One Louder

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

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    Shorter hours in software industry

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    CNET article here on the reduction in hours worked per week at software development companies . So I have an opinion on this (I know, shocking, isn't it?) that was not explored in the article. Many people who are putting in the big hours are doing so...
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    Are two blogs better than one?

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    Well, my job has changed (just in time for my office move). This is a good thing since it's pushing me further into what I love (creating broad programs and strategies that are not specific to any one business at Microsoft but impact how we hire people...
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    Bad recruiter networking

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    I belong to a few staffing professional organizations. These groups share best practices and staffing philosophies from industry leaders. They also create a platform for recruiters to network. And frankly, I've noticed some bad networking. I'll talk about...
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    Apprentice Episode 4: What Happens if we Fire Them All?

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    OK, this recap is tough for me because I really dislike almost all of them at this point and I hated this episode. I need to keep reminding myself that the producers are pushing my buttons. But this one was bad...the people that already bugged me, bugged...
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    Online degrees...are they worth it? What about MBAs in general?

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    I've been asked this question before. Here's the MSN article on the subject . I agree that online degrees from well-known schools (the article cites Stanford), are a good bet since the curriculum is usually the same as the regular class-room based program...
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    Question for the marketing and finance readers out there...

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    OK, great feedback one whether to have 2 blogs or one. I'll be making changes to my blog over the next couple weeks (time for a new style anyway, don't ya think?). One blog it is! Another thing I've been thinking about is how my feeds are organized. I...
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    Advice and tips from my mother on organic produce

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    I feel like I have a little bit of an advantage over everyone because I get little tips from my mom. Actually, we share this kind of information (I know where to buy just about anything at the lowest price, she always comes through with the dietary info...
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    The Apprentice Episode 3: Who drinks that stuff anyway (my title, not theirs)?

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    Danny and guitar. He likes Verna. He likes to save people...he's too compassionate for his own good (hey, don't blast me yet...you'll see). He tries to pull together a "support group" for Verna which pretty much ticks off everyone. Verna decides she's...
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    Best Business Blogs by Bomen...I mean Women.

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    Fast Company wants to know the Best Female Business Bloggers . Most of the blogs I read are authored by men, but that's certainly just due to the fact that more men blog in general, I think. Anyway, I'd be interested in knowing about great female business...
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    Streets and Trips, my mom's favorite Microsoft product

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    Only blogging about this because my mom (who is in sales) is such an enthusiastic fan of Streets and Trips. Here's a review in USA Today. Every time a new version comes out, I have to buy it for her and a bunch of her co-workers (separate copies of course...
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    Apprentice Fantasy Game Stats: Week 3

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    Oopsie...I meant to post this earlier. Not that it matters that much because those of you playing know where you stand. But I thought I should give JimmyM his props and drop it like it's hot (OK, I have no idea what that means but check me out! I'm down...
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    If you are thinking of looking at job boards...look now

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    I'm not one for watching Money Ball...oops, I mean the Superbowl. Although the commercials can be good for some fun water cooler talk. Never thought I would use my Tivo to fast forward through the game to the commercials, but that is what I will be doing...
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    Hot Job: Microsoft.com Site Manager

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    Hmmm, this is exactly the kind of job that some of you web/blog gurus could get excited about, right? When I joined Microsoft, Microsoft.com was the first group I recruited for (and definitely one of my favorites). They have a site manager position open...
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    Looking for a list of best companies for marketers

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    Has anyone seen a list like this (not looking for individual opinions on individual companies, but a comprehensive list from one organization)? Can ya point me to it? Specifically looking for the companies that do the best job of marketing, irrespective...
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    How does a blog become the blob that ate your life? And what the heck do you do at those blogger conferences anyway?

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    A former co-worker contacted me today and asked me how I blogged so much while recruiting, doing analysis, etc., etc (hey, HK). Interesting question and I've been wondering the same thing about a lot of other bloggers. For me, my job has changed (more...
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    Recruiters: want to be part of your clients business? Involve them in yours.

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    This is kind of uncharted territory here and I am really excited to see how this goes. We are doing some work to understand our key target candidates in marketing. Not just titles and the names of companies that they might work at. We are trying to develop...
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    Here's my radio interview on the Apprentice

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    Last week, I did an Internet radio interview with Dawn Fotopulos of Landed.fm. ("On-Demand Internet Radio - The Voice of Career Success"). This is my first radio interview and it was lots of fun. I'll be doing more with Dawn and Peter in the future. I...
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    Customer Experience feedback via Blogs

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    Lately, I've noticed people documenting their customer experiences via blogs. BL Ochman's experience with Dell's customer service department, for example . Most companies treat their customers as well as they have to. Never delighting, but always trying...
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    Here's the new advertising vehicle for monster.com....I mean the recruiting newsletter from Fast Company

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    Here's the link for FastCompany's new hiring newsletter, which I receive via introductory e-mail today (e-mail came from fastcompany.com). I had to look at the url a couple a times to make sure I was in the right place. Hmm, let's see, silly monster logo...
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    I'm moving offices...again!

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    I know...you're thinking "didn't she just move offices? Are her hall-mates sick of her already?" Not even. Last move was to get me into the same building as my team. The next shift is to move around the groups within the building. I went down and checked...
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    Love/Hate Brand Scores

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    From Jennifer at "What's Your Brand Mantra ": she created a passion index based on the search results returned from "I hate <brand?>". Not scientific. She admits she's just procrastinating. I don't agree with the sentiment that any PR is good PR...
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    First hand from Sri Lanka

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    Ian, Canadian student and blogger (and the "1 true cool guy"), is traveling through Sri Lanka . He felt like he needed to help after the Tsunami...really admirable. Ian is documenting his travels on his blog. There are some great pictures and descriptions...
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    Feng Shui Underpants Ward off Evil Spirits

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    I'm not making it up! Look here . I guess if you are having a problem with evil spirits (or maybe even blog spammers), you'll try just about anything. According to a spokeswoman for the manufacturer, "If you have a dragon on your underpants, you will...
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    USC Names Gaming's First Endowed Chair

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    Huge props to my alma mater on this one. Fight on!
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    The Apprentice: Episode 2...Hotels

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    So I'm a little behind on recapping. Took a little time out of the office and have had some changes to my work here so I've been a distracted. Sorry. I'll recap Episode 2, then 3 in a separate post. Also, I'll try to give a little less of a play-by-play...
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