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Life and Resume Tips for Success




 

Time to fill up your Tip Tank.

Recently a young college student on the cusp of graduating asked for help with their resume and the resume that the person showed was simply awful. The student who produced it was smart, the college the student attends is very prestigious, and yet the resume, and every application attached to it in the future, was destined for the reject pile.

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My First Month at Microsoft




I didn't have this verbatim conversation per se – but it aptly captures the work intensity here at Microsoft.

Somehow I made it through the gauntlet of interviews and Microsoft decided to hire me. Yea, I don’t believe it either. Even after a month, it still feels a little unreal each morning when I swipe my badge – I keep waiting for the light to turn red and for someone to come out and say this has all been a big mistake and that they’ll have to take my badge….But so far it hasn’t happened.

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Interviewing at Microsoft – Part 2




For the record I was never asked this question by Microsoft. Cartoon used with permission of www.SavageChickens.com

Part II: The Day of the Interview. I got to the Microsoft lobby about 10 minutes early. After a somewhat anxious period of waiting in the reception room, I began the interview loop.  I ended up interviewing with five people – some were managers, some were peers and some were dotted-line managers with whom I’d be working with as part of a matrixed organization. (read Part I here)

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You Know You’re a Geek When….




A Geek hat like this comes in handy in those cold server rooms.

It was pointed out to me recently that I am a geek. Of course this was something I already knew. And I’m okay with that. “Hi, My name is Thom and I’m a geek.” But I like to think of myself as a geek that is at least marginally socially aware as well being somewhat self-aware. No doubt, my friends and family can offer differing opinions on this topic.

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Perceptions About Where You Work




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I recently joined a new company and it’s been interesting watching people’s reactions when they learn where I now work.

Previously I’ve served in the Navy, worked for a children’s toy retailer, for an IT outsourcer and for a large company that made cell phones and software among other things. Now I work for Microsoft. (And to be clear this entire blog is my own personal effort and is not endorsed in any way or edited by Microsoft.)

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