Our Meet the Hiring Manager series allows you to get to know the people who grow teams at VMware. You will learn about our hiring managers’ career paths and what they look for in candidates during the interview experience. This week we’d like you to meet Anthony Alvarado, Anthony has been with VMware for fourteen years and currently oversees the Contingent Workforce Management Office. Have questions for Anthony? Please leave a comment on this post or send us a message via Twitter or LinkedIn.
Contingent Workforce Management Office
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Anthony Alvarado: I have been in high tech for over twenty years and at VMware for fourteen of them, taking on multiple roles. My first role was starting a Finance Operations department, followed by leading a Licensing organization in Sales, and now in HR leading the Contingent Workforce and HR Workforce Planning department. Prior to VMware, I worked at Nuance Communications in Finance and started my career in Finance at Intel.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for?
Anthony Alvarado: VMware stands out to me from my other tech experiences in a few ways. First, is the genuine concern the company has for the well-being of its employees. I have always felt supported by every manager I have had and known that the company has my best interests at heart. Secondly, is the quality of people VMware hires. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and meeting nearly every person I have interacted with at VMware. We truly hire some of the best people.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Anthony Alvarado: The biggest lesson I have learned in my career is to take ownership of your career. While your managers and mentors can provide guidance and open doors, it’s really up to you to figure out what you want to achieve and keep on the path. No one can do that for you.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Anthony Alvarado: My organization has two primary functions. First, we are responsible for the strategic aspects of VMware’s contingent workforce program. This includes not only governance and systems but also designing and driving a total talent strategy. That means building and executing a strategy for what our contingent workforce should look like now and in the future as we consider our entire workforce. The second function is to drive workforce planning for the HR organization. To do this, we consider our internal talent, talent needs, talent pools (skills and location), and how our workplace strategy aligns with our talent strategy. We also have to design metrics for measuring success and take a balanced view of short- and long-term trade-offs. Our organization is also leading the workforce function of VMware’s Future of Work program to position ourselves to have a diverse, innovative, and dynamic global workforce. We want to empower our employees to grow their careers without limitations.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow for a role in your org, what interview tips would you give them?
Anthony Alvarado: I would tell a prospective candidate to do a few things:
- Do your homework – learn as much as you can about VMware and the initiatives and strategies we are pursuing
- Think about the job description and come prepared to explain where you think you can add value based on your wealth of knowledge and experience.
- Get ready to be creative. Don’t expect to get the usual interview questions. One quality we look for in our team members is the ability to think broadly and come up with solutions and ideas with limited information. We have a small team and priorities change quickly. We are looking for team members who can adapt and thrive in this environment.
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