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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    Why recruiters don't blog...

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    So I presented my blog site yesterday to that group of staffing industry folks. And while I got many comments about how cool it was, I doubt that there will be a bunch of recruiting blogs popping up next week. We talked about how I use my blog to share...
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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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    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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    Best blogging tools for *new* bloggers

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    Hey, fellow bloggers out there, what are the free blog tools that you would recommend for recruiters that want to start a blog? What are the best aggregator tools for people that want to read blogs? Us recruiters, we tend to be non-technical folks...
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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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    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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    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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    Watch out for "Sales and Marketing"

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    Most recruiters looks at hundreds, possibly thousands of resumes a week. As much as I'd like to tell you that a recruiter thoroughly reviews your entire resume before making a decision on whether to contact you, that's usually not true (hint: the top...
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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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    We're All Journalists Now

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    Wired News article: "We're All Journalists Now". Xeni Jardin talks to Dan Gillmore, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and opinion leader on media and technology: In his new book, We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, forthe People ,...
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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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    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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    Heading down to Silicon Valley again...

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    Today I spoke with Sid, who handles "alliances" for the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association . Sounds like I am going to be heading back down to the Valley to talk with their group and do some exploratory interviews in October (Sid's clearing...
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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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    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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    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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    Whatever happened to job fairs anyway?

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    Back when I started my recruiting career, job fairs were a staple of the recruiter role. I lived in Chicago and, being a big city, with lots of people and lots of job openings, I knew that many people would be matched up with potential opportunities at...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I could use a little customer feedback here...

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    One of the things I am focused on in my work is creating a positive experience for applicants and candidates. Part of that is working in a content overhaul on our marketing careers site . I worked on this the last time we updated the content and that...
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