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VMware is Hiring: Contract Technical Trainers – Australia

At VMware, we thrive on forward momentum. We are an engine of opportunity fueled by the transformative products and solutions we bring to market, the passion and trust we inspire in our customers, and our collaborative drive to define and deliver the future of IT through cloud computing.

The VMware Education and Enablement team is seeking Contract Technical Trainers based in Perth, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and elsewhere around Australia to augment our delivery team in Sydney. If you are passionate, innovative, driven, and inspired by the opportunity to learn and contribute something back to the broader community, connect with us!

Contract Technical Trainer Job

This role contributes to the delivery of high-quality technical training classes and will allow you to be at the forefront of cloud technologies and best practices. With this role you will receive full training and the opportunity to become a VMware Certified Instructor (VCI), raise your profile within the rapidly expanding VMware community and contribute to industry events and speaking engagement on behalf of VMware.

Skill sets:

  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP) qualification is essential
  • Strong knowledge of systems administration, networking, client/server applications and hardware configuration:
    • Linux/UNIX and Microsoft Windows operating systems
    • Good practical working ability with Linux and/or Windows utilities and applications
  • Experience using instructional design models, including:
    • Analyzing audience needs and tying them to business requirements
    • Designing and developing student and instructor guides
    • Creating tests and practical lab activities
  • Proven experience teaching technical material
  • Strong experience in the technical industry, preferably with a large multinational vendor.

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Hear from Vath Lee, Senior Technical Instructor, VMware:

Q: What makes VMware stand out as a company to you?

A: VMware provides the technology that I am most interested in and genuinely love working with, especially the recent vCloud announcements and acquisitions. 

Q: What have you enjoyed the most since joining the team and how do you interact as a contractor?

A: For me, it’s the people I work with on a daily basis at VMware – they’ve included me. My coworkers at VMware have given me many opportunities to deliver training, presentations, seminars and workshops in various locations from classrooms to vMUGs to vForums and even larger audiences. These opportunities have challenged me internally and I thrive on these types of challenges.

Q: What is about VMware culture and your role that excites you?

A: The humbleness. VMware’s desire to enable customers so that they can be agile, efficient, secure and fault tolerant with technology in the Cloud era is truly humbling.

Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to join the Education & Enablement team on a permanent and contract arrangement?

A: Be flexible and reciprocate. There’s more than one way to reach an outcome.

Q: In your opinion what type of employee would succeed at this job?

A: Someone with the right physiology and psychology. Oh and you need to be technical and have the capability to present and pass on that knowledge.  Positive energy and a certain level of humor is always an added bonus.

Hear from Asif Rafiq, Senior Technical Instructor, VMware:

Q: What makes VMware stand out as a company to you?

A: VMware is a leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions. VMware develops state-of-the art  products, using leading edge technology. It is an innovative and dynamic organization.

Q: What have you enjoyed the most since joining the team?

A: It is one of the most collaborative teams I’ve ever worked with. Everyone, willingly shares their knowledge, experience and are always ready to assist if you ever ask them for help.

Q: What is about VMware culture and your role that excites you?

A: It provides a professional work environment, where work-life balance is actively promoted.

Q: What advice would you give to someone looking to join the Education & Enablement team on a permanent and contract arrangement?

A: IT is an ever changing environment, the only constant is change. One needs to be adaptable and willing to put in the extra effort to ensure that they have a  good understanding of the product(s), to position them accordingly.

Q: In your opinion what type of employee would succeed at this job?

A: A person who has the flair for newer technologies, be passionate about VMware products and willing to research and learn more about them.

 

Have questions or interested in applying to one of these roles? Reach out to Antonia via her social links below.

 

About Antonia:

Antonia is a Senior Recruitment Consultant at VMware with a speciality in IT&T recruitment across Europe and Australia/New Zealand.

 

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My Experience at Grace Hopper 2012 – Manasvi Somaiya

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 Palo Alto-based intern Manasvi Somaiya as she shares her experience at the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

I first learned about Grace Hopper when Rose Robinson from Anita Borg Institute (ABI) spoke about the need to promote and empower women in technology at a Women Connecting Women (WCW) event held at VMware. Rose’s talk left an impression on me; I was amazed by the hard work that she and many other great women have put into fostering an environment where young women can connect and pursue a career in technology. When I found out that VMware was going to sponsor me and a few other female interns to attend the Grace Hopper conference I was thrilled and could not wait to attend!

The 2012 Grace Hopper Conference was held on October 3-6 in Baltimore, Maryland. With over 3,500 attendees, I saw a blend of women from diverse backgrounds, industries and cultures. The conference provided a great platform to network with students and faculty from a variety of institutions, as well as industry leaders and research enthusiasts. The main theme of the conference was based on one simple question – ‘Are We There Yet?’. This question was spread across multiple tracks – Academics, Career Development, Leadership, Research and Social Collaboration just to name a few. Speaker sessions, group meetings and seminars held by prominent women from various technology sectors spoke on these topics.

One of the most inspiring talks that I attended was, ‘Are you Ready to be Thought Leader?’. This session focused on the importance of being a thought leader in technology and it encouraged attendees to sharpen their creative skills and to be open to expressing their own ideas. It questioned the confines that we often put on ourselves and pressed the significance of thinking outside the box. The panel discussion, ‘Letters to my younger self’ was a great to way to learn from stories shared by women who overcame the barriers of working in a technical role. This was beneficial for me since I will be starting my professional career soon.

During my internship at VMware many of the interns grew to become close friends. As a dual benefit, I got a chance to reunite and spend some time with them at the conference. I am proud to say that I interned at a company that supports and sponsors women like me in this field.

Alas, the four days at the Grace Hopper Conference ended all too soon, but not without a big bang. The conference closed with a fun filled celebration event at the Maryland Science Convention Center. As a first timer, I made the most of it and enjoyed every opportunity provided to conference attendees. Overall, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference was an enlightening experience that helped me see the importance of thought-share and connecting women in the technology sector. Given, the opportunity I would love to participate, contribute and continue to become enlightened and inspired by other women through initiatives such as Grace Hopper.

 

– Manasvi Somaiya, 2012 VMware User Experience Intern

 

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VMware Office Spotlight: Beijing, China

With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring IT industry-changing innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness, which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Beijing office in China is like today!

About Beijing

VMware established its first office site in Beijing in 2005. We now have over 600 employees at our main office sites in China. Our current Beijing site has been open since 2009 and has seen expansion year over year due to the growing number of employees. Located in the center of ZhongGuanCun High Tech Park, near China’s top famous universities, VMware China is at the center of the country’s political, cultural, and educational activities.

VMware China’s Team Focus

We’re working on being the most successful software business in China, the non-disputed leader, in cloud computing, and the standard in customer service, partnerships and employees satisfaction.

What makes VMware China unique?

As one of the largest R&D centers worldwide, we continue to move our 1-2-3 vision at VMware China, which is:

One Center: Despite the growth of employees, projects and office locations, we remain aligned and operate as “One Center” with a unified organizational vision.

Two Sites: We celebrated the grand opening of our Shanghai R&D Site in June 2012, which fell one year after we started our operations in Shanghai. The Shanghai site already has 120 R&D employees who work on many exciting projects that the team proudly called “MAC” (Mozy, Aurora, Cloud-Foundry).

Three Layers: VMware China continues to develop as a global R&D center as it has a strong presence in all three technology layers: CIM (vSphere networking and security, Ecosystem Engineering, CPD, Mozy and Quality Engineering), CAP (Cloud Foundry, vFabric DataDirector, Big Data), and EUC (View, Personal Desktop, Zimbra and Octopus).

Here is what a few Beijing employees are saying about us:

“I joined VMware in May 2011 because I was chasing the fantastic opportunity of building the first Open PaaS in the world – Cloud Foundry. The engineering culture and leading techniques impressed me a lot and finally drove me to make the decision to join VMware. This decision proved to be perfect for me.” –Figo, Staff Engineer

“I’ve been with VMware since my internship. What attracts me to VMware can be summarized into 3 points: 1) VMware has profound technical accumulation where you can learn and contribute to open source freely. 2) We have standard development process to ensure high working efficiency. 3) We have a very comfortable working environment and pursue work-life balance in practice. All in all, VMware is a harmonious big family and I enjoy working and developing myself here.” –Xiaoding, MTS

Tell us a little about some of the values and culture you see in action at the Beijing office

Similar to our coworkers at other VMware sites, China employees are energized by the prospect of solving complex problems in a team environment.

Pursuing diverse thought and perspective as well as work-life balance are also important values at VMware China. Giving back more than we take from society through programs such as Sun Villiage has been one of our latest initiatives at VMware China.

We are very passionate about giving back. For example, on Aug 24th, 2012 a large group of our employees visited Sun Villiage with their friends and family. Sun Villiage’s mission is to help raise children whose parents are in jail. There are 100+ children in the village by now. We walked around the village, cooked with these children like a family and played with them. This created a lot of fun and sweet memories for the children and our employees. Also, VMware donated money to build a Strawberry Greenhouse for this village and we shared some employee-donated books and toys to the children during this charity tour.

Also, on September 21, the China and Singapore teams gathered together to celebrate VMware Charity Day. We kicked off the meaningful afternoon with the words of David Sung, Managing Director, China who walked us through the significance of the Service Learning Program at VMware. During Charity Day our employees had the opportunity to network with four non-government organizations (NGOs) that are changing the world. A Bridge for Children International, Chi Heng Foundation, Special Commune and Tiger Play joined us with games, dances and service-learning programs. This opportunity to connect with several NGOs helped our employees better understand the mission behind these organizations and how we could impact the greater community at large by participating in Service Learning through the VMware Foundation.

The year ahead

With our tremendous growth in the past few years, VMware China is moving forward toward new opportunities in the marketplace and for our employees. We are excited about the coming 2013 year and are looking forward to brining on new talented people to help us transform the way people work every day and the future of IT!

 

 

-Zhenni Shi, HR Coordinator

 

 

 

 

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VMware PhD Intern Spotlight: Fei Meng – Ecosystem Engineering

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 Palo Alto-based PhD intern Fei Meng as he shares his unique perspective of the VMware internship experience as an Ecosystem Engineering Intern.

As a PhD student, I believe that I have different expectations in a summer internship from non-PhD students. Something between academic research and product development is what really excites me. After connecting with a VMware Engineer at the USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies 2012, I decided to come to VMware for my third summer of PhD study. Throughout the summer my coworkers and I on the Ecosystem Engineering team got two patents approved by VMware, one research conference paper submitted for USENIX FAST 2013 and have one paper still on going. So far it has been the most productive summer of my life working on ways to imagine and develop transformative products and solutions that change the future of IT.

Below are my five takeaways from my PhD Internship experience at VMware. My hope is that those who are currently pursuing their PhD’s and looking for future internship opportunities will benefit from my experiences and reflections on the VMware PhD Internship Program.

1. Be proactive. 

If you have ideas that you believe will benefit your team, be proactive and speak out and discuss them with your VMware mentor and colleagues. The concepts you have recently learned in school could be new ideas that have not made it to the industry yet, thus potentially making an impact if applied to the right project. By applying the techniques that you have learned from experiences at school to the projects you are working on during your internship you will walk away with a stronger understanding of the technical concepts because you have applied them in real life.

2. Be hungry and curious.

Don’t be shy towards anyone at VMware. The employee community is really like a big family that is willing to help you excel in your development. Take the time to speak with individuals from different teams who value active learning and are willing to share their insights; especially tech leads since they have a broader view of the products and technologies. A detailed analysis of a customer problem could teach you lots of valuable knowledge that you could never find written in textbooks. Plus, you might find new interesting problems to solve, ones that you could even apply towards your thesis.

3. Engage your mentor on a daily basis (or even more frequently).

In order to maximize your time at VMware, make communication with your VMware mentor clear at all times. Share your thoughts and ideas for problems and solutions so that you can be on the right track. Actively engage in meaningful, open and thoughtful conversations. For example, a single problem may have different solutions. I may come up with one but it might not be the fastest or most efficient solution. By communicating with my mentor, he was able to help me get to the “right” solution before I wasted time.

4. Spend more efforts on research and design.

Research, instead of implementing a well-defined and contained function is more important for PhD students. Looking at industry problems from a research perspective can help engineers with less research background to understand the problem in a bigger scope.

5. Make plans in advance regarding publications, patents, future collaborations etc.

Before your internship starts, think about papers, patents, and future collaborations. A three or four month summer internship might be tight for a paper preparation, but if you and your team are willing to write one, plan in advance for a potential short-term internship extension.

In closing, being a PhD student is challenging, but it can also be motivating in lots of ways. The desire to solve unknown or not-yet-formalized problems can help you gain in-depth knowledge from a leading software company like VMware. Combining the industry experience and your research background can lead you to many opportunities that you could never find in school.

 

-Fei Meng

 

 

About Fei:

Fei Meng was a summer intern in Ecosystem Engineering at VMware. He is a PhD student from North Carolina State University and he focuses on system research, especially storage system for his PhD thesis. During his internship he worked on a storage multi-path optimization project and flash-based server flash cache optimization project. In his free time he likes reading and listening to music.

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VMware University Relations – Preparing for an On Campus Interview

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.

 

One of the tools that we find to be the most useful within the VMware University Relations team is the use of On Campus Interviews (OCIs). After we attend and meet with students at various university career fairs, we return to select campuses and invite stand out students to meet with us in one-on-one settings for an interview. By hosting OCIs we hope to get to know the students themselves, what work-life experience they can bring to the table and what they are hoping to find in an internship or a new college graduate (NCG) position.

If you are one of the students we have contacted to meet us at an OCI, here are a few suggested ways to prep for the interview experience:

Get to know VMware: We’re not looking for you to recite what you have read on our website, but what you found outside of our website. What does the industry tell you about VMware? Who are some of our competitors? Why have we merged or acquired certain companies? Are you up to speed with the latest happenings at our organization?

Tell us what you would like to pursue in a career: One thing that is not exciting to hear is that you are open to anything. We would rather hear about what you are really excited to pursue and how you plan to accomplish this goal. This is a tricky area though as you don’t want to come across as overly confident. We know you still have a lot to learn. We all do.

A majority of our OCIs are for Research and Development (R&D) positions (So be ready to code): Yep, code. The engineers you will be speaking with are our decision makers and if they are going to decide you are someone they would recommend hiring then they are going to want to see what you can do. That means that you will be asked to code on whiteboards or paper. They are going to want to make sure you know what you are doing, not that you have simply memorized lines.

Put on your sales hat: We want to hear you sell yourself. Tell us why you would be a good fit for our workplace culture and what you plan to bring to the table. Attending an OCI prepared, paper in hand, with information to share about yourself and questions to ask us is always welcomed (and encouraged)!

Ultimately we want your OCI experience to be the best it can be so that you walk away knowing more about our workplace environment and how it could possibly be your intern home or your first job after college.

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

 

-Kim Hollenshead, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

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VMware Office Spotlight: Cambridge, Massachusetts

With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring IT industry-changing innovations to life. Each site also carries its own uniqueness which is why we are highlighting office stories through our VMware Office Spotlight series. Get a flavor for what the VMware Cambridge office in Massachusetts is like today!

About Cambridge

The VMware Cambridge office was opened in Kendall Square in 2004 with only three employees. VMware was one of the first Silicon Valley companies to recognize the value of opening an office in Kendall Square in order to recruit top talent and strengthen ties with the academic and research communities from surrounding universities, including MIT, Harvard, and Boston University. From 2004 to the present, the Cambridge office has grown to over 200 employees, and Kendall Square has grown to a high-tech hub, home to over 150 companies.

The Cambridge office has employees from a variety of departments, but the majority (85%) work in R&D. There are four major products that are shipped from the Cambridge office, including:

What makes Cambridge unique

Two things are very unique about the Cambridge office. The first is our location. Kendall Square is an urban environment with world-class office space, beautiful parks, and top-notch restaurants. In warm weather, people gather for open-air lunches, concerts, a farmer’s market, and canoe/ kayak rentals. In winter there is even an ice-skating rink! Many Silicon Valley companies followed VMware’s early lead and opened branch offices in Kendall Square. There are also numerous start-ups and a strong academic community, ensuring that you will always be surrounded by bright, interesting people.  As active members of the Kendall Square Association and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, VMware Cambridge hosts numerous social and networking events at the office.

Just as Kendall Square is home to numerous companies in a relatively small area, the Cambridge office is a microcosm of all that VMware has to offer on just three floors of office space. With employees from a cross section of all departments, there are always good opportunities to learn more about all the many VMware products and initiatives.

Here is what several of our Cambridge employees have to say:

“I think one of the greatest things about VMware Cambridge is that we have so many teams working in one compact space. You can have hallway conversations about everything from Mobile phone hardware to huge vCloud deployments and everything in between.” -Andrew, Senior MTS

“When I came here for my interview back in 2007 and saw the place with enclosed offices with natural light and airy, bright design, I immediately loved what I saw and thought, ok, let’s talk. The espresso machine sealed the deal.” -Grzegorz, Staff Engineer

“The location of the office is fantastic. We’re located in a vibrant, technology-rich area where right outside the front door people from all walks of life work, play, and live.” -Lisa, Sr. MTS

“I pretty much make a new favorite memory every time I come into the office. I really like the people here. I never used to enjoy talking about my day when I get home, but I do since I’ve been at VMware.” -Lisa, Sr. MTS

The three words I would use to describe my experience at VMware are challenging, stimulating, and fulfilling. – Ed, Staff Engineer

Tell us a little about some of the values and culture you see in action at the Cambridge office

One of the values that the Cambridge office is most committed to is giving back to the community. Employees have volunteered at several organizations, including The Food Project, Habitat for Humanity, Cradles to Crayons, Citizen Schools, The Greater Boston Food Bank, and World Computer Exchange. Our active Citizen’s Council organizes service days each quarter and also helps connect employees to longer-term service learning opportunities.

For our next service project, the Cambridge office will be hosting a repair day for World Computer Exchange on October 15. The World Computer Exchange (WCE) will be bringing old, donated computers that need to be repaired, refurbished, or loaded with content to the office. World Computer Exchange provides used computers and technology to schools, libraries, community centers in developing countries. To date, WCE has established over 2,650 computer labs around the world. WCE will be bringing a full U-Haul trailer of recently donated computers in hopes that the multi-talented Cambridge employees can get them all up and running and ready for shipment.

The Year Ahead

There is so much for Cambridge to look forward to in 2013! The office continues to expand and recruit top talent from the area. New projects will be started and new products launched. Summer will bring a host of amazingly talented interns from local universities. And as always, employees will continue to be active members of their communities and engage in community events and volunteer opportunities.

 

-Susie, VMware Engineering, Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

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University Relations – Quality Engineering at VMware

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

 

Before VMware’s industry changing products go to market someone needs to make sure they meet the quality standards synonymous with the VMware name. At VMware, Quality Engineers are the well-respected individuals that take on this role for the organization.

Let’s explore what a Quality Engineering (QE) role is at VMware. Members of the Quality Engineering team have the opportunity to work side-by-side with our Core Developers. This collaboration allows QE’s to work on a wide range of products and sample a bit of everything that VMware has to offer its employees. It’s almost like a career buffet! Our QE’s are brought into the software development life cycle (SDLC) early in the process, which allows them to make meaningful contributions to the projects they are assigned to work on. It’s not uncommon for VMware Quality Engineers to become Core Developers after partnering with teams on various projects.

A visual overview of the Engineering Maturity of QE at VMware:

Recently, I had a chance to ask Phillip Kesling, VMware Manager R&D, QE Tools a few questions about his experience in Quality Engineering here at VMware. Phillip’s insights from the discussion are recapped below.

Q: Phillip, please tell me about your career path at VMware.

A: I began in the Community Source Team. I was brought in because I had a    development background with expertise in automation and storage technologies. This was a good fit at the time for the Community Source program was aimed at allowing partner companies to develop extensions and features for our core product through access to our product source code and the tools/guidance we provided. This program soon expanded to include hardware and software partners, and eventually evolved into today’s Ecosystem Engineering (EE) organization. The EE organization is responsible for fostering our partner ecosystem that is so vital to our customers and VMware’s success. Shortly after joining as a Lead Developer I was promoted to Senior Developer and was made acting manager for our team. From there I was officially promoted to manager and have managed many different teams across a wide variety of products and technologies over the last six years. In the last 1.5 I’ve moved into a QE role that allows me to work with smart people to solve the difficult problems of improving our products while becoming more efficient and giving our customers more value for their money.

Q: What makes Quality Engineering/Quality Assurance at VMware great?

A: At VMware we strive to be QE Engineers. That is, we strive to be a Quality Engineering organization, not simply a Quality Assurance organization. The difference is the maturity level of the organization. We act as “trusted advisors” to the product teams. We know the products inside and out, we develop efficient ways to test our products smarter, faster, and more thoroughly, and we provide valuable feedback to the product teams on everything from quality of the products, customer feedback, security, integration and interoperability between our features and products. In short, we go way beyond simply testing our products. We work smarter and in a broader capacity than simple Quality Assurance, which is vital to the past and future success of the company.

Q: What advice could you give to students that are interested in VMware?

A: Ask questions, be willing to learn, and be willing to be humbled. Our products range from relative basic OS level type products all the way up into our cloud products including every layer in-between. To be successful at VMware, you need to have an open mind and be willing to listen and learn. Also, be ready for a challenge. We solve very difficult problems in QE at VMware, often on a scale never seen before in the industry. We push the boundaries of our technologies both through our testing and through the use of our products to provide scalable solutions for solving tough, common industry problems.

Q: Why should someone choose Quality Engineering here at VMware?

A: I think the key thing is that Quality Engineering is not Quality Assurance, and it isn’t simply running a set of pre-prescribed tests against our products. We strive for a higher quality maturity level than that. Our QE engineers need to understand development, if not do development as well. In some cases, such as my team, we are a fully-fledged development team within the QE organization building mission critical, highly scalable applications (not just small tools) for use by QE and all of R&D.

Having the opportunity to connect with Phillip Kesling and learn more about the VMware Quality Engineering team was a very rewarding experience. The passion and dedication that our QE’s have towards helping develop and deliver transformative products and solutions to the market is awe-inspiring.

If you are interested in learning more about our Internship and New College Graduate opportunities in Quality Engineering please visit our website here.

 

-Shawn Sigona, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

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A Look Back at the 2012 VMware Internship Program

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.

Thank you to all our VMware Interns for a great journey this summer!

It’ hard to believe that four months have passed and 300+ interns have come and gone from VMware campuses around the world.  Most of our interns left with a sense of determination greater than the one with which they arrived. This new sense of determination is backed with an internship experience that was so much more than just a summer job.

A lot has happened to these amazing students. When they arrived they were excited, nervous and wondering if they would be able to achieve all that was expected of them. Quickly, they discovered that while VMware provided the tools and environment (mentors, support, systems, networking, meaningful projects) for their success, it was up to them to shape their success.

There was no separation of team member and intern… no separation from employee and intern… no separation of expectations. VMware interns, valued members of our collaborative employee community, knew they could make a significant impact to the team and company even in a short period of time.

Interns engaged and learned from some of our most talented people through:

  • Informal executive Q&A sessions
  • Lunch chats with top business leaders
  • Open discussions with top engineers in the company
  • Mentor programs
  • Service learning and giving back activities
  • Networking events
  • Team outings

We encourage our interns to share their experiences and work they accomplished over the summer with our greater VMware community through “poster sessions”.  Five separate poster sessions were held this summer, with hundreds of employees stopping by to engage in conversations with our interns.

So the heightened sense of determination was earned and has grown stronger as our interns return to their universities with the learnings from a robust VMware internship experience. From all of us at the VMware University Relations Program, we thank all of our interns for joining us this summer and for bringing your curious, enthusiastic, intelligent and energetic minds to VMware!

Best of luck!

 

-The VMware University Relations Team

 

 

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VMware University Relations – Top DO’S & DON’TS For Getting Your Resume Noticed

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

 

This season, the VMware University Relations team will attend over 100 events at campuses across the world, searching for tomorrow’s trailblazers. Last season we engaged thousands of excellent university students. One question I always get asked as a member of the VMware University Relations team is, “How can I differentiate my resume so it doesn’t get lost in the mix?”

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help your resume stand out from the rest.

 

DO:

Include a cover letter: This is the chance to tell your story the way a resume cannot. Be unique, and most importantly, be yourself.

Provide a concise objective: What kind of internship or full time opportunity are you looking for? What skills or knowledge are you going to draw upon? Tell us about your dreams and career aspirations.

Have a format that is clear and easy to read: Always submit your resume in PDF or Microsoft Word formats. And you may have heard this thousands of times, but always check your spelling! Have another pair of eyes look it over, as spell check isn’t always reliable.

Make sure your contact information is current and professional:  Be sure to have a simple email address, with your first and last name in it. For example, Ilovetoparty@gmail.com was ok for spammers, Craigslist and your buddies, however for employment, this does not put your best foot forward.

Include your GPA: This is only one piece of the puzzle, but it’s imperative that you showcase your academic achievement. A high GPA speaks volumes about self-discipline, time management and motivation.

Spotlight internships: The crown jewel of university resumes, real-world work experience. Resumes with applicable, high profile internships go to the top of the pile immediately. Remember to list what you accomplished on the project you worked on while interning.

Be specific about relevant coursework and projects: Articulate technical challenges and solutions. We don’t expect you to know all the answers, but we do want to see how you solve problems.

Dive deep into technical skills: For each programming language, include the number of years of experience along with tools and platforms administered.  And even if you have only dabbled in cutting edge technologies, add it!

Brag (a little): Did you place in a Hackathon? Are you a Teaching Assistant? Do you spend your free time doing community volunteer work? We want to hear about it. Pure technical ability is important, but we want to see what other skills you can bring to the table.  

DON’T:

Get personal: Omit gender, birthday, sexual orientation, age, family status, weight, and military or citizenship status. And no pictures please!

Embellish: I have seen resumes where people list themselves as “experts” in C++ only to have them come in and not get past the first interviewer. Remember whatever you write on there you will have to defend in an interview.

Go on and on: A good resume says a lot in few, succinct bulleted points. Steer clear of wordy paragraphs. Pull out a Thesaurus and use active verbs that focus on tangible accomplishments.

Be Generic: Your resume is your calling card; you need to make sure it doesn’t look like your roommate’s, classmate’s or anyone else’s. I was at a career fair last year and I saw at least 10 of the same resume; same font, same exact projects, same languages, same everything. Try to think out of the box a little about your own unique experiences, how you got there, and what you got out of it. For example, you could create a SlideRocket presume to have alongside your resume that would provide companies the opportunity to get a better idea of who you are and what you could bring to the table in a visual storytelling manner. Have you seen how Hanna Phan landed her dream job with a SlideRocket presume? Check it out here!

Hopefully these tips and tricks were beneficial for you and your resume preparation. Best of luck with this semester and I look forward to the possibility of reviewing your resume in the future!

 

-Keri, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

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Life at VMware – Flings Program

At VMware, we thrive on forward momentum and the VMware Flings Program is an example of how our collaborative drive to imagine, define and deliver the future of IT comes to life. Learn more about the Flings Program through its program manager Dana and a few members of the VMware R&D group.

 

VMware has some of the best engineers in the world. These individuals are constantly transforming IT at its foundation, making an impact at all layers of the stack. If you’re an engineer, you’ll know that there are a multitude of side projects that you will pursue throughout your career that are outside of your main work obligations. In some cases, these side projects don’t make the cut for products that are released to market. Rather than leaving these ideas locked away in VMware’s super secret vault (that we may or may not have), we thought we’d share it with the world! These side projects that our engineers work on are released as tools known as Flings.

So, what’s a Fling? A Fling is a short-term project, not a serious relationship, but a fun one. Likewise, VMware Flings are software tools that are offered on the VMware Flings website. Flings are intended to be played with and explored by other VMware employees and members of the community. Though Flings might not become part of any future VMware product offering and are not fully supported, many VMware customers find them incredibly useful. They are also usually smaller utilities that perform some specific, very useful function.

One of the best parts of the Flings Program is that individuals outside of VMware can communicate with our engineers through comments on the VMware Labs website. This provides our engineers and real people within the community with the opportunity to test and explore various solutions and technologies. It makes for a very collaborative and rewarding environment for all involved and ultimately makes the world work better.

I recently connected with several of my co-workers who have been actively involved in creating Flings for the greater community at large to gain their insight on the program itself. Here’s what they had to say.

What attracted you to the VMware Flings Program?

“Overall I liked that the Flings program was a way for me to release a side project with minimal headache. I was able to design an application that I thought people would want to use without worrying about how it aligned with certain other products or whether I would make a certain release vehicle.” –Adam, Sr. Member of the Technical Staff (MTS)

“Flings provided a method to release solutions to customers that are not part of a main line release. Open Source Flings allow customers to extend and contribute their solutions back to the community.” –Dan, Director

How did you become involved with the VMware Flings Program?

“I developed and released the VMware Boomerang Fling last year, have released three updates since, and am working on a fourth Fling now.” –Adam, Sr. Member of the Technical Staff (MTS)

In three words or phrases, how would you describe your experience with the VMware Flings Program thus far?

“Passion to help customers, easy way to deliver innovation, good channel to directly communicate with customers.” – Jinpyo, Staff Engineer

“Involve the community!” –Dan, R&D

How can VMware’s core values of Passion, Innovation, Execution, Teamwork, Active Learners, and Giving Back be seen within the VMware Flings Program?

“One thing that was very evident in the release of the Boomerang Fling was VMware’s focus on teamwork. My peers at VMware helped in many ways throughout the process. During the early stages when I had UI workflows sketched on my whiteboard, I would get different people to give me feedback. When I needed help interfacing with other components like VMRC, I was able to go and get good helpful answers.  And when I sent out builds for pre-release testing, people volunteered to help and would send me bug reports over e-mail. This teamwork really helped improve the quality of VMware Boomerang.” –Adam, Sr. Member of the Technical Staff (MTS)

“Ultimately, most Flings have been developed in order to bring a better user experience to our customers. By putting additional efforts towards building tools (converting an in-house tool to a user-accessible tool), our engineers are making an impact on all layers on the stack. This is a great example of showing passion for our customers’ satisfaction and ease of use with our products.” –Jinpyo, Staff Engineer

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in getting involved in the VMware Flings Program (VMware employee and/or a non-VMware employee)?

“When you release the Fling, make sure to generate publicity by having people blog about it. Otherwise, people won’t know to download your Fling. Also you should build some sort of automatic update checking functionality so people know when updates come without you having to get people to blog about minor releases with only bug fixes.

Also, don’t worry if the download numbers aren’t very good at first. Instead, make sure to listen to people’s feedback and release timely updates. Over time people will start downloading it more. For a while, Boomerang’s download numbers were pretty low but after the most recent release with View support, it was downloaded over 1,000 times in five weeks!” –Adam, Sr. Member of the Technical Staff (MTS)

What has been your biggest takeaway of participating in the VMware Flings Program?

“It’s a great vehicle to provide customers with insights into solutions based on VMware products. By exposing the innovation to the community, it generates feedback that improves the solution and provides engineering insight into actual product deployments.” –Dan, Director, R&D

“VMware customer satisfaction and learning from customers.” –Jinpyo, Staff Engineer

So what if you aren’t a VMware employee? What can you do to get involved? This is a great question. There are many ways that non-VMware employees can get involved with the Flings Program. An exciting opportunity that individuals can participate in now is our Open Innovation Contest! Through this contest you can submit your best ideas for innovative and new VMware Lab Flings. The contest will be open from August 26, 2012 until October 31, 2012. To learn more about the contest and how you can participate click here.

We also have our Facebook and Twitter accounts where individuals can share their ideas and concerns regarding Flings. Lastly, on each Flings page, users can interact with the engineer who created the Fling that they are using. Our engineers actively engage with these comments and take the feedback from these discussions to improve upon their Flings.

Are you interested? Learn more by visiting the VMware Labs website and get connected with our latest Flings today!

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