Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How to get a job at VMware

How to get a job at VMware

Want to know how to get a job at VMware? I am writing this down because I end up sending a version of this email to a lot of people, like folks in my community, or students at Marquette University.

First off, VMware is a great company, with a good culture. But, if you are looking for a startup, this is not it. That said, they/we have good products, good people, and a good culture. I plan on staying for a long time.

How to get a Job at VMware: The numbers (or 25 to get 1)

How to get a job at VMware? Getting hired at VMware requires persistence. I targeted VMware when I was looking. I sent in upwards of 75 resumes online, and I got 3 sets of interviews, which resulted in 1 job. This is where I come up with the metrics. Assume you'll have to submit 25 resumes to 25 different jobs in order to get one call back. 25 to get one. Yes, The numbers stink, but that's life. Get used to it.
How to Get a Job At VMware

It’s who you know....

Mostly. Look, it helps if you know someone, but I am living proof you don't need to. But, if we do know each other, please let me know you are submitting, and I'll submit internally for you as a referral. VMware has a robust referral program. But I'll only do this if I actually know you.

How to get a job at VMware: The process

The process is as follows:

  1. Go to and search for jobs.
    1. Or if that's not working
  2. Find the job you are looking for.
  3. Write down the Job ID. It will be R followed by some numbers, e.g. R123456
  4. Submit your job. Optionally include a cover letter. (more on this in a minute).
  5. If we know each other, send me the job ID, and I'll submit internally, and tell you what I know about the group.

How to get a job at VMware: Internships

Internships start appearing in December, so if you are in college or grad school make sure to start applying then. Most of them are decided by March, in my experience.

A note about LinkedIn

This is just me: I don't use PDF or DOCX resumes, I only use LinkedIn. Make sure your profile is up to date. Moreover, be aware of what your Google search results are, because I am going to check.

A note about Passion

The job interviews that worked best for me were the ones I had passion and a firm opinion on. At BEA, I sensed the rise of Eclipse as a platform, and made that known during the interviews, even though it was a competitor to BEA's then current offering. (Turns out, they were aware of the rise of Eclipse as well). During the interview, I was passionate about what the product strategy is. It helped me get the job.

In a similar sense, at VMware, when I was interviewing, I made it clear that their projections for this new product were wildly optimistic. I gave them my view of the market, which I had been in for 5+ years,  and I gave then an idea of how I would market it, in spite of the disconnect. I got the job. And I'm still here, as of this revision, nearly 7 years later.

So that's it. Good luck, and let me know how I can help.

(Originally published 12/27/2017, updated 4/1/2020).

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Jelly Pro Device Profile

For those doing development on the Jelly or Jelly Pro, I have build a sample Device profile you can use in Android Studio.

The Jelly Pro Device Profile is here.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fr. Jon Pedigo has won the Sultan and Saint Peacemaker award

(Fr. Jon has won the Sultan and Saint Peacemaker award. Read below.)

Date 4-14-2017

Dear Father Jon,

On behalf of Unity Productions Foundation, the creators of the docudrama The Sultan and the Saint we humbly request your attendance and participation in the upcoming premiere of the film at Santa Teresa Parish on the day of  April 23d.  At this premiere of the film we would like to honor you with the Sultan and the Saint Peacemaker Award in recognition of your outstanding work in building bridges across faiths and cultures.

As an award recipient, you will be included in a national network of peacemakers working to promote peace and greater understanding across lines of religious difference, particularly Christian and Muslim relations.  We would like to include an overview of the work you do on our website ( where we will feature your headshot and a brief overview of your impact.

You will be joining a national network of The Sultan and the Saint Peacemaker awardees that is made up of interfaith activists who are working locally and globally to promote peace and better relations. We will periodically check-in with you to learn about your latest projects and we will provide you with some tips for programs and events you can host using UPF films and other resources.

Thank you for your consideration. Please email me confirming that you will be available for the premiere and that you are interested in joining this network.


Unity Productions Foundation

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Help Eliminate Diseases Caused by Bad Water: Can You Give?

Dear Friends/Family,
   As you know, I have been working with a great group in Nicaragua, Amigos for Christ. You can read my report from last year, with a video from the team, and their testing results. They focus on clean water, health and education programs for the folks in one of the poorest regions of the 2nd poorest country in the Americas.

One of the their core programs is the elimination of diseases caused by unclean water. In areas in where we have yet to put in a clean water system, up to 50% of the children have intestinal parasites. 

So, here's this year's ask

We need to raise money to keep the anti-parasite program going. Can you help us with our attempt to raise $4864? Here's a breakdown:

Transportation and Materials for Preventative Classes and Home Visits in Rural Communities$1,450
Collection and Processing Materials for Parasite Testing
Additional Materials for studies


I have donated $500, and got my employer, VMware to donate another $1000. But a donation of any size is welcome. Can you help?

The donation link is here:

Thank you for your consideration. Call me if you have questions.

Bill Roth