One Louder

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

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    Best cover letter/e-mail intro

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    Today, I received the best e-mail cover letter ever. Sometimes the ones designed to jump out at recruiters are more flash than substance. What I liked about this one: -no goofy salutation (Dearest Heather, Mr. Hamilton, Mrs. Hamilton, Dear Heath, Mr...
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    I'm so humbled by this honor

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    Why do people say they are "humbled" when they receive some kind of honor? Is it because they don't want people to know that their inner dialog is all "check me out!"? Or is it because they doubt their ability to live up to the honor? And if the honor...
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    Moderating comments while I am on vacation...

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    Sorry to have to do this, but I want to ward off all the evil spam trolls. I'll try to get through comments and publish quickly upon my return. In the meantime, I've got some blog posts going up while I am out of the office just so you don't get bored...
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    Blog Interview with Romi Mahajan of Microsoft's Server Platform BMO

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    Today, I interviewed Romi Mahajan, Group Marketing Manager, in Microsoft’s Business and Marketing Office. Many people ask about Microsoft’s “BMO” so I asked Romi about the group, it’s relationship to other marketing organizations at Microsoft and the...
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    Judge a potential manager by how they treat their recruiter

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    Single women are told to judge how a man would treat a future wife by how he treats a waitress in a restaurant. I'm going to assume that this advice, which I have heard a number of times from various sources (just in general...not seeking out that kind...
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    McKinsey on Employment Branding

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    Here's a short paper from McKinsey Quarterly (registration required--free) that highlights the importance of employment brand (no real in-depth analysis but a good high level view...I'm pretty sure the McKinsey people would like to be paid if you want...
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    Marketing@Microsoft Employee Careerpath Profiles: Neil Shah

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    We have an internal marketing newsletter that highlights career related information (careerpath, training, professional development, etc.). After reading some of these newsletters in the past and thinking how cool it would be to share some of this information...
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    Business Travel Stops Here

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    I know this is an ad for Microsoft's LiveMeeting , but is it wrong that I picture this being an ex-boyfriend (I mean, if he bought a suit)? Hee!
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    25 Resume Words to Avoid

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    From MSN Careers (by Laura Morsch of Careerbuilder). Via Ross Hollman
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    Staffing Management Magazine: Blogging as a Recruiting Tool

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    Cover story in Staffing Management Magazine . This was a fun interview to give.
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    Thinking about Mexico

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    People that know me may be surprised that I have decided to give Mexico a second chance (it's a big country after all and my misfortune was my own doing). I went down there 2 years ago and literally got so sick I thought I was going to die. Plus my hotel...
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    The 'Seven Deadly Sins of Interviewing"

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    From our friends at TheLadders . Read about interview "don'ts" from the folks that witnessed the "Seven Deadly Sins" personified by interview candidates. Actually some of the stories are from the candidate's perspective. My favorite one so far, though...
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    Scientists Discover Senior VP with Intense Interest in Recruiting

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    I'm only kind of kidding. How many senior business leaders do you know that are so engaged in recruiting that they actually do the campus visits themselves and then blog about it? Steven Sinofsky, our SVP in Office is such a person. Steven is known at...
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    Please, get out of my head

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    I beg you...get out, out, out! And take the theme to M*A*S*H with you!
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    Bill Gates' University Tour....videos

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    I thought these were great . I believe our campus recruiting team was somehow involved. Favorites are Howard University and 'Sconsin.
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    BillG on MTV

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    Tonight at 8:30, Bill Gates' new album drops on MTV. OK, just kidding, but he will be on MTV in a segment called: "The Notorious B.G. – A Forum with Bill Gates" (no, I am totally serious). This is all somehow related to Bill's college tour, which looked...
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    And MSN gets JibJab!

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    I'm sorry, I just looove me some JibJab ! Article here.
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    I'm giving up on the Apprentice Re-caps....ahhh, don't hate me!

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    I hate to say it and I'm just waiting for my bloglines subscribers to drop off. I took my computer home on Tuesday to re-cap my Tivoed episode from last week. I typed some notes and then started to think about how I actually dreaded doing the re-cap....
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    Steve Ballmer Caption Contest

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    Over on the Seattle PI blog. The proposed captions are hilarious! Of course, having not eaten any sugar in about 3 months, all I can think about is "mmm, hot tamales! I don't care if they are virus filled!"
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    Product Management Consortium, October 6

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    We'll be there this Thursday! Well, not me, but Maria and Colin will be there along with some other recruiters and/or hiring managers. It's a good opportunity to get some face time with Microsoft recruiters. I'm not a big fan of job fairs but I understand...
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    Proof of sunshine in Seattle

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    Or maybe it's always sunny when you are #1 (whee!). Please humor me just once each college football season, OK? (Ah, maybe twice)... I'm off to points south later this week for our game against WSU at the Coliseum and to take care of this pale glow...
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    My upcoming audio conference on recruitment blogging

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    I'm doing this with Kennedy Info on October 14th . Some content will be similar to what I have presented at ERE and CXR in the past, but a bigger emphasis on "how" and I'm excited to take lots of questions. Like... -How much time do you have to spend...
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    MSN/Yahoo! IM Interop

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    From the Wall Street Journal. Interesting. Now all Yahoo! users are going to get to IM the cool kids on MSN directly. It's like an invitation to the popular kids' table. Oh calm yourself...I'm just joking (kind of)! ; )
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    Microsoft partnering with Wembley Stadium

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    Article here. I heard it's going to be in Dubly and all the systems will go to eleven (sorry, a *little* spinal tap humor). Is it too much to hope for that the perks could possibly include one Staffing Programs Manager being whisked away to London...
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    This Just In: Microsoft Exec Picks Up Trash

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    Hehe! Well, the interesting part of the story is why he says he does it, in an e-mail to Lawrence Liu. via Scoble (like he needs any more links already)
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