One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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February, 2006

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    Holy cow...wine.com!

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    Remember when I complained about wine.com not answering my e-mail from their wine buyer page? Well, they apologized...in writing. And they sent me some lovely wines. Margaret, who is an Account Manager in their "Business Gifting" group found my blog post...
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    When a Competitor Moves into Your Space and Eats Your Lunch (and your customers are eating theirs)

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    I might just have food on the mind (South Beach day 4 and still surviving), but I've been thinking lately about the grocery store wars going on here in the Seattle area (well, the east side at least) and the marketing behind them. Like most metropolitan...
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    Women and Negotiating Salary

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    Here's an NPR Morning Edition segment on women and negotiating salary. In my experience as a recruiter, negotiating with both men and women, the men do seem to be more aggressive. Of course, this isn't scientific; it's just what I recall. In my...
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    You're both fired! Now go away and hush up!

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    Donald Trump Lashes Out at Martha. Just because you can say something doesn't mean you should. Donald Trump has no filter and obviously thinks that this is his world that the rest of us are living in. Of course, he signed up for Martha's version of...
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    Calling in Sick (when by "sick" you mean "I love tequila!")

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    I rarely do it. Call in sick, that is. Others do it a lot, I guess , according to the MSN Careers Site. I've maybe taken one or two sick days since I started at Microsoft almost 7 years ago. Yeah, just healthy living and a major decrease in allergy symptom...
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    March: a month for eating well in Seattle

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    March is just around the corner and yippee because in Seattle, March is 25 for $25 month , where you can go to top restaurants and get a three course dinner for $25 per person (or lunch for $12.50 which is also just crazy). These aren't skimpy portions...
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    I knew it..

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    Jonas' butt is good for the environment . I can't help but sing the theme song to the Beverly Hilbillies in my head..."black gold" (sorry, I am being gross, but MSNBC said 'poop' first). Now if I can just get him to run for the door when I say " do you...
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    Bill gates not a Doggy Daddy?

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    The P-I's TV critic, Melanie McFarland, interviews "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan on celebrity personalities and dog ownership. Does he actually refer to himself as "The Dog Whisperer"? Looks like it, but I bet he whispers it. Oprah a better dog owner...
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    Some people will never learn...

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    how stupid it is to lie on their resume. People who otherwise must seem smart to some people somewhere to achieve a certain level of success find it necessary to fudge their credentials. Now it's the CEO of RadioShack (or should I say former CEO?), David...
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    Is anyone else watching the Olympics?

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    The Olympics are much more enjoyable for me, now that we are in the age of DVR (that's what you call them, right?). Used to be that I would check the listings of a couple sports that interested me and try to tune in. But these days, I can't help resisting...
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    Becoming a big fan of working from home

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    It's starting to freak me out a little bit. I used to be so adamant about needing the separation between "work" and "home" and using the drive home to try to purge my mind of all professional noise. This has totally changed recently. Now closing the computer...
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    Hot granola in a Starbucks cup?

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    Over on Brand Autopsy, there's a discussion on Starbucks recent test-marketing of hot granola (OK, low fat granola with steamed milk to be exact). It probably doesn't sounds weird to those of you that have ever tried the hot Grape Nuts thing (and how...
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    I have 9000 friends..yeah!

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    Demetri Martin discusses what's wrong with "Social Networking". OK, he's talking about kids and it's parody, but the same concepts apply to professional "Social Networking". And it's all enhanced by the fact that it's being presented by an adult with...
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    In your job search, are you a buyer a seller or something else?

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    Jeff Hunter discusses a model for thinking about job search transactions and the roles involved. One thing I will add, at least as it relates to my position, is that it's good to understand when the value transaction has taken place. I receive many...
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    Which blog search engines are the best?

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    Scoble is trying to find out. I'll play: brrreeeport
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    Germaphobe: why do I care about this so much?

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    Shopping cart handles, bathroom doorknobs . I've made considerable effort to avoid each. I use the sanitary wipes provided at my local grocery store to wipe the funk off the shopping cart and I pull my sleeve over my hand before using the doorknob to...
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    At what point...

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    ...do cute company names bounce off the public consciousness. I'm there already, are you?
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    Boomerangs...very popular in Australia...and Redmond

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    On Jobsblog, Jenna posted about a Microsoft employee that left and came back. Last week, at our Silicon Valley Networking event, two of the hiring managers from the BMO team talked about how they left Microsoft and came back too. Mostly, I think that...
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    Seth Godin on reasons...

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    This is exactly why I bring the hiring managers to the candidates. I hate "the way we have always done it" by default. And I don't waste too much time on my lawn. I don't!
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    How to Write Job Descriptions that Don't Totally Stink

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    Most job descriptions stink..there, I said it. I'm not blaming anyone for writing stinky job descriptions. I don't like writing job descriptions. It's right up there with writing my own resume. One of those things you just want to get over with as quickly...
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    Why Bill Gates knows Wannly Alvarez Better Than He Knows Me

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    Anyone else think that kids today are smarter than when we were young? Talk about taking advantage of opportunities. Good for you Wannly Alvarez! And no, Bill Gates doesn't know me.
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    Unnecessary attribution....a step too far

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    Or according to Jason Calacanis: Dealing with Dummies, for Dummies*** First, it was Pat Riley and "three-peat", then Texas A&M and "the 12th man" and now this (?). The part I find so incredibly fascinating is that their intent seems to be to protect...
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    Find your talent in the stars

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    Here's some good reading for anyone who cares about the impact talent can have on an organization. Jeff Hunter questions whether it's all about the talent , specifically whether it's all about the stars . I love it when Jeff writes about this kind...
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    It pays to be nice to your employees

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    I'm just saying. via Darren
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    Resolution to the Alaska Airlines Situation

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    OK, final update on the Alaska Airlines sitch. Last week was nice, not talking about it and not blogging about it. So when I got a voice mail from the Americas SVP at Menzies (Alaska Air's contractor) last Friday, I was hoping it was coming to some kind...
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