Executive Bios and Cover Letters by Nicole

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I was invited to add a guest blog post this week because of an all too common situation I was just in. I had time scheduled with a candidate to discuss his background and to see if one of the open roles I recruit for might be a good fit. (Shameless plug – Product Managers, Product Planners & MarketersJ) I was looking forward to the conversation until the night before…

The State of the Union by Jamie

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I watched President Obama’s State of the Union address last night.  Regardless of your political affiliations, I think it is always interesting.  A couple of things that struck me tonight were his remarks about innovation and diversity.    He spoke about the need for greater innovation and a larger emphasis on science.  While he talked about in terms of America being a leader, I instead think about the fact that…

Yes, We’re a Start-Up by Jamie

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Some of the benefits of a big company like Microsoft is our stable foundation and our vast resources.  But did you know we can leverage those benefits and still feel like a start-up?  I have said it before and our employees have confirmed it, Microsoft Search has the passion and excitement of a start-up.  We are highly innovative and willing to take risks.  An article that just appeared in the San…

The Gatekeeper (and 3 other roles that recruiters play) by Kay

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Some job seekers don’t fully understand a recruiter’s role. They view recruiters as getting in the middle of their job search, preventing direct contact with the hiring manage(s) for available positions. Well this is actually true and these job seekers are going to have a long and frustrating search for their next job, because the vast majority of companies now use recruiters almost exclusively to facilitate the hiring process. These are…

My meeting with a new Bing Hiring Manager by Eugenia

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I just got out of a meeting with a Hiring Manager and I really feel energized.  The hiring manager, we’ll call him “B” just joined Bing about one month ago from another group within Microsoft. Having made the move into the online/web services world, the exposure he has to planning and design is awesome and the energy he gets from the discussions on making the huge scale that Bing deals…

Title May Not Dictate Behavior by Matt

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There was a great bit in the original Clerks film where Dante and Randal discuss if one’s stated function always ties to what they actually do… (As pointed out by Kenji!). Anyone who’s been around the technology industry knows that the meaning of a job title differs greatly from company to company. There’s a famous blog dissecting the difference between the PM role at Microsoft vs. anywhere else, so no…

3 Stages of Unfriending by Kay

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The newly announced winner of the Oxford American Dictionary word of 2009 is “unfriend.”   I’ve been thinking about how many of us like to think that we’re highly organized and efficient. When it comes to our social networks there is a lot we can do to make our lives easier, faster, more organized, and more efficient.   I’ve adopted some radical measures to streamline and improve my use of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace,…

How Bing Shopping Saved Christmas by Marie

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I have a very tech savvy pre-teen who wants the latest toys and gadgets, as long as they are from Microsoft.  This past Christmas she really wanted an audio dock for her Zune HD (which she got for her birthday!) but there was no one in San Diego that had it and the Microsoft Company Store was sold out.  One evening I started to set her expectations that she might…

Martin Luther King Jr., Diversity and Inclusion by Tameiko

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Okay, I will admit it is a little typical for a “black girl” to blog about diversity though Microsoft recently hosted a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Inclusion event, so the timing is right. From the ’60s to today, the human race is definitely in a place to celebrate just how far things have come, though there is still more work to do. I just watched the “I Have…

Bing Jobs! Now seeking your input! By Matt

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I’m going to generalize a little bit on behalf of my fellow teammates, but one of the reasons a lot of people get into technical recruiting is a passion for being NEAR technology. Many of us can do a passable job of communicating high level technical concepts, but very few of us know HOW to code at all.   A case in point: None of us here at BingJobs had…