One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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June, 2004

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    What is it going to take for (corporate) blogging to become a job skill?

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    I know many of us are blogging as part of our jobs. But what will it take for blogging is recognized as a skill in and of itself? How long before you see “blogging” as an experience or skill requirement in a job description? First, let...
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    Why do bloggers keep falling off?

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    Does the novelty of blogging wear off so quickly that people aren't keeping up their blogs? I notice that many of the people I have linked to have just let their blogs go. And I am actively unlinking for sure. Are we all such perfectionists that if we...
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    I got my 5 year clock...

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    I forgot to tell you...I got my 5 year clock! For those of you that don't know what I am talking about (no, it has nothing to do with biology), Microsoft rewards employees after 5 years with a clock (you can also choose a pen but hardly anybody does)...
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    Blogging 101

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    Debbie Weil is putting on a blogging seminar for beginners. Looks like they are answering a lot of the questions I had when I first learned about blogging. Unfortunately for me (or them), I bugged a bunch of Microsoft people to figure this info out on...
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    Speaking of feeling my age...

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    Here's an 80s pop music quiz . First let me say I'm a bit of a pop culture junkie and I turned 12 in 1980 so I remember all this stuff pretty well (and I look young for my age, so there!). Plus I have a memory for details like annoying song lyrics that...
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    Trackbacks and links..a nice way to say "thanks"

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    When you first start blogging, it's a little tough to get a sense of whether you are connecting with your readers...and who they are exactly. Sometimes it feels like you are talking to yourself...at least until you feel like you have really found your...
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    I hate that I am jealous of the tech bloggers...

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    It probably not why you think it is, actually. All of us bloggers are spending time building community outside Microsoft and they, the tech bloggers, already have a community inside Microsoft. Couple examples: -Our internal blog discussion alias is...
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    Resume Blogging when you already have a job...

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    People have been asking about Resume Blogs and the hazards of putting one up when you already have a job you'd like to keep...unless your dream job comes along. Actually, this applies to resumes stored on any blog. I'm not sure I have a simple answer...
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    Morphing your marketing career into a technical marketing career (step one)

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    Many people have asked me for advice on morphing a marketing career into a technical marketing career. It can be tough to make a career shift when there are so many people out there looking for a new opportunity; and many of them already have a technical...
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    Prepare for the economic upturn now...

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    I keep hearing that the economy is picking up , although my life hasn't changed much lately (needless to say there are always more open marketing positions here than we can fill). But if the economy is improving (and in the interest of optimistic thinking...
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    How can I tell if I was successful?

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    I just e-mailed my annual performance review to my manager. And it's always a relief to hit that send button, but you also always wonder if there wasn't just one more piece of information that you would have supplied to show how awesome you are. I...
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    Turning a call from a recruiter into a networking call...

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    On Monday, I posted on what to do to manage your career during an economic upturn. And I encouraged you to take advantage of calls from recruiters (in-house and third party). I've also seen lots of posts from people complaining about recruiters...mostly...
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    BlogShares...Fantasy Blog Shares Market

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    So maybe it's not an answer to how we measure the effectiveness of a blog, but if you are a blogger and haven't yet checked out blogshares, you should take a peek. It's not the real world, but it does help you think about the value of your blogging and...
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    Meet Ben Riga!

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    As promised, Ben Riga has agreed to a “blog interview” on his experience so far at Microsoft (I think this is week 2!); specifically his experience going through the recruiting/interview process and his on-boarding. As I mentioned before,...
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    ResumeBlogs work...I have proof

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    Back in March, I told you that ResumeBlogs work . And in other posts, I've encouraged active networking as part of a career search (including networking via blogs). Even in the ProfGuilds' Software Product Marketing Discussion Group , there is conversation...
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    What's the appropriate ratio of personal to professional posts?

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    Some of the positive comments I've received about my blog have to do with showing the “human side” of Microsoft and our recruiting process. And I realize that part of that is because I've blogged on some kind of personal stuff (nothing too...
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    Subservient Chicken

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    Scoble is talking about the subservient chicken website again over on his blog . It's a viral marketing tool used by Burger King. Here's a direct link to the Reuters news feed (BK says the campaign worked). In the spirit of “thinking too much”...
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    You think YOU have it tough? Try molting.

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    I was listening to National Public Radio on Friday on my way out of downtown and I heard this report on lobster molting (I know, this has absolutely nothing to do with marketing). I'm just saying that no matter what is going on, life could be worse.....
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    Microsoft Newsletters

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    While Microsoft employees are delivering “unofficial” info about our functions, groups and products via blogs, there are actually some corporate newsletters that you can sign up for that will deliver news links to your inbox. I use these...
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    Morphing your marketing career into a technical marketing career (step two)

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    Thought it was time for another tip on making the transition from marketing to tech marketing. As I mentioned before, we had our Marketing Symposium on Friday. Steve Ballmer spoke (he's always good). Then we had a number of leaders from marketing across...
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    Heading to Boston in September

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    I think I mentioned before that I am speaking at a recruiting conference in Boston this September. Well, given that Boston is a great location for talent and I don't love flying, we decided to turn this into a recruiting trip. Basically, our recent trip...
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    Work is keeping me from getting my work done.

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    Perhaps I should resist the feeling that I need to tell you that I will be out of the office at a marketing symposium tomorrow (do you care?). Yeah, Microsoft actually invited it's marketing recruiters to it's marketing symposium....and I think that is...
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    I'm still here..

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    Feeling a little guilty for not posting recently, especially after the disappointment I expressed over people starting and then abandoning their blogs. I have killer allergies and I am having a hard time doing anything more than work my 8 hours and sleep...
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    When work is a nice vacation from your life

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    I started getting blog guilt today. I get so disappointed when I find a blog that looks like it will be good but then it gets ignored by the owner. I don't want to become one of those blog owners. My reason for not blogging is physical exhaustion...from...
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    Our newest Platform Evangelist has joined the team...

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    I told you last week that we made a great new hire recently as a result of our work with the Software Product Marketing eGroup and the Silicon Valley PMA. I'll let Ben introduce himself a little more later, but wanted to find out what kinds of questions...
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