One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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January, 2005

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    What to do about Counter-offers

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    I've spoken with some other recruiters here about the issue of counter-offers; a major pain in the you-know-what for recruiters trying to fill roles. I know you are imagining a number of attractive, sophisticated recruiters discussing this issue over...
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    Microsoft Employee on the Apprentice

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    I figure it was just a matter of time before a Microsoft employee was on the Apprentice. Well, not only is our candidate for the Apprentice an MS employee, she is in marketing (Product Management). Good luck Verna ! I suspect that taping is already complete...
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    More Apprentice Fun...

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    OK, so we have had so much fun discussing the Apprentice. You think you know who's best...who is going to win...prove it! ; ) No seriously! Chris Woodruff has set up a group for us in Yahoo's Apprentice Fantasy Game (thanks Chris!). Impress your virtual...
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    Searching my blog

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    A couple of people have contacted me and recommended adding search functionality to my blog. I'm flattered that they feel there is something search-worthy here and am also grateful to people that take the time to help me improve my blog. As you know,...
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    Testing your Internet Visibility

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    Way, way back, when I first started blogging (last year), I mentioned the importance of being visible on the Internet (so recruiters can find you, etc.). Business 2.0 has come out with a People Search function that lets you enter first and last name and...
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    LinkedIn invitations, "I'm updating my contacts" and "please join my ERE network"

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    We've all heard about the social networking explosion...heck, blogging is even part of it. If you put your name out there and attach it to any kind of credible content, people will try to link to you. Lately, I've gotten a number of invitations to join...
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    How to write your resume (or a section of your resume) from scratch

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    You've already seen lots of resume hints and tips here. But isn't the hard thing about resume actually starting...from a very intimidating blank page? It's like that adage about how to eat an elephant (one bite at a time..and who doesn't want to eat an...
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    It doesn't matter what job you apply to and it never has.

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    OK, I may be overstating that a little bit but hear me out. I'm always talking about what *good* recruiters do. I also give a lot of advice to candidates that want to get noticed by these *good* recruiters. Earlier today, I mentioned that resumes do not...
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    USC...National Champions...period

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    A couple people have asked why I haven't posted anything about the NC game last night on my blog. I figure that the people who care already know and there's not much to say that hasn't already been said. So as not to completely bore those of you who don...
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    The Apprentice: StreetSmarts versus Booksmarts...what is next?

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    If I were one of the contestants on the Apprentice, I might take offense being labeled as either "street smart" OR "book smart". Like you can't be both. I'm trying to figure out what I am (stop it). I know I am street smart but I think I am book smart...
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    Apprentice Fantasy Game Stats

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    Wow..that was pretty intense last night, huh? I could almost smell the hotel rooms through the TV...yuck. So here's quick update on our Apprentice Fantasy Game. I thought I would report on the top 5 contenders. Then we can chat about how they made their...
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    Google blog sleeps with the fishes

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    Over on BL Ochman's blog, she discusses the "disappearing" of a blog by a critical Google employee (full disclosure...he used to work at MS and I don't know him). I guess I'm not surprised if he's in trouble (justified or not...I'm not debating that in...
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    Cool Morale Event

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    Sometimes when I think about the concept of a "morale event" I think it's an oxymoron (just sometimes). Maybe because my first experience with the concept was a "forced hike" ....oops, I mean hiking excursion (no offense if one of the event planners happens...
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    Hot job: Developer Events Marketing Manager

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    I'm not going to start posting a bunch of jobs, but I keep seeing ones pop up that are a little different and cool. Anyway, if you are interested, send me your resume and I'll get it right over to the recruiter for this role. Developer Event Marketing...
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    Wanna blow your own mind?

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    Via Frogblog , the Flash Mind Reader . Carson has it figured out...I'm still a little freaked.
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    Blogs...bringing people together

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    I didn't do a good job of staying in touch with my college friends post-graduation. I graduated during a recession and wasn't really sure where I was going to end up. The job market in LA was pretty tough. Anyway, I do really wish I had done a better...
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    Recruiters who actually know what they are talking about

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    I've heard people (job seekers, people on the receiving ends of headhunter calls or phone interviews) complain about recruiters who don't know what they are talking about. Specifically, complaining about recruiters that don't understand their functional...
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    How to put your best foot forward at a networking event...

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    Having posted the announcement for our networking event and received some resumes so far, it occurred to me that I could probably help folks out and maybe doing a little free coaching on how to make the most of this, or any similar, networking event....
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    Weather warning

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    So we got a "snow warning" at work today. This kind of cracks me up. A little fluttery snowflake and everyone in the Seattle area freaks out. I lived in Southern Cal until I was about 11 and spent a total of about ten years in Chicago (basically junior...
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    Job Search/Career Tips for Marketers

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    From Marketingprofs.com, here are some job search tips for marketers. I'm OK with most of it. But number 5..."resumes are dead" is dead wrong. Resumes don't sit in a pile anywhere. They sit in a searchable database and this is the first place a recruiter...
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    Statistically, I guess Monday was very depressing

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    I heard about this from one of my co-workers as well. From Fast Company , and MSNBC , a doctor in Wales calculates that Monday (January 24th) was the most depressing day of the year, statistically. Of course, this is based only on known scenarios (post...
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    Hot job: Server Brand Manager

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    When I spoke with Nancy, the recruiter supporting our Central Marketing Group, yesterday and she mentioned this open position, I thought it sounded really cool (there's a similar position open focused on Windows Desktop and Mobile too). The kind of branding...
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    Dr. John's Recruiting Trends 2005

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    Dr. John Sullivan always has something interesting to say. His 2005 trends analysis is spot on if you ask me. All of these different trends will affect us recruiters/companies/industries differently (for example, assessment is less of a hot issue for...
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    Another Silicon Valley Interviewing Opportunity

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    A wise man once told me to give plenty of advanced notice when you plan an interviewing event (OK, so it was last week and it was Pradeep...thanks Pradeep!). We are in the early stages of planning another Silicon Valley event. Right now it looks like...
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    Article Link Purge

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    Last weekend, I purged. It's not what you think. I purged my home. Cleaned out closets. See, I'm obsessively organized. Closets are for things I use regularly (I have a big walk in clothes closet, a purse and filing cabinet closet, a wine closet...don...
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