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Jobs Blog — Nov 2010

  • November
    24

    College Students AND Those Who Just Graduated...

    Ok, so you’re a student in a college or you have just graduated and through your conversations with recruiters, friends and colleagues, you’ve created a Twitter account like everybody else in these social networking worlds. However, Twitter is so much different than Facebook and LinkedIn. It’s more of a water cooler-type setting between humans. In fact, a friend of mine didn’t believe it either, that was until she secured a very desirable internship in the engineering field last summer at Apple because of Twitter. So the question you should be asking yourself is this “how do I use Twitter to feel personal and professionally? Simple, begin with these basic steps and you will expand naturally. Step A) Start searching and following twitter accounts that post internships and jobs. Some twitter accounts I would suggest following: @internships @sweetcareers or @internmatch they are among many that have a ton of internships which each post, along with tips for finding ones. Step B) Search and follow twitter accounts by respected members of that field, as well as companies, and business groups. For example, if you’re interested in working for Bing... Read More Ok, so you’re a student in a college or you have just graduated and through your conversations with recruiters, friends and colleagues, you’ve created a Twitter account like everybody else in these social networking worlds. However, Twitter is so much different than Facebook and LinkedIn. It’s more of a water cooler-type setting between humans. In fact, a friend of mine didn’t believe it either, that was until she secured a very desirable internship in the engineering field last summer at Apple because of Twitter. So the question you should be asking yourself is this “how do I use Twitter to feel personal and professionally? Simple, begin with these basic steps and you will expand naturally. Step A) Start searching and following twitter accounts that post internships and jobs. Some twitter accounts I would suggest following: @internships @sweetcareers or @internmatch they are among many that have a ton of internships which each post, along with tips for finding ones. Step B) Search and follow twitter accounts by respected members of that field, as well as companies, and business groups. For example, if you’re interested in working for Bing... Read More
  • November
    23

    What Are You Thankful For This Year? By...

    Happy Thanksgiving 2010! Here we are again, celebrating another Thanksgiving. What a blessing it is been for me to be a part of an awesome team, Online Service Division/BING. Thank you all for the experience I take with me as I move into my new role as a Program Manager for the Microsoft Diversity Recruiting Team/DRIVE. I strive to remember every day of the year how lucky I am, and each year as Thanksgiving approaches I make a special effort to say THANK YOU not only for my blessings, but for the blessings of my friends (work and non-work folks) and family. While many of us will be sitting down to tables laden with all manner of great foods, try to remember that some people are not that fortunate. Some will be standing in soup lines; some will have to wait for someone to bring them a meal, and sadly, some will go to bed hungry too. With that said, let's try to be more thankful for all the fortunes we have AND let's remember to give something back, even if it’s a dollar or two. Happy Thanksgiving 2010! Here we are again, celebrating another Thanksgiving. What a blessing it is been for me to be a part of an awesome team, Online Service Division/BING. Thank you all for the experience I take with me as I move into my new role as a Program Manager for the Microsoft Diversity Recruiting Team/DRIVE. I strive to remember every day of the year how lucky I am, and each year as Thanksgiving approaches I make a special effort to say THANK YOU not only for my blessings, but for the blessings of my friends (work and non-work folks) and family. While many of us will be sitting down to tables laden with all manner of great foods, try to remember that some people are not that fortunate. Some will be standing in soup lines; some will have to wait for someone to bring them a meal, and sadly, some will go to bed hungry too. With that said, let's try to be more thankful for all the fortunes we have AND let's remember to give something back, even if it’s a dollar or two.
  • November
    23

    I’m Working at Microsoft and We’re Donating...

    I’ve super excited to tell you that I've accepted a position as Principal Architect at Bing Mobile and am moving to the Seattle, Washington area to work on maptastic things! Yay! Even better, Microsoft is donating access to its global orthorectified aerial imagery to help OpenStreetMappers make the map even better than it already is. OpenStreetMap , the project I founded, allows users to draw features like buildings and roads on top of an aerial imagery backdrop pictures like this (too read more click here ) I’ve super excited to tell you that I've accepted a position as Principal Architect at Bing Mobile and am moving to the Seattle, Washington area to work on maptastic things! Yay! Even better, Microsoft is donating access to its global orthorectified aerial imagery to help OpenStreetMappers make the map even better than it already is. OpenStreetMap , the project I founded, allows users to draw features like buildings and roads on top of an aerial imagery backdrop pictures like this (too read more click here )
  • November
    19

    Meet David – One of Our Sr. Product Planners...

    I’m a Sr. Product Planner and am a newer hire to the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions ( "APS" ) team, working on fraud prevention planning. This includes helping to run the fraud prevention programs and planning for future product releases. Before joining Microsoft my perception was that Microsoft was a large company, with several teams working on different products. Since joining, I realized that it is a huge company, with many teams working on lots of different and exciting products! Despite this size, I was surprised to see how humble and focused everyone is on ensuring that they are consistently building products and solutions that delight end users. It’s fast paced and dynamic, where no two days are the same. APS is a complex ecosystem with lots of moving parts which makes cross team collaboration vital. The culture is one of work hard and play hard: Our team recently participated in a Day of Giving, which had us removing invasive plants from a local park. Those plants won’t be growing back any time soon. The quality of people that I work with constantly astounds me. It’s great to be part of a team that empowers everyone to own the business and be decision... Read More I’m a Sr. Product Planner and am a newer hire to the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions ( "APS" ) team, working on fraud prevention planning. This includes helping to run the fraud prevention programs and planning for future product releases. Before joining Microsoft my perception was that Microsoft was a large company, with several teams working on different products. Since joining, I realized that it is a huge company, with many teams working on lots of different and exciting products! Despite this size, I was surprised to see how humble and focused everyone is on ensuring that they are consistently building products and solutions that delight end users. It’s fast paced and dynamic, where no two days are the same. APS is a complex ecosystem with lots of moving parts which makes cross team collaboration vital. The culture is one of work hard and play hard: Our team recently participated in a Day of Giving, which had us removing invasive plants from a local park. Those plants won’t be growing back any time soon. The quality of people that I work with constantly astounds me. It’s great to be part of a team that empowers everyone to own the business and be decision... Read More
  • November
    16

    Meet Elad , A Senior Software Development...

    I was following Microsoft as a hobbyist programmer ever since I was a geeky teenager. I always thought it would be an incredibly interesting company to work for and indeed it is. In the past I felt that Microsoft had lost some of the focus as it became very big and tried to do too many things. However, in recent years I’ve started seeing signs of Microsoft going back to its origins and getting back to being a leader rather than a follower. I love Windows 7, I love Windows Phone 7, I love Azure, I love Xbox and Kinect and I’m starting to love Bing. I joined Bing only three months ago after working for three years in the Telecom group in the Israel Development Center. No doubt Bing is in a unique position being almost the only competitor to the Google hegemony in internet search. This competition keeps everyone on their toes and on the radar so I love it. We keep studying our environment and we try to stay open and aware. It makes day-to-day much more exciting! I enjoy Bing because I’m always curious about new ways for doing things, especially when it comes to software. I love the Bing spirit because I feel there’s a lot of room for experimentation and trying out... Read More I was following Microsoft as a hobbyist programmer ever since I was a geeky teenager. I always thought it would be an incredibly interesting company to work for and indeed it is. In the past I felt that Microsoft had lost some of the focus as it became very big and tried to do too many things. However, in recent years I’ve started seeing signs of Microsoft going back to its origins and getting back to being a leader rather than a follower. I love Windows 7, I love Windows Phone 7, I love Azure, I love Xbox and Kinect and I’m starting to love Bing. I joined Bing only three months ago after working for three years in the Telecom group in the Israel Development Center. No doubt Bing is in a unique position being almost the only competitor to the Google hegemony in internet search. This competition keeps everyone on their toes and on the radar so I love it. We keep studying our environment and we try to stay open and aware. It makes day-to-day much more exciting! I enjoy Bing because I’m always curious about new ways for doing things, especially when it comes to software. I love the Bing spirit because I feel there’s a lot of room for experimentation and trying out... Read More
  • November
    12

    If A Link Is On Your Resume, Employers...

    Hiring managers as well as Recruiters will almost always click on the provided links to look at your web site if it's listed. We will would try to find out as much about the candidate as we can, including looking up the person online. Even if it's not on your resume, if your blog, or profile contains information on your real identity, the people you least expect, and those that you certainly don't want reading it, may find it. Like your boss or prospective employers, but, also your customers, colleagues and coworkers. So Here’s My Do's and Don'ts Advice Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Blogs · Don't include a link on your resume to any site which may have inappropriate content that is not appropriate for a business audience. · Do be very careful what you put online. If you have a MySpace or Facebook account, people you won't want to be reading your profile may be able to access it, even if you think nobody will read it. Make your account private, so only your friends can access it. Be extra careful, and don't post anything that you don't want a prospective employer (or your mom!) to read. Facebook Privacy Settings or MySpace Privacy Settings... Read More Hiring managers as well as Recruiters will almost always click on the provided links to look at your web site if it's listed. We will would try to find out as much about the candidate as we can, including looking up the person online. Even if it's not on your resume, if your blog, or profile contains information on your real identity, the people you least expect, and those that you certainly don't want reading it, may find it. Like your boss or prospective employers, but, also your customers, colleagues and coworkers. So Here’s My Do's and Don'ts Advice Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Blogs · Don't include a link on your resume to any site which may have inappropriate content that is not appropriate for a business audience. · Do be very careful what you put online. If you have a MySpace or Facebook account, people you won't want to be reading your profile may be able to access it, even if you think nobody will read it. Make your account private, so only your friends can access it. Be extra careful, and don't post anything that you don't want a prospective employer (or your mom!) to read. Facebook Privacy Settings or MySpace Privacy Settings... Read More
  • November
    10

    Mapping the World from Boulder, Colorado...

    The Bing Mobile (BITs) group in Boulder, Colorado is constantly developing new areas to bring revenue to Bing and relevance to search through processing and interpreting imagery. As well, the BITs (Bing Imagery Technologies) group is leading computer vision algorithm development for future Bing Maps initiatives. We are lighting up the Mobile and Local Search experience with real world search, navigation and discovery of information across all available devices and experiences, including aerial, oblique and street side images. However, not only does our team process imagery and find way to add relevance, we also design, develop and produce the cameras which capture it, including the #1 market share aerial camera in the industry today . The group consists of world class image processors, a casual team doing serious work and while we don’t strive for an environment where we are a bunch of sharks waiting for blood in the water, we bring solutions, not problems to the conversation. We are data based and freshness matters, so much that we plan for the day where a day all it takes from acquisition to live data on the web. Our intentional and intelligent Software Development Engineers... Read More The Bing Mobile (BITs) group in Boulder, Colorado is constantly developing new areas to bring revenue to Bing and relevance to search through processing and interpreting imagery. As well, the BITs (Bing Imagery Technologies) group is leading computer vision algorithm development for future Bing Maps initiatives. We are lighting up the Mobile and Local Search experience with real world search, navigation and discovery of information across all available devices and experiences, including aerial, oblique and street side images. However, not only does our team process imagery and find way to add relevance, we also design, develop and produce the cameras which capture it, including the #1 market share aerial camera in the industry today . The group consists of world class image processors, a casual team doing serious work and while we don’t strive for an environment where we are a bunch of sharks waiting for blood in the water, we bring solutions, not problems to the conversation. We are data based and freshness matters, so much that we plan for the day where a day all it takes from acquisition to live data on the web. Our intentional and intelligent Software Development Engineers... Read More
  • November
    09

    Free Advice From a Recruiter - Kay

    Please consider your online presence! Which means those pictures of you doing a wet t-shirt contest should be removed on Facebook. I have a friend who has a job interview this week and she just emailed me to remove a ton of pictures I have of her up on Flickr , a social site where people look for you , too. While you may have went and made them all private, Bing and other search engines still have cached images of those photos. I had emailed her ages ago when I first posted those pictures , to let me know if anything should be removed. No response. Now, when it is already cached, she wants to do something about it. So I guess this is more like “ start considering your online presence way before you apply for a job ” - because some things will come back to haunt you . A s a recruiter, I think it’s important to start a conversation on this topic. I also don’t suggest removing everything about you off of the channels . To me it looks odd and just looks sketchy. If I search for someone and find nothing, I know that the channels have been sanitized, and this person has something to hide. Or, even worse, they don’t realize what a powerful communication channel... Read More Please consider your online presence! Which means those pictures of you doing a wet t-shirt contest should be removed on Facebook. I have a friend who has a job interview this week and she just emailed me to remove a ton of pictures I have of her up on Flickr , a social site where people look for you , too. While you may have went and made them all private, Bing and other search engines still have cached images of those photos. I had emailed her ages ago when I first posted those pictures , to let me know if anything should be removed. No response. Now, when it is already cached, she wants to do something about it. So I guess this is more like “ start considering your online presence way before you apply for a job ” - because some things will come back to haunt you . A s a recruiter, I think it’s important to start a conversation on this topic. I also don’t suggest removing everything about you off of the channels . To me it looks odd and just looks sketchy. If I search for someone and find nothing, I know that the channels have been sanitized, and this person has something to hide. Or, even worse, they don’t realize what a powerful communication channel... Read More
  • November
    04

    Meet Steve, A Lead Program Manager in the...

    I love working for Microsoft because I am constantly around amazingly smart people that creates endless learning possibilities. There are so many challenges and problems to solve in this company that I walk away everyday having grown in one way or another. Whether it is learning a new process, figuring out a new way to solve a problem, or having to just tough it out from the sheer amount of work stretches and grows me. The growth I am experiencing is the most exciting thing about working at Microsoft. Specifically, I am on the Ads International team within the AdsRnD group. The Ads group creates many products that provides a mechanism for advertisers to advertise on both Microsoft products and 3 rd party websites such as Bing.com, MSN.com, Wall Street Journal, etc. The AdsRnD group also provides a solution for publishers to monetize their website by displaying relevant ads provided by Microsoft. My immediate team provides each product group support around internationalization so the products that are created can be utilized in different countries. This involves localization of files so different languages can be displayed, globalization that allows the platform to handle international... Read More I love working for Microsoft because I am constantly around amazingly smart people that creates endless learning possibilities. There are so many challenges and problems to solve in this company that I walk away everyday having grown in one way or another. Whether it is learning a new process, figuring out a new way to solve a problem, or having to just tough it out from the sheer amount of work stretches and grows me. The growth I am experiencing is the most exciting thing about working at Microsoft. Specifically, I am on the Ads International team within the AdsRnD group. The Ads group creates many products that provides a mechanism for advertisers to advertise on both Microsoft products and 3 rd party websites such as Bing.com, MSN.com, Wall Street Journal, etc. The AdsRnD group also provides a solution for publishers to monetize their website by displaying relevant ads provided by Microsoft. My immediate team provides each product group support around internationalization so the products that are created can be utilized in different countries. This involves localization of files so different languages can be displayed, globalization that allows the platform to handle international... Read More
  • November
    03

    Bing Mobile Test Team - Arthur

    My name is Arthur, and I’m the Test Manager for the Mobile Domains and Commerce team. The MDC team is one of seven teams within the larger Bing Mobile organization, and together we are working to build innovative, world-class, mobile centric features for Bing users. I love working in the mobile space. To me, mobile is about immediacy: who you are and who you’re with; where you are and where you’re going; what you want and how to get it - right now! Think back at how long it took us to move from black and white TV to colored TV, from VHS to DVD, from Walkman to iPod, technology has been changing faster and faster. More importantly, mass adoption of these technology changes has been faster and faster. Understanding that there will be game changers in mobile is good, but being the one to introduce the game changers is better. That is what we are trying to do. Another important charter we have to do is to enable reach to our customers. We work closely with the Windows Phone team to enable the best consumer search experiences on Windows Phone. In addition to that, we also work on other mobile platforms such as iPhone, RIM & Android to deliver great Bing search experiences... Read More My name is Arthur, and I’m the Test Manager for the Mobile Domains and Commerce team. The MDC team is one of seven teams within the larger Bing Mobile organization, and together we are working to build innovative, world-class, mobile centric features for Bing users. I love working in the mobile space. To me, mobile is about immediacy: who you are and who you’re with; where you are and where you’re going; what you want and how to get it - right now! Think back at how long it took us to move from black and white TV to colored TV, from VHS to DVD, from Walkman to iPod, technology has been changing faster and faster. More importantly, mass adoption of these technology changes has been faster and faster. Understanding that there will be game changers in mobile is good, but being the one to introduce the game changers is better. That is what we are trying to do. Another important charter we have to do is to enable reach to our customers. We work closely with the Windows Phone team to enable the best consumer search experiences on Windows Phone. In addition to that, we also work on other mobile platforms such as iPhone, RIM & Android to deliver great Bing search experiences... Read More
  • November
    02

    Kickin' Off My Career @ MICROSOFT

    I graduated with my Master's Degree in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota last spring. Upon graduation, I took an offer from Microsoft and launched my career in the HR Trax program at Microsoft. HR Trax is an early in career rotational program at Microsoft in which I get great exposure to HR leaders and undertake 1 year rotations in the different HR specialties. Whether you're in a program like HR Trax or not, one thing is for sure about Microsoft; it is an incredible place to kick off your career. Currently in my first rotation, I am a Staffing Consultant for the Global Foundation Services division within Microsoft. I recruit Network Engineers —an incredibly challenging role and profile to learn and recruit for. With limited staffing experience, my team set me up with a robust onboarding plan to ensure my early success in this role. I was given the proper training, both formal and informal, to ensure I understood the concepts and components of being a Staffing Consultant at Microsoft. Furthermore, everyone on the team initiated individual meetings with me to share their expertise and gave me the vital information I needed to be successful. I'm not going... Read More I graduated with my Master's Degree in Human Resources from the University of Minnesota last spring. Upon graduation, I took an offer from Microsoft and launched my career in the HR Trax program at Microsoft. HR Trax is an early in career rotational program at Microsoft in which I get great exposure to HR leaders and undertake 1 year rotations in the different HR specialties. Whether you're in a program like HR Trax or not, one thing is for sure about Microsoft; it is an incredible place to kick off your career. Currently in my first rotation, I am a Staffing Consultant for the Global Foundation Services division within Microsoft. I recruit Network Engineers —an incredibly challenging role and profile to learn and recruit for. With limited staffing experience, my team set me up with a robust onboarding plan to ensure my early success in this role. I was given the proper training, both formal and informal, to ensure I understood the concepts and components of being a Staffing Consultant at Microsoft. Furthermore, everyone on the team initiated individual meetings with me to share their expertise and gave me the vital information I needed to be successful. I'm not going... Read More