One Louder

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

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    From Fortune Magazine: How to Network and Enjoy It

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    Anne Fisher writes the workplace page for Fortune Magazine. Career and workplace dilemmas and reader questions are her specialty. Quite often it's about looking for a job (on the same page as the networking article, a reader asks the best way to send...
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    Exactly what contact info should I include on my resume?

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    Most of the resumes I read contain multiple contact alternatives...e-mail (personal and work), cell phone, home phone, etc., etc. It can be confusing to the recruiters. And frankly, the resume writer just wants to be contacted, right? So here are some...
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    What kind of English do you Speak?

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    Wow, I have to say that this is pretty much what I suspected. Given that I've lived all over, I would consider myself a General American English speaker (I aspire to that anyway) but when I hear myself speak, there's a bit of midwestern something in there...
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    Free Tablet PC apps

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    Gotta love free stuff! I'm just starting to truly appreciate my Tablet PC...using OneNote to take notes in meetings is huge for me. One step closer to becoming paperless. Anyway, there are some new apps to download if you have a Tablet. I installed them...
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    Apprentice 13: Whale Crap gets in your eye

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    Talk about procrastination…the next epi airs in how many hours? OK, well, I have to get it over with...here goes…(sorry about the title, I was struggling...just keep in mind that I am just the messenger, Bren said it) Last week: Bren joined Net Worth...
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    Apprentice 12: Bring it on, Kendra and Take it Out, Chris!

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    Ahh, time to feed my "Trump obsession"...just a few words in my defense, I am not obsessed with the man, just the ridiculousness. But aren't we all addicted to the ridiculousness? Otherwise, could you please explain Paris Hilton? Last week: Tana walking...
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    Apprentice 11: Is it still a laptop if you carry it on your back?

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    Hmm, another fun episode. Business mistakes, fashion mistakes and ego, all rolled into one deluxe Trump meatball. You came here to read this...don't blame me! (Warning, this episode made me grouchy and I'm tired) Last time on the Apprentice: Alex joined...
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    Apprentice 10: Who You Calling a Meatball?

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    OK, here it is. I've recovered from my TiVo mishap. Last week on the Apprentice, Erin acted ridiculous in Home Depot. She must have gotten some saw dust in her eye because just when it looked like Chris's tobacco habit would have him pushing the down...
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    MSN Search wishes

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    I just found out that the MSN Search Team has a wish list alias. Now I have a place to send comments from folks that say "I really wish MSN search would do <this>" (feel free to utilize comments on this post...I'll forward them to the alias). It...
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    Blog growing pains

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    Today, in preparation for my presentation in Las Vegas, I was flipping through my slides from my ERE break-out session last fall. Not that long ago, but as far as the world of blogging in the staffing industry is concerned, it may as well be light years...
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    Customer Sat 911

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    Unbelievable.
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    What did you do on your summer vacation...

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    ...when you were 9 years old? Not this , I bet. Arfa Karim to the rest of the world: you are officially behind the curve. Go girl!
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    Smart but Mouthy

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    Well I guess my name is in Fast Company Magazine (May, p. 28). They contacted me for my title a while back but I didn't really know what the mention was going to be. Now I know...my blog is one of three blogs mentioned, written by women..."three smart...
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    Quality of Hire...what else matters?

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    I've been involved in a number of conversations lately about "quality of hire". Every time a recruiter explains that they are goaled solely on number of hires, my stomach churns a bit. That's just not right! I've ALWAYS been a quality person...always...
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    Bad Recruiter Networking Redux

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    E-mail exchange...some portions have been paraphrased to protect involved parties...regardless of whether they are innnocent... From: Recruiting Director at a well-known company To: Microsoft Heather with a Trump Obsession Heather, I recently...
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    Hiring International Candidates

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    Someone recently asked about hiring international folks (do we do it, what do recruiters think, etc.). The fact that people ask this question at all makes me wonder if they are concerned about a bias in the staffing industry or if recruiters aren't doing...
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    Weird weather week AKA springtime in Seattle

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    Usually, weather as a topic is so mundane it doesn't bear mention. But this week has been odd. When days prior, we had been questioning our good fortune and developing our mental checklist for coping with a drought (rain catcher...check. drought resistant...
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    Apprentice (quote) finalist (unquote) Chris arrested

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    So expected it's almost mundane, huh? Frankly, with his mouth, I'm surprised he doesn't get "popped" regularly (I'm not condoning it...just saying). Link here. (Thanks to Tracy for the link!) edit: quotation marks don't work in post title
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    Here's the official event announcement for Boston

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    Feel free to point people here if you think they would be interested: Microsoft’s Server and Tools Marketing and Solutions Group will be visiting the Boston area in early May (2005) and we could be looking for you! We will be hosting a networking...
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    The Hamiltons at Opening Day

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    I took yesterday off (I know...shocking, huh?) and went to Mariners' opening day with my dad and step-mother. I usually avoid early season games because they can be quite chilly. But you have to make an exception for opening day, right? And you have to...
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    Major airlines starting to reconsider allowing cell phones

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    Thanks the deity of your choice for this one . Since I have moved into my current building, I've been in 2 separate offices that attracted cell phone users; one because it was outside of a training room and now because I am near an exit by bunch of cubes...
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    MSN search uncovers the "real" me

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    OK, so it's just a spoof . But it could be true. You know, if I didn't have any self-esteem. If you feel the need to mock yourself, have at it. Good clean fun for everyone.
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    Slow blogging week...what gives?

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    Not for lack of topics, I'm behind on blogging....making a bad impression with those Fast Company readers. Lots of meetings the last few weeks..business reviews, training, softball practice. And the weather has been amazing and I rarely blog outside of...
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    Seattle PI Article: Microsoft Develops System to Fight Child Exploitation

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    This kind of stuff always makes me feel so good about working here. At the very least it proves that Bill reads his e-mail! And how about that for non-commercial software?
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    Apprentice Recap Coming

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    I'm behind on the Apprentice recaps, I know. I watched last weeks episode while it aired (you know for actual entertainment...I guess I was encouraged by Erin's departure) and out of sheer habit or a subconscious feeling of general disgust (pick your...
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