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Ultimate Guide to Getting a VMware Engineer Job

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By: Vikrant Saran

November 13, 2018

VMware is one of the most in-demand technologies in virtualization and cloud computing sphere. Owing to its rising demand in the IT industry and other enterprises, jobs in virtualization is very high. VMware provides an excellent feature to the users. As cloud computing and virtualization has solved many issues of an organization with an ease. One of the topmost demand is seen in salaries. The pay is hefty for people who are experienced in virtualization.In terms of salary also the range is quite awesome. While for females it ranges from Rs 304,102 - Rs 1,174,468 to Rs 499,973 - Rs 1,867,701 for males in the IT industry. For this reason, knowing certain handy tips to get past resume screening, profiling and interview become extremely important to get a job as a VMware Engineer. To begin with, let’s find out what top hiring managers and technicians look for in your profile listing and what are the attention-grabbing points.Mainly- hiring managers and recruiters look for the words such as VMware, ESX, ESXi or VCP on resumes; however, if your job history has enough details to support your credentials as an experienced professionals or VMware Engineers (virtualization engineer) and not just another SysAdmin with few virtualization skills (add-on) that is when you are mostly recognized.What does that really mean?There are two kinds of VMware or virtualization Engineer, one who is a vSysAdmin for Windows or Linux Administrator. This is one who can –
  • Add vMemory, storage, vCPU, and clone.
  • These usually can provision a VM using vCenter and install VMtools.
  • So, generally speaking, these are system or OS type tasks that are easy for them to learn without getting too deep into understanding how virtualization works.
Virtualization EngineerA Virtualization VMware Engineer, on the other hand, can perform all the mentioned task and build and fix virtual infrastructures. Experienced VMware engineers have a storage, networking, hardware, and OS that covers in the virtual space.Other skills that VMware Engineers have:
  • They have hands-on on cold clones, P2Vs, and migrations.
  • They are capable of white-board customizations and VM configurations.
  • Skilled in removing hidden drivers and more.
For those who are SysAdmins and want to cross over to virtual space, they must not also sell their skills short.Let see few tips:
  • Don’t hide your previous experience such as - P2Vs, or designing and building of an 8 host cluster using NetApp storage with HP c7000 chassis and BL460G6 blades.
  • Explain your skills with the installation of ESX/i and all the vNetworking.
  • Describe your working with the storage team to revamp provisioning storage to optimize LUNs.
  • Give the account of your details, challenges and how you overcame them.
VMware Engineer profile – Resume building tips:
  • All the above-mentioned skills need to be on your resume and details about storage, security, network, hardware including third-party tools.
  • Put at length how you are instrumental in designing 16 host clusters of hosting of VMs with converged networking using xSigo, HP Flex Fabrix or Cisco UCS.
  • Put every detail of how you leverage thin provisioning, and what you designed to back up VMs (vRanger, Veeam) with NetBackup.
  • Explaining of best practices for managing vCenter and capacity works.
  • Mention your usage of VMware Capacity Analyzer.
  • It is recommended not to leave out any experience working on a ‘Cloud’ project. This is a rare credential and not everyone has such experience so far. So, it is always better to keep it bold and provide details of it – AWS, Joyent, vBlock and any work that you are involved in accessing services via an API.Key Tips:
    • The most important thing to make your profile stand out is by mentioning all the details.
    • Remember you are not looking for SysAdmin job or DBA or Windows.
    • Virtualization is relatively new and not many managers understand it thoroughly. So, anyone who has a little experience (say, at least for three or more years), knows that it’s a completely new thing.
    • Mention all your scripting skills:It is pertinent to mention every detail in depth while explaining your scripting skills and experience. Certain skills always look good on your resume such as – PowerShell, bash, Perl and VBscript.Do not leave out any experience with virtual technologies:Include all relevant exposure with Citric, XenServer, VDI, View, Hyper-V, XenDesktop etc.Hope you use well of these quality and effective tips and become Vmware engineer and earn a rewarding career soon. All the best!
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