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

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  • Blog Post: Heather Hamilton has left the building!

    Tomorrow, officially. You know I couldn't leave without saying goodbye, my wonderful, invisible interwebz friends. It's been 12 years of hard work and 7 years of blogging. Seven years! I plan to pick up the blogging again, elsewhere; at least the personal stuff. Yeah, yeah, the Microsoft stuff stays...
  • Blog Post: Nurturing a workplace for creatives...

    This article (or wait, is it a blog post...I'm going with article) kind of trails off into how to manage grown-ups, but the initial premise is something I agree with. If you hire creative people, you need to have a corporate culture that doesn't squeeze every bit of creativity out of them. Now, I consider...
  • Blog Post: Resume funkaliciousness...I like pink.

    OK, it's not for everybody. Or even mostlybody. However, this is fun. Bam! (More info on FastCompany here) I love novelty, when it doesn't interfere with practicality. What can I say...I am a practical gal. I think novelty and practicality can exist in harmony though. So here's what you need...
  • Blog Post: If I could do it all again, I'd do something different. But it still wouldn't be that.

    Sometimes I think about what would have happened if I majored in something else besides business in college. I mean, that business degree comes in handy-ish. An actual requirement to do my job? Not so much. I was in a training last week where we were calculating the net present value of a project. And...
  • Blog Post: The threat of the false positive by way of stupid pet tricks

    I'm always interested in other companies' interview processes. It helps me realize that some of the stuff we do really does feel like innovation to other companies even though it's just part of our regular process. I also realize that some of the things that work at a small company aren't going to hold...
  • Blog Post: Holey Resume!

    I love disagreeing. It's like a hobby. When I was a kid, I thought I would be a lawyer when I grew up. As much as I joke about it, the driver for me isn't the need to be right. I just love dialectic; the challenge and discovery. You know, when I am not getting a stern "talking to" about taking some time...
  • Blog Post: Yer hired!

    The best cover letter of all time ? Perhaps...if it works. The best manicure of all time? Nyet. (PS: the cover letter is a fake , but still adequately funny. And perhaps some good employment branding. If only the company wasn't named "Aviary"...kakaw!)
  • Blog Post: Now hiring, until you decide to get the band back together

    Once upon a time, I hired consultants and was working a job fair (hey, I said once upon a time and that time was the 90s). And our booth listed the areas for which we were hiring (yay, grammar!) and one of them was "client/server" and someone walked up and said they wanted to be a "client/server" or...
  • Blog Post: Speaking of talking about salary...

    Here's an article about an interesting report on salary disclosure in the workplace . And I call it interesting because it backs up what I have always said (yeah, I am like that); nothing good comes from sharing salary details in the workplace. It's kind of like eating Twinkies. You can't help yourself...
  • Blog Post: Hot-hot hot college majors for technology

    I majored in business administration and graduated from the Entrepreneur Program. So we shant pretend that I have any kind of a technical background (but I can write an awesome little piece of html that embeds videos in my blog postings....oh, wait, I cut and paste that awesome little piece of html)...
  • Blog Post: If a bubble pops and there's nobody there to hear it, does it really make a sound?

    It's a little encouraging to see recognition that talent (specifically tech talent) is pooling in places other than the Silicon Valley . Those of us that have been responsible for recruiting that talent have seen the quality of tech talent elsewhere increasing in what I would argue is directly proportionate...
  • Blog Post: The resume is an introduction, not an interview

    Thought I'd pull together some resume tips, seeing that the economy is scratching it's way out of the recession. Or so it seems. I swear that I can predict the state of the economy based on how many people ask me to review their resume and provide feedback. Things are looking up, friends. Anyway,...
  • Blog Post: How to write an email

    Sounds simple but so many people screw it up. Seth talks about writing a personal email. But I see these mistakes in the emails I get from job seekers and people trying to get my attention for some other professional reason. Listen up staffing tools vendors, agency recruiters and the people that want...
  • Blog Post: Too good to reward, gone in a flash.

    I've had a couple conversations this week about the size of the "passive"talent pool. Different people define this pool differently, but at the highest level, it's the folks that are not currently looking for a position. It's hard to estimate the size of this pool. But I think that it's safe to say that...
  • Blog Post: LinkedIn user, go back and try again using your smart-person voice

    My buddy, Chris Hoyt (AKA RecruiterGuy) diverged from his usual writing topics (about recruiting, for recruiters) and talks about the flagrant misuse and half-a**ery exhibited among some job seekers trying to "network". LinkedIn engagement is it's own kind of screening process. The "Dear sir/Madam...
  • Blog Post: Trendster job title: Ninja. Unlike.

    I get that the young professional generation wants to be able to define themselves. We all did when we were early in career. But Ninja? Really? It may be that part of that self-definition, for many, includes coming up with trendy job titles. And it may be a function of my age, but I find it a little...
  • Blog Post: AOL Adopting Google's Interviewing Model Why?

    Yeah, we all know a bunch of Goog's went to AOL. Old news. And although you can say that the Google PR machine may have spun up some mystique around their interview processes (Huh, who? Puzzle questions? Weren't we, like discussing those before there was a Google?), even promoting the use of GPAs as...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Women to Watch: Julie Larson-Green

    I'm changing the title from Women *Worth* Watching, because really? There are many more that are worthy; some at lower levels, some because we can find something to trip over, even if it's not there (wait, what? Me?). I'm going to look past the references to the "Empire" (zzzzzz) and the idea that there...
  • Blog Post: Multitasking Kills Puppies

    OK, maybe it doesn't but it's definitely overrated. And I can't do it . I sometimes have focus so intense that someone walking up behind me and saying "hi!" can scare the crap out of me. Like heart-leaping scared. So flipping my focus back and forth between two things is just a huge drain. And it...
  • Blog Post: I won't be making it into the office today...(cough, cough)

    Gawker gives you the rules on using sick days (hint: don't use them when you are sick because that is no fun at all). The hangover day has been a topic of conversation. Some people feel it's OK as long as you don't do it a lot. Me? I like to punish myself for drinking too much (why is that a lesson...
  • Blog Post: Uncluttering at work...

    I struggle with time management. I get my stuff done, but the issue of "time" always comes up. Yesterday, someone mentioned that everything I was talking about with regard to my life outside of work was about time too (Do I have time to get this all done before I put my house on the market? Is this the...
  • Blog Post: The possibility of not getting a job because of those jello shots

    Apparently, we sponsored a survey that found that the majority of recruiters had declined to pursue a prospect/candidate because of information they found about a candidate online. Wow....so this makes me realize that it has been a while since I worked a desk. I admit that. But I still have an opinion...
  • Blog Post: How relevant is that liberal arts degree in the workplace?

    In a recent New York Times article (and I kind of want to punch myself for just typing that), Kate Zernike discusses degree selection and the adjustment colleges and universities are making due to shifts in the social and economic environment. Some schools are doing away with liberal arts degrees like...
  • Blog Post: Greatest hits: interview prep

    I took a look at this older post recently and thought I would share it because I think it holds up pretty well. Companies have gotten more and more sophisticated with interview techniques and I think what was once thought of as the "Microsoft interview" can be used at any number of companies and interviewers...
  • Blog Post: Finding recruiters and stalking them like a pro

    We live in interesting times. Can we all agree on that? I remember the tanky economy in 91 and then again in 99. And like, now. The one benefit we have now is the social media that energizes and streamlines our ability to connect with just about anyone. I'm not just talking about your high school...
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