One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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    Why do bloggers keep falling off?

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    Does the novelty of blogging wear off so quickly that people aren't keeping up their blogs? I notice that many of the people I have linked to have just let their blogs go. And I am actively unlinking for sure. Are we all such perfectionists that if we...
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    What is it going to take for (corporate) blogging to become a job skill?

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    I know many of us are blogging as part of our jobs. But what will it take for blogging is recognized as a skill in and of itself? How long before you see “blogging” as an experience or skill requirement in a job description? First, let...
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    Prepare for the economic upturn now...

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    I keep hearing that the economy is picking up , although my life hasn't changed much lately (needless to say there are always more open marketing positions here than we can fill). But if the economy is improving (and in the interest of optimistic thinking...
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    Our newest Platform Evangelist has joined the team...

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    I told you last week that we made a great new hire recently as a result of our work with the Software Product Marketing eGroup and the Silicon Valley PMA. I'll let Ben introduce himself a little more later, but wanted to find out what kinds of questions...
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    Heading to Boston in September

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    I think I mentioned before that I am speaking at a recruiting conference in Boston this September. Well, given that Boston is a great location for talent and I don't love flying, we decided to turn this into a recruiting trip. Basically, our recent trip...
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    I'm still here..

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    Feeling a little guilty for not posting recently, especially after the disappointment I expressed over people starting and then abandoning their blogs. I have killer allergies and I am having a hard time doing anything more than work my 8 hours and sleep...
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    Subservient Chicken

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    Scoble is talking about the subservient chicken website again over on his blog . It's a viral marketing tool used by Burger King. Here's a direct link to the Reuters news feed (BK says the campaign worked). In the spirit of “thinking too much”...
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    Microsoft Newsletters

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    While Microsoft employees are delivering “unofficial” info about our functions, groups and products via blogs, there are actually some corporate newsletters that you can sign up for that will deliver news links to your inbox. I use these...
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    Resume Blogging when you already have a job...

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    People have been asking about Resume Blogs and the hazards of putting one up when you already have a job you'd like to keep...unless your dream job comes along. Actually, this applies to resumes stored on any blog. I'm not sure I have a simple answer...
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    Speaking of feeling my age...

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    Here's an 80s pop music quiz . First let me say I'm a bit of a pop culture junkie and I turned 12 in 1980 so I remember all this stuff pretty well (and I look young for my age, so there!). Plus I have a memory for details like annoying song lyrics that...
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    ResumeBlogs work...I have proof

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    Back in March, I told you that ResumeBlogs work . And in other posts, I've encouraged active networking as part of a career search (including networking via blogs). Even in the ProfGuilds' Software Product Marketing Discussion Group , there is conversation...
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    When work is a nice vacation from your life

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    I started getting blog guilt today. I get so disappointed when I find a blog that looks like it will be good but then it gets ignored by the owner. I don't want to become one of those blog owners. My reason for not blogging is physical exhaustion...from...
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    Think like a recruiter...

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    I've given lots of advice on how to make yourself more visible as a potential candidate on the Internet, how to use your blog as a job search tool and how to write a strong resume. My intent in sharing this advice with you is to help you understand how...
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    The Zen of Career Evaluation

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    Career advice article: Zen and 7 Steps to a More Fulfilling Job . When you need a life change, it doesn't necessarily mean looking for a new job. Reminds me of some of the soul-searching Lenn has been doing over on his blog. There's some good advice in...
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    Blogs, personality and the hiring process...

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    Wendell Williams, in his recent writing on “Incorporating Personality Into the Hiring Process” , discusses the connection between personality traits and performance (and therefore hiring). Much of the article is about personality testing ...
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    didtheyreadit.com?...Idon'tlikeit.com

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    I read about the new service called didtheyreadit.com that lets you know not only whether the receiver read your e-mail, but how long they looked at it and whether they forwarded it. Count me among the people “freaked out” by this and I only...
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    Is blogging the "next big thing" for Microsoft

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    BillG speaks more specifically about blogging....in this Seattle PI article.
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    Resume grammar

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    Test Your Resume Grammar and Punctuation I.Q. article on MSN. Some of these grammar infractions are pretty minor (like how a date should be listed). However, Joelle Silva explains why grammar and punctuation mistakes can keep you from being “short...
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    Does Microsoft's endorsement of employee blogging make it a better place to work?

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    So now you know my opinions on what blogging says about you as a candidate to potential employers (if you happen to link that blog on your resume). But what does an employers willingness or even encouragement of employee blogging mean about the work environment...
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    Does blogging make you a better candidate for Microsoft?

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    Got an e-mail today from someone who asked “As a Recruiter at MS, would it make a difference to you if a candidate you were considering had a personal blog listed in their resume? Would you check out their blog?...Do you ever worry about identity...
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    Cool jobs that use both technical and marketing skills!

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    I've blogged before that many of our groups really value marketers with strong technical backgrounds/understanding. So here are some hot jobs that I think people with both marketing and technical skills would find super interesting. These positions sit...
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    How many different versions of my resume do I need?

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    In my google eavesdropping, I'm noticing that lots of people have been searching on keywords suggesting that they are looking for resume advice...anything from resume formats, to digital resumes. In the past I recommended that you have .doc and .txt copies...
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    Social Networking and Recruiting...the tools don't match the hype

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    Good article on Workforce.com about social networking and recruiting, titled “The Money Is Pouring In, but Social Technology Has Yet to Match the Hype“. I still find it very interesting that it's taking the industry a while to come to it's...
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    Blogs and Recruiting...seems to me there is some confusion

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    Workforce.com recently published an article on blogs and recruiting . I gotta say that posting jobs to a web site run by someone else that includes advertisements is not my idea of blogging. What makes a blog a blog? I think it's run by one person or...
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    The keywords you use to find me...

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    I had a smart moment today and decided to check out the google (and other search engine) links on my referrers page so I could understand what keywords are pulling up my blog. This was after John Porcaro mentioned how many of his links are through google...
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