One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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    We are still busy hiring...always

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    Seattle PI reported on our hiring projections for the fiscal year 05 (which started in July). I've been here since the summer of 99 and I have yet to see things slow down. I guess if you work here and you want a breather, you gotta take a vacation...which...
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    A new phenomenon...blog guilt

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    I've already complained about the shameless people that start a blog and then never come back (boo! hiss!). But there are a number of conscientious bloggers out there who really want to be consistent, but for whatever reason (lack of post inspiration...
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    Buzzword bonanza...

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    Here's an article from careerbuilder on corporate buzzwords. Lots of buzzwords floating around Microsoft but I haven't heard of many of these before (who comes up with this stuff anyway?). You know how I feel about buzzwords...please don't include them...
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    Brand, brand, brand...

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    The marketing recruiters here at Microsoft get together regularly to discuss topics that affect our work and to collaborate. One thing that we do is look at positions that are similar but sit in different organizations (which are owned by different recruiters...
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    Ready for some college football?

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    It's been pretty dry here...probably drier than normal but I'm no expert having only lived here for 5 years. Anyway, in my backyard, one of my trees is losing some leaves and it occurred to me that fall is coming early. Every year in late summer, my co...
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    More hints on posting your resume to job boards...

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    A few more things I thought of and thought I would share with regard to posting your resume to job boards: 1) think about WHEN you post your resume. Many recruiters use search agents that seek out key words on your resume and deliver links of the top...
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    Job Board tips

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    Zoe recently posted on the techjobs blog requesting feedback from people on their use of job boards to find new positions. This post really coincided with some work I am doing mining resumes off of said job boards (yes, we call it mining, 'cause good...
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    Getting a contract position with Microsoft

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    Lots of people have asked me about this and I wanted to make sure that I am giving you the right information...so I had to do some research and ask around... Recruiters at Microsoft don't handle contract opportunities...frankly, I probably sound a...
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    Morphing your marketing career into a technical marketing career (step three)

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    Figured that it was time for a new post on this. Now that you have gotten some basic understanding of the systems and applications space and have looked at some work being done around technical product management, I'd say it's a good time to pick your...
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    Question to the blog community...when is it OK to solicit links?

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    Today, I saw someone asking other people to link to specific info on their blogs. I deleted the mail but it may have involved some product features or something. To me, it seems a little unusual to *ask” someone to link to your blog, but I may have...
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    Recruiting for marketing is hard!

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    And I suspect that what makes it hard for us as recruiters also makes it hard for marketing job seekers. First, let me say that I am not complaining because what makes my job hard is also one of the things I enjoy most about it.It takes a “special“...
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    Blogging 101

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    Debbie Weil is putting on a blogging seminar for beginners. Looks like they are answering a lot of the questions I had when I first learned about blogging. Unfortunately for me (or them), I bugged a bunch of Microsoft people to figure this info out on...
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    You think YOU have it tough? Try molting.

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    I was listening to National Public Radio on Friday on my way out of downtown and I heard this report on lobster molting (I know, this has absolutely nothing to do with marketing). I'm just saying that no matter what is going on, life could be worse.....
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    Morphing your marketing career into a technical marketing career (step two)

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    Thought it was time for another tip on making the transition from marketing to tech marketing. As I mentioned before, we had our Marketing Symposium on Friday. Steve Ballmer spoke (he's always good). Then we had a number of leaders from marketing across...
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    Work is keeping me from getting my work done.

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    Perhaps I should resist the feeling that I need to tell you that I will be out of the office at a marketing symposium tomorrow (do you care?). Yeah, Microsoft actually invited it's marketing recruiters to it's marketing symposium....and I think that is...
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    Corporate Blogging Survey...

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    John Cass is doing a survey on corporate blogging . If you are a blogger and have time, you might want to help him out and then check back to see why other people are blogging.
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    I got my 5 year clock...

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    I forgot to tell you...I got my 5 year clock! For those of you that don't know what I am talking about (no, it has nothing to do with biology), Microsoft rewards employees after 5 years with a clock (you can also choose a pen but hardly anybody does)...
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    BlogShares...Fantasy Blog Shares Market

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    So maybe it's not an answer to how we measure the effectiveness of a blog, but if you are a blogger and haven't yet checked out blogshares, you should take a peek. It's not the real world, but it does help you think about the value of your blogging and...
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    I hate that I am jealous of the tech bloggers...

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    It probably not why you think it is, actually. All of us bloggers are spending time building community outside Microsoft and they, the tech bloggers, already have a community inside Microsoft. Couple examples: -Our internal blog discussion alias is...
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    Trackbacks and links..a nice way to say "thanks"

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    When you first start blogging, it's a little tough to get a sense of whether you are connecting with your readers...and who they are exactly. Sometimes it feels like you are talking to yourself...at least until you feel like you have really found your...
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    Turning a call from a recruiter into a networking call...

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    On Monday, I posted on what to do to manage your career during an economic upturn. And I encouraged you to take advantage of calls from recruiters (in-house and third party). I've also seen lots of posts from people complaining about recruiters...mostly...
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    How can I tell if I was successful?

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    I just e-mailed my annual performance review to my manager. And it's always a relief to hit that send button, but you also always wonder if there wasn't just one more piece of information that you would have supplied to show how awesome you are. I...
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    Morphing your marketing career into a technical marketing career (step one)

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    Many people have asked me for advice on morphing a marketing career into a technical marketing career. It can be tough to make a career shift when there are so many people out there looking for a new opportunity; and many of them already have a technical...
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    What's the appropriate ratio of personal to professional posts?

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    Some of the positive comments I've received about my blog have to do with showing the “human side” of Microsoft and our recruiting process. And I realize that part of that is because I've blogged on some kind of personal stuff (nothing too...
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    Meet Ben Riga!

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    As promised, Ben Riga has agreed to a “blog interview” on his experience so far at Microsoft (I think this is week 2!); specifically his experience going through the recruiting/interview process and his on-boarding. As I mentioned before,...
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