One Louder

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

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    Help me think of a softball team name

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    In June, we are playing MSN's HR team in softball and some of us were trying to think of funny team names. MSN can be something like "the search engines", but since our HR and Staffing team covers so many different corporate functions (ops, HR. finance...
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    What a non-technical Microsoft employee looks like (alternate title: Heather sees if she can add pictures to blog posts)

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    I'm experimenting with adding pictures to my posts. Don't laugh...I told you I wasn't technical! Also, not particularly photogenic but whatever...this is the best I got right now.
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    One of my blog readers just got an offer from Microsoft!

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    I'm not going to say who it is because that is his business and he can let us know if he likes and you can ask him all the questions you like about the process he went through and his new role, etc. He's a frequent commenter here and I (assuming he accepts...
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    Types of people we look for in marketing and finance

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    Lately, I've been doing a lot of work to help further define what we are looking for in the marketing and finance spaces. Specifically, I'm working to define the "big buckets" of candidates we try to attract, not the kinds of roles that we hire them into...
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    Apprentice 9: If you have not referred to yourself as a "beauty queen", feel free to return to the suite

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    You guessed it...the time has come. A momentary dip in my self esteem had me both watching the Apprentice this morning and recapping it right here. Seriously, I kind of feel some renewed interest in the show (that break came in handy) and kinship with...
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    Get Abstract

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    I often wonder how people find the time to read business books. I can never get through all the things I need or want to read. At this very moment, I have 3 months worth of magazines stacked up next to my fire place. I'm trying to decide: entertaining...
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    Top ten things hiring managers can do to identify candidates

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    One of the P&L Staffing Managers asked me for help on this topic in the past. It's funny how often hiring managers pass all candidate identification responsibility to recruiting and how often recruiters let that happen (we need to talk about partnership...
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    2005 Marketing Salary Survey

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    Here's 2005's Aquent|AMA Marketing Salary Survey (don't freak out like I did....those "pictures" on the main page are not stills...wait til they blink at you! Seriously, stop looking at me!). Good info for those trying to benchmark their salary or considering...
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    My perspective on "passive" candidates: most recruiters have it wrong.

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    Anyone in the recruiting industry that subscribes to any staffing industry publications sees consistent discussion around active versus passive candidates (although technically, if they are passive, they are prospects, not candidates). Many people will...
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    Blogging is not the "big, new thing" in recruiting...relationships are

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    I get calls from press and staffing industry leaders to do interviews or articles about blogging. In the staffing industry, like most others, practitioners are looking for the "big, new thing". Now that we are in the "Internet age" (is that an old term...
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    Changing Role of the CFO

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    Strategy+Business Article on the change in the role of CFO...from head bean counter to business partner of the CEO. I suspect that the role had to evolve since technology is so heavily leveraged in finance operations. It's almost Darwinian. via BusinessPundit...
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    Apprentice 8: I'm sick of this show and John is just sick

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    I can't do it anymore. This episode is the one that put me over the edge. This week, I cannot recap the crudfest from beginning to end: it started with crud, it ended with crud. So, since I am not going to the effort of the full recap (I may feel differently...
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    Landed.fm interview with Gerry Crispin

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    Peter Clayton interviews Gerry Crispin on Landed.fm . If you are in recruiting and you don't know Gerry , you should get to know him. He's one of those people that always has something interesting to say (and I'm not just saying that because my name came...
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    Podcast interview of Balz Wyss, Senior Product Manager in Mobile and Embedded Division

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    I didn't have anything to do with this one , other than the fact that I recruited Balz to Microsoft (always nice to see folks you recruited doing awesome stuff). Mike Hall conducted the interview with Balz and they talk about VOIP.
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    Podcast on career management and job searching with Landed.fm

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    I recently did a podcast interview with Dawn Fotopulos at Landed.fm. The interview content is primarily for job seekers (and people managing their career). Topics covered: -networking -building an effective resume...the future of resumes -how recruiters...
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    Improving your online resume

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    On MSN careers... 21 Ways to Improve your Online Resume . In case someone is going to ask me whether someone in our staffing department writes these articles...they all come from careerbuilder which is MSN's career channel partner. Anyway, the advice...
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    Shady Hiring Technique

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    Over on his blog, Ernie Booth shared a recent experience with a vendor company that initially said they were Microsoft, then said they were a "gold partner" to Microsoft. I spoke with Ernie last night to get details and checked with the folks that handle...
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    My radio interview on the graffiti episode

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    Here's the link to my interview with Dawn and Peter at Landed.fm. The topic was the Apprentice graffiti episode.
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    Hot Job: Social Networking Marketing Manager

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    Oh, I secretly want this job but I don't think I can have it ; ) (shhhhh...don't tell my manager). Anyway, I figured if you know about blogging and social networking and are a marketer, there's a decent chance you have been here (my blog) before (I may...
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    Upcoming interviews and thinking about podcasting

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    After linking to Mike Hall's podcast with Balz Wyss, I gave Mike a call to discuss podcasting in general (how difficult it is, etc.) and whether Mike would produce a podcast of an interview I am planning with someone in his organization. Mike gave me...
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    Spring in Seattle

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    What the heck does Punxatawney Phil know...he's on the other side of the country. We are having an unusually early spring here. On Sunday it got darn near 70 degrees. Sometimes, when I start to feel sorry for people in chillier climates, I remember that...
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    Bill Gates interview with Peter Jennings

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    Here . Peter Jennings' phrasing of the technology questions seems a little odd to me (and trust me, I am no techie). It would be nice to see more traditional news anchors (if that is what they are called) bone up on the terminology relevant to such a...
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    Server and Tools Networking Event in Boston

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    I'm working on another event. I love working on these because our hiring groups actually get excited about them (yes, you read that right...they really get excited about recruiting events! I wouldn't kid about something like this). Anyway, I'll post the...
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    Hip-hoppy and sick and wrong

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    I'm not a big holiday person, but given my musical taste, this is too funny ! Not to be confused with this. Sick and wonderful, huh?
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    Jonas and my new digital camera

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    Nobody can tell me that Jonas isn't the cutest doggie ever! He's a good excuse to go home at a reasonable time, too! I bought a digital camera this weekend. Unfortunately discovered the red eye reduction feature after I took this picture but he's still...
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