One Louder

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

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    In my element...

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    I try not to talk too much about my passion for college football here because the urge to edit out comments from haters would be just too great for me to bear. We have an NCAA college football e-mail alias here where we all snark at each other (and you...
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    Recruiter Question #2: Resume Red Flags

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    Question courtesy of ChrisS (thanks Chris!)... What are common red flags on a resume? What will make you stop reading it?
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    Recruiter Question #6: Outside interests

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    Recruiters...what kind of outside interests do you want to see on a resume? How do you feel about hobbies, religious affiliations, fraternities/sororities, travel, clubs, etc? What's the most unusual non-work-related thing you have seen listed on a...
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    It depends on what your definition of "is" is

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    This has been bugging me for a while. The possessive word Is, which rhymes with "eyes" (as in Bill and Is relationship), is not a word. Someone please tell every participant in reality TV and talk shows because it's driving me nuts (and I already know...
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    I'm so sick of the political ads!

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    Argggh! Thankfully the election is tomorrow...I cannot stand any more of these advertisements. What's worse is the phone calls with a taped statement from the candidate. If I stayed on the line long enough to find out who the candidates were, I would...
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    Recruiter question #4: Objective statements

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    Objective statements on resumes...a good idea or not so much? If you like them, tell us what you want to see.
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    Odysseus has nothing on me

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    When I heard that the news reported Seattle has gotten an inch of snow, I thought "big deal...they freak out over a little snow which will probably be gone when I get home". It's hard to care about snow when you are enjoying sunshine. When I travel...
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    Moderating comments

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    You know I hate to do this. As I am in and out of the office from now through years end and I'm a total control freak unwilling to let anyone else act as blog administrator here (Hah! Like someone wants to!), and I'm seeing more blog spam, I'm going to...
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    Recruiter Question #7: Chronological or functional?

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    I know I have never been a fan of the functional resume...too much opportunity for things to be hidden. I want to know what you did, where and when. I don't mind a functional section at the front of the resume (though the straight-up chronological resume...
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    Whomever wrote this headline has some serious issues

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    Desperate No More: Eva Longoria Engaged Are you freaking kidding me? Yeah, all us single gals are "desperate" until someone comes and rescues us. Gag. Really, one should expect more from the Associated Press.
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    Recruiter Question #1: What catches your eye on a resume?

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    Recruiters, what is the first thing you look at on a candidate's resume?
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    Recruiter Question #3: Cover Letters

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    OK, I may be stacking these questions too close together but let's see what happens. This one's from Erich, the artist currently known as eRock: ...it seems very few recruiters read cover letters, is it really necessary to include one with your resume...
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    Recruiter question #5: What do you want from me?

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    Thought we could delve into the realm of the interview (we'll come back to resumes...I have more questions). One question I've heard asked before regards the dreaded question "What is your greatest weakness?". It can be seen as a "trick question" but...
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    Job offer advice

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    Good job offer advice from the Marketing Headhunter. I'd say something about a bird in the hand, but I think we already determined that I don't like to touch raw poultry. Anyway, I've had candidates decline our offer and then want to revisit. The hiring...
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    Matthew Ammon

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    Sad news for Microsoft. A construction accident that happened last week in Bellevue claimed the life of a bright young Microsoft attorney, Matthew Ammon , in his condo. I don't know Matthew and I doubt that his family will see this, but our hearts go...
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    Single people celebrate holidays too

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    This is really the first year I have noticed this but it's happened a couple times: When scheduling meetings around the holidays (let's take Thanksgiving for example), people assume that they can schedule right up to the date. My guess is that these...
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    Fighting off the hypocrisy of logging on when I am taking vacation time

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    You think the interesting internal battle is good versus evil? I can't believe how much mental energy I have already burnt trying to decide if I log on while I take holiday time off. It's ridiculous. Having worked at Microsoft for the number of years...
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    You too can be a big loser

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    Here's a Businessweek article about Microsoft's clinical weight management program . You know those hours in front of the computer screen aren't making us any more fit. Many of you know that I struggled with weight problems in the past, not significant...
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    Taking the fun out of Halloween

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    Meant to blog about this last week...just so darn busy. There was a TV advertisement that was running last week that was recommending that people give out sugar-free candies at Halloween. I forget who was running the ad. Probably some dental association...
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    Recruiter Question #8: So many positions, so little time, so many opportunities to hit the "apply" button

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    All recruiters may not be in the situation we are in, where we have hundreds upon hundreds of open positions posted at once. But even smaller companies may experience when candidate enthusiasm becomes too much of a good thing? Or is it ever too much?...
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    One more entry in the category "truth is stranger than fiction"

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    I got an mass e-mail yesterday from Alaska Airlines. I guess I get these because I have a frequent flyer card. Anyway, the subject line of the e-mail is "Tell us Your Favorite Alaska Airlines Story" and links to this website . Hmm, where do I start...
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    Why people blog

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    I thought this was interesting . Verbatims (is that one of those annoying, made up words?) of bloggers on why they do it. Some days I wake up and ask myself..why? WHY?
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    I knew she was one of us

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    Carolyn Kepcher joins Microsoft . Well, sort of.
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    One pair of hiking boots used twice in seven years

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    There's no fashion in hiking. You need proof? That's my dad and me hiking at Superstition Mountain on Thanksgiving morning. I thought my glasses/hat combo was pretty special.
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    Two contract opportunities available on my team

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    THought I should let you all know that I have two contract opportunities available on my team in case you, or someone you know, is in the market for a contract recruiting stint at Microsoft. Also, by posting this, I am unburdening myself of some of the...
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