A Day in the Life at CA: Menka Goyal, Sr Principal Software Engineer

CA Accelerator is the internal incubation program of CA Technologies. Part startup, part venture capital and part think tank, the Accelerator is one way CA Technologies is encouraging internal innovation and breaking barriers within our organization. The CA Accelerator is a unique opportunity to join a big company, but have the feel of working for a startup.

As part of our “Day in the Life” blog series, we’re checking in with some of the people who build and define our latest projects and asking them what it’s like to work on an Accelerator team.

Menka’s Journey to CA

Menka started her journey into the world of Technology at NIT University in India, where she completed a degree in Electronics and Communication. Since graduating from NIT, Menka has been working in technology for 21 years, six of which have been spent working for CA Technologies. Menka started at ITKO when it was still a small Service Virtualization company, and at the time CA acquired ITKO she was leading the Software Engineering team. Menka recently transitioned to the CA Accelerator project called KnowThings.io and works from the Plano, TX office a few times a week and the rest of her time remotely.

The Accelerator

The Accelerator gives team members exciting opportunities to influence the product they work on in all areas, and watch the project’s progression from the beginning, which is one of Menka’s favorite parts of the job.

“Although I am the architect and my role is technical, I see the other sides of the product and can influence how those things are done too. It’s a great pleasure to see the journey of your product going from infancy to a mature market leading solution.”

Life on an Accelerator project is fast paced; it’s all about reacting quickly and pivoting to meet customer needs and solve the problem at hand. But the teams also recognize that taking time off is important to recharge.

“The work life balance is great, you have the benefits of a big company with the energy and freedom of a startup. Having worked here, I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

A day with Menka

Menka has mastered the art of balancing life and work, and has an efficient system for staying on top of project goals.

“After dropping my kids off at school, I come in, check my emails and then have stand up. Then I work on whatever goal I set for myself the night before. Hopefully I finish my goal before I leave. I leave around 4:30 so that I can be home when my kids get home from school. I have dinner with my family, and a nightly cup of tea. If I accomplished my work goals, I read for personal development (trying to pick up a new language, building things, or public speaking). If I didn’t, I code or research and design until I’ve reached my goal for the day. Sometimes I go to bed early, sometimes I am up late trying to solve a big problem. I love it.”

Life at CA Benefits

One of the advantages of working for a startup within a large company like CA is that Accelerator team members get the same benefits offered to all CA employees. What would Menka say is the best CA benefit?

“The health benefits. My husband also works in tech, and most years CA’s benefits are better than his company’s. I have family members with health needs and we max out our deductible every year. Knowing that CA will cover the difference means that I can focus on my family and that is incredibly reassuring.”

CA believes that taking time away from work is a good way to promote your health, morale, and productivity, and therefore we have a flexible time off policy that encourages employees to take the time they need. CA can also help employees make the most of their time off, as Menka comments “one year, we booked a trip to Orlando and saved around $800 on our family vacation, by using CA’s travel benefits.”

In conclusion, Menka says that CA’s commitment to its workforce has been a huge boost in her career and enthusiasm, and if you’re considering a role with a CA Accelerator project you should take it!

Does a job on a CA Accelerator team sound intriguing to you? Take a look at our open jobs on Accelerator projects on this page.

If you want to learn more about how the Accelerator came to fruition at CA Technologies check out this article, featuring our CTO Otto Berkes.

Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

Five important things you need to know for your last semester of college

During your final months in class you’re focused on finishing strong academically, but if a post-college career is something you’re after come summertime, then putting in the work during your last semester can really make the difference in having a job lined up, or spending months searching for one while the job market becomes saturated with fresh graduates. The job market in 2018 is fiercely competitive, so we wanted to provide some suggestions on things you should keep in mind during your last semester of college. Four months to graduation? Read on.

Put in the netWORK

The importance of networking is constantly shoved in our faces – nothing new here. Statistics prove that networking is how most people find new jobs. In fact, the reason I’m working for CA is because a former classmate forwarded the role to the careers office on campus. Because I had a great relationship with the career counselors, it was sent to me and the connection was made. My former classmate put in a good word for me, and I’m happy to be at CA two years later. Staying connected is not all about attending formal networking events and career fairs. Although those are great, making meaningful connections with classmates and campus staff goes a long way when looking for a job after graduation.

Go on every interview

Companies are using innovative and more challenging practices for interviewing candidates, so it’s important to understand how to search and interview for jobs in 2018. Going on every interview might be common sense to many, but it wasn’t for me at the time. During my last semester, I was given the opportunity to interview for a content role and the company wanted me to produce writing samples in the tone of a “discerning mother.” I couldn’t help but feel that my writing style was the farthest thing from a discerning mother, and there was no way I could complete this assignment, so I declined the interview. Looking back, I’m regretful of this decision and honestly wish I could be tasked with this assignment again! I might not have been a good fit for this role, but gaining interview experience and working on assignments that mirror ones in the real world is incredibly valuable. My advice would be to go on every interview that comes your way, even if you feel like failure is inevitable.

Take your professors out for coffee

If anything, to thank your professors for the classroom experience, but I also found it insightful to talk with my professors about their backgrounds and how they found their careers. Some of these conversations made me feel that I was already entirely behind in life professionally, but learning that someone with a PhD struggled to find their place in the workforce for years was reassuring. Personal stories are relative, so take them with a grain of salt.

Apply to as many jobs you think is reasonable, then apply to 5 more

At one point in my job search, I thought that I should start keeping track of all the jobs I was applying to. In a two-month period, I had applied to around 150 jobs. To some this might seem like a lot, and to others it’s nothing. My point here is that if you’re being too finicky on which jobs you’re applying to, you’re limiting your odds and missing out on interviewing practice. Interviewing is a skill, and just as with any other, you must practice to hone in on that skill.

Don’t quit your part-time job

Sometimes students feel that they need to quit their current job during their last semester to devote all their time to school work and job search. In my opinion, unless you’re in a fulltime role that’s truly taking up all your time, you should keep your part-time job. It’s hard to determine how long your job search will take, and if you haven’t lined up a new job by the time graduation rolls around, you’ll probably appreciate the part-time income.

Finally, savor the time with your friends. Camaraderie among college friends is special. Inevitably friend groups will disperse, but you will always share some of the fondest memories of your lives. Cheers to your last semester!

My college crew

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

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

Jesse Santa Cruz

Marketing Specialist, Talent Acquisition

Connect with me on LinkedIn 

A Day in the Life of An Intern: James Roberts

Wondering what it’s like to be an intern or associate at CA Technologies?We’ve asked a few of this year’s outstanding group to share their experiences and talk about #LifeAtCA as an intern/associate.

Meet James Roberts, Business Intern at our Ditton Park, CA office.

This is James’s first internship as a Business Intern. We asked what attracted him to an internship at CA this year.

“CA is one of the leading companies when it comes to employee welfare, this was a keen incentive for me because it showed CA would be a place where I could be creative and my ideas would be considered and appreciated. It also thrives with a diverse work culture with people coming from all parts of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. When arriving at the CA Technologies building at Ditton Park for my assessment day, I developed an instant buzz for the positive atmosphere within the building. The building boasts spectacular facilities and the role that they were offering gave me a great perspective of the company, what’s not to love?!”

In his intern role with us, James has gained hands-on experience in organizing events alongside with different business units to help gather both new leads, in addition to strengthening the relationships with current customers.

“My role allows me to transition through departments, including Marketing, Communications and Sales. This gives me a holistic view of the company and the chance to develop a wide range of skills within different environments.”

A typical day for James involves biking in around 9 a.m., grabbing a coffee, checking emails and working hard until lunchtime, when he eats with his intern friends and sometimes a few full-timers. His day also usually involves an afternoon break playing football or tennis with the other interns, then back to work until he leaves around 5:30.

James said the favorite part of his internship is to handle the challenges & task that he comes across every single day.

When asked about his favorite part of his work space and office, he said:

“It’s hard to pick the best part of Ditton Park because it boasts so many incredible places both inside and outside the building, from table tennis to acres of land to walk around, it is the perfect environment to work in. The sports facilities though are a cut above, with football pitches, tennis courts and a well-equipped gym, Ditton Park offers a wide range of lunch times and after work activities to improve employee well being. Having such a vast choice of activities around Ditton Park really does set it apart from other offices when it comes to employee satisfaction and well being.”

What advice would James give to a candidate coming to interview for an intern or associate position at CA?

“Bring what you bring, whether it be passion, innovation, or weirdness, CA has a place for you. It is important for you to be just yourself, because whatever you bring, it will fit into CA’s diverse culture. CA revolves largely around teamwork, so showing that you can bring individuals together and be a catalyst for conversation is a great way to impress in an interview scenario.”

Winners of the UK CA football tournament this summer

CA’s mission is guided by its DNA, beliefs that all employees strive to live by. We asked James what his favorite DNA aspect was his favorite.

CA’s collaborative part of its DNA is for me the most important aspect. It is the catalyst that allows the rest of the DNA to flourish, giving opportunities for people to be creative in the workplace. The collaborative nature of CA has allowed me to build relationships with the people I work with, which has helped me progress with my learning a lot quicker.


Many people who are new to the tech industry may not know CA Technologies. We asked James why an intern might want to consider a lesser-known B2B technology company as opposed to a better-known brand.

“I would suggest looking at the company and what it has achieved and especially for the way they treat their employees. From being the best company to work for single parents to receiving awards for employing a diverse workforce, CA’s unique working experience offers an incredible introduction to the world of technology.”

If you’re ready to bring what you bring to an internship at CA, learn more and search our intern positions here,  or see if we’re coming to your campus.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.

Linkedin Facebook Twitter snapchat Instagram Youtube Pinterest Google Plus

Shahana Ginwala – Marketing Coordinator,
Talent Acquisition, Global
Connect with Shahana on LinkedIn here

Recruiter relationships – what should they look like?

Getting an “in” with a recruiter at the company you want to work for is often the first step to landing a job. Candidates on the job market are no strangers to interviewing and hiring horror stories. Bad candidate experience leaves jobseekers sour, and with the urge to respond to recruiters similarly to the notes that Jane Ashen writes in her article, “Dear Recruiter: Everything You’ve Wanted to Say But Couldn’t.” One bad experience with a recruiter builds a bad reputation for recruiting, but it’s important to remember that recruiters are meant to act as your friendly company contact – there to make the task of transitioning to a new job smooth and less stressful.

A great recruiter is like a shepherd into the work place; they’re there to help guide job-seekers on the path to a fruitful career. In many cases, a recruiter is the first person candidates get the chance to speak with at a company. Whether you apply to a job directly, or if you’re lucky enough to have a recruiter contact you personally, you’ll want to make sure that your first encounter is memorable. Leave the recruiter curious about your background and enticed to learn more. The recruiter will likely have the initial chance to sell your story to the hiring manager before you get the chance to do so yourself, so you will want to clearly state the skills you possess that will make you successful in the role. Also make sure to give a good dose of your personality, because cultural fit is just as important as the hard skills. The recruiter has likely already looked over your resume by the time you get to speak with them, so the initial conversation is your chance to add some color to the black and white sheet of text that is your CV.

A recruiter should be dedicated to candidate experience, and will be just as invested in finding the right hire as the teams who make the ultimate decisions. The candidate acts as the customer in this transaction, and the recruiter is there to provide a service, which is a positive interview experience, whether you end up being the right fit for the team or not.

People(HR) and Recruiting team in Boulder, CO

The euphoria of receiving a job offer for the role you just interviewed for is undeniable, and getting rejected is quite the opposite sensation. While rejection almost always hurts, candidates often comment that the one thing that can really add salt to the rejection wound is never receiving any feedback from the team. Feedback takes time for a recruiter to collect, especially if the team is interviewing multiple candidates. However, a candidate should not be expected to wait long for some sort of correspondence from the recruiter or interview team. Recruiters should contact the candidate shortly after an interview to get an idea of how the candidate thought the interview went, then the recruiter should meet with the team to determine finalists and ultimately reach a hiring agreement. After an interview, it’s easy to feel that the recruiter is asking you to “hurry up and wait,” but if you’re not receiving feedback, be persistent and let the recruiter know that you’re open to any type of feedback whether it’s positive or constructive criticism. You likely won’t get feedback the next day, but if it’s been a week or two, a follow-up is completely appropriate. If the company decides to ghost you after an interview, just keep in mind that the interview practice you received will make you that much more prepared for the interview that will land you the role that’s perfect for you.

Without a doubt, interviewing is a sensitive process, and the recruiter is an important cog in the wheel, so make the connection with them like you would a budding friendship, and they will have your back. If you’re interested in advice on questions to ask during an interview and the ones you should avoid then check out this article from Built in Colorado that features two recruiters from CA Technologies.

Search here or create a custom job alert to get notifications on roles that match your search.

Want to learn more about #LifeAtCA? Follow the hashtag and LifeAtCA on Instagram to see employee pictures from around the world.


Jesse Santa Cruz

Marketing Specialist, Talent Acquisition

Connect with me on LinkedIn 

Build an Agile Career Path to Find Your Dream Job

Agile Career Path

How to use agile methodologies in your work life to maintain an agile career.

An “agile career path” might sound like an oxymoron to some. Careers are often thought of as a straight ladder of successive promotions, with a clear beginning and end. But if you look at someone in the top of your field, you’d likely notice a professional history that looks more like a zig-zagged staircase. If you read some of our Day in the #LifeAtCA blog series, you’ll see stories from many CA employees who took on different, lateral challenges for many years to create a strong base for becoming a well-rounded and savvy leader. There are a few different agile-inspired ways you can forge an impressive career.

Defining Your User Story

 Perhaps you’ve heard interview feedback along the lines of whether you were a good “fit” for the role. In that feedback, what were the skills that stood out and which ones were missing? What could you learn or experience to help you check all the boxes for that next promotion?

The first thing you should consider is which roles or departments closely work with yours, but are currently outside of your skillset and experience. If you’re a database engineer, this might include user experience designers or product marketing. Finance graduates trying their hands in planning may also be interested in revenue.  A public relations professional may find social media interesting. No matter the specifics, you should learn what skill gaps you need to overcome and consider the investment it would require to do so. For example:

  • Go to a community college or university to obtain a certificate or additional degree. Don’t forget to ask your employer if they provide tuition reimbursement!
  • Take an online course from a service like CodeSchool, Lynda or YouTube. You can even visit the website for a tool you’d like to become proficient in, as many of these companies provide free tutorial videos.
  • Learn how to become involved in any in-house development programs provided by your employer. For example, CA Technologies offers its employees an award-winning Leadership Development Program and a massive list of online learning courses.
  • Seek out a mentor or participate in online forums focused on your new professional interest.

Impediments and Solutions

 Sometimes a good lateral move is created out of a need to solve a problem. You may have heard a story or two of someone demonstrating a clever way to save money or time in their job and being asked to implement it full-time. Those lightbulb moments are rarely a matter of chance; they tend to come from those who are consistently relentless in identifying problems and figuring out a solution. You may not consciously be scanning your organization or personal work patterns for inefficiencies, but cultivating self-awareness will bring the realizations to mind. You should practice thinking through how you would solve any issues you come across naturally in the workplace. When you finally see that problem for which you have the perfect solution, consider these points to prepare for presenting your clever idea to the boss:

  • Will it save money? How much? How would you measure that?
  • Will it save time (and will that in turn, save money)?
  • Is it something you could implement? If it is a small project, offer to add it to your current to-do list. If it’s going to be a full-time job, you may want to take the plunge and propose a new role for yourself.

Iterative Career Developments

Surprise! A job opening has suddenly captured your eye.  Maybe it’s the exact job you’ve been hoping and training for, or maybe it’s one you never thought about doing until now. What next? Let’s break it down.

If the job opening is at your current company:

Get familiar with the internal transfer process and rules. Many employers give stipulations around length and review scores in your current role. You should also inform your manager that you intend to apply to the role before taking any steps. Be sure to ask for advice from your manager on how to proceed.

If the job opening is at another company:

This is a great time to refresh your resume with your new skills and experience and ensure that your goals are made apparent and relevant. Do your research on Glassdoor, the potential company’s website, and market salary averages. List pros and cons for the new opportunity vs your career path capability at your current company.

No matter how you find the opportunity to flex your resume, it’s all about adding valuable features to reach your goals. As CA’s Rebecca Taylor says, “Don’t plan your career too much – just do something you find interesting, be curious, and take every opportunity you can.”

Looking for your next best agile career move at CA Technologies? Search jobs now.

Rachel Duran
Rachel Duran

Follow me on Twitter > @TheRachelDuran

Resume Tips and Linkedin Profile Optimization

Candidate Toolkit Resume Tips

Resume tips and LinkedIn tricks from Craig Fisher, personal brand pro

Do you ever find that submitting your resume to an online application is like dropping it into a black hole?  Maybe your resume isn’t getting the attention it should.

Your odds of getting an interview go way up when a recruiter or hiring manager can find your resume easily online.  Especially if they can find what they are looking for in it quickly and easily.

Skill keywords are crucial for getting your resume noticed.  Where they are placed is equally important.  You must explain properly what you have done and for whom.

At the top of your resume in the summary area, you should list the required skills for the job for which you are applying.  Next to each of these, you should list the number of years experience you have with that skill.  If you have no experience with that skill, just say so, or say “knowledge of” or “training in.”  Also list any core skill that you possess that may be relevant to that job with the years experience next to it. Ditch the generic summary at the top of your resume.

Make sure each skill that you have listed at the top is also shown in the body of the resume in each job where you used that skill so that the reader can see where and how you used each of these skills.  Under each job description, have a summary of skills used.  List the skills again, along with any other skills that were used during that job.

After the title and company name for each job description in the body of your resume, write a short paragraph with details about what the company is and does, and what your main job duty was there.  Although you may think it’s obvious, not every reader of your resume will understand what that company is and what your role was unless you spell it out specifically.

Don’t make the reader do any extra work (like having to click a link to find out more about a company you worked for) to understand exactly what you did and for whom.
In your bullet points under that short paragraph do not just list what you were responsible for.  List accomplishments.  Use numbers and descriptive words to show what your impact was.  “Increased sales” is not enough.  “Increased sales by 15% over 6 months” is better.

Repeat everything you have now done on your resume in your LinkedIn profile.  Use the information that you might include in a cover letter in the top summary portion of your LinkedIn profile.  Include your keywords there, too.  Start the “skills used” section under each job description with your name, like this:

Craig Fisher: Talent Acquisition Manager, Talent Attraction Strategist, Recruiting/Sales Manager, Sales, Business Development, Recruiter, Headhunter, Executive Search, Staff Augmentation, Information Technology Consulting Services; Contract, Temp-to-Perm / Contract-to-Hire, & Full-Time Staffing Recruiting; Executive Search. CIO, CFO, CEO, ERP, Oracle, SAP, Peoplesoft, .Net Application Developers, Project Managers, Business Analysts, DBAs, Software Package Installation/Configuration, Social Media Recruiting/Branding/Twitter Strategy Training

You need keywords that will be specific to what you do in order to help separate your resume from the thousands of resumes that are less specific.  A good recruiter will narrow their search with less generic keywords.  Having these listed multiple times in your resume will help it come up at the top of the search results in Google, Linkedin, Job Boards, and company databases.

See this article on Fishdogs.com >


Craig FisherAuthor: Craig Fisher
Connect with me on LinkedIn here

Apply To Jobs In 5 Minutes at CA Technologies

How to Apply to CA Technologies

How to apply through Searchjobs.ca.com

How to reset your password in the Applicant Tracking System


Here at CA, we strive to provide the most positive candidate experience for all of our applicants as we know interviewing and making a career transition can be a stressful time. If you ever experience any difficulties while applying with us, please reach out to AmericasTAOps@ca.com and one of our Coordinators will be able to assist you. Happy searching!


  • To begin your application process, go to Searchjobs.ca.com. At the top of the screen, click on search jobs

  • You can search jobs based on their title, location, or the date they were posted. Once you find the job you wish to apply to, click on it to open more details on the role.

  • Click on Apply Now and select how you would like to submit your supplication.
    • By selecting to apply with a social profile the portal will request you to sign in to the social media site and use any relevant information to help complete your application.

  • To create a profile using only your email address choose the Apply Now option from the drop down and fill out the requested information.

How to Apply to CA Technologies

  • By selecting to apply with a social profile, you will only need to create a password. The other information will populate from your social profile.

  • In the “My Documents” tab, you have the option to upload a resume and a cover letter.

  • Fill out the information requested in the “Profile Information” tab.

  • Fill out the information in the “Job-Specific Information” tab.

  • Once you have filled out the information, hit submit at the bottom of the page.

  • If you are identified as the final candidate, you will receive an email requesting you to complete final application steps.

  • Click on View/Edit Application to return to your application and fill out the remaining questions.
    • Enter your email address and password that you previously created.

  • Fill out the remaining application questions, and then hit submit at the bottom of the page.

How to Apply to CA Technologies

Once you have done so, you have successfully applied to the requisition!

How to reset your password

  • Select “Forgot your password”.

How to Apply to CA Technologies

  • Type in your email address you have used previously and select

How to Apply to CA Technologies

How to Apply to CA Technologies

  • Check your email for an email from CA Technologies titled “Password Reset” Please check your spam folder if you do not see the email.
  • Open the e-mail and select the Click Here link.


  • Enter in your new password and select Submit.

How to Apply to CA Technologies

  • Select Sign in

How to Apply to CA Technologies

  • Enter your Email Address and Password and select Sign In and continue to apply.

How to Apply to CA Technologies