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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: Microsoft Mobile Games Studio

    There are three things I want you to know about this: 1) I think that annoucing something like the introduction of a new studio via a job description is excellent PR, if it was intentional. See interwebz, sometimes leaks can be good. 2) There's a guy referenced in this article whose last name is...
  • Blog Post: Technical Community Network Communications Specialist (the kind of job title that explains why we use acronyms so much here)

    You know I always hesitate to plop job descriptions in here. Because, you know, despite my actual job, I find job descriptions (yawn) boring. The words "necessary evil" come to mind, but I don't really believe things can be evil. Maybe they are just a "necessary drag". I'm sure hiring managers feel the...
  • Blog Post: Marketing Hiring Event in Austin

    A bunch of Microsoft recruiters and hiring managers from across the comnpany are flying down to the Lone Star State (yeehaw!) to meet with folks interested in working for Microsoft. The backgrounds they are interested in are: Product Management Product Planning Marketing Communications/Marketing...
  • Blog Post: Marketing Recruiting Event in the Bay Area Next Week

    My team is helping to recruit for this event. Thought I would share the announcement in case anyone out there is interested. The recruiters are reviewing resumes relative to our open marketing posiitons so if you ware intersted, please get me your resume ASAP so I can forward it to the recruiters. Thanks...
  • Blog Post: It's like all my little girl dreams coming true at once

    Today I get to live one of my recruiting fantasies. Only it's totally real. And it's totally my day off. One of the huge challenges in recruiting is getting the information you need to build a prospect profile. Back in the day, when I was a line recruiter, I remember the frustration of getting specs...
  • Blog Post: Nintendo's 90%

    So if you are part of the 90% of sales and marketing folks at Nintendo's headquarters that are not relocating to San Francisco or New York, and you happened to be doing some searches online thinking about places you might want to work that would not require you to relocate to San Francisco or New York...
  • Blog Post: Senior Research Manager, Zune (200098)

    Zune is the latest step in Microsoft’s vision of connected entertainment: a new way people can engage with their music, pictures, games and videos. As a Senior Research Manager you will be responsible for managing primary and secondary Zune research to meet the evolving needs of the business. You will...
  • Blog Post: Head Copywriter, Zune (183782)

    The Zune brand team is looking for an experienced copywriter with proven marcomm experience to help drive the strategy and execution of Zune voice, tone, style in all communications. If you’re passionate about brands, have a keen facility for language, and a proven track record creating consumer and...
  • Blog Post: FrontEdge User Interface Designer (186543)

    Zune, the new entertainment business at Microsoft, will define the next generation of entertainment – a new way for people to engage with their games, music, and videos. Imagine if you could connect to your entertainment wherever you are, on the TV, on your portable media player, your Xbox, your PC or...
  • Blog Post: FrontEDGE Senior Interaction Designer, Zune (185885)

    Zune, the new entertainment business at Microsoft, will define the next generation of entertainment – a new way for people to engage with their games, music, and videos. Imagine if you could connect to your entertainment wherever you are, on the TV, on your portable media player, your Xbox, your PC or...
  • Blog Post: Country Genre Producer, Zune (186515)

    Want to play a key role in defining the voice of Zune, Microsoft’s new entertainment device? This is your chance. Microsoft is seeking a Country Music Genre Producer for the Zune Marketplace digital download store. Working in this cutting-edge area, you’ll be responsible for creating thematic playlists...
  • Blog Post: Hardware Bus Dev Manager, Zune (186544)

    Welcome to the Social. The Zune Business Development team is hiring a Business Development Manager to focus on hardware business development. By working with industry leaders in the fields of silicon, components and manufacture, the Business Development Manager will be a key influencer in how our products...
  • Blog Post: Meet Sari Crevin, Microsoft Staffing Consultant for the Zune Team

    My team acts as a supplier and partner to the marketing staffing community here at Microsoft. So I get to work with some of the industry's best recruiters. I'm excited to share an interview I did recently with Sari Crevin (her first name rhymes with Larry), a Staffing Consultant for the Zune Team. Since...
  • Blog Post: Why is the MBA important?

    I got a question from blog reader on the importance of the MBA. It's a great question. Many of our job descriptions list the MBA as "preferred"; some may even list it as a requirement. I'll give you my personal opinion on this. Keep in mind that I didn't write these job descriptions. If I wrote the...
  • Blog Post: Employee experience changes at Microsoft

    The Seattle Times has an article on the changes made to the current Microsoft employee experience made by our Senior VP, Lisa Brummel. I don't think I blogged much about this other than the home grocery delivery offering (hey, it's a novelty...I care about the other stuff). A bunch of things were rolled...
  • Blog Post: 2006 Marketing Salary Survey

    There's a new one up at the Aquent site . This year it isn't blinking. Thanks to reader Alex for the link
  • Blog Post: And what did you expect?

    As I mentioned, we held our invitational career networking event last night. Since most of my work is technology enabled, I don't get to spend as much time as I would like face-to-face with candidates and hiring managers. Yet the secret to the success of my team is our ability to connect those candidates...
  • Blog Post: Finally, an international launch page

    In the past, when I've been contacted by international candidates interested in working at Microsoft, I had to give rather specific directions (go here and then click there and there) on how to use our career site to apply. It seems we were a US company with some overseas offices when in reality, we...
  • Blog Post: I'm a recruiter, I'm a marketer, I'm a programs manager...what am I again?

    I have one of those jobs that requires explaining. My title (on any given day) isn't necessarily evocative of what I do. I think part of the reason for that is my disregard for titles and the boundaries of job descriptions (and the fact that I crafted my role...it's made from scratch!). If I see something...
  • Blog Post: Stuff the applicants are doing that make my job harder

    Not to complain....because I love receiving resumes and am glad when someone is considering a career at Microsoft. I'm not under the ridiculous impression that everyone reads my blog before sending me a resume. But on days when I am looking through hundreds of resumes, the mistakes that applicants make...
  • Blog Post: Career Networking Event in Redmond, WA

    Remember when I blogged about what awesome looks like on a resume ? Well our invitational event with the hiring group that inspired the post is coming up. Whee! The event is on-campus, so we are looking for folks in the local area. If you are outside the greater Seattle area, don't fret...I'll still...
  • Blog Post: You can work on an award winning marketing team....literally

    Funny how people throw around the term "award winning". Sometimes it even denotes that an award was won... Like the Stevie Award for "Best Marketing Team" won by our Corporate Marketing & Research Insight Group here at Microsoft. Back in the day, I supported this team and really appreciated how...
  • Blog Post: Anderson Cooper on the Daily Show tonight?

    It's like some programming wizard at Comedy Central really loves me! I can't decide if there's chocolate in my peanut better or peanut butter on my chocolate (if you don't know what that means, ask your parents). Smarty-pants Heather and snarky Heather are finally both happy at the same time. Oh happy...
  • Blog Post: Robert Scoble reportedly leaving Microsoft

    First, I don't know if it's true. I'm reading it on blogs just like you. Aside from the occasional e-mail exchange, one phone call, being introduced twice (I'm sure he still couldn't pick me out in a crowd) and reading Robert's blog, I don't know him all that well. So I have no way to confirm. Last April...
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