Top 10 Reasons to Join CA Technologies in Prague

CA’s Prague Technology Center is celebrating 10 years in the market, and with a fast growing reputation in the Czech Republic’s Technology space, we’ve broken down the top 10 reasons to join CA Technologies in Prague.

1. We Have Global Reach

From an EMEA perspective Prague has been a hub for innovation and opened several EMEA solution centres including Finance, Inside Sales, Presales and Services. Prague plays a huge role within the business infrastructure across EMEA and the rest of the world. Our Technology Center is a Mainframe Centre of Excellence, taking part in CA’s worldwide mainframe development and the Prague office now provides solutions to over 35 clients across the globe.

2. At CA We Rewrite Tomorrow – Join Us For A Bright Future

Since 2010, the office has nearly doubled in headcount with nearly 500 employees. With such a young, forward thinking team amongst some experienced professionals, it’s evident that we are building for a bright future in Prague and see this as one of the many innovation hubs we have across EMEA. The App Economy is an exciting space within the Software Industry and the potential for growth is endless with companies across the world developing into Technology Businesses.

3. Great Location in Prague

Just 12km south of the city centre, CA Technologies Prague Technology Center is housed in fantastic offices. You can either drive to the offices from the city centre, which takes around 20mins. Alternatively you can travel by train, with the offices just 600m away from Chodov train station.

4. CA Benefits

Globally, CA offers a very competitive benefits package. With a mix of voluntary days, sport and shopping vouchers to health initiatives like life insurance, wellness and medical care programs. We also offer onsite meal vouchers, free beverages and free parking. Employees are allowed 5 weeks’ vacation per annum and we do offer both Career Service and Above & Beyond awards for outstanding achievement.

5. Career flexibility

We support all employees with career flexibility to insure everyone is both fulfilling their potential and adding value to the business. We’ve had several cases employees moving from department to department. We also have fantastic work life balance initiatives at CA.

6. Opportunities to Progress

In the last two years we’ve had over 100 promotions in Prague (that’s 1 in 5 based on the current number of employees). Personal development is important to many of our employees and we do the upmost to support them with training and development plans to ensure they have everything they need to progress within the organisation.

CA Technologies Prague Digital Sales Team

7. Our Diverse Workforce Lead at All Levels

With an average age of 34.01, our workforce is not only diverse in terms of its correlation between age and seniority, we also are very proud of our workforces various nationalities. We have 43% of non-Czech citizens and around 40 different nationalities all in one offices. This is vital ingredient to the success we have as part of a global organisation supplying industry leading services and products to our worldwide customer base.

Photo (right): The Digital Sales Team at CA Technologies Prague

8. We Support the Next Generation

Inspiring the next generation into technology is something we value CA Technologies. We’re regularly attending career and job fairs at Universities in the Czech Republic, as well as partnering with several Universities on mainframe curriculum and internships. We’ve taken part in multiple events such as Coding Week as well as run coding sessions with teenagers over the last 12 months.

9. We Value our Community and Love Volunteering

We value the local community around us, regardless of where our offices are located across the world we always insure we support local people, communities and charities around us. In Prague we’ve helped a number of local schools, organisations and children including: a Children’s Home in Pysely; the Holeckova School for hearing impaired; a non-profit organization Vyssi Hradek; and the Toulcuv Dvur association of ecological educational activities.

10. Happy Birthday to Us!

This year has seen us celebrate 10 years at the Technology Center in Prague. It’s fantastic to see the progress of CA Technologies Prague and to see its growing impact on our global business.

 

 

stuart-hazellAuthor: Stuart Hazell
stuart.hazell@ca.com
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Hello Again Boomerang – Meet Isabel Botha, former CA Employee Alumni Returning to Rewrite Career

Boomerang: Australian throwing club, childhood toy, and…former employees? Yes. Strategic re-hiring is becoming an important part of many companies’ talent practice.

Boomerang hires play an incredible role in organisations today showcasing the organisation as an awesome place to work, and, not to mention…they are FANTASTIC brand ambassadors. At CA we LOVE our employee alumni, having recently launched a new alumni program where past employees can stay connected. But, what we love even more – when those very talented alums decide to return to CA. Whether for the benefits, our position on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, or the amazing ways that CA is Rewriting the Application Economy, we are seeing a surge in former employees saying ‘Hello Again.’

I recently had the pleasure to visit our Sydney office and caught up with Isabel Botha, a former colleague who helped us to tell the CA Story when we were launching our new career website. I was excited to learn that she was also a recent “boomerang” who decided to return to CA after some time away.

How did you first join CA?

“I migrated to Australia in 2005. After predominantly practising construction law in South Africa, Botswana and the UK, I wanted to join the IT industry and opted to take on an in-house counsel role at CA in June 2007. It was a great time to join CA as a lawyer, as the industry was changing as was CA’s culture and CA was committed to best-in-class controls and compliance. There was a renewed sense of vigour, enthusiasm and dedication to becoming one of the world’s most successful software companies.”

Why did you choose to come back to CA?

“After 7 years at CA as legal counsel I was offered a role as Corporate Counsel for Australia and New Zealand at a leading global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions. I was heartbroken to leave CA but at the time it felt like the right thing to do. On paper it was the perfect job, I was well paid and at a convenient location. But something was missing … camaraderie. I missed the passion, I missed the rollercoaster ride, I missed feeling a part of something, I missed CA.

A role in the Customer Portfolio team had just become available. I didn’t hesitate, I jumped. And as they say, the rest is history.

I love my new role and I love being back at CA. I don’t know what the future holds but I know I will remain a member of the CA family.”

As a working mum, how has CA played a role in balancing work/life?

“I’m fortunate to be mum to Kira (4.5yrs) and Tahlia (2.5yrs). As a migrant I don’t have any family support here in Australia and my in-laws are interstate so I can honestly say that CA has played a central role in me being a working mum.

Kira has been in CA’s Montessori Childcare Centre since her first birthday and Tahlia since she was six months old. It is quite surreal knowing that they are just a few floors below me so it is great to be able to pop down to read a story during book week or to take a photo with Santa or a fire truck, and of course if they fall sick I’m right here to pick them up.

I do have a demanding role, especially at quarter end, which I need to balance with my home life. At CA I am respected as a professional and am trusted to complete my tasks and achieve my goals at times that are opportune.

The culture at CA is, bar none, we help each other out and understand the challenges that we all face. Not all of us are parents, but we all have conflicting interests that we need to balance with our work life.”

What really makes CA stand out in the marketplace?

“In my mind CA is not a company, CA is a living, breathing organism. It is kind and can be intense, but most of all it is a fighter. When you look at the ‘top places to work’ they focus on benefits. CA offers great benefits too but in my opinion, CA’s culture and the commitment of CA’s Executive Team to make CA a truly remarkable software company is what makes CA stand out in the marketplace.”

Our very own Craig Fisher recently blogged about the courtship of boomerangs and the #NewWayToWork. As the marketplace evolves, our alumni, current employees, and future candidates are also evolving. At CA we are constantly evolving the way we attract talent and stay connected to future candidates. Isabel sums it up best; CA is a ‘living breathing organism,’ always evolving and positioned to Rewrite the future.

Welcome back!

Honoring Our Service Men and Women on Veterans Day

CA Technologies is proud of the technology we create, undeniably, however we are even more proud of the faces behind the technology. In light of Veterans Day in North America, we wanted to highlight a few of our Vet employees who have not only helped to make CA a leader in the thriving application economy, but who have also helped to keep us safe and free.

James Kokoszynski, known to his colleagues as Jim or “Koko,” is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marines.  Jim graduated from Tulane University, which he attended with a Navy ROTC Scholarship, and graduated with a Math and Economics Degree. As a  Marine, Jim’s primary responsibility is to take care of his team, and that’s also his number one priority today as the Vice President of Mainframe Software Engineering at CA.

CA recently received the 2016 Military Friendly® Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer® designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse for the strength of our company wide military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, retention programs for veterans, and company policies on National Guard and Reserve service. When I let Jim know that CA was named one of the most “Vet friendly companies,” he wasn’t surprised.

“I enjoy working here [CA Technologies] because of the flexibility. The Marine Corps is really small and you have a lot of latitude. I feel the same way at CA because I’m leading my people in the same way. There is no micromanaging. I want my team to have flexibility.  I feel CA really encourages a situational awareness environment. I don’t know everything, just because I’m a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps doesn’t mean I know everything. There’s no way I know more than my architect who has 40 years in mainframe. I never will. I’ll just remove the roadblocks because that’s what leaders do.”

Much like the Marine Corps, CA Technologies has a lot of diversity and culture. According to Jim, veterans are used to working in a diverse environment, and are comfortable with working with all walks of life, which is why CA is such a great place to work for veterans.

“We are accustomed to things not being in our job description because things change constantly in the military, as they do in the corporate world. Things are fluid and dynamic, especially as a people manager. Both the military and technology are fast paced, dynamic, and ever changing.”

He compares the military to technology in the sense that what is going to happen globally in 6 months is no different than what the tech industry has the potential to be like in 6 months. Will there be a new Google, a new iPhone, a new Uber, a new Cloud? Veterans are attracted to change, and according to Jim, “CA walks the talk.”

Dan Kolenda is the Vice President and Managing Assistant General Counsel for CA, leading the North American legal team which supports sales and services, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves.

After graduating college, Kolenda worked in the corporate world for 5 years, went to law school, and then applied for a position in Army JAG Corps in 1999. He has served as a military lawyer ever since. He attends training one weekend every month, as well as a 2 week training once a year in which he assists in the training of foreign militaries on rules of engagement and the international law of war.

“CA was incredibly supportive. When I was activated to leave for 9 months in Iraq, I had to turn in my laptop and my badge, and not only are you leaving your family at home, but also your friends and colleagues at work which was very difficult.   But everyone from my manager and co-workers were really supportive of me and my family when I was gone. I received care packages from different departments, and my department signed a CA flag with some well wishes on it which I brought to Iraq. When I got back they were incredibly welcoming to me. There was a welcome sign in the lobby my first day back with balloons. My position was held for me, my office was how I left it. I got my laptop back and my badge. I resumed my duties. I picked right up where I left off. My workload was shared across the department, everyone stepped up while I was gone. The entire company has been very supportive.”

According to Dan, CA supports the veteran community by giving back. We have partnered with the Scott Rigsby Foundation to help sponsor a family weekend for the families of wounded warriors, and for the last 10 years our sales organization in the Northeast has sponsored a golf tournament with customers, partners, and CA employees for Adopt-a-platoon, which delivers care packages to troops overseas. “The fact that CA is so supportive of our military and our veterans, makes me proud to be an employee here. And it’s clearly one of the reasons why I love being here and plan to stay,” he says.

Tom Boyd has been a valued employee of CA for the last 17 years, and is currently a Principal Quality Assurance Engineer for one of our Mainframe Automation products, overseeing its general health and welfare. During his time in the military, he served as a Second Class Boatswain Mate for the United States Navy for 4 years and after his tour completed, he received his Associates Degree in Computer Science, which was a relatively new field in the 1980s. He began his career in mainframe, and found himself recruited by a former CA employee 10 years later. He believes “CA is developing a culture starting with good core leadership with relevant goals and values, as well as a solid infrastructure in world class products and middle management team. Along with the innovative staff, whether it’s Research and Development, or other company employees or troops that believe in the mission or products, all of which can make any company or form of Military apparatus thrive or succeed.”

The veterans at CA Technologies started an internal Veterans Diversity group in 2014, which consists of about 50 or so veterans globally, and which Jim is humbled to lead. “It’s more of an awareness.” he says. “It’s a small community within CA which provides relevant information. We use it as a source to share benefits information, upcoming events, etc. When we first kicked it off, I put up my OCS (Officer Candidate School) picture and where I served, and everyone else starting doing it too. There’s recognition and mutual respect. The recognition speaks volumes. It’s been nice for all of us. I’m not at every office to get to know everyone, but it brings us all together.”

MFECA Technologies has been named a
2016 Military Friendly® Employer!

 

Recently CA Technologies partnered with the American Red Cross and the VA Hospital of New York City on the Lower East side of Manhattan to host a Job Search Tips and Tricks workshop for local veterans. I had the pleasure of participating in this event and it really was a truly humbling experience. Through this two day workshop, my colleagues and I were able to build relationships with the men and women who served our country, hear each of their stories, and assist them in working towards the next steps in their professional career.

“Not all employers do what CA does,” says Kolenda. “It shows our support and recognition for those who have made this country what it is. Hopefully it encourages others to be like CA. It’s welcoming to see that CA appreciates and seeks out those who have those military experiences and those unique skillsets.”

Happy Veterans Day to our honored service men and women.

 

Andrea

Andrea Dooley
CA Technologies

Don’t be scared this Halloween. 6 Interview tips to calm your nerves.

Don’t let a job interview freak you out this Halloween. Before you scare yourself to death, it’s natural to be a little nervous before a job interview. Just remember that you are half way there for getting the interview in the first place. Remain calm, empower yourself and be positive. With these 6 easy tips you will be absolutely fine!

1. Know your CV/Resume
Just for a second, imagine you are a shop owner. Now think of your CV as the shop window to your own high street shop. The customer (the interviewer) likes the look of your shop window (your CV) and has chosen to see what’s inside your shop (this is your invitation to the interview stage). The customer (the interviewer) wants to come into your shop to have a discussion about what products you have (they want to find out where you can add value to their company). You’d need to be confident about what you are selling to get the customer to buy one of your products right? This is why it’s vital you have a thorough understanding of your own experiences, skills, employment history and qualifications.
Here’s a checklist of what you’ll need to remember:
a) What qualifications you’ve achieved
b) The order of your employment history
c) Job titles, role descriptions and achievements
d) The skills, expertise and experience you have that will be suitable for this new role

2. Research the role & the company
We all know happens to those houses who don’t stock up with sweets for trick or treaters at Halloween. They get egged! Being asked what the company does and why you’re suitable for the role is as guaranteed as hearing the words “trick or treat” this Halloween. Be prepared or you’ll end up with egg on your face. The worst thing you can do is not know anything about the company or the role.
Don’t panic, many times hiring managers won’t expect you to know everything about the company, but spend some time on their website and find out about:
a) The company’s services or products
b) The company’s history
c) The company’s culture
d) Their competitors
e) Latest corporate news/blogs
f) Relevant information on the department or team you may be working
Read the job description and prepare to answer the following:
a) Why this role suits you?
b) How you can meet their expectations?
c) What made you apply for the role?
d) What experience, skills and expertise you have?
e) Where can you add value to their organisation?
BONUS TIP: Jot all of this research down and take your notes into the interview so you can refer. Honestly, you will gain respect right away if you know about the company and the specific details of the role you’ve applied for and you’ll feel a lot more confident walking into your interview.

3. Research the interview team
Any good hiring manager will have done their research on you so repay them the favour. Knowing who is interviewing you will calm those pre-interview nerves. Think of your interviewer as a first date. You don’t know anything about your date just yet but knowing a little bit about them will definitely help with those ice breakers!
Check them out on LinkedIn:
a) How long they’ve been at the company
b) Their background
c) What they do in their current position
The interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them, so be prepared, ready and armed with your own questions. The research you complete from Tip 2 will also help when writing these questions.
QUESTION EXAMPLE: “I see you’ve worked for a number of competitors in the past, what made you join this company 10 years ago, and what’s also made you stay here for such a long time?”

4. Relax
Whether you have kids or not, Halloween can be a very hectic time. People overload on sugar, throw wild fancy dress parties and generally get a little over excited. Skip those parties, hide the sweets and candy and get a good night’s sleep the day before an interview. Some people relax through exercise. Some put their feet up and listen to their favourite playlist on Spotify or watch a film on Netflix. You would have done all the preparation before the interview so do try to relax the night before an interview.

5. Remember your checklist
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Before you pack for the interview, spend time researching and preparing for your interview especially if you have tasks such as presentations to complete. On the day, try to arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview time. Arriving late will only increase stress and make you nervous so allow time when travelling to your interview as traffic and delays can hinder your commute. Remember you can always grab a drink in the nearest coffee shop before your interview to kill time.
The checklist of things to take to your interview on the day is:
a) Copies of your CV
b) Interview notes including your questions
c) A bag with the above including copies of your qualifications and a notepad & pen to jot down notes throughout the interview
d) If you’re required to present or take in a portfolio, insure you have backups either online or on a USB/portable hard drive
e) A plan of how you will get to your interview, reviewing traffic reports or public transport updates
f) A positive attitude, throw all those bad energies away – this is your opportunity to show what you are all about. Be yourself.

6. Get your costume ready
Interviews are just like Halloween parties, you have to look the part. Remember to dress to impress. If you walk into the interview feeling well dressed it makes you feel better about yourself and you will naturally perform better. Do make sure you look clean and presentable, it goes a very long way.

HALLOWEEN PARTY INVITATION
Event: Job Interview
Location: Company HQ
Dress code: Gentleman – Smart business attire, suits advisable, shirt and tie acceptable.
Ladies – Smart business attire, suits advisable, office trousers or skirt acceptable.

 

stuart-hazellAuthor: Stuart Hazell
stuart.hazell@ca.com
Connect with me on LinkedIn here

Do You #WorkLoveLead? Help CA Technologies Crush Stereotypes Of Women In Tech

WorkLoveLead blog pic

Houston, we have a problem.

Due in part to stereotypes perpetuating the idea that technology is only interesting to men, women have become less interested in technology careers than they were 30 years ago, at the dawn of the shoulder padded power suit. A recent publication by NCWIT shows that in 1985 women made up 37 percent of graduates with degrees in computer science, but in 2010 that number had dropped to a meager 18 percent.

This is a concern… for all of us, no matter your gender.

This disparity hurts technology companies and their products; it hurts businesses at their core. With over half of the users of tech being women, how will tech companies represent that market place without having diverse ideas represented in the products we build? Diversity in technology leadership and innovation is not a zero sum game; it is essential to bringing more great products and more opportunity for everyone.

While the pipeline of women candidates for tech roles is only part of the problem, it is one that can be eased in part by increasing awareness and leading by example. With the phenomenon of hashtagged discussions through social media channels like Twitter and Instagram, we have a platform to collect and share our stories, and show young women around the world that there is nothing about their personality, appearance, style, or interests that would interfere with their ability to code and be a leader in technology.

And so we find ourselves in Houston…

The #WorkLoveLead project began with the CA Technologies team and six chalkboards at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Technology in Houston, TX. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the project and accolades from participating women, it grew into a movement, was given its own name, and has been expanded to a global effort. At the heart of this effort is showcasing the diversity of women in tech by displaying our different roles, interests, and goals, not just our appearances. Inspired by the recent #ILookLikeAnEngineer movement, #WorkLoveLead includes more women’s roles in technology and addresses more diversity categories, such as cultural backgrounds and personal interests.

The primary goal of #WorkLoveLead is to continue a true visual representation of the different women working and leading in technology roles, so the young women of the world can see that many of us are just like them and are also succeeding in the tech industry. Accurate reflections such as these empower women and girls to push past stereotypes and unashamedly resolve to learn code, build apps, design UI, lead teams, and more. We at CA Technologies are committed to continue supporting advancement of women and girls in technology, and this is just one small piece of that effort.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Participating in #WorkLoveLead is easy. Get together with your women in tech or similar group, grab a chalkboard and chalk markers (or paper and markers in a pinch), then fill in the blanks for:

  • “I am __” (This can also be “I do”, “I rock” “I teach”, etc. This is your primary work role.)
  • “I love __” (This can be personal or work-related, silly or serious.)
  • “I lead __” (This can also be “I will lead”.)
  • Relevant event hashtag, if applicable (eg. #GHC15)
  • The #WorkLoveLead hashtag
  • Your Twitter or Instagram handle

(click here if you would like to download a pdf with social icons and CA logos)

Take pics of each participant holding her chalkboard and post to social networks using the hashtag #WorkLoveLead, and we will add them to the growing Facebook photo album containing these pictures of responses from women around the world. We look forward to your contribution and the impact it will have on our next generation of women in tech.

Rachel DuranMedia Inquiries:

Rachel Duran
rachel.duran@ca.com

Aline Gerew, CA Technologies Working Mother of the Year Shares Thoughts on Software Engineering, Motherhood and Gender Diversity in Tech.

At CA, creating an inclusive and diverse workplace supporting the advancement of women in technology is our passion.While we believe that true empowerment comes from multi-faceted improvements at every stage of development for women around the world, we know that the most impactful and immediate change happens within our four walls. This drive for the evolution of gender diversity in the tech industry is validated with each award we are honored with – especially the most recent distinction of Working Mother 100 Best Company, for the fourth consecutive year.

A vital part of our successes are the women at CA that make us proud each day, by demonstrating consistent dedication and passion for excellence in everything they do. This year, we are delighted Aline Gerew, SVP, Software Engineering, has been named CA Technologies Working Mother of the Year.

I was anxious to speak with Aline who candidly discussed her experience as a working mother and 27-year CA employee and how she supports the advancement of women in tech.

AlineRD:
What do you like most about your role?

Aline:
The diversity of my role and the people I work with. My main responsibility is leading the engineering organization for [Mainframe] AppDev which includes working with customers and solving their problems – that is what I enjoy the most. I also love working with the various people at CA, whether it be engineering, Product Management, Sales, Finance, Marketing, Legal, Customer Support, etc., we all have a common goal of making our customers successful with the products we offer. I thoroughly enjoy bringing new Software Engineers into the company who are just starting their career and watching them grow as individuals. They bring an energy to the team that is contagious. Over the years I have worked with, and for some remarkable people who have been very supportive.

RD:
Which of your projects are you most proud of so far?

Aline:
In my 27 years at CA, I have worked on many projects that I am very proud of. What I am most proud of is how far we have come as a company. Through the years we have experienced some good times and faced some challenges, but the people at CA are resilient and have been able to overcome some big hurdles. Most of my career has been spent working on the Mainframe and I am proud to say I’ve had a hand in how successful we have been and continue to be. It is satisfying to see how our software helps the largest companies in the world run their business.

RD:
What are your favorite things to do besides code?

Aline:
My favorite activity, first and foremost, is spending time with my family. I love watching my daughter play field hockey and my son wakeboard. Cooking, shopping, and photography are my other favorite past times.

RD:
What organizations are you involved with that promote leadership and/or education for young girls and/or women?

Aline:
Over the years I have participated in the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC), as well as encouraged women within my own organization to attend. I have also worked with Tech Girls Rock, organized CA events around Women’s History Month, and worked with other women in CA (Engineering and HR) around Women in Engineering at CA which was the precursor to CA’s Gender Diversity Program. I also try to be a role model for women at CA by encouraging them to step out and be bold.

RD:
How do you feel CA Technologies fares in promoting equality in tech, either on its own merits or compared to other tech companies?

Aline:
CA is a company that offers flexibility and benefits that help an employee achieve their work-life balance. For example, CA has always been a leader with offering benefits to employees; paid parental leave, adoption assistance, subsidized onsite Montessori-certified Children’s Center, and flexible work schedules.  Although some of these benefits are new, many go back to when I had my children 23 and 19 years ago. In today’s world, raising children does not just land on the shoulders of the mother, and CA recognizes that by providing these benefits to both parents, regardless of gender. Diversity in the workplace is a hot topic amongst many companies, CA discloses their diversity percentages publicly and admits there is still room for improvement.  We have partnered with the Anita Borg Institute and Springboard Enterprises, as well as Tech Girls Rock by the Boys and Girls Club of America, to better understand the gender gap in the STEM fields and seek ways to improve the overall percentage of women in IT. In addition, CA offers mentoring programs and a very comprehensive Leadership Development Program to help with career progression.

RD:
What are some of the roadblocks you’ve encountered in your career journey as a mother?

Aline:
Balancing work and family life is always challenging for any individual. I’ve been fortunate to work for, and with people who have supported me in my career and were understanding when there were competing priorities between work and family life. For me, the only roadblock is what they refer to as the “hour-glass ceiling” where

time demands have hindered my desire to progress further in my career (thus far).  This was a personal choice because my goal has always been to lead a happy, well-balanced life.

RD:
What advice do you have for others that are currently facing or may face these same roadblocks?

Aline:
Push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish. Surround yourself with people who support you—do not try to do it alone. Understand what your priorities are and what makes you happy.

Naming just one recipient, of the many inspiring and successful women at CA Technologies is no easy task but clearly Aline Gerew was a great choice for CA Technologies Working Mother of the Year. As a young mother myself, I’m fortunate to be at CA, where I have many role models and mentors like Aline. You can read more about each one by subscribing to our blog or by following @CA_Careers on Twitter.

Rachel DuranRachel Duran
Social Media Community Manager, Talent Acquisition

Supporting a Global Team from a Regional Seat

video-conferencing

After 428 emails, 185 phone conversations, and countless pings, I finally met a member of my team I’ve worked with for over a year. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few members of my team I’ve never actually “met.” My day to day is filled with continuous conversations and brilliant brainstorming with folks from all walks of life: Southerners from the States, Brits from England, Shris from India, and Aussies from Australia – all done from my Madison Avenue, Manhattan office.

At 9am I am in my office sipping the requisite morning coffee. I log into a BlueJeans 9:30 video conference with a teammate across the pond in the UK who is also sipping coffee, but the 2:30pm kind, needed for that 2:30 feeling. “Good morning,” he says, and I respond with “good afternoon.” Despite the fact our offices are thousands of miles apart, we are able to see and hear each other as if we are in the same room. We are able to share our computer screens and review data from a recent project. Though apart, we are able to work efficiently together.

At 1pm I have a meeting with a potential vendor – same scenario. He is based in Seattle and is three hours behind, so while I am just coming back from lunch, he is still sipping his morning coffee. We go through a demo of his product using Join.Me, where I can hear him, and see his screen as he goes through the functions of the tool. He tells me about the rain, I tell him about the snow.

There are hundreds of tools on the market which allow colleagues, clients, and contractors to connect. Technology has transformed the work place over the last fifty years, and it can only continue to progress. Expensive flights taking teams and vendors from office in city A to office in city B for a day of meetings have been replaced by video conferences live streaming via GoToMeeting from city C. The phone conversation has been replaced by the visual discussion, and we are able to better understand the cultures of other parts of the world without having to be there.

Andrea I truly enjoy being able to support such a diverse team of CA employees. Each has their own sense of humor, work-ethic, tactics, strategies, and methods unique to their culture. I am provided great insight to the global workforce and am able to adjust my own methods to be more like those of my foreign colleagues, who, thanks to the cool tech, I can drink coffee with.

Andrea Dooley
CA Technologies

Stay Connected: 4 Reasons to Join a Talent Community

‘Be a part of our community’, ‘Join Our Network’, ‘Stay Connected.’ Sound familiar? Whether you’re browsing a company’s career site, checking out their page on LinkedIn, or simply shopping online, you may have seen these messages a time or two. But what is a ‘Talent Community’ and why should you join?

A Talent Community or Talent Network is typically a social media based a platform which you, a jobseeker aka future team member, can join to stay connected with a company you may be interested in for a career opportunity. Not sure why you should join? That’s simple. To gather information, connect directly with a recruiter, and/or to find your next dream gig with the organization you want to grow your career with. Whether you’re on the hunt or simply grazing the job market for your next big move, talent communities provide you, the ‘TalentSumer’, the opportunity to engage with companies you are interested in. Check out these 5 Reasons to join a Talent Community:

#1. Network directly with recruiters

Want to attend the next MeetUp? Is there an event in your area to meet team members from CA Technologies? Building your relationship with employers is a key benefit to joining a talent community. Not only do you not need to be actively looking, recruiters will also reach out to you directly with job information. Instead of spending all of your time on job boards, you will now be a part of a community where you’ll have the attention of the recruitment team.

#2. Gain access to insider knowledge

Learn about the next big product release, company news and more through engaging content tailored towards your personal profile. Get the latest news about your organization, including open positions available in your area. Having insider information about the company will come in handy during your interview!

#3. Learn about company culture

Get the inside scoop on what its really like to work for an organization. If you’re considering joining an organization, you may also want to know “what’s the culture like?”  Companies utilize talent communities as a platform to drive cultural initiatives. Being a member of a talent community allows you to gain insight to their core values, benefits, work-life balance and more.

#4. Get Career Advice

Want to learn tips on optimizing your LinkedIn profile?  Heading to that next interview and want some quick tips? Recruitment teams utilize talent communities as a platform to share content. As a member of a talent community you are connected directly with recruiters who can give you that inside information on how to nail your job interview to land your dream job.

Want to check out the benefits of being in our CA Technologies talent community? Join Today!

KristinKristin Shulman head of marketing and employer brand for International at CA Technologies. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @krisd.

Should you work with a recruiter to find an internship?

Approaching my senior year in college, the word internship is unavoidable. But job searching for professional experience, without having much of it, is no easy task. I found myself asking, “Where do I even start? Do I really know what I want to do? Where do I want to work, and what will I enjoy doing?” All of these questions cast a fog on what’s next after graduation.

First stop for my internship search – Linkedin. This is a social media tool for future job opportunities, I can’t go wrong. But, with all the lengthy applications with time consuming questionnaires, the process can be draining. Remember I’m still trying to balance my school work and part time job. Still I put in the time and applied to many internships. But… where did my job applications even go? As more of the semester passed me by, I became uneasy from no word, no feedback, and no internship.

Turning to other options, I was put contact with a recruiter named Jolena who told me about a potential opportunity at CA Technologies, the fourth largest software company in the world. Working with a recruiter was a new experience and I was unsure of what I was getting into. I was accustomed to getting jobs the old fashioned way; walking in and applying or online Working with a Jolena turned out to be a great thing. The ease, friendliness, and kindness I experienced every step of the way far exceeded any of my expectations. The upcoming steps were clear and I knew what was expected of me.

Jolena went through my resume and completely assessed all of my skills and strong qualities. She gave me confidence and assurance in my experience and pulled out the very best. She was sincere in finding out my background and future goals. My case for Jolena was unique because, although internships are offered at CA technologies, the job description was still being drafted. Jolena went above and beyond to make sure I was kept up to date with any progress in the job description and shared all feedback she was given. Per Jolena: “Throughout the process I made sure to connect with Jen every few days and gave her as much information as I could in regards to what she would be doing and what the process would be.  I prepped her on everything we do as a company, our core values and on all of the aspects of the different roles she could be supporting.  Jen was understanding and flexible with not having all of the answers.  She was excited for this role and that it would give her an opportunity to learn all aspects of Talent Acquisition.  I loved working with her and helping her through this process.”

As time went on I was transitioning into interview stages. Normally interviews create an environment of pressure and anxiety. I have been in interviews before that have left me uncomfortable and unhappy about time wasted. Plus, some of the interviewers did not give me their full attention and made me feel it was a hassle for them. However to my surprise, the three interviews I participated in with CA Technologies were the complete opposite. I felt welcomed and warmly greeted by the mangers conducting the interview. These managers were happy to introduce themselves and fully explain their job role, which is a rare event in a world where time is so crucial. Plus, everyone was so flexible in scheduling me and making times work.  These interviews had a purpose and were the best ways to engage in meaningful conversation where I felt open enough to share my future aspirations. There were no dead end or trick questions.  I was given respect and felt appreciated by each manager.

Jolena once again actively shared feedback on my interviews and provided resources for me on how to be successful in the interview process. The tone of the interview was open and positive and I truly appreciated the awesome experience. I went from not knowing where to start to landing an internship where I can grow and hopefully gain a permanent position. I know many doors have been opened for me with CA technologies. Career advancement and learning business professionalism is at the core of my internship.

In addition, I completely sensed the environment of passion and commitment every step of the way. Jolena explains, “Every time I am talking with a candidate about what we have to offer I get sold over and over again why I am here and the opportunities I now have at my fingertips.” Plus, talking to people who enjoy what they’re doing brings out excitement and positive focus.

After accepting the internship offer I was excited to start and join an amazing team of hard working individuals at CA technologies. On my fist day I was once again warmly welcomed and fit right in.  The team was prepared for my onboarding and did everything to make sure I felt welcome and confident in my opportunity.  At CA technologies my voice is being heard and I know the work I do here will be beneficial and meaningful.

I want to wish you the best of luck in your job search, I can only hope you have an experience like mine because it has been one of high value. Thank you for taking the time to read my post.

 

 

jennifer-bottiJennifer Botti
Intern, Talent Acquisition

How to Focus Your Job Search for Success

I speak with overwhelmed job seekers every week who can’t seem to gain any traction in their job search. They tell me, “I’m applying for just about anything that will pay me”. This, my friends, will get you nowhere. My suggestion to the job seeker is to stop the scatter-shooting and laser focus your search.

FOCUS

Here is a great way to start narrowing your focus. Make some lists. Start with a list of things you have recently been paid to do. Your next list is of things you like to do. Then make a list of things that you have been paid to do that you like to do. Finally make a list of things that you like to do and are most likely to get paid to do. This last list is where you should focus your job search.

If you are applying for jobs that you are not really interested in just to see if you can get an interview, and possibly a paycheck, that probably won’t pan out well. But if you really target jobs that are specific to what you do and what you like, your chances of success go way up. Your attitude towards these jobs will be better and your enthusiasm will show in the interview process.

IDENTIFY

Once you have your narrowed list, try to identify some companies who might hire someone to do the things that meet your focus. Find people on Linkedin who work for those companies. Look at the Linkedin groups those people participate in and join them. Participate in those groups a couple of times a week by posting interesting and relevant links to articles or news items and by asking or answering questions.

NETWORK FOR REFERRALS

After you have participated in these groups for two or three weeks, and shown yourself to be an active and valuable resource, ask the members who work for the companies you have identified to join your network. Let them know you are in job search mode are interested in learning more about their experience with their company. Continue to build rapport and finally ask these new members of your network if they would feel comfortable referring you in to their employer. Maybe even invite them to coffee to make the request.

 

If you are currently employed and looking for a new adventure within your current company, the same rules apply.  Identify managers who hire in the parts of your company you wish to work.  Find them on places like Linkedin and start to network.  Become a familiar face in their networking groups online.  Then reach out directly to connect.

When you have a focus and a target for your job search, you give yourself direction and a better chance for success. A huge percentage of corporate placements happen by referral. So focus, identify, network and get referred in. Happy job hunting!

 

CraigCraig Fisher head of marketing and employer brand in the Americas at CA Technologies.  He is an author and keynote speaker on digital branding for sales, marketing, recruiting and job search.  Find him on Twitter and Instagram @fishdogs.