Posts Tagged Work Experiences

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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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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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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The Importance of Labeling




This model has been a workhorse producing labels for years.

This model has been a workhorse producing labels for years.

Recently I was labeling some bulk spices in the kitchen larder using a P-Touch Labeler  – can you tell the difference between fennel seed and caraway seed, well neither can I without a label –  And I thought about the times, places, whys and whens I’ve used a P-Touch Labeler and what I put on those labels.

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Your First Hire as a Manager




Saying these two words is almost as much fun as hearing them.

Saying these two words is almost as much fun as hearing them.

You always remember your first hire, especially when ultimately it’s your decision to make, and not one made by a hiring committee. Being promoted into a managerial role is a big step in every career – in addition to more responsibility, the work is usually more interesting and sometimes the pay and benefits are better.

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