One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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    Don't get fired...

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    Blogger tells you how to avoid getting fired for blogging . It seems that most of this advice is for people who work at companies that don't encourage blogging or at least don't understand it. I'm lucky enough to work for a company and manager that “get...
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    Follow up Q&A on preparing for the Microsoft Interview

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    I've seen some great questions regarding Microsoft interviews (in response to my post on the subject). Didn't want my answers to get buried in comments so I'll address some of the questions here: 1) How heavily weighted are case study questions versus...
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    How to test your Internet visibility

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    During last week's SVPMA meeting, we discussed making yourself visible on the Internet. This is an area that I know a lot about (I consider myself a bit of a google user expert) and many people want to become visible to recruiters specifically (or other...
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    Alternative to Social Networking....blog-working

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    So lots of time spent discussing the value of social networking software. I'm not a big user, as you know, of the connection features, but do use these tools as leads databases. And I am often challenged by the number of people that I don't know that...
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    Eavesdropping...

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    As a recruiter, I find myself eavesdropping on conversations in public places...I swear I can't help it! I'm always thinking about the people around me and whether they would be a good hire for Microsoft. And whether they are going to mention any good...
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    Future of recruiting

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    Dr. John Sullivan published an article on the future of recruiting . A lot of his points here are similar to things I discussed at last week's SVPMA . I'll blog more on this later. It seemed to me that people are really interested in understanding how...
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    Questions?

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    First, I want to thanks the SVPMA and SPM eGroup (especially Cynthia Typaldos ) for the invitation to speak at the SVPMA meeting. Holly and I had a great time and met lots of smart and interesting people. We also got the chance to visit our Silicon Valley...
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    I'll be quiet for a little while longer....

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    Not blogging as much as usual as I have a couple big projects going on right now. First, preparing for the trip down to the valley. My fellow-recruiter, Holly is coming with me and will be interviewing people as well. Holly fills marketing positions in...
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    Interviewing Marketing people in Silicon Valley next Wednesday.

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    I've been invited to speak at next Wednesday's (5/5) Silicon Valley Product Managers Association Meeting in Sunnyvale. This opportunity came to me by way of the Software Product Marketing eGroup (ProfGuild) . To make the most of the trip, I'm setting...
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    Consistency in Marketing and greasy food

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    Today, my team met at Denny's for breakfast. I try to eat healthy foods and rarely go to Denny's but it sure was good. As I was sitting there, staring at the bog blob of butter on my french toast (mmmmmmm), I was thinking about marketing (I told you I...
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    Good weekend...

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    I'll post on something work related later. When I get over a life changing event in my life that occurred this weekend..I got Tivo. When my friend Ann told me that she had it, I realized that “woman with Tivo” was not an oxymoron. Plus, Ann...
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    Social Networking Software and Recruiting

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    I've almost seen as much talk about social networking software as I have about blogging. I guess you could consider blogging as social networking, but what I am talking about is spoke , linked in , etc. Initial buzz was that these tools could be potentially...
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    Where will we find you?

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    Hello marketers.... We are looking at where Microsoft Staffing (my team in the marketing space specifically) wants to dedicate it's time and resources over the next year. Specifically, we are considering what events and associations/groups to focus...
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    Preparing for an interview at Microsoft

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    Seen lots of talk lately, about what the Microsoft interview entails (puzzle questions, white board drawings, etc.). My sense is that people are trying to do 2 things: 1) prepare for the interview and 2) control their nerves by knowing what to expect...
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    I'd hire Kwame....

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    Anyone getting anxious about the “big decision” tonight on The Apprentice? The Donald was on the Today Show this morning talking about the show and Katie asked whether he had decided and he said he had an idea whom he would choose but it's...
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    Everything I know about Marketing, I learned on The Apprentice...NOT!

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    When I was in college, I took a business law class where the Professor, Dr. Halamka (the name still gives me shivers), asked us to watch LA Law (yeah, just try and guess how old I am now) and pick out legal errors on the show (and I was in LA, so it somehow...
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    Corporate Blogs and Wikis

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    Here's a great article today on corporate blogging and how to do it well (I guess wiki-ing isn't a word, is it?). What other companies, besides Microsoft, are doing a good job of corporate blogging? I'm especially interested in marketing bloggers since...
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    Online resources for resume writing

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    Dana asked for some online resume writing resources (tips, etc.) for college students . So thought I could share some places that I think are good resources and : Monster resume advice: Go here to get some basics; for example, what to include on your...
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    Blogging and Marketing

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    White paper here . on blogging and marketing. It's a long one, which I haven't had time to read through yet, but I'm working on it. I have to be in the right frame of mind and it's sunny out right now, so I am not there yet.
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    Harvard and Wharton MBAs nolonger surveyed for b-school ranking

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    Here's an article in Fast Company about Harvard and Wharton no longer sharing their MBA students' contact info for the surveying process to be included in the annual b-school ranking. Not sure what the real story is here...FC seems to think it's a case...
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    I think about marketing too much...

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    I think about everything too much (no, I really do) , especially marketing . If I had to think of a word to describe myself, it wo u ld be “analyzer” (not strong and outspoken as one of my co-workers recommends). My commute to and from...
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    RANT: Making it easy enough for your wife to use

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    Quick rant alert!!! I need to unload this... In the online discussions I see regarding RSS (and frankly I've seen the same in discussions on other technology online), people refer to your/their “grandmother” or your/their “wife”...
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    "Hot Marketing Jobs" at Microsoft

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    What do you all think about me pushing out hot marketing job descriptions on a regular basis? Would it be something worth subscribing to? How often would you want to see them? Should I just push out the newest jobs? Let me know what you think. If it's...
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    Making a Career Change

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    This has come up a bit in comments and also in one-off e-mails I have received from people. Some inquired about career changes I have made and others about how to make a career change in general so thought I would address some of these questions. One...
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    Phone Interviews

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    Over on Zoe's and Gretchen's blog , they are discussing the “Dos and don'ts” of phone interviews (OK, grammar and punctuation police, come and write me a citation for that sentence...I'm waiting for ya!). No need to restate what they have...
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