2018 resume refresh: top tips from the latest research

Refresh your resume for 2018

Updating our goals for the new year is a time-honored tradition, and if career success is on your 2018 agenda, a resume refresh should be on your resolution list. The job market is changing fast, and whether you’re actively seeking a new role or aiming for a promotion, you’ll want to sharpen your professional presence and digital footprint to keep up with today’s demands. We’ve polled our own recruiters and dug into some new scholarly research to compile the top three tips for upgrading not just your resume, but your professional clout, networks and personal pitch.

Manage your personal brand

Job seekers should treat their public social media profiles like a company manages its brand1. Maximum visibility will result from best practices such as using strong keywords, professional images and engaging summaries.

Social media is disrupting the recruiting process, as candidates and recruiters connect and build long-term relationships online and skip the middle men, such as job boards1.  Online networks provide ongoing relationships through the power of connection, messaging, big data and forum discussion. While LinkedIn is the largest professional networking platform1, platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are becoming more frequent sources for recruiters looking for top talent. Most CA Technologies recruiters have Twitter and LinkedIn profiles, where you can connect with them and see regular job openings and other CA career updates in their posts. You can find them easily with a quick search for #BringWhatYouBring on your favorite social network.

Don’t limit your connections on professional networks such as LinkedIn to people you have worked or gone to school with. It’s wise to search for others with similar skillsets and recruiting professionals at the companies on your target employer list.  Pro tip: recruiting professionals have various titles that do not include the term “recruiter” – “talent acquisition,” “headhunter” and “sourcer” are all common versions of titles you should value in your professional network.

Connections are most valuable when you maintain and nurture them through discussion. Regularly sharing interesting thoughts on industry news and collaborating with others in your area of expertise will demonstrate a passion for your work and keep you top of mind for your connections. And don’t just share; add your thoughts and expertise to spark a conversation. If you enjoy writing, a LinkedIn article is an easy way to publish long-form thoughts on succeeding in your line of work. The point is to craft a strength-based narrative and authentically communicate your career identity. According to data expert Rachel Cohen and career counselor Rebecca L. Toporek, successful career narratives can be achieved through both positive and negative stories and experiences, which can shape strengths and assets2. Identify your career narrative by attaching your real-life successes and lessons to hot topics on your timeline.

Learn the key to keywords

Be sure to identify active, clear keywords to feature in your resume. Building a solid keyword list to describe your work value can be key to standing out and confidently communicating in interviews, cover letters and profile summaries. According to master resume writers, you can build a strong list of keywords by thinking through five distinct categories3:

  • Hard skills and factual data

Include words that demonstrate key skills that apply directly to your tactical work, such as “media buying,” “programming” or “web design,” but don’t forget the specifics like “HTML,” “Java” or “data analysis.” These keywords should be featured in your skill tags on your LinkedIn profile as well.

  • Soft skills and attributes

Think of how you work with others, and try to be more distinct than “team player.” Terms such as “networking,” “time management,” “critical thinking” and “conflict resolution” will stand out and clearly communicate those qualities that are difficult to display in a portfolio.

  • Employment details

Give specifics on the types of projects, products or services you’ve worked with. “Agile project management,” “DBaaS sales” or “gamification development” are more specific and intriguing than the same terms without descriptive adjectives. Additionally, list attributes of the industries of your professional experience. “Retail,” “transportation” or “finance” can go a long way in establishing yourself as a strong match for a role that prefers that background.

  • Education and training credentials

Give your schooling or certifications a plug wherever possible. You may have been an IT support technician for 10 years, but if you don’t have “A+” somewhere in your online profiles and in your resume, you risk getting missed on automated searches and algorithms that match talented people to open jobs.

  • General information

Are you passionate about a cause, volunteer in your community or have an interesting hobby? Sprinkle some of that personality into your online profile summary to stand out amongst your peers.

Don’t just list skills, show them

You’ve probably been asked to show ROI on something in your professional career, and the same principal applies to “showing your work” on your resume and in your online profiles. There are two key ways to do this.

First, on a resume, you should add a few stats that show the results of the efforts you’ve listed under each title. Whenever possible, those stats should include a business result. If you managed a team, what specific steps did you take to develop them and what percentage of your total headcount were promoted? If you were responsible for ordering supplies, what did you do to improve that process and what percentage of your budget was saved as a result? Data is everything; be concise and specific about your impact.

Second, when it comes to your public online profiles, include links to case studies, blogs, Slideshares, images, gits, or videos displaying your work. If you don’t currently have any relevant professional content like this, you may want to consider compiling a portfolio for this purpose.

 

You can find many more tips on resumes, job search and interviewing in our Candidate Toolkit.

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Sources

  1. Macabe, M. (2017). Social media marketing strategies for career advancement: an analysis of Linkedin. Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences,29(1), 85-89. Retrieved January 9, 2018. ISSN: 1099-5374
  2. Toporek, R. L., & Cohen, R. F. (2017). Strength-Based Narrative Résumé Counseling: Constructing Positive Career Identities from Difficult Employment Histories. The Career Development Quarterly,65(3), 222-236. doi:10.1002/cdq.12094
  3. Enelow, W. S., W, CCM, MRW, JCTC, CPRW, & Kursmark, L., CCM, MRW, JCTC, CPRW. (n.d.). The Best Keywords for Resumes, Letters and Interviews: Powerful Words and Phrases for Landing Great Jobs! (2nd Edition). Career Planning & Adult Development Journal,33(3), 55-56. Retrieved January 9, 2018. ISSN: 0736-1920

A Day in the Life at CA: Ryan Phillipowsky, Digital Presales Consultant

Ryan Phillipowsky, CA Digital Presales Engineer

Insight on what it’s like to work in Digital Presales at CA

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond and give you insight from a real CA employee. This profile of one of our Digital Presales Consultants is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Ryan

Ryan is relatively new to CA – he’s been working as a Digital Presales Consultant in the Plano, TX office for around seven months.

What exactly does a Digital Presales Consultant do?

“I help large organizations resolve their day-to-day IT challenges by introducing them to software solutions and industry best practices.”

Always learning

A typical day for Ryan starts with morning coffee, returning emails and prepping for customer calls.

“Work is actually pretty fun for me. My days consist of customer demos, and surprisingly, learning. Continually learning while on the job is a huge upside for me. I’m always excited to learn more about my area of focus, as it allows me to offer additional insight and value to our customers.”

The best part of the job

Ryan say the best part of the job is interacting with customers.

“I love going onsite and interacting with our clients in their own environment. This personal interaction not only allows me to properly contextualize the needs of our clientele, but it also contributes to a more trusting and productive working relationship with our consumers.”

The workspace

Ryan enjoys the collaborative layout of the Plano office.

“Having an enclosed yet open work area is awesome. It accommodates for needed privacy should my schedule be demanding, while still allowing me to openly interact and socialize with my coworkers.”

Desk of Ryan Phillipowsky, Digital Presales Consultant

However, he says his favorite part of the office is the people he works with.

“We’re a healthy mix of professional and silly, which makes the office environment equally fun and productive.”

Bring What You Bring

We asked Ryan what he feels is the best CA benefit.

“CA fosters quite a unique and inclusive work environment. Unlike most corporations, CA is incredibly considerate of family dynamics, personal growth or hardship, and all else that comes with being ‘you.’ My manager has been a wonderful representative of all that makes CA a desirable place to call ‘work’.”

Room to grow

We asked Ryan why someone might want to consider working for a B2B technology company like CA over a more well-known brand such as Google or Microsoft.

“Unlike other tech giants, CA continually shows a vested interest in their talent and our personal successes. We have the resources of a global company with a culture that encourages longevity and career progression.”

 If you’re interested working in Presales with CA, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on sales roles that match your search.

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How we’re creating a more diverse and inclusive CA

We work and live in a fast-paced environment, especially in the Tech industry. We are constantly evolving to stay ahead of the curve to achieve business results and win in a competitive industry. For many companies, diversity and inclusion has become a key focus; it is the “right thing to do.”  It is good for employees and good for business.

A 2015 McKinsey report found that companies in the top quartile for ethnic and racial diversity in management were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their industry mean, and those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.

Simply put –  diversity drives better performance and if we don’t embrace a diverse and inclusive mindset, we risk falling behind.

Research to prove this fact has often been based on characteristics that you can visibly see, but diversity goes beyond these factors.

Diversity and inclusion is not limited to what we look like. It’s about fostering an environment where people with different backgrounds and opinions can work together and challenge one another to elevate the collective thinking, creativity and actions of the group. Different perspective provides us the opportunity to challenge our assumptions and adjust our biases.

Every organization has a different strategy; at CA Technologies, our position is to focus on inclusivity and take a multifaceted approach to making progress holistically. Our goal is to remove bias by embedding a diverse mindset in everything we do. Our actions speak volumes to demonstrate our focus and commitment on building a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

We pride ourselves in taking risks and experimenting with different approaches to see what will move the needle. Over the last few years, CA Technologies has implemented several innovative strategies focused on eliminating bias, breaking down barriers and increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Pay Equity: As of January 1, 2017, CA Technologies became the first company to no longer request applicants’ previous salary history during the interview process for both external and internal candidates. Offering compensation packages that are competitive and based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps to eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias. The intent is to create a more level playing field and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn fair compensation for comparable work and advances an inclusive environment where our people can thrive. CA made this important shift not because of future legislation, but because it is the right thing to do.

Diverse Candidate Slates: Until recently, during the interviewing process, we required that at least one, and ideally more than one, candidate in every pool of candidates presented to a hiring manager qualified as diverse (defined as a woman, a person of color, a veteran, or an individual with disabilities).

In FY18, we raised the bar even further to require at least two women on each candidate slate for at least 75% of our filled requisitions. According to a 2016 study by HBR.org, their research demonstrates that having more than one woman or minority in the finalist pool of candidates would significantly increase the likelihood of hiring a woman or minority. When there is only one woman, she does not stand a chance of being hired, but that changes dramatically when there is more than one.

Diverse interview panels: Our benchmark aims to have a diverse panel on 100% of our requisitions to ensure that we have diverse representation to allow for a variety of perspectives in the interview process. Having a diverse panel not only helps manage unconscious bias, it also provides candidates the opportunity to meet and experience the diverse set of people who make up CA Technologies.

Unconscious bias training: “If you have a brain, you have bias.” Scary thought?  Indeed. We all bring our own biases to work each day, therefore we implemented Unconscious Bias training throughout the organization to help employees understand, recognize and mitigate bias.

Casting a wide net as we source for our open positions: We pursue and engage with a wide range of job candidates through partnerships with diversity organizations, diversity focused career fairs and job boards, recruitment at universities whose populations include a higher percentage of women and minority groups as well as targeted social media and networking channels.

Job Descriptions: Often job descriptions are plagued with bias, which is why we’ve improved our ability to connect with and attract diverse top talent by looking closely at our job descriptions and job postings to ensure the language we use is inclusive and not biased.

Diversity is not just about hiring and fair pay, it is a team sport.  It is about inclusion in every aspect of our work culture.

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A Day in the Life At CA: Skyler Cozad, Sr. Consultant, Digital Presales

Insight on what it’s like to work in Digital Presales at CA

When searching for a role or starting your career in the tech industry, you’ll typically find bulleted information on a company’s job description, benefits and culture. We want to go a step beyond that and give you insight from a real CA employee. This Sr. Consultant, Presales profile is part of our careers blog series “A Day in The Life At CA”.

Meet Skyler

Skyler started with CA Technologies in 2014 as a Presales Associate, working with prospects to identify challenges and pair those to CA solutions. He came to CA from one of our customers.

“The excitement of coming from the customer side, working with a product that I knew and appreciated as a valuable tool for my job, is something I now carry when sharing our tools and solutions with customers and prospects alike.”

Fast forward three years, and Skyler has now moved into the role of Sr. Presales Consultant. So, what exactly does a Sr. Presales Consultant do?

“I work with customers to identify and solve IT problems. Usually this means digging through log files, replicating problems that they’ve seen, or just educating them on how they can use the tools in a way that suits their workflows.”

“I’m excited to have the ability and connections to work one on one with our customers to help them strategically leverage their solutions more effectively, and ultimately achieve the results they are after.”

 Loving the workspace

Skyler works with the Digital Presales team in CA’s Plano, Texas office.

“Working in an office has been a great experience. Previously I worked from home, and having the ability to coordinate and work with coworkers directly has been great. Problems seem to get solved a lot more quickly when you have the ability to turn around and ask questions, bounce ideas around, or just relax and shoot some dart guns at a teammate who may be focusing too intently on something else.”

“The office space is great in terms of how it’s set up. There are cubes, but not so tall that it keeps you from seeing your neighbors, communicating directly, and not having to walk across the floor just to see if your sales guy is available.”

What’s an average day like?

A typical day for Skyler includes a number of conference calls, strategizing on the best way to accomplish customer goals, and the occasional ping pong match.

“The first thing I do in the morning is spend about an hour to an hour and a half catching up on companywide emails, or studying up for the calls of the day. So much of what the team does involves specialized conversations around unique technology and features, it’s great to have the quiet to sit, read and process how this information will be presented back to the customer in the conversations for the day.”

The best CA benefit?

Skyler says the best benefit available at CA is the attention managers give to their employees, especially in terms of being able to take time off when needed, whether it’s to be present for a family emergency or to recover from a stressful time in the office.

“Having that time available makes it possible to work in a way that works best for you. I enjoy working in sprints, which can be days, weeks, or months long depending on the season. During this time I prefer to work many early mornings and late evenings. Although this can be very productive over a short period, it eventually leads to feeling tired and in need of rest. This benefit allows me to take time when it’s available to rest and recharge, but still be able to work the way that I enjoy most.”

 Why CA?

CA is a hidden gem when it comes working in sales at a B2B tech company. What advice would Skyler give to someone considering a sales job at a lesser-known company?

“View it as an opportunity. An opportunity to bring what you bring to create impact on the culture. Here in Plano, the team built the culture that we have today, we participate in the planning of our events, we’ve researched and continue to build a modern workspace with new technologies, and finally, we take ownership of the work that we do and the outcomes we achieve.”

If you’re interested working in Presales with CA, search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on sales roles that match your search.

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Maggie Koh

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Maggie Koh. She’s the Senior Director, APJ People Operations.

What does a Senior Director of People Operations do?

Maggie has a relatively diverse portfolio ranging from leading Talent Acquisition and People Shared Services to Workforce Planning, People Analytics and M&A Integration for the APJ region.

“I work closely with the People Business Partners supporting the different Business Units and countries and my Global People Operations team to ensure these People Services are of value to our People and are delivered in an efficient and effective manner.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Maggie about what she brings to CA she told us that her main contributions include resourcefulness and creativity in developing solutions and services to the People team and employees at large.

“At CA, I am given due autonomy and flexibility to perform my job which comes with its fair share of responsibility and accountability. This combination requires me to apply my critical thinking skills yet gives me the opportunity to be resourceful and creative in developing solutions to problems and when implementing new services.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

“Be firm in your values, have faith in your strengths and be consistent in your actions advocating these values and leveraging your strengths.”

My female inspiration

Maggie’s inspiration comes from various sources.

“I’ve been blessed to have met different “teachers”, both male and female, whose beliefs and behaviors show me that I can be my own success story through having a positive mindset, adopting a can-do attitude and believing that opportunities and obstacles have their own rewards.”

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a set of DNA attributes that align with the Company’s mission – to eliminate the barriers between ideas and outcomes. While it is important to have a balance of all the DNA traits, Maggie has selected these three which she resonates most in her leadership journey at CA Technologies.

Socially aware, customer centric and creative

“Socially Aware – As APJ region consists of people with diverse cultures and backgrounds, being socially aware makes me more sensitive to the needs and views of others which could be different from my own or my perception leading to better alignment of common objective.”

“Customer Centric – Having a focus on customer needs ensures that my work has a clear purpose and the outcomes are of value to the people who need them the most.”

“Creative – Being creative encourages me to explore different ways of doing things that can benefit the customer and to come up with a solution that enhances their user experience.”

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LGBT Pride Month Profile – Steve Macfarlane

CA Technologies is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by championing a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community.

Meet Steve Macfarlane, Senior Director of Education & Services (EMEA), based in the UK. Steve regularly sings, performs and acts as an MC for events. Aside from that he serves as a trustee for Michael Causer Foundation (a local charity that provides advice and support for young people 16-25 who may have challenges in family or environment due to their sexuality – it was set up in the name of Michael who was killed in 2008 just for being gay).

What is a Senior Director of Education & Services, you may ask?

To describe Steve’s role in simple terms, he makes sure the business is providing a positive customer experience ensuring customers are enabled on CA products.

Steve as consort to the Lord Mayor Of Liverpool at the Liverpool Town Hall

I support my team in driving value with sales teams and customers. We’re continually seeking new business and driving new initiatives.

Steve joined CA Technologies some 12 years ago. He currently has a home office, and spends a lot of time travelling around Europe particularly to Prague and more often to our UK offices at Ditton Park.

I’m in Education to assess what our future business will look like. It is a highly volatile market with massively changing client needs. I’ve also played my part in other parts of the business supporting developing markets (particularly MENA, South Africa) & major projects in Northern Europe.

CA offers a wide range of rewards and benefits that appeal to different employees. When it comes to what Steve has taken advantage of as a member of the LGBT community, CA’s internal diversity network ‘THRIVE’ has been a standout for him. He has nothing but huge praise for the allies who play a key part in the LGBTA THRIVE group.

CA definitely benefits from having diversity in our workforce – evidence shows that this improves creativity and productivity with the company. Providing a supportive environment where everyone can be themselves and are accepted is a big deal within global companies.

I experienced discrimination a few times early on in my career and would not wish that sort of thing to happen to others – pleased to say this never happened in CA or previous company I worked for. However, discrimination still exists and we have an important role to play inside and outside of CA.

Showing we have a thriving LGBT group may help others in the company be more comfortable about themselves and they may also want to join the group.

Bring What You Bring

With CA’s “Bring What You Bring” employer brand, we asked Steve what he brings to CA Technologies.

Innovation is a constant. I sing, perform regularly and occasionally write songs – which I think helps with work innovation and creativity. I am also customer centric with an emphasis on customer empathy.

Steve’s day typically starts with a number of forecast and business reviews. He’ll then typically work on client proposals as well as develop new business opportunities.

I’ll try to do a gym visit if I’m in my home office. Afternoon and some evenings will normally involve calls with my colleagues in the US, particularly on new offerings and initiatives.

When it comes to the favourite part of his job, Steve loves being surrounded by his great team, as well as the variety, change and challenge his role offers him personally.

I love being part of the team work at CA. We have a good team in Education and I’m very pleased to work alongside them in Europe and globally.

Steve meeting one of his idols, Neil Sedaka

Steve has been actively involved in CA’s THRIVE LGBT work stream over the past couple of years. He’s part of the group that help educate those around him, both inside and outside the company to be accepting of others.

Having a THRIVE group for LGBTA (A=Allies not apathy) is very important to me as both a gay person AND as someone who sees equality and diversity as important – both inside and outside of the workplace.

When one or two states in the US were introducing discriminatory bills/laws, it was a massive thing to see our CEO, Mike Gregoire be one of the signatories to a letter to North Carolina legislators – it proves we are serious about our messaging.

Steve would most definitely recommend CA Technologies as an employer of choice.

We are a very open company that actively encourages diversity and a big supporter of equality – come join us!

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Women In Leadership at CA Technologies | Abigail Wilkinson

As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organisation.

Meet Gail Wilkinson. She’s the Senior Vice President of People.

What does a Senior Vice President of People do?

Gail is responsible for the People function at CA which incorporates – People Business Partners, Talent Requisition and Talent Development, Reward and People Ops.

“Ultimately though I am here to support the business on all aspects relating to the leadership and management of their people.”

Bring What You Bring

At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organisation and when speaking to Gail about what she brings to CA she told us that one of her main assets is her vast experience. She brings 25 years of knowledge gained from experience in Banking and Tech industries.

“I bring a sense of purpose and determination to ensure that our Company succeeds through the leadership of its most valuable asset, its people.”

One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders

With Gail’s vast breadth of experience, it was refreshing to hear the one piece of advice she would offer is to be yourself!

“Be yourself, don’t assume a role or a personality you think people want you to be but be who you are. You are more valuable if you are yourself and more authentic and authentic leadership ensures a more open and honest working environment where people are focussed on deliverables and outcomes that are best for the Company.”

My female inspiration

One of Gail’s inspirations is Dame Anita Roddick – Founder of the Body Shop.

“It was the first time I really thought about females being founders and CEO’s of a company. She took an idea and grew it and stayed true to her principles.”

Source: http://www.azquotes.com/author/12516-Anita_Roddick

Women in Leadership qualities

CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s  mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Gail has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.

“You must know your self – strengths and weaknesses to be able to lead others, you have to be authentic in leading others so people know where they stand with you and you must be resilient to manage the pressures placed upon you.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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LGBT Pride Month Profile – Fabio Mazetti

CA Technologies is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by spotlighting a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community.

Meet Fabio Mazetti, Senior People Operations Analyst, who is based in Islandia, NY. Fabio began working for CA two years ago in Brazil and made the move to New York earlier this year.

We asked Fabio to describe exactly what a Senior People Operations Analyst does.

“I am responsible for reporting and data analytics – data driven decisions or the ‘3D View’ for the HR Business Partners Community to ensure they have the intelligence they need to run their business.”

Soon after he started working at CA, Fabio joined THRIVE, the company’s diversity network.

“I joined THRIVE right after I joined CA. There’s always ways to foster diversity at your office either being a LGBT or an ally.”

A typical day for Fabio starts early in the morning with a good homemade breakfast.

“When I arrive at work, I like to plan the rest of my day. Although I try it, the environment at CA is so dynamic that, sometimes, I end up doing things out of the agenda.”

Even with a dynamic work environment, work-life balance is still important. Regardless of what’s happening, a couple of espresso breaks (Fabio is an avid coffee lover) and lunch away from his desk usually make the agenda. He ends at least three days of his week at the gym, where he loves yoga class.

Outside of work, Fabio loves “movie theaters and popcorn and a good cup of coffee.” He is also an animal lover who rescued two sets of sibling cats who traveled with him from Brazil to complete his family in the U.S.!

We asked Fabio about his experience with CA benefits as a member of the LGBT community.

“There are so many, but the same-sex spouse coverage is awesome. It’s great that CA includes same-sex spouse/partners in health insurance. It had a weight in my choice to come to the USA.”

What would Fabio say to a member of the LGBT community considering a career with CA Technologies?

“Life here at CA Technologies is where you’re encouraged to fearlessly Bring What You Bring. We thrive on maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. What you’ll experience at CA is more than a career journey; at CA, you’ll be rewarded with the experience of career development support, a deep commitment to our customers and our communities, zealous recognition, and a quality work-life balance!”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to CA, Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

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LGBT Pride Month Profile – David Sanchez

CA Technologies is celebrating LGBT Pride Month by championing a few of our amazing employees from the LGBT Community.

Meet David Sanchez, Research Engineer, based in Spain. David is quite the gamer and loves playing video games in his spare time.

What is a Research Engineer, you may ask?

To describe David’s role in simple terms, he keeps an eye on technologies developed in universities, or other research centers, with the potential to be applied in CA’s products.

Whenever possible, I help in the advancement of such technologies in collaboration with Universities and other partners. For instance, I am currently in a European-funded project with partners across Europe with the objective of studying how to improve University-Industry collaboration to foster and accelerate knowledge transfer.

David chose CA Technologies as his first employer when starting his career back in 2014.

After finishing a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Engineering, I decided to continue my career by pursuing a doctoral (PhD) program. As part of the industrial doctorate program, the research branch of CA Technologies in Barcelona started a collaboration with the local government for hiring new PhD candidates. I fell in love with the idea of the project and I immediately applied. Three years have passed, and I will be completing my thesis this September.

CA offers a wide range of rewards and benefits that appeal to different employees. When it comes to what David has taken advantage of as a member of the LGBT community, CA’s internal diversity network ‘THRIVE’ has been a standout for him.

I believe THRIVE has helped in my personal development. Initially, I had the impression that I had to hide my own feelings as a member of the LGBT community, to act ‘properly’ in a professional environment. The culture that THRIVE creates at CA has helped me to realize how wrong I was, proving how inclusive an organisation it really is!

Bring What You Bring

With CA’s “Bring What You Bring” employer brand, we asked David what he brings to CA Technologies.

As the non-techie guy in the group, I provide a different perspective during problem resolution. Besides, my ability for pivoting and experience with changing contexts, the team feel reliant upon me for projects of different magnitude and scope: From very scientific and methodical projects in collaboration with university professors, to program-level discussions.

David’s day typically starts as the Spanish tradition mandates, with a cup of coffee with his fellow CA family.

The usual planning for the day involves several meetings with my colleagues and, phone calls / e-mails with external researchers. During these meetings, I work on disseminating the obtained results internally and externally. Not as often as I would love to, I travel to meet other research partners or present the results in international scientific conferences.

When it comes to the favourite part of his job, David definitely loves being constantly on the edge of knowledge.

It is true that the uncertainty of working with hypothesis generates stress, as they may be proven false (or not-so-useful) some months later. But the satisfaction of seeing your work being discussed and appreciated by other known (and admired) researchers… makes everything worthwhile.

David is fortunate to work in the wonderful city of Barcelona, as he refers to, “a dream place for anyone in the LGBT community in Spain”.

Besides that, I love the atmosphere that the open-space concept in CA’s offices. It helps us to connect with people in other departments, to know each other, and to generate new research ideas based on background conversations. I also love how I can ‘customize’ the desk to show my freaky / japan-lover / gamer personality.

David would most definitely recommend CA Technologies as an employer of choice.

I would recommend CA to any member of the LGBT community (and non-LGBT too) as its culture is perfect for the personal and professional career development.

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by Empowering Women In Tech

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International Women’s Day 2017 asks us to be bold for change, and CA Technologies is up for the challenge.

As the team and I plan various events, social media engagement and recognition to celebrate International Women’s Day, I am compelled to reflect on some highlights related to the diversity and inclusion journey at CA. We’ve been recognized for leading the way in changing the face of STEM through awards like Working Mother 2016 Best Companies for Multicultural Women, we’ve been applauded for our external campaigns aimed at empowering women in tech, and our women responded more favorably than men on 80 percent of our key drivers of engagement in our employee survey. However, our work is not done, and I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of our newest and most innovative efforts launching in 2017.

International Women's Day Pay Equity

Solving Pay Equity

At CA, we strive to be on the leading edge of change when it comes to eliminating bias from the workforce and to be thought leaders in the technology industry. Pay equity is and always has been important to CA because we believe all people should be compensated based on what they bring to the position and the company. Continuing this focus and commitment, we now prohibit discussion of previous compensation during the application and hiring process.

This simple and important shift will allow us to focus on the areas that matter in determining a compensation package. Offering compensation packages that are competitive and based on knowledge, skills and abilities helps to eliminate any previous existing pay parity issues that may have been rooted in bias. The intent is to create a more level playing field and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to earn fair compensation for comparable work and advances an inclusive environment where our people can thrive.

While at CA we have gender parity as it relates to compensation, we want to be vigilant and continue to make forward progress on removing possible areas of bias and advance our inclusive environment. Basing job offers on previous compensation can perpetuate gender wage inequalities. The gender wage gap has not significantly improved since Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. Women in the U.S. earn 79% of their male counterparts, on average, for the same jobs.

CA is proud of our historical focus on equality and pay parity. We constantly seek opportunities to continue forward momentum and we are particularly proud of our most recent proactive step. There are some proposed changes to pay equity legislation that focus on closing the gender wage gap in the United States, the earliest of which is not scheduled to take effect in Massachusetts until July 2018. We hope other tech employers will follow our lead and similarly implement this practice across their workforces to ensure all employees are fairly paid.

WATCH ARIANA HUFFINGTON’S INTERVIEW WITH CA TECHNOLOGIES CEO MIKE GREGOIRE ON PAY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN TECH

International Women's Day Diverse Slates

Diverse Interview Slates

We are committed to ensuring we cast a wide net as we source for our open positions through diverse candidate slate and interview practices. By focusing on reducing bias in the process and managing against individual unconscious bias, the diverse candidate slate requires at least two candidates in every pool of candidate qualifies as diverse. Similarly, diverse interview panels ensure that we have diverse representation among the interviewers.

It may sound like a small effort, but we know these programs work and we’ve been recognized for our results. For instance, of our senior-management hires in 2016, 13% were multicultural women, which was 44% higher than the industry average of 9%. Additionally, in the last two years, we have increased the representation of women in technical roles by 14%. It’s a good start, and we are enthusiastic about building on this momentum to increase our overall diverse representation.

International Women's Day Referral Bonus

Increased Referral Bonuses for Diversity Candidates

To help us build a diverse candidate pipeline, we are looking to those who know CA best – our people. Employee referrals are a great source for CA and those who are referred to the company, tend to be successful. While we do pay competitive incentives for referring any candidate that ultimately is hired, we have recently announced a double referral incentive for those candidates who are women, veterans, minorities, and/or have a disability.

These are just a few of the ideas we’ve implemented in our recruiting practices, and that doesn’t cover all of the daily pieces of Life At CA we offer in continuing support of the women on our teams. Take a look at these blogs from women at CA about our unique benefits and policies:

Welcome to (Working) Motherhood by Kristin Shulman

Thoughts on Software Engineering, Motherhood, and Diversity in Tech with Aline Gerew

Why I Chose Technology and Technology Chose Me by Annabel Sunnucks

Added Benefits For Breastfeeding Working Mothers at CA by Rachel Duran

 

Also, be sure to check out #BringWhatYouBring on social media to see the diversity of women at CA, as they share their diversity of backgrounds, experiences and thought on International Women’s Day.

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