One Louder

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

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    This season of The Apprentice could be the longest ten years of my life

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    Or it might just feel like ten years. For those of you that are new here, I'll be recapping "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart"...it's what I do; it's expected of me (right, Julie?). It's painful but sometime a petit syrah dulls the pain just enough to make...
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    Answering Tricky Interview Questions

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    Article by Kate Lorenz on MSN (article not related to Microsoft recruiting directly). This article in right on the money. I have been telling people for years "Anticipate interview questions. Write them down. Practice answering". Thinking back to my...
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    Subvert from Within

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    Wow! What I thought was being grouchy with people that don't care about candidate experience actually has a name now, thanks to Kathy Sierra. Kathy recently blogged Subvert from Within: a User-focused Employee Guide . All I can say is "amen sister" and...
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    Honesty in Recruiting: Corporate Asset or Quaint Throwaway?

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    I wrote an article (linked here with a discussion section and in full text below) that is published today on the Electronic Recruiting Exchange (for those not in recruiting, it's a portal for those of us that are with articles, discussion groups, blogs...
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    Fax number included why?

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    I can't remember the last time I received a resume by fax (OK, I'll admit that I started recruiting when you only received resumes in person or by fax and that meant that slightly yellow-tinged curly paper..man am I feeling old). The only things I send...
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    What's your employment brand? Ask someone. Ask Steve Ballmer.

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    We had our annual marketing symposium yesterday and Steve Ballmer spoke. He took questions at the end and someone asked what gets him excited to come to work every day. My first thought was "nice softball question", but his answer really made me think...
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    Getting to Know the Seattle Area

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    My co-worker, Shelly, sent out a list of websites to familiarize potential candidates with the Seattle area. I thought "hey, potential candidates read my blog!" Of course I added to the document because someone thought of including hiking but not shopping...
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    My friend Anne Manhart talks about MBA recruiting at Microsoft

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    Here . Businessweek wants your money if you want to see the full article. I know at least one of you is going to look at Anne's picture and ask if everyone at Microsoft is good looking ; ) Not as pretty as Anne (she's going to kill me). Hee!
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    Siebel/Oracle Jitters Getting You Down? Feel Free to Get in Touch!

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    CNET: Siebel/Oracle Workers Express Merger Jitters One Siebel employee: "I am not an engineer and am not a sales guy. I probably will be working somewhere else" E-mail me at Heather.Hamilton@microsoft.com . Yes we have positions open in functions...
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    Is it true, Donald?

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    You were as unhappy with the quality of last years Apprentice contestants as I was? And that Bill Gates is going to appear on an episode of this season's The Apprentice? It gets curiouser and curiouser. Makes me wonder what the challenge will be. Please...
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    A Little Jim Makes for Good Ratings. Too Much Jim is Much, Much Too Much

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    More Apprentice "fun". Yeah, it's sarcasm...like you expected subtlety here...hah! Previously on TAMS: M invited the contestants and introduced her cohorts, unlit cigar man and very stern daughter person. The teams split so Primarius could kick some...
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    Best Positions to Post on Blogs: Technical Evangelist

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    I've developed this opinion over the last year or so: blogs are actually a good place to post Technical Evangelist positions (Developer Evangelist, IT Pro Evangelist, Academic Evangelist, etc.). Reason(s) being: 1) lots of Microsoft evangelists blog...
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    Read between the lines

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    I thought this was funny . There's a lesson in there for sure. via David Manaster
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    U can save it 4 the chat room

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    On MSN, Martha Brockenbrough asks: "Does IM Make U Dum?" I've received e-mail resume submissions from people where I swear I was hearing from Prince (hey some of you are my age and know what I'm talking about, right?). As Martha explains, the appropriateness...
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    Honeywell Blog AImed at Young Job Candidates

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    Workforce Management Article that quotes me . I'm still getting a kick out of being quoted. Indulge me ; ) Will be interesting to follow the Honeywell blog and see how it is received by college age candidates.
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    Recruiting Professionals Helping Katrina Impacted Residents

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    My buddy Gerry Crispin is doing a tour of the South with some recruiters in a Winnebago (great image, huh?) to help people impacted by Katrina. The great thing about Gerry is he looks at how his HR industry expertise can be used to assist people and he...
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    Meet our new Bus Dev Executive...Napoleon Dynamite

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    And give him all your 'tots (video). The video quality stinks...like the camera jiggles when the guy laughs, but hopefully I can link to a better copy when I find it.
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    You want to talk about what is new and innovative in recruiting?

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    This is. Studio Smackdown 2....sounds like fun, huh? From the folks at Aquent (with a little support from Adobe), motion graphics designers battle a' la The Apprentice and you get to vote online. You can review participant bios and portfolios online ...
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    Microsoft Reorg

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    Well, you may have already heard by now about our reorg announcement today . As of now, I don't think I'll be affected directly since I don't sit in a business division, but have to say that a little change makes things interesting. Though I couldn't...
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    Oh Happy Day...un-doing the wrong that was done to me 6/28/1999

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    We don't get to pick our e-mail addresses here. When a new employee joins, the e-mail alias is chosen for them (my friend Ann swears she didn't pick mine, but...). Anyway, someone (not Ann) somewhere (not Ann's office) decided that I needed to be heathham...
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    Blogging 101, literally

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    They are actually teachng it in school (this is a class at Pitt).
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    Wow! Microsoft is 26,000 pounds lighter!

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    Here's an article on the weight-management benefits we offer here . Our offering is a little different than what most other companies offer because it's designed for people that have a BMI of over 30 and/or medical conditions related to being overweight...
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    I'm staying too, John

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    John Porcaro on the BusinessWeek article. Could not have said it better myself.
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    Networking and Altruism

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    Dana vanden Heuvel posted today about The Virtual Handshake and altruism . He makes some great points. Simply, the more you give, the more you get (and if you don't get sometimes, that's OK too). Sounds like "duh!" but not so considering the context ...
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    How to date a blogger

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    In his article, Ten Simple Rules for Dating a Blogger , Pete Blackshaw explains how to court a blogger...professionally. The article is written like a how-to for dating but what we are talking about is getting the attention of bloggers, building relationships...
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