Diversity in Action, Part 2 by Tameiko

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Last week I told you about a senior level Black candidate who interviewed for a position with our product group and after his interview headed to a BBQ hosted by a long-term Microsoft Black employee. So — Was the event, or candidate experience to put it more accurately, a disaster or success??? …It was a HUGE success! The candidate emailed the recruiter to let her know meeting with this group…

Black Friday… Bing Style by Jenna

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I visited my parents this week and I asked if they were using Bing.…   “Bing?, What’s Bing?”      I was shocked.    How is it that Bing is being advertised on every networking television program,  and my father (who is permanently glued to the TV), has no idea what it is. I explained it was a search engine and he was still confused.  And it wasn’t until I…

A Mountain Or A Mole Hill? By Matt

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I read an article today that mentioned some interesting metrics that I wanted to share with you:   “Retailers have spent 47% more on search ads on Bing in Q4 this year than during the same time period in 2008,” according to SearchIgnite.   Now obviously the total numbers are still very small next to what Advertisers spend on Google, but what a 47% increase in Ad spend tells me,…

Help Bing Help You! By Jamie

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  Tamieko’s post brings up an interesting topic – help us find you!  Bing wants diverse talent; we want to find professionals who bring different perspective and experiences.  Bing is a global product and we want our workforce to reflect our diverse user base.  Recruiters use Bing and other tools to mine the internet and job boards for resumes.  Here are some tips for popping up in our results:  …

Diversity in Action, Part 1 by Tameiko

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Last week we flew out a senior level African American gentleman to interview for a position in our product group. He is not from this area (Seattle), so, we wanted to give him a chance to learn more about the city.  If you do not know anything about the Seattle area, it is not heavily populated with African Americans. < Actually let me use the word Blacks instead of African Americans as it’s more natural…

Decisions Anywhere by Jamie

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As a recruiter, I speak to a lot of talented people who want to be involved in cutting edge products.  Bing for Mobile definitely falls into this group.  Mobile search is in its infancy and there is so much room for innovation.  I am currently recruiting someone to drive strategy for Bing Mobile which allows me to have lots of conversations about the mobile search space.  I get excited about…

Confidential! By Jenna

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Everyone has a few good secrets. Nowadays companies guard their most valuable strategies with code names, segregated decision making, and a general policy of secrecy. In the world of recruiting we often recruit for jobs we can’t discuss, and sometimes know little about. And if you presently work for a competitor and interview with us, rest assured you will learn little about what we have up our sleeve. So how…

Bing Deconstructed! By Matt

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I’m a big Top Chef fan and I love to cook, but I don’t really consider myself a “Foodie.” There are too many concepts I’m totally ignorant of that are old news to most Foodies. For instance, the whole concept of deconstructed cooking was foreign to me until started watching the show. Given the large number of ingredients Microsoft uses to create our online services, I thought it would be fun…

Recession: Some Thoughts by Kay

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Frustrated? Scared? Or is there a choice? You are where you are because of choice. Yes, recessions, layoffs and forever ups and downs of the stock market are happening, but this has happened before and most likely it will happen again.  Recessions come and go, life isn’t always easy, but what you must understand if you want to thrive while others around floundering is that you DO have choices and…

Microsoft Encouraging Competition? By Matt

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One of the main reasons I joined Microsoft was the opportunity to impact their success in the Online Services space. I’m not breaking  any new ground by saying Microsoft is not the market leader in monetizing the Internet, and we’re playing catch up despite a sizeable market share advantage from a browser perspective.   One of the more fascinating aspects of our battle in the Search and Ads space is…