the upcoming on campus interview sessions with VMware and other technical companies.

To view a list of our upcoming events or find out when we will be on YOUR campus, visit the Events tab on our Facebook page!

If you are interested in learning more about the VMware Internship and New College Graduate Program, send me a message or connect with us on one of our social media channels. We’d love to have you join our network and community!

 

See you around campus,

Meagan Shannon

 

About Meagan:

Meagan is a University Relations Specialist at VMware. She is responsible for fostering relationships with top universities and developing on-campus event strategies to attract top talent at VMware. She also helps to manage the Cambridge Internship Program. In her free time she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and trying new restaurants in Boston!

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VMware University Relations – Women Connecting Women Program

The VMware University Relations Team piloted the Women Connecting Women Program during the summer of 2012 to focus on building a culture of mentorship among women at VMware.

We want to take a few minutes to tell you about an amazing group of women that we had the opportunity to spend time with this summer. These women were members of the Women Connecting Women (WCW) Program at VMware. As part of this program, each female intern in our AMER (North American) locations were offered the opportunity to be paired up with a female Mentor during their internship. In some cases Mentors held roles in the same department as Mentees and in others, the Mentor sat in an entirely different group, offering unique perspectives on life and work at VMware to their Mentees. The WCW mentoring relationships were designed to benefit both the Mentor and Mentee—both members were expected to take an active role in maintaining and building the relationship. When this was done, it became apparent very quickly how beneficial and long-term the new connection could become.

WCW Networking Kick-Off Event in PA – Mentee, Inna Rytsareva and Mentor, Madhuri Yechuri

In addition to creating Mentor/Mentee matches, the University Relations Team organized several WCW events for group members to attend together in our Palo Alto, Austin and Cambridge locations. Here are a few snapshots of these activities.

WCW Kicks-Off– We received rave reviews on our networking kick-off events that occurred in each respective location in June. For a number of individuals, this event marked the beginning of a connection and the first time Mentees and Mentors met in person. It also provided the opportunity to meet other group members and to expand professional networks. A great time was had by all! In Palo Alto, HR leaders, Marian Davis and Britt Sellin provided career related tips and advice to the WCW audience.

Austin WCW Interns getting ready to leave for their Service Learning Activity at LifeWorks.

WCW Gives Back – During the month of July, WCW Mentees and Mentors participated in various VMware Foundation Service Learning activities. WCW members in our Palo Alto location partnered with InnVision in the Bay Area, spending time with children and residents of a shelter, as well as organizing a clothing donation center. Our Austin members had a productive morning at LifeWorks, organizing an inventory of women’s clothes for the residents at another shelter. Our Cambridge WCW team took some time to visit the Cambridge Women’s Center, painting and cleaning areas of the center’s housing shelter.

JJ DiGeronimo, VMware Global Cloud Solutions Director, hosted a discussion entitled “The Power of You” for Palo Alto and Cambridge-based WCW members.

WCW Growth & Development– A true highlight of the program included an interactive workshop conducted by our very own JJ DiGeronimo, VMware Global Cloud Solutions Director, entitled “The Power of You” for Palo Alto and Cambridge-based WCW members. The session showcased tips, tools and resources for Mentees to build their brand, increase their confidence and elevate their impact. JJ also hosted an engaging call with our Austin group and answered career related questions. In Cambridge, WCW members had the opportunity to engage with Julia Austin, VP of Innovation, on several occasions and look to her as an incredible resource during the summer months.  In addition, the WCW of Palo Alto benefited from a session with Rose Robinson, Systers Program Manager, at the Anita Borg Institute. Rose shared her career journey across a variety of roles within multiple tech companies. She gave some great advice to our attendees about career growth and navigation.

Overall, the pilot of the WCW program proved to be a huge success and we are looking forward to continuing to grow and enhance the program in the future. If you are interested in learning more about this program or the VMware internship program, send us a message to learn more. We’d love to have you join our network and community!

 

-Alicia Schetter and Amanda Merriweather

 

 

 

Alicia Schetter –  VMware Senior University Relations Specialist

 

 

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