Recruiting questions answered: To cover letter or not cover letter, by Amanda Matthews

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Q: Dear Recruiter, Can you please tell me your opinion on including a cover letter?  Also, are there any other items that I should not be included in my resume?   Great question, this is one that is often asked of me.  Even within my own family, I have people who disagree with me on this topic.  I have been in the recruiting industry for 12 years and have hired…

Why Should You Talk to a Recruiter, You Ask? I’ll Tell You – by Andrea LaCoy

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I think that everyone would agree with the statement that we live in a world that is ever changing and always evolving. The standard way of doing things in the past are being replaced with the better, faster, more efficient versions and this can been seen in almost everything we do. Making a career change is no exception. Gone are the days of reading the ‘Want Ads’ in the newspaper,…

Scouting For Talent – by Brian Christensen

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Working as a Staffing Consultant within Online Services Division here at Microsoft, I am constantly reminded that my job has a lot of similar aspects to sports and trying to put together a team that is set up to win. While watching the NBA Eastern Conference Finals this past weekend, I noticed the intricacies of what it took to put a winning team on the court. Even before teams come together, there…

Management Excellence – by Eugenia Sawa

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As we head into the NBA Finals, my mind turns to Erik Spoelstra and the unique situation he is in.  With the finals starting tonight, I think about how Erik Spoelstra’s role as head coach of the Miami Heat, a team of very strong individual players each with their own strengths translates to the world of high technology and people management. Understand your players – Understand your team – how…

Microsoft’s Best Presents at NANOG55 Event – by Petr Lapukhov

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North American Network Operator Group, or NANOG, is an open forum bringing together network engineers from the US/Canada’s largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and enterprises. The main goals of NANOG meetings are exchanging ideas, presenting designs, giving tutorials, learning new things, and sharing operational experience. The event is very popular among network operators, and gathers hundreds of people three times a year. You can meet people from the industry leading…

Finding the Perfect Match – by Katherine Stern

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While staring at the words of my dating profile: Hello, my name is Katherine, I am 5’8″, and have brown hair and eyes and I like golf, tennis and long walks on the beach…I got to thinking, wow, this is really similar to recruiting.  So, for the fun of it, I thought I would compare the similarities.  These are my findings! Your resume is your online profile.  It tells a…