One Louder

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

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    Leaving Las Vegas, and getting ripped off along the way

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    Back from my quick trip to Vegas. It was my first time. Did what I wanted to do there. Now I think I'm good. I didn't realize that the trip was going to come with a rite of passage: getting ripped off. Basically, I think that much of that town has been...
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    The Apprentice...it went out with a whimper

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    Well, this certainly isn't going to be much of a recap because the finale want much of a show. On the positive side, we were spared uncomfortable interviews by Regis (sorry, not a fan) with people that are afraid to have cameras pointing at them. On the...
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    Apprentice 14: An ugly t-shirt with big fake rhinestones? How convenient!

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    Previously on the Apprentice, Magna’s office product stunk up the place. Tana weirded out all over someone’s shopping cart at Staples. Stackables..stackables…the handy new lunchtime treat. Craig is mean. Trump refers to Alex and Bren as "best friends...
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    Relief

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    There is some relief in the fact that I am not the only person that found this very, very strange ...maybe even over-acted (?). DOes he have a movie debut this week or something? The behavior was so over-the-top, that I had to ask myself "is this for...
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    Our marketing hiring needs...right now

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    On a weekly basis, my team goes through the newly opened marketing and finance positions at Microsoft to assess the profiles requested. Instead of looking at what the job is, we are looking at the skill sets the hiring managers are asking for. This gives...
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    Apprentice Infinity plus One: Can we just get this over with...and without Regis please?

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    Previously, Tana, Kendra and Craig interviewed with “some of the world’s most powerful executives”, not to be confused with the world’s busiest people at Best Buy and EA. Evidently, the world is run by fast food providers and people that let you buy stuff...
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    Is blogging your full-time job?

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    So I just got off the phone with a reporter and we were discussing blogging (I know, shocking!) and the difference between people like me, who blog as part of their job, and people who are paid to blog as their full-time profession. So my questions are...
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    Blogger identifies his murderer

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    If this is true, it's very scary. via DarrenBarefoot.
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    Steve Ballmer speech at Stanford GSB

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    Steve spoke yesterday to a group of about 1,000 MBA students at Stanford. Aside from the entertainment factor (he's always entertaining), I think the content says a lot about how Microsoft, as a company, thinks about innovation under his leadership. And...
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    Enough about "passive candidates" already!

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    Howard Adamsky gets it right about so-called "passive candidates". I've been similarly frustrated with the staffing industry's focus on recruiting these folks as well as the insistence that they are somehow "better". They are in fact harder to close and...
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    Apprentice 15: Like two-two-two episodes in one

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    Previously, Alex asked Tana to joined NW. Kendra and Craig don’t like each other. Really? When did that happen? Alex thought it was funny. How funny do you think it is now, Alex? The teams sold ugly t-shirts. Craig and Kendra fought. Craig starts an argument...
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    Apprentice 3 Finale Tonight!...or next Thursday (edit)

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    OK, so just to get ready for the finale next Thursday (edit...thought it was tonight...why must they tease me?): Kendra's website (funky) Tana's website (beware, it has sound...really....silly...sound) I'm not sure if I'm excited about it because...
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    Questions about Staffing Blogs

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    At the Kennedy Conference on Tuesday, there were some questions about out community building efforts, most specifically about blogging. I'll recap a few of them here (not nearly as funny as the Apprentice, sorry), and then open it up for anyone who has...
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    Fun to play

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    Even though the Burger King character freaks me out (big plastic head + slight human hands = freaky). Does it make me want to eat at Bruger King? No. Is it getting their brand in front of bazillions of people? Yes.
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    It's sunny and 85 degrees outside

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    How about some ice cream? Maybe not
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    References, Schmeferences

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    One more in a series of wake-up calls for recruiting ; ) Most recruiters have an opinion about references...they are valuable or they are not...they check them or they don't. And identifying the right references to include with your application is...
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    Whirlyball today

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    Today, our extended team had lunch and played whirlyball. It was great fun and I highly recommend it, especially if you have a competitive spirit (not that anyone here has that...not me, especially). Here's the team. Action shots here , here, here...
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    My personal campaign...or pick an ethos, any ethos.

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    Every so often, I start a new personal campaign at work. It's not intentional and it usually has to do with the type of work I am proud (or not) to put my name on. It all starts with me noticing something that seems just a little off or counter-intuitive...
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    Trip Planner on the Weather Channel

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    Just saw this while preparing for Las Vegas. Over on the weather channel site , you can type in your trip details and they'll let you know the weather on both ends and what to pack. It didn't, however, factor in that people from Seattle don't *do* umbrellas...
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    Funny superbean blog

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    OK, I generally hate product blogs, but this is more of a viral website for Heinz Beans ...the British brand. I think it's darn funny. But I guess I want to know why the bean in the out-takes has an American accent. Are we perceived as being more, um...
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    CNET News.com: (quote) Microsoft Millionaires Come of Age (quote)

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    Here. Interesting how many of these folks were in marketing...hmmmm. I met Rich at his book launch party and he's a cool guy. And just in case anyone is about to ask, no I am not. But I did pool my riches recently to buy some adirondack furniture for...
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    Conversations with Staffing Leaders

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    Gerry Crispin interviewed Gretchen and me about recruitment blogging (yeah, I guess there officially is such a thing). Hmm, should be a good place to point people when they send me an e-mail asking me to explain blogging to them. Anyway, I'm a big...
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    Mystery solved...now who pays for the brand damage?

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    via Dave Barry ... gross . Now that they have evidence of this, exactly what kind of payment should this woman make to Wendy's to help fix their brand image (assuming due process , etcetera)? And what should Wendy's do? Maybe have a chicken finger...
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    Into the Void

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    I love getting deliveries. Even if it's something stupid like a charger for my cell-phone, there's joy in ripping open the package. Last night, my Gaping Void t-shirt arrived from the UK. Limited edition and my certificate says my shirt is number 13 of...
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    Musical Baton Meme

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    OK, only because Zoe asked... Total volume of music files on my computer: 12.33 gb Last CD I bought: Hmm, can't remember the last time I actually bought a CD in it's physical form. Recently downloaded music is a little eclectic including Justin...
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