One Louder

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

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    More on avoiding resume blunders

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    On MSN, resume blunders to avoid. You can pretty much file most of this under "duh!", but I guess it's a good reminder. Because I still see people making these mistakes all the time.
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    Friendster coder fired for blogging

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    Yikes! (Read her blog here). I'm not sure what she said that was against some Friendster policy, but nobody wants to see this happen to a fellow blogger. And hey, could they have reprimanded her first? Warned her? Or is she supposed to be an example?...
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    What happens to your corporate blog when you leave the company?

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    Rebecca is leaving monster.com and is handing her blog over to her co-workers . Gosh, I don't know if I could ever do that! I feel too personally connected to my blog. I know I don't post that much about my personal life (you don't really want to hear...
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    More cool viral advertising...

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    Adrants take on the banned Corvette ad. I'm not naive enough to believe that this was accidental. So I am going to think of it as more good viral marketing.
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    ilovebees.com...hacked server, conspiracy or fantastic Halo 2 Marketing?

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    You decide... Here's some background: http://ilovebees.blogspot.com/ And here is the site: http://www.ilovebees.com Here's discussion about it in the Bungie forums: http://www.bungie.net/Forums/posts.aspx?postID=364518&viewreplies=true&postRepeater1...
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    Something disturbing in the vending machine...

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    I recently noticed something in the vending machine that really disturbed me in a major way. It's a bag of pork rinds with a packet of hot sauce inside (as if pork rinds themselves aren't nasty enough). I swear I am dry heaving just thinking about it...
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    Tricks of the Trade..from circus clown to software developer

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    The Morning News ran this article on tricks of the trade , from people in different occupations. Interesting how he made the connection between clown and software developer. Don't blame me...I didn't make this up. I'm just saying! What's really weird...
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    Microsoft words...

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    Andrew Coates blogs about words that are over-used at Microsoft . I guess I do know what he is talking about. One of my beloved co-workers starts most sentences with "Hey!", but I'm not telling who it is ; ) I've taken to using the non-word "anyhoo" a...
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    Resume word of the day: "Expert"

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    I've already told you how important the right key words are in terms of getting your resume/bio/blog found by a recruiter. But lately I've been thinking about what some of those words mean during the interview process . <Taking off my Microsoft hat>...
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    Getting noticed at Microsoft...

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    Michael Swanson posted about his experience applying to Microsoft by sending a life-size foam cutout of himself. Cool story. It makes me think about having a "most interesting application" contest. You know...I don't want anything of monetary value, but...
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    Sir, would you like to drink that shot of vodka or smoke it?

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    Niall Kennedy's weblog ... Alcohol Without Liquid . If this thing becomes popular, I'll eat my hat. Or maybe I'll have to smoke my drink (OK, so I know it's vapor, not smoke).
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    Monster.com and the top keywords recruiters use to find you

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    Here are the top 100 . Might make you think about including some of these key words in your resume if they match your background and if you are posting your resume to monster. But you'll need to think differently if you are trying to attract recruiters...
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    We are just normal people trying to do a good job!

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    Lenn talks about his relationship with Microsoft before he worked here and how getting to know some MS Tech Evangelists made him want to join the company. It's interesting how many people are surprised that the Microsoft employee they've just met is actually...
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    Ten Companies that Missed Blog Opportunities

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    B.L.Ochman over at MarketingProfs writes about ten companies that missed a great blogging opportunity. If you do cool marketing to build buzz, why wouldn't you blog about it?
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    Costco is selling caskets

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    I love shopping, especially when I get a deal, but this is just weird and morbid.
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    Increasing competition for Monster.com

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    In BusinessWeek Online, Olga Kharif writes about increasing competition in the job board space; where Monster.com has been a leader for quite some time (I was reminded recently of the "old days" when people used OCC...remember that?). She references eBay...
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    I experienced the new soda dispensers

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    I was in building 112 yesterday and experienced the new soda dispensers. Yes siree the soda is still free free free! It looks like a regular pop machine (oops, my midwesterness just took over there), except where the price would normally be it says "free...
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    Avoiding salary disconnects when you are interviewing with a company

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    There are many so-called "rules" out there about discussing salary during a job search/interview process. Stuff like "don't talk about compensation on the first conversation". It's a bunch of bunk. You think there are 2 sides to negotiating salary? Well...
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    RealNetworks launches online petition and feels the wrath of the iPod people

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    I often tell my friends "don't ask for my opinion unless you REALLY want it". If nothing else, I am honest. On the internet, if you ask for an opinion, there's a public record of the response. And I guess there's some value in doing some research ahead...
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    My geek blog is better than yours...thats right! It better than yours!

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    OK, blame Zoe for this one. I read Chris Sells' blog regularly so I saw this a while back, but Zoe has it up on her bulletin board. I went into her office today and noticed it and now I can't get that darn song out of my head. And for that reason, I must...
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    Customer product complaints and blogs

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    If you are in marketing, you've probably heard an adage about how many people an unsatisfied customer tell about his/her experience (hint: it's more than the number a happy customer will tell). Well, blogs seem to be a place where lots of people are willing...
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    I *finally* have something to point to!

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    There are a handful of people in the staffing industry that are branded. By this, I meant that if you say the person's name to someone else in the industry, they know exactly who you are talking about, what this person does, their area of expertise, etc...
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    Sick of the job board chaos? Try this!

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    Gerry Crispin told me about this tool: Job Search Toolbar . I haven't tried it out yet, since I am not a candidate (I may do some experimenting later on). But I would be very interested to hear from anyone that is trying it. If it does what it says it...
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    eBay and Craigslist

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    Hmm, sounds like eBay has bought a 25% stake in Craigslist . I wonder what this means about the businesses eBay sees itself involved in in the future (classifieds?). As a recruiter, I would hate to have to list my open positions on eBay in the future...
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    Earth, Wind, Fire and Heather

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    This Sunday, I am doing something that I have wanted to do for a VERY long time. I am going to see Earth, Wind and Fire at the White River Amphitheater . Actually, it's Chicago with Earth,Wind and Fire, but I think it should be the other way around. I...
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