Archive for category Work Experiences

Interviewing at Microsoft – Part 1




As some of you know, I recently accepted a position with Microsoft as an Account Technology Strategist. I blogged about my interviewing experience and it’s been posted on the Microsoft Careers Jobs Blog. The beginning of the post is below including the jump.

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Return of the CLMs




As the saying goes, if something is working why stop doing it? The topic of CLMs, aka Career Limiting Moves, has generated over 10 times my normal mail volume, all from people telling me stories about CLMs they’ve seen or committed. We’ve all seen CLMs,  a lucky few of us have even made and survived CLMs, but apparently the unifying thread is we all love to talk about CLMs. 

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CLMs The Sequel




Homer Simpson Doh!

Homer Simpson may be immune from CLMs but you probably aren't.

CLMs, or Career Limiting Moves aka Career Limiting Mistakes, can happen no matter where you are in your career. My last entry highlighted a few of the more common CLMs that college students tend to make when transitioning into their first post-collegiate jobs.

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Beware of CLMs




Unfortunately most CLMs aren't this easy to recognize.

Recently a soon-to-be college graduate set up a networking meeting with me. I willingly agreed, not only because I enjoy helping people if I can, but also because I usually learn something as well. What surprised me was the lack of awareness this individual had about the realities of today’s professional world.  Over the space of one short meal he made five CLMs. CLMs for those of you who don’t know stand for Career Limiting Moves or Career Limiting Mistakes. And the worst part is that he is smart, hard-working and would be an asset to most organizations, once some of the rough edges are cleaned up.

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Party Pic! More Lessons I’ve Learned From Work




The all mechanical Nikon FM2 is still one of the most reliable cameras ever made.

The all mechanical Nikon FM2 is still one of the most reliable cameras ever made.

I used to get paid good money to go to parties. In fact I made it my business to never miss the biggest and best parties at the University of Missouri. Of course I wasn’t there solely to have fun, I was paid to be there as a Party Pic photographer.

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