I've said before that I don't think Microsoft uses it's own employees enough in it's advertising, especially it's recruitment advertising. We know the value of humanizing a brand through blogging (and the fact that some people are surprised that someone like me, or any MS employee, is nice or answers e-mail just...um...surpises me!), but I think there's an opportunity to do it through more traditional advertising media as well. I wanted to highlight a couple of people profiles that appear on our career page. I was reading our careers newsletter today and one jumped out at me because I was involved in her hire. You can ding me for blatant advertising, but if I didn't think our people were awesome, I wouldn't be here (and really that goes for any recruiter). And, well, I don't allow advertising on my blog (for obvious reasons), so consider this my advertising.
Dametra...I recruited Dametra at a national conference (and our MBA recruiting team hired her). It may have felt more like stalking to her ; ) I knew she was right for Microsoft right away!
Cindy (Cindy has worked on some of the coolest marketing at Microsoft)
Scott (I used to support Scott...I'm a fan)
Before anyone asks, no they didn't ask me to be profiled for the site, so I created my own...this blog (OK, so that wasn't really what made me start the blog, but I guess it accomplishes some of the same things)