Spring Cleaning – For Your Career

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Spring is a time of renewal, a time to make household repairs, plant a garden, or lose the spare tire that mysteriously appeared sometime between Halloween and New Year’s Day. Dusting off the cobwebs from a long, dark, cold winter also applies to your career.   Be it a refocus, a restart, or a change in direction these tips should help you get started and set the course for a…

So you didn’t get the job…4 things to do next

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You prepared for the interviews, felt the interviews went well, and all signs pointed to yes…and yet in the end they decided to go in a different direction.  Now what? After you brush off the upset/mad/confused feelings and start some introspection, realize that this might be one point in your life where you’re more open to a little self -improvement/growth. How do you regroup and make this a net positive…

4 Reasons Why Job Seekers Should be Present and Active on Social Media

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With Social Media making its way into our daily lives, we are relying on it more and more for our communication, information, and, in some cases, even our jobs. As a Recruiter in the Application and Services Group at Microsoft, Social Media is an avenue that my colleagues and I are on daily to search for and reach out to job seekers. If you are someone who is looking for…

Challenges of Testing Data – Is it Really 73°F in Seattle right now? – by Cyril Bouanna

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Cyril Bounanna is a Senior Development Lead for the Bing Data Quality and Measurement Team.  Today he presents to us a real-life scenario that software engineers and testers encounter when they are building Bing. *** Software engineers have developed a lot of expertise and solutions to assess code quality. From static analysis to E2E automation, performance benchmarks, or search relevance, we know how to verify if our code does the right…

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…

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…

Microsoft’s “Garage” incubating the future of online services

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Have you heard about The Microsoft Garage? It’s not a place to park or fix cars. The Garage is company wide initiative, compromised of a community, events, and services to foster and support grassroots innovation inside of Microsoft. In the Garage, you’ll find over 3000 people from across Microsoft who are eager to hear your ideas, provide feedback and, quite possibly, turn those ideas into reality.The Garage also offers a collection of useful…

Microsoft Advertising’s innovative culture holds the key to defining the future of consumer ads

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    One question I am frequently asked by candidates is “what defines the culture at Microsoft Advertising and the Online Services Division?” A few words that come to mind when describing our work environment and culture are: innovation, creativity and passion. One great example of keeping the spirit of innovation alive is the “Creativity @ Microsoft Advertising” initiative that Microsoft Advertising recently kicked off. This initiative is to support…

Social Job Search by Ali

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I think by now we all know that Bing is more than just a search engine, it’s a decision engine.  But did you also know that your friends can now help you make better decisions?  A couple weeks ago, the Bing team introduced the world to Social Search.  Social Search is a feature of Bing which combines search results with the likes of your Facebook friends.  When you sign into…

3 Tips on How to Get your Job Search Started by Amanda

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I spoke with a candidate yesterday that was relocating to Seattle because his wife had accepted a job with Bing.  He asked my advice on getting his job search started, which prompted me to share the advice with all of you.  Here are 3 things that you can do that will put you ahead of the pack. 1.      Brush up your resume. Ideally you want to look for a job while…