One Louder

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

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    Still doubting that blogs get people hired?

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    Then check out what Ernie has to say here . I met Ernie through his blog and he met Jeff via Jeff's blog. And now Ernie works here. How cool is that? Also, Ernie walks you through is interview day experience (mad props to the interview team, especially...
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    The dreaded “reply all”

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    I love Outlook…I really do. I cannot imagine what it would be like to do my job without it. I’ve developed little tricks (like, when I see something I want to check out and don’t have time, I drop it in a mail, close it and it gets saved in drafts…love...
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    Employment gaps...what to do

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    We've talked a bit about making a career change. A reader contacted me to ask for resume advice and we got onto the topic of gaps in employment and how to address them on a resume. Some of you out there may have worked through the same issue and might have some advice to offer. And recruiters out there can chime in with feedback on how they perceive gaps in employment. Here's the reader's situation... ...
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    Jack Welch at U of Chicago GSB Management Conference

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    Good video of the interview with Jack (and according to him, it's OK for me to call him Jack). He talks about some of the concepts outlines in his book (I know...shocker, but at least the proceeds from the book go to charity) and how he works in general...
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    Inside "marketing at Microsoft"

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    Article here. I've been here for six years and have seen some big changes in how we "do marketing". This is the first article I've seen that really sums up those changes. Flash back to 1999 and everything was about "customer satisfaction". Six years later...
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    Something new and it's very networky

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    Those darn people at Jobster are winning me over. I've been speaking with them for some time, but now they' figured out how to hook me...allowing me to publish jobs on my blog and to give all of you the ability to share my info without having to act as middle person...
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    Forty two dog years accounted for

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    People make a big deal about work anniversaries here. I think it's partly because time passes so quickly and slowly. I still feel new and I feel like I have been here through so much; gotten so much done, changed a lot...changed my hair color. Six...
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    Email management and lightening speed

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    I've learned a new job skill. I may have had it before but it was dormant until I tool on such an externally visible role. It's e-mail management. I was kind of good at it before, but it had more to do with my elaborate network of folders and sub-folders...
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    Don't be sorry...really, it's OK

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    Almost every e-mail that I get via my blog contains an apology or an acknowledgment that I must receive several e-mails like this and etc., etc. I just want to let you all know that I WANT to hear from you. Seriously, no apology necessary. My job is all...
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    What's the frequency, um, Kenneth?

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    Last night, I pulled into my driveway and pressed my garage door clicker...nothing. Clicked again, as my next door neighbor watched from his driveway, appearing a little too amused at my frustration. Click, click, click...nada. Stepped out of the car...
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    A little community participation on the job changing topic

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    Got an e-mail from one of my blog readers, let's call her M. She was one of the folks I had an e-mail conversation with about changing your career focus. Nice words from M...she appreciates the honestly, I appreciate the frustration of being on the other...
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    Is Seattle as coffee crazy as it seems?

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    This was one of the questions I had when I moved here. I guess Seattle is known for coffee because Starbucks is based here and maybe also because the weather...nothing better in an overcast day than a nice cuppa joe. Now let me say one thing before I...
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    Event announcement: Microsoft Finance Career Event-Redmond, WA

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    Here's the announcement for our invitational finance event (in Redmond). Feel free to contact me if you are interested! _____________________________________________________________________________________________[:)] Microsoft Finance Career...
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    Successfully home schooled?

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    Last night, Jon Stewart was talking about home schooling (one word or two, I'm not sure, but I don't doubt that someone with a badge and a dictionary will tell me). Did I mention that I love me some Jon Stewart. I have a fantasy that he develops a new...
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    I don't want to be a dream squasher

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    This is the hard part of my job. I have to, very often, tell people what they don't want to hear. Well, I don't absolutely have to but I feel like I have to. And I personally have to because I think it's important to be honest with people. So I really...
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    Market looks promising for new college grads

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    NPR All Things Considered segment: College Graduates Welcomed by Job Market Back when I graduated from college, we had to write cover letters and print them out at Kinko's and take jobs we didn't like, just to pay the bills (remember the recession...
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    On my mind...

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    I've been firing on all cylinders lately. Office move + fiscal year end + lots of nice weather (read: yard work)+ trying new things + mentoring our new intern (more about her later...she's fabulous). I naturally have a short attention span (did you already...
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    Marketing in Virtual Earth

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    OK, you know I'm not much of a "rah! rah!" person, but you may have seen some of the work being done by our MapPoint Team on something they are calling Virtual Earth; which I think is totally cool. You can read more about it here at Chandu Thota's blog...
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    Getting feedback and liking it

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    Signs that you are growing up...buying your first home, deciding that you like your friends better when they stop trying to set you up on dates, doing stuff because it's good for you (shredded wheat, sun block, anything green and leafy...OK, bad example...
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    Article: How to use your blog as a networking tool

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    Here. Good info. Via the Social Networking Weblog
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    Top Ten Reasons to Blog, According to Sun's Tim Bray

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    Here. "Uh, why is the mainstream press so incredibly interested in this people-fired-for-blogging story?...If I were cynical and paranoid, I’d suspect that the media running these stories were frightened of something." Yeah, so they are making it scary...
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    Quoted in the Wall Street Journal

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    Dang, I forgot to blog this ...or maybe I was subconsciously trying to keep the ego in check (I can't help it...I'm flattered by any media attention, even if it's just an eansy-weansy quote)..thanks to Steve and Steve who sent the reporter my way. ...
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    Trailing partners

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    In the Staffing space, this is the term we use to describe a spouse or partner of a Microsoft newly relocated hire. And very often, we hire the trailing spouse/partner as well. Or the person we hire is a trailing spouse/partner of someone who works somewhere...
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    Podcast coming...topic: recruitment blogging

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    OMG....is it possible that recruitment blogging is actually a thing...or even a thang? Uh huh, sure is. Well, I've produced my first solo podcast that will be ready for posting on Monday. A little background... First, I told you I was thinking about...
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    I think Microsoft is building me my own patio...I could be wrong

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    Wish I brought my digital camera today. My new office has a nice sunny window (morning sun...my favorite kind) with garbage dumpsters outside (how do you type that sound they make on game shows when you lose....wah-wah-wah-wahhhhhh). Where my office sits...
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