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A New College Grad’s Advice on Landing a Job After College

Let’s be honest, looking for a job, no matter where you are in life, can be tough. Looking for that first job after graduation can be even more daunting. However, the nice part about looking for a job while in school is that the amount of resources available to students is vast. Most universities have really embraced becoming a valuable resource to students in their job search.

To get a students perspective on how you can leverage career services at your university and land a job after college, I connected with Anuprem, a recent graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and new member of the Nicira team at VMware Palo Alto.

 

Kim   How important was having an internship prior to starting your full time  job at VMware?

 

 

 

 

Anuprem   While I don’t think that it would have been the end of the world if I didn’t have an internship in college, I do think that it helped my chances of obtaining a job. A good internship will attract the attention of recruiters, the first people that come into contact with job applications at a company. It will also give you a sense of what you can expect from a full-time job and what will be expected of you from your teammates.

 

 

Kim   Do you think you picked the right college courses for what you’re doing now full-time?

 

 

 

 

 

Anuprem   Yes, I do believe that I picked the right course for what I am doing full-time. While I had a rough idea of what my interests were at the beginning of my Masters Program in Computer Science, I ended up not being wrong which was helpful. Having said that, courses are mostly an introduction to a topic and a foundation for an individual to build upon once they start a career. It is a lot more different at work and personally, to me; it might not have mattered a lot.

 

Kim   Do you feel that you used your university’s career services well?

 

 

 

 

Anuprem   Yes. My university’s career services had valuable information around interview behavior, resume tips and upcoming career fairs, which was quite useful for me. I utilized the career service’s internal website that highlighted available job opportunities from employers that were interested in hiring students from Georgia Tech. I also leveraged this tool to find my opportunity at VMware. The Georgia Tech career services center also worked with a lot of companies that were interested in hiring and connected them with students at on-campus career fairs. Every internship and job offer that I received was because of the assistance that I received through career services at Georgia Tech.

Kim   When did you begin looking for a full-time job?

 

 

 

Anuprem   Prior to obtaining confirmation that I received a full-time offer at VMware, I occasionally browsed through my university’s career center job portals to see if any opportunities looked appealing for me to pursue.

 

 

Kim   What advice would you give a student looking for their first full time role?

 

 

 

Anuprem   Make use of the career services center at your university. I would recommend that you start working with them at least a year before your graduation so that you can have a clear understanding of what you’re interested in pursuing and also have enough time to search for that opportunity. Outside of your university’s career center, you could also leverage your friends who have already graduated and get their insight on the job search process. LinkedIn is also very useful as you can learn about an employer from their company profile and get connected to the recruiters that help hire for their organizations. Lastly, try to figure out what an employer is looking for in a potential candidate. You can do this by reviewing skills and requirements are for a job opportunity that you are interested in pursuing. Take this information and highlight those pieces in your resume.

Kim   Share what you are looking forward to with your new role with Nicira.

 

 

 

Anuprem   Nicira has an outstanding team. I am looking forward to working with them and learning as much as I can.

 

 

 

And Anuprem’s thoughts on this matter are very true. As a University Relations Recruiter, I know that VMware is not the only company that utilizes career services at certain universities to post job openings for new college graduates. We also work with them to schedule on campus events. For example, this year at Georgia Tech, we hosted virtual interviews for selected students where they had the opportunity to code virtually with some of VMware’s top engineers. Ultimately, my team at VMware finds our relationship with university career services to be invaluable, so as a student it will only help you to make friends with the people in that department as you get closer to your graduation date.

Best of luck!

 

Kim Hollenshead, VMware University Relations Recruiter

 

 

 

 

 

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20 Tips to Help Job Seekers Prepare for an Interview at VMware

 

 

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Alison Scott on Volunteering with the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy’s Veterans Program

VMware employees contribute their best work to imagine, define, and deliver the future of IT through transformative products and solutions that enable customer agility, efficiency, security, and fault tolerance in the Cloud era. And this is only possible through the dedicated, dynamic and inspiring people that make up our company. Take a look at Alison’s story on how she gives back to her community.  

 

Name: Alison Scott 

Job title: Executive Search Recruiter

Years at VMware: 3

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Finish this statement: Giving Back Together means… looking at the bigger picture but knowing that whatever one does, in whatever small way, counts. It is about finding a starting point and not thinking that it is too small to count.

 

What is life at VMware like for you?

Every day is different. I get to lead and/or work on different senior level executive searches with many different groups here at VMware. I get the opportunity to talk to and meet very interesting and talented people and help position VMware as the best technology company to work for in Silicon Valley.

What is your favorite VMware memory?

Paul Maritz, our former CEO, standing up at an all hands meeting and telling us all that there are so many smarter, hard working and more deserving people out there than us but we, VMware employees, happen to have been lucky enough to have been (born) in the right place at the right time and to have been hired and given the opportunity to work at VMware. It was such a humbling and true statement that has stayed with me ever since.

Do you have a favorite group, hobby or interest that you are active in at VMware?

The Executive Search team – Anu, Luann, Mike, Linda and JR! It has been one of the most fun teams that I have ever been part of in my career. We are challenged on a daily basis, but are supportive of one another and want to succeed as a team.

Among other values, Giving Back More Than We Take is a core part of VMware culture. How has this value come to life for you at VMware?

I left Russell Reynolds Associates in 2006 to, in theory, take 6 months off. During my time off, I started volunteering at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) in Woodside, California. NCEFT works with horses and their movement as part of a wide range of therapy programs offered to aid children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. Because of my horse experience, NCEFT offered me a position as a Horse Handler on their barn staff which was a dream come true for me. I was able to have a second, although brief, career which I would never have thought possible. I got to exercise, train and then work with their horses and patients during therapy sessions. After a couple of years though I really missed my former career and in 2010 I was hired by VMware to join the in-house executive search team here in Palo Alto. I am now volunteering again with NCEFT this time on their Veterans Program. This program is offered to active duty personnel and veterans from the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. This program is completely funded by donations — no cost to the participants or the federal government. My volunteering now involves helping the veterans learn how to handle, groom and ride in seven to eight week rotations. The camaraderie and confidence, which is built even in such a short period of time, is wonderful to be part of and many of them intend to continue riding having discovered something new to explore going forward.

Share the biggest lesson or take-away from your volunteer experience with the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy – Veterans Program. Is it what you expected? 

My biggest takeway from my service learning experience was that veterans from all wars need help sometimes and even on an on-going basis long after they’ve returned and the welcome parades have ended. They have served for their country and deserve this help and gratitude, not just when they return wounded. Project Healing Horse has a video on its site, which describes some of NCEFT’s work with veterans. And yes that is Sebastian my favorite Norwegian Fjord in the video. I have included my favorite pictures of Sebastian with this story.

What does Giving Back mean to you? What advice would you give to someone looking to give back in the community?

Being able to share something that I am so inspired and enlivened by and see that immediate pleasure and enjoyment spread across someone else’s face. Find a cause that you are personally passionate about and a group of people who share your passion. 

What are you inspired to do in 2013 and beyond?

Continue to find ways that I can help and inspire others to find a starting point in their own small way.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meagan Shannon,VMware’s New Intern Program Manager Gears Up for the VMware 2013 Intern Season

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. We connected with Meagan Shannon, former University Relations Specialist and VMware’s new Intern Program Manager to get her take on her new role and the exciting things in store for VMware’s summer 2013 interns!

 

For the past two years I have been a VMware University Relations Specialist based out of our Cambridge, Massachusetts site. This role allowed me to travel to many of the top universities on the East Coast, learn about their degree programs and connect with talented students. I recently moved across the United States to Palo Alto, California to take on the role of Intern Program Manager for the VMware’s Americas (AMERS) sites. Like many of the 200+ interns that will be joining us at VMware headquarters this summer, I have spent the last few weeks learning to navigate the 100 acre (bigger than Disneyland) Palo Alto campus, testing out the different café daily specials (and gelato flavors) and getting used to the sunny California weather. For the interns that are joining us in Cambridge, Massachusetts you are going to love the city and the open innovative culture that the Cambridge office provides- both locations really do have their perks!

The entire University Relations team is currently preparing for the interns that will be starting this summer at our Americas sites. We have TONS of great social events planned, including a weekly speaker series with senior leaders and intern specific trainings so that interns can dive into our company culture and see how our employee community works together to drive what’s next in IT.

To learn more about our student programs and the internships that we still have available for summer 2013, check out our University Relations Website here. You can also learn about our program and past Intern experiences on our social media channels too!

 

-Meagan Shannon, VMware Intern Program Manager

 

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An Inside Look at the VMware Yerevan, Armenia Site

With over 50+ locations throughout the world, VMware is truly a global community made of passionate employees who thrive on collaborating together to bring industry-changing IT 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 Armenia office in Yerevan is like today!

 

About Armenia

The VMware Armenia office is located in Yerevan, the capital and largest city of Armenia with over one million inhabitants. Armenia represents one of the oldest world civilizations with its footprints over the entire land. Yerevan (formerly Erebuni), a city which history goes back to 782 BC, is situated in the Ararat valley and has a breathtaking view of the Holy Mount Ararat, which brings its kind presence to every corner of the city, as well as to the Forum Business Center, where our office is located. Yerevan is home to dozens of museums, art galleries, libraries and Universities. It is also a major educational center in the region as more than seven thousand foreign students and fellows study in the higher education institutions of Armenia.

The Information Technology industry is one of the most successful and fastest growing industries in Armenia, which promotes technological innovation and productivity for the nation-state. The sector is comprised of both local and foreign companies like Synopsys, Microsoft, Be2, Mentor Graphics, Synergy International Systems.

Areas of Opportunity

VMware established its R&D site in Armenia in 2010 through the acquisition of Integrien Corporation, the leader in real-time performance analytics. After the acquisition, VMware changed the name of Integrien’s core product from Integrien Alive Enterprise to VMware vCenter Operations, which later became the key component of vCenter Operations Management Suite. This product provides a new and much simplified approach to operations management of physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures, which helps enhance VMware vSphere, thus realizing a new technology transform.

The vCenter Operations team has seen growth in the past year bringing on roughly 40 highly qualified and experienced engineers and researchers. The team is composed of PhDs and Engineers who are in charge of the overall development of the product.

Culture in action at the Armenia office

Teamwork is an important part of our office culture. We promote a dynamic environment where employees can collaborate globally, helping enrich our culture and capability. The Yerevan office effectively works together with the other vCenter Operations teams located in Bulgaria, Palo Alto, Irvine and Bangalore by having regular video and phone conferences to allow for global collaboration and thought share.

Creating an environment where people enjoy coming to work in is another important value at our site. Our Human Resources and Site Management teams are committed to driving equal opportunity and fostering a culture where great people want to work and thrive long term. We believe that building a family-like and positive atmosphere are very important elements to providing this environment for our employees.

John, Quality Engineering Manager shared his thoughts on our employee environment,

“When I first met the team I was impressed by their technical knowledge, but what really sealed the deal for me was the casual, friendly manner in which each person I met greeted me. VMware provides a dynamic work environment, one that is constantly growing and ever challenging. Even today, after a full year, I am often pleasantly surprised to see the accomplishments that my team has achieved. It is both a pleasure to be here and exciting to be part of such a highly regarded team.”

Overall, our site’s success has been achieved by empowering our employees with the tools and environment to define and deliver the future of IT. This is proven by the fact that over the past four years VMware Armenia’s Customer Oriented Research and Development (CORD) team has generated more than seven patents to date.

The year ahead

Over the past two years, our employee base in Armenia has more than doubled, growing to 40 employees from 18. In 2012, our site grew to encompass an entire floor of our current building. 2013 is filled with continuous growth and excitement, as we will see further expansion of our site and new opportunities to shape the IT landscape for our customers.

 

 

 

Srbuhi Harutyunyan, Workplace Coordinator, Armenia

 

 

 

 

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Tim Sommer, Sr. Systems Engineer on Staying Connected and Growth Through Giving Back at VMware.

VMware employees contribute their best work to imagine, define, and deliver the future of IT through transformative products and solutions that enable customer agility, efficiency, security, and fault tolerance in the Cloud era. This is only possible through the dedicated, dynamic and inspiring people in our VMware community. Take a look at Tim’s story on technology, growing with his team at VMware and giving back to the Union Fire Department.

 

Name: Tim Sommer

Job title: Sr. Systems Engineer, North Central Enterprise

Years at VMware: 2

Office location: Chicago – Home Office

Finish this statement: Giving Back Together means sacrificing your most valued asset, “your time” for the greater good of the community.

 

In three words or phrases, how would you describe your experience at VMware?

Technology head rush.

What ignites your passion to do your best work every day at VMware?

VMware is one of the rare companies in the industry that is defining the next big thing for the data center. I get to evangelize the future! We are defining the next generation data center with the Software-defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy. As with server virtualization, VMware will lead companies through the SDDC journey too. I feel like I could take two years off and the SDDC would still be relevant.

How do you stay connected to your VMware colleagues while working from a home office?

It can be challenging at times. There is a local office here where we can run into one another and have occasional meetings.  However, a majority of my team’s time is spent with our customers at their site locations, which can be spread all over, so coming into an office each day is not conducive for my team’s type of activity.  We try to get together at least once a week in person if our schedule permits. We also use instant message and e-mail extensively, along with our internal social network, VMware Link, which is similar to Facebook for a business. Here we can exchange ideas, ask questions and get to know our coworkers from across the world. Everyone at VMware has a Link profile with his or her picture and contact information, so it humanizes the communication.

Among other values, Giving Back More Than We Take is a core part of VMware culture. How has this value come to life for you at VMware? 

I elected to use my Service Learning time (VMware employees receive 40 paid days each year to contribute back to the community) to help the Union Fire Department, a local department in Chicago. The departments budget was very low for any kind of technology consulting, so I thought offering my skills would be a great way to contribute back to the community while saving them thousands in consulting fees. I helped them configure a new server and work station, run new network cabling, install a backup solution and saved them money by switching them over to a new internet provider. I even attended a board meeting, which was pretty exciting!

Share the biggest lesson or takeaway from your Service Learning experience with the Union Fire Department. Is it what you expected?

The biggest takeaway from the experience was the feeling that I made a difference in this small community. The money they saved can now be invested in other important things like new radios or fire trucks that are aging.

What can people do if they’re interested in using their skills to give back?

Think about how your community can use your expertise. We often overlook how valuable our professional skills are to the general public. For example, to hire a consultant equivalent to a Software Engineer (SE)’s skillset, one could pay up to 250.00 per hour. Because of this, there is a good chance that a non-profit will never experience the level of expertise a SE could give with their technical skills.

What advice would you give to someone looking to pursue a career at VMware?

Getting hired at VMware is just as much about attitude and conviction as is the content of your resume. VMware looks for passionate individuals with the necessary skillsets who are willing to collaborate and work together to move the business forward. This is also not a company for those who have difficulty embracing change. We are change agents for the industry and must adapt quickly if we expect our customers to evolve with us.

How do you plan to grow and develop yourself in the year ahead?

I have recently moved from supporting our partners to a role in Direct Enterprise Sales. I have a number of accounts that I own the strategic technical relationships.  This year I will focus on developing deeper relationships and help them become more efficient in their data centers using VMware technologies.

 

 

 

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