One Louder

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

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    "Mini-me" syndrome...a major hiring risk for companies

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    One of the tougher things about recruiting is striking a balance between hiring "the best" and hiring the "mini-me". Recruiters out there know what I am talking about. You go into a hiring manager's office to discuss the specs for a newly opened position...
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    Resume word of the day: "Experience"

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    WooHoo! Time for another "Resume Word of the Day!". Yeah, yeah, I know I don't do this daily and it's probably not that exciting for you, but it's something I can get excited about (slow day today...you betcha)...cut me some slack... Resume word of the...
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    "Resume black hole" and my commitment to you

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    People are often amazed to get an actual response from a real person when they send their resume to me. Heck, I remember what it's like to be looking for a position and what it's like to wait for a Microsoft recruiter to get back to you. And I remember...
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    As promised, tips and links for new blog readers and new bloggers

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    About a week ago, I got up in front of a room full of people and promised them that I would post about resources for new bloggers and blog readers. If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I motivate myself to get stuff done...
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    Unemployment and Smoking

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    I read this in my USC Trojan Family Alumni Magazine/Autumn 2004 (sorry, it looks like the don't believe in permalinks so the quoted portion is in purple): Take This Job and Smoke It Parents worried about the insidious charm of Joe Camel and the Marlboro...
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    Management Consulting and Marketing at Microsoft

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    Since I am responsible for recruiting talent for the types of roles we hire across Microsoft, I've focused my efforts on candidate profiles. It's easy to see what kinds of roles we hire people INTO by looking at our careers page, but for me to do a good...
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    Great article today on building morale

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    In the ERE daily newsletter, David Lee asks " Are you Really Serious About Improving Morale?" . David posits that "goodies, gimmicks, and gala events" don't work (gotta agree with him there...these things can be fun but don't have a long-lasting impact...
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    This isn't your mothers Maytag

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    The thought of washing machines doesn't excite you right? You think "old company...what could they be doing that's new and innovative?". Uh, well, they are blogging. Check it out! I'm pretty sure I'm not in their target customer segment, but I sure will...
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    Uh-oh, something is amiss when parents ask about blogging

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    This week, each of my parents (separate households, different states) has asked me about blogging. OK, one of them referred to it as "flogging". One wanted to know what it meant relative to Dan Rather and the other asked what I have been working on (thanks...
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    I'm quoted today in the Wall Street Journal

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    And this probably explains the clock ticking sound in my head. Someone asked me how far I was into my 15 minutes. What the heck! The attention is flattering but that's not what I am here for. Describing blogging as a "calling" might be a little heavy...
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    How to work with professional associations...as a recruiter...as a job seeker...as a hiring manager

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    After a really great event with the Boston Product Management Association last week, I wanted to share some of my thoughts on working with professional organizations. Often people think that they need these types of organizations to round out a resume...
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    Will I be a blogging granny?

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    I mean, someday? OK, I've thought a little too much about my birthday a little later this year (ugh, 36...yep that is 2 voters!). And also thought about the fact that I have forgotten how not to blog. It's kind of like how dogs are always sniffing around...
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    In a bit of a blog fog...but here's what's coming

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    Traveling and working on so many things at once has put me into a bit of a blog fog...not to be confused with jet lag. Just couldn't get my head around some good blog posts after being side tracked by so many other things. I'm prioritizing stuff I wanted...
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    Blogging = revenue generation? I don't think so

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    Hmmm, this eWeek article shows that some people still aren't quite getting blogging. It is not journalism and it's not a revenue generation strategy in and of itself (well, except for companies offering blogging tools and services). Blogs are vehicles...
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    Interviewing in Boston next week

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    Hmm, this week has kind of gotten away from me. I'm not sure if it's just that I'm trying to pack 5 days of work into a 4 day work-week or the fact that I have been simultaneously working on testing out our new system, helping get our sourcing strategy...
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    Breaking my own rules.

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    Today I am breaking one of my own rules and blogging on the weekend. Actually, I guess I am breaking the rule about working on the weekends. I got early access to our newly upgraded system for staffing here. I need to be in there setting stuff up so that...
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    Thanks ERE!

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    Had a great week at the Electronic Recruiting Exchange Expo. What a fantastic opportunity to network with leaders in the Staffing Industry. I absolutely enjoyed presenting on my experience with blogging and was encouraged by the interest from other recruiters...
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    Blogging guidelines at Sun

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    Steve Rubel looks at a Fortune article about blogging and the guidelines that will be rolled out at Sun. Love the idea of utilizing blogs to understand if your messaging framework is hitting home.
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