One Louder

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

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    This Sunday, I am doing something that I have wanted to do for a VERY long time. I am going to see Earth, Wind and Fire at the White River Amphitheater . Actually, it's Chicago with Earth,Wind and Fire, but I think it should be the other way around. I...
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    When you spend more time talking about blogging than actually blogging?

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    Some of my fellow Microsoft corporate bloggers have gone a bit dark. Robert Scoble , Lenn Pryor , come back! I suspect that are doing work on Channel 9 , among other things. And I know that they are spending time talking to people about blogging (like...
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    I could use a little customer feedback here...

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    One of the things I am focused on in my work is creating a positive experience for applicants and candidates. Part of that is working in a content overhaul on our marketing careers site . I worked on this the last time we updated the content and that...
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    Heading down to Silicon Valley again...

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    Today I spoke with Sid, who handles "alliances" for the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association . Sounds like I am going to be heading back down to the Valley to talk with their group and do some exploratory interviews in October (Sid's clearing...
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    Someone's keeping a list on...

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    news stories about blogging. I'm trying to find good media quotes about blogging for my presentation (then I get to call my slides "done" and work on something else!) but there's too much noise in google for me to find it quickly. If you have a good media...
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    We're All Journalists Now

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    Wired News article: "We're All Journalists Now". Xeni Jardin talks to Dan Gillmore, reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and opinion leader on media and technology: In his new book, We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, forthe People ,...
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    Picking a social networking service

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    Good article today on MSN: Online Social Networks Go To Work . Most of the articles I've read so far have really only introduced the idea of social networking and highlighted its "coolness". In this article Xeni does a good job of peeling back the onion...
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    How do you work reading into your daily/weekly/monthly routine?

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    I have a basket in my office that I dump articles, business magazines, long e-mails into. I don't want my desk to get all cluttered up with stuff and there doesn't seem to be an obvious time to tackle the reading I need to do. Once or twice, I've grabbed...
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    Research and open doors

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    I've always loved doing research. OK, well, not always, but ever since I became a grown-up. One of the things that I like most about my job is that I am often given a problem to solve, the resources to solve it and the autonomy to get it done. There's...
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    Zach Braff is the new Wil Wheaton...kind of.

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    I just read that Zach Braff, the actor on Scrubs and new filmmaker (Garden State), is blogging . Cool...I think. This may be an interesting experiment on what happens when your blog becomes your corporate website, Hollywood style. I mean, how do you read...
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    "Sponsored Links" are freaking me out!

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    Now that I have had my Tivo for a few months, I have been getting used to a life with less advertising. My ability to fast forward through commercials plus my use of software that blocks pop-up advertisements, has really limited the number of marketing...
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    Whatever happened to job fairs anyway?

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    Back when I started my recruiting career, job fairs were a staple of the recruiter role. I lived in Chicago and, being a big city, with lots of people and lots of job openings, I knew that many people would be matched up with potential opportunities at...
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    Why recruiters don't blog...

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    So I presented my blog site yesterday to that group of staffing industry folks. And while I got many comments about how cool it was, I doubt that there will be a bunch of recruiting blogs popping up next week. We talked about how I use my blog to share...
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    Best blogging tools for *new* bloggers

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    Hey, fellow bloggers out there, what are the free blog tools that you would recommend for recruiters that want to start a blog? What are the best aggregator tools for people that want to read blogs? Us recruiters, we tend to be non-technical folks...
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    Is this Tuna or Chicken what I'm eating?

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    One of the highlights of my day today was getting an opportunity to imitate Jessica Simpson in front of a room of staffing industry leaders. If you ever have a chance, try to find a way to say something really stupid to a group of really smart people...
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    And this is how I know I am cool...

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    You know how sometimes when the bagger at the grocery store calls you “sir” or “ma'am”, you start to doubt your coolness (if the checker cards you for alcohol, it lessens the sting though)? If you are under 30, just wait, it's...
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    Recruiting blog void...

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    One of my co-workers told me that I was the top ranked google result for the words “marketing”, “recruiting” and “blog”. I guess I kind of already figured that. Because last week I asked you where all of the recruiting...
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    Its Prime Wine

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    A few weeks ago, I stopped into Chili's with a friend for a beer. I noticed a wine store next door called “Grape Escape” (no web site to link to but they are in Crossroads Shopping Center) and loving wine as much as I do, I went inside. Just...
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    Watch out for "Sales and Marketing"

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    Most recruiters looks at hundreds, possibly thousands of resumes a week. As much as I'd like to tell you that a recruiter thoroughly reviews your entire resume before making a decision on whether to contact you, that's usually not true (hint: the top...
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    Blogging versus journalism, Exhibit 2

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    Charles Cooper writes about the poor quality of blog posts from the Democratic National Convention. I guess my response is “What did you expect? Journalism?” We are all excited to see blogging even getting some air-time (although hearing...
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    Should I be afraid to like Google?

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    Since my blog quote got picked up by that Reuters reporter, I've had a couple people ask me about the reaction to my statement that I love Google. I guess that people expect that we somehow get in trouble if we like tech products built by other companies...
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    Where are all the recruiting blogs?

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    In September, I am speaking at the ERE ( Electronic Recruiting Exchange ) Expo. Here's my session topic: Blogging for Talent – Community Building on the Internet Heather Hamilton Senior Recruiter, Marketing Talent Acquisition MICROSOFT...
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    Blogging versus journalism...

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    My blog was quoted today in an article by a Reuters reporter . Unfortunately no link back to my blog and no mention of my name. I'm guessing Spencer isn't a blogger so that's OK (although it would have been really cool to see my name in there). I guess...
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    Blogging Lessons...

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    Gretchen posted about lessons learned in the first few months of blogging. Her eloquent post (go Gretchen!) is truly representative of my feelings as well. a few more to add: -When you are a non-technical blogger, less people know you are there. Zoe...
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    How do recruiters use online resumes?

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    After a HOT weekend, I'm back to searching for excellent marketing professionals (no, I don't do that on the weekend) and focusing on sourcing resumes off the internet (did I tell you how much I love google?). As you know, my role here at Microsoft is...
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