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VMware Innovator: Marcos Aguilera

In honor of Engineers Week 2015 (#eweek2015), the VMware Careers blog is teaming up with VMware’s company blog, Tribal Knowledge, to kick off the VMware Innovation Series. Each month we’ll be connecting with members of the VMware R&D Organization to get a behind-the-scenes look at VMware’s innovations programs and the people and teams driving them.

We were excited to sit down and connect with Senior Staff Engineer, Marcos Aguilera, for our first VMware Innovation Series people spotlight. Hear what Marcos had to share about his passion for innovation and how he is empowered to architect what’s next in technology at VMware in the video below.

Inspired by Marcos’ story? Visit the VMware Careers YouTube channel to hear from other VMware people about their journey towards what’s next.

 

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4 Tips for Nailing an Interview and Landing Your First Gig After College

Congratulations on making it to the final sprint of your academic career. You have no doubt acquired valuable skills through a series of projects, coursework, and internships to prepare you for the next big step – landing your first job!

The idea of interviewing for what can potentially set the trajectory of your career after college may be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are four ways that you can market yourself to potential employers to stand out amongst the competition to land your first job after college.

First things first, lets talk about your resume.

Often times, your resume is the first impression an employer will get of you. The most common mistake made is to provide a company with a resume that is hard to follow in the first 10-20 seconds of reviewing it. Leverage resources such as your Career Services department to go over your resume, and make sure the format is one that is clear, concise, and free of grammatical errors. Keep in mind that employers may receive hundreds of resumes (sometimes daily), so it’s key to keep it to no more than one page. You may also ask after submitting your resume if the employer (or recruiter) would like to see sample portfolios, academic papers, and/or projects you’ve completed in school to provide a closer look at your project experience.

A common workflow on a resume includes:

  • Basic contact information
  • Educational information (school, degree, graduation date)
  • A list of coursework recently taken
  • Projects
  • Work experience
  • Technical skills (if applicable)
  • Extracurricular activities

You’ll want to be able to speak to the information on your resume during an interview, so leave off any information that you’re not confident about discussing.

Second, develop your elevator pitch.

We’re firm believers that practice makes perfect.. You should be able to give a high level overview of yourself, areas of expertise, and what you are looking for in a potential job opportunity. Friends, mentors, career services advisors, and even your parents are good avenues to practice your pitch and how to tackle potential interview questions that may come your way. Resources such as Glassdoor.com, peers, and even current employees of the company you’re interested in working for can give you an insight into the type of questions that may be asked.

For Technical opportunities, make sure to brush up on your technical skills. Review basic concepts and algorithms. If you are asked to code, be prepared to answer questions on the spot and explain how you worked through the problem to show your logic and critical thinking skills.

Practicing your pitch will allow you to work on your natural and unique pacing for answering questions during an interview. Make sure to jot down a few questions for the interviewers too, as it shows that you’re truly interested in learning more about what’s next for the company, the role, and how you could help achieve the company’s business goals. You will learn that asking questions during an interview can be very empowering when executed at the right time.

Third, take time before your interview to do research.

Figure out where the company you’re interviewing with is headed, become familiar with their products and/or services, and what sets them apart from their competitors. Pick an existing product that the company sells or is developing that interests you and be prepared to talk about it with the interview team.

Fourth, make sure to show up early to your interview and dress appropriately.

When in doubt, ask the recruiter that you’ve been speaking with what the appropriate dress code is, or air on the side of dressing business formal for an interview.

Remember, each persons’ journey in landing their first job is unique and all their own. No matter how many (or few) interviews you find yourself in, make sure to always prepare for the opportunity ahead. Keep practicing, honing in on your skills, taking advice and tips from trusted sources, and maintain a positive attitude along the way.

All the best to you, and happy job hunting!

 

Jen Lestin and Chris Peterson

P.S. If you’re a current student looking for tips & tricks to nail an interview and land an internship, be on the lookout for our next post on this topic.

 

About the authors:

0049190Jen Lestin:

Jen is a University Relationship Manager at VMware, and has been with the company for two years. She is responsible for the execution of many of VMware’s university campus related events and managing the relationships between the colleges and universities and VMware. When not at VMware, you’ll find Jen volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the many trails that Austin, Texas has to offer.

 

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Chris Peterson:

Chris is a University Recruiting Manager at VMware. Chris is passionate about helping VMware connect with top talent while empowering job seekers to successfully navigate their career move to drive their career goals forward. For Chris it’s a unique role that allows him to win tangibly and intangibly, internally and externally. When not at work, you’ll find Chris connecting with others and enjoying a game of soccer.

 

 

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Community Celebrations Ignite Meaningful Connections at VMware

Working for a company that inspires work-life integration is important for VMware Product Manager, Antoine Duong. See how his passion for technology and connections with others creates meaningful moments for VMware and the wider community.

 

IMG_2733 (1)Name:  Antoine Duong

Role: Product Manager, Product and Partner Management, GSS

Office Location: Palo Alto, California

Years at VMware: 4

Twitter handle @aduong55

Latest Tech Obsession: The Sony a6000 camera. I love photography. I have several cameras already: Canon, Lumix, etc., but this new mirrorless Sony a6000 camera is small, light but fast, and takes amazing pictures. So I had to give myself this Christmas gift.

 

What excites you about working in the technology industry?

The technology industry is fast and exciting and has become part of or has impacts on everyone’s daily life. Look at all the tools the tech industry offers us such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, or software that makes our life better or more fun. I’ve worked in tech for my entire career and am so excited to see how the product offerings from VMware have revolutionized the IT industry, which behind the scenes has changed the way we work, shop, and entertain.   

Give a glimpse at a day for you and your team at VMware.

IMG_4811 (2)As Product Manager in VMware’s Global Support Services (GSS), our team’s mission is to establish and sustain world-class relationships with customers and partners to ensure that VMware is positioned as the global services leader. As trusted advisors for VMware and our partners, we enable effective support solutions to customers via a competitive support services portfolio, and end-to-end product support lifecycle management.

Our typical day includes product management tasks such as product launches, end of life, merger & acquisitions, divestiture, partner relationship, contracts, partner support and performance. Our days also include longer term planning for support portfolio maintenance, or new support offerings, and partner support performance and strategy. 

You’re gearing up for the 2015 Lunar New Year Celebration here at VMware headquarters. What has your involvement been with the planning of this annual celebration on campus? Can you share one of your biggest takeaways from participating in this event at VMware? 

IMG_2346 (1)This is one of my favorite events of the year at VMware as it brings together all employees and shows our diverse community.

As with last year, I’ve been working on securing the Lion Dance, Martial Arts group, photo booth, recruiting employee volunteers for the cultural fashion show and dance participation, and of course, hosting as well as taking photos the day of.

I appreciate VMware’s support of employee cultural events. They bring not only the employees together but also their families. It’s truly a joy for me when I look back at the photos and see how much fun everyone is having together during the events. It’s a reminder that life at VMware is not all just about work. 

Can you share what the community at VMware means to you?

Whether joining the VMware Foundation on the Good Gig Pilot to Vietnam, planning the Lunar New Year celebration, participating in other campus events, training with the Emergency Response Team (ERT), or discussing photography with the Photography group on Socialcast (VMware’s internal social network), I’ve found that the community at VMware provides me an effective way to network, meet new and exciting people from other groups that I may never get to know, and allows me to learn and grow other skills outside my job. It provides the kind of work life balance that I need in a workplace.

Join us on the VMware Careers social media channels later this week as we continue our Lunar New Year celebrations.

 

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VMware Foundation Giving Network

At VMware, we believe that each one of us has something to contribute.  As such, giving back is about more than writing a check; it’s about service and community. We call this Citizen Philanthropy.

We invite you to check out the VMware Foundation’s 2014 Year in Review to see the giving network that VMware people across the globe are building. This dynamic ecosystem of giving is powered by Citizen Philanthropy.VMwareFoundation2014GivingNetwork

Citizen Philanthropy is about the power of choice. The choice of how and where to contribute. The choice to give more to each other. The choice to learn and grow through service. It’s also about the power of collective impact –– about combining individual efforts to create thriving ecosystems of giving throughout the world.

“A whole network –– dozens of us –– have lived and breathed this project for so many months. While we’re helping communities grow better futures, they’re helping us grow, too,” the VMware Hi5 team in Singapore shares what they’ve gained through rebuilding Gawad Kalinga’s IT infrastructure.

The VMware Foundation exists to amplify personal passions, not dictate them. The way we see it, when people contribute to causes close to their hearts, they give from a place of gratitude. As a result, our actions connect from a place of meaning. From Service Learning to Social Investments, all of our programs are a platform for people to contribute in ways that reflect their values.

“Donating time and helping others is part of my philosophy in life,” shares Lothar Haenle, Sr. Marketing Director in Unterschleissheim, Germany.

According to James Holmes, “I give back to CSS –– Canadian Cancer Center –– because my father, mother, father-in-law, and both grandfathers have all been affected by cancer. VMware inspires me to do what I can to make a difference.”

At VMware, service isn’t a buzzword we trot out once a year. Giving more to our community is a value we live every day. We know our individual actions matter because we’re all Citizen Philanthropists –– people around the world who serve, learn and inspire. Stay tuned as we share the service stories of VMware people over the coming weeks.

This is our giving network.

 

 

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Empowering Customers to Succeed Drives VMware Regional Sales Director

Watching customers succeed by taking bold bets thrills VMware Regional Sales Director of the Nordics, Louise Ostrom. Connect with Louise in our latest VMware People Spotlight, and learn a little bit more about how building meaningful partnerships pivots customers and VMware as leaders in the marketplace.  

 

Louise_Ostrom_HeadshotName: Louise Ostrom

Role: Regional Sales Director, Nordics

Office Location: Solna, Sweden

Years at VMware: 4

Twitter handle: @louiseostrom 

 

What do you enjoy about working with VMware’s customers?

To see our customers succeed with VMware technology really thrills me because it shows: 1) they dared to take a bet and implement VMware’s latest technology because they trust our people’s vision and our innovations. 2) They are willing to be early adopters to get an advantage in the market place. 3) Our customer’s decision makers have to navigate internal battles against the fear of change and fear of failure.

What is a favorite memory of yours at VMware?

When we gathered more than 22,000 VMware customers at VMworld last year. The opening session was just incredible – what a buzz! Seeing everyone there made me realized how relevant VMware is still in the marketplace and how we are on a new wave of virtualization. You do not attract 22,000 customers, partners, and analysts if you have nothing interesting to say. 

What excites you about VMware’s growth? 

It excites me to see how we’re growing from being a hypervisor-only vendor to a company that is delivering solutions. This makes a big difference in the way our customers operate and do business. VMware is disrupting the market and challenging the status quo. The status quo is no longer acceptable for CIO’s and when they need to choose vendors, VMware has a reserved place in the big battlefield.

 

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VMware On-Campus Interview at IIT Bombay Empowers Recent Grad to Reach Her Goals

For VMware Bangalore Member of Technical Staff, Shruti Sharma, being valued and successful means being appreciated for her skills and attaining the right amount of ambition and satisfaction. Shruti pursued a career in engineering because of her passion for science and technology. See how Shruti’s on-campus interview experience with VMware at IIT Bombay empowered her to achieve her goals of being both valued and successful in the technology space. 

 

Shruti_Sharma_HeadshotName: Shruti Sharma

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Bangalore, India

Years at VMware: 5 months

Share what your on-campus Interview experience was like at your university?

The day VMware visited IIT Bombay, I had four other employer interviews. The overall on-campus interview experience was a little tiring, as I had to choose the right company for me after sitting in back-to-back interviews. The VMware interviewers were very helpful throughout the interviewing process. I was thinking aloud during my technical interviews and they helped me navigate through my thoughts when trying to solve problems. What mattered to them was the approach to the questions. Thanks to them, I am here at VMware today.

Why did you choose VMware?

VMware was on the top of my list to visit with during on-campus interviews as the company works with some of the most exciting areas of technology, like Virtualization and Cloud Computing. Knowing VMware’s direct competitors list was also a big reason that I decided to join the company as it validates VMware strength in the marketplace. Also the pre-placement presentation by VMware was really great. The VMware team started off by answering questions related to VMware and gave out goodies. You could really feel the energy from the employees as they were talking about their work and life at VMware. It really convinced me that VMware is the place to be. Plus the benefits & perks are great!

How does VMware empower you to thrive?

Right off the bat, I attended New College Graduate (NCG) Bootcamp on campus at VMware Bangalore. The bootcamp experience was quite unique as attendees had the opportunity to connect with coworkers that are experts in their fields who shared their technical knowledge and insight into VMware’s product suite. There were also assignments during the bootcamp. My project was to provide kubernetes support on VMware vSphere. The kubernetes project is an open source project by Google. I was very lucky to get my hands dirty in this area.

The people here are wonderful too. I have an extremely helpful team and I cannot emphasize this more. Since I have joined the Information Technology Business Management (ITBM) team, I personally feel that my growth, in terms of technical know-how, has been great. 

There are also opportunities for growth outside of your immediate team if you really want to learn. There are groups on Socialcast, VMware’s internal social network, where employees can connect with people working on all sorts of exciting technology. People really make an effort to share their knowledge and collaborate with coworkers globally. Also there are programs like Take 1 and Take 3, which empower people to take time outside of their day-to-day roles to explore other areas of interest. All of these resources and trainings are fully sponsored by VMware, which is great!

As you can see, there are lots of learning opportunities at VMware, which is what I want from my job. I hope to continue giving my best efforts in everything that I do at VMware, so that we can both continue to grow.

 

Are you interested in connecting with the VMware University Relations Team? Browse our 2015 on-campus event calendar here or connect with our teammates on Twitter.

 

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