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  • April
    07

    Spring Cleaning - For Your Career

    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 great year. Resume Refresh Find your resume: This may sound funny, but unless you’re actively searching for your next role, you may have no idea where this is. Update it: What does your resume say about you? There is really no better place to highlight who you are as a professional, your skills, and accomplishments. The exercise of reviewing past projects can also serve as a mini pat on the back too. Stash it away, but don’t forget about it: Now that we’re up to date, let’s keep it that way. Revisiting your resume every year or bi-yearly is good exercise in reflecting where you’ve been and where you’re headed. Remember though, as is often the case with resumes, more is less. Shoot for a short, engaging paperback not ‘War and Peace’.... Read More 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 great year. Resume Refresh Find your resume: This may sound funny, but unless you’re actively searching for your next role, you may have no idea where this is. Update it: What does your resume say about you? There is really no better place to highlight who you are as a professional, your skills, and accomplishments. The exercise of reviewing past projects can also serve as a mini pat on the back too. Stash it away, but don’t forget about it: Now that we’re up to date, let’s keep it that way. Revisiting your resume every year or bi-yearly is good exercise in reflecting where you’ve been and where you’re headed. Remember though, as is often the case with resumes, more is less. Shoot for a short, engaging paperback not ‘War and Peace’.... Read More
  • March
    19

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

    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 experience? 1) Ask for feedback: If you have the opportunity – go back to the interviewers and or recruiter about what it was you were missing– either experience wise, skill set, or actual ability to do the job – you should know about it and have the chance to either change your approach, learn, or grow in the areas you are lacking. If you don’t have the opportunity to ask for feedback – honest conversations with your current peers, coworkers, friends and family may be the way to go. 2) Take the feedback or need for change and be real about which you can execute on and which will be most meaningful. Will you go back and get your Master’s degree or will you get that certification you didn’t have on your resume? Is your... Read More 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 experience? 1) Ask for feedback: If you have the opportunity – go back to the interviewers and or recruiter about what it was you were missing– either experience wise, skill set, or actual ability to do the job – you should know about it and have the chance to either change your approach, learn, or grow in the areas you are lacking. If you don’t have the opportunity to ask for feedback – honest conversations with your current peers, coworkers, friends and family may be the way to go. 2) Take the feedback or need for change and be real about which you can execute on and which will be most meaningful. Will you go back and get your Master’s degree or will you get that certification you didn’t have on your resume? Is your... Read More
  • February
    04

    4 Reasons Why Job Seekers Should be Present...

    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 a new role and interested in hearing about what other companies are doing in your area of work, Social Media should be your best friend. Here are 4 reason why job seekers should consider being more active on social media when looking for a new role: 1) Social Media is a Great Platform for Highlighting your Skills Whether it be LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ or even Twitter, Social Networking sites allow you to tell others more about yourself outside of a resume. LinkedIn and Google+ are great tools for adding publications and projects that you’ve worked on and joining communities that are interested in the same domain. Facebook allows you to get more personal on who you are outside of work, what interests you, and what you do in your free time. Twitter is great for sharing articles about your area of work... Read More 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 a new role and interested in hearing about what other companies are doing in your area of work, Social Media should be your best friend. Here are 4 reason why job seekers should consider being more active on social media when looking for a new role: 1) Social Media is a Great Platform for Highlighting your Skills Whether it be LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ or even Twitter, Social Networking sites allow you to tell others more about yourself outside of a resume. LinkedIn and Google+ are great tools for adding publications and projects that you’ve worked on and joining communities that are interested in the same domain. Facebook allows you to get more personal on who you are outside of work, what interests you, and what you do in your free time. Twitter is great for sharing articles about your area of work... Read More
  • January
    07

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE BING RECRUITING...

    Bing Recruiter, Eugenia Sawa, is also a popular blogger at Microsoft. Read one of her best blog posts ever on 3 tips for finding a job in the New Year. http://microsoftjobsblog.com/3-tips-for-getting-a-job-in-the-new-year/ Bing Recruiter, Eugenia Sawa, is also a popular blogger at Microsoft. Read one of her best blog posts ever on 3 tips for finding a job in the New Year. http://microsoftjobsblog.com/3-tips-for-getting-a-job-in-the-new-year/
  • December
    16

    Take Advice from the Seahawks in 2014

    As we slip into the holiday season, Bing Jobs wants to help you think about your career presence in the New Year. What is your professional brand or image at work? Coming off an action packed NFL weekend – I am more and more impressed by Russell Wilson and his presence both on and off the field. The maturity, responsibility, and opportunity he has as a second year QB is something I have never seen. A few words that come to mind as I think about Mr. Wilson – philanthropist, humble – always wanting to improve or analyze what he needs to work on, goes above and beyond his normal job description, and leader. While we know what Mr. Wilson’s image/presence will do for his career, what about you and your image at work? What will your presence at work do for you in the New Year? Do you need to increase the reach of your presence, fix your image a little, or perhaps change a few misperceptions out there? Perhaps if we look at Mr. Wilson – we can figure out what changes we can make or take a few cues from his example. Humbleness/Humility – Even if you have been in your industry for decades or at your company or on the same team for some... Read More As we slip into the holiday season, Bing Jobs wants to help you think about your career presence in the New Year. What is your professional brand or image at work? Coming off an action packed NFL weekend – I am more and more impressed by Russell Wilson and his presence both on and off the field. The maturity, responsibility, and opportunity he has as a second year QB is something I have never seen. A few words that come to mind as I think about Mr. Wilson – philanthropist, humble – always wanting to improve or analyze what he needs to work on, goes above and beyond his normal job description, and leader. While we know what Mr. Wilson’s image/presence will do for his career, what about you and your image at work? What will your presence at work do for you in the New Year? Do you need to increase the reach of your presence, fix your image a little, or perhaps change a few misperceptions out there? Perhaps if we look at Mr. Wilson – we can figure out what changes we can make or take a few cues from his example. Humbleness/Humility – Even if you have been in your industry for decades or at your company or on the same team for some... Read More
  • October
    18

    Bing Coding Challenge Round 2!

    Developers – It’s round two of Bing’s Coding Challenge! This time we have three opportunities to showcase your technical skills through three original coding challenges. Choose carefully as you can only submit one entry! Microsoft News Experience Coding Challenge The Bing Apps Coding Challenge The Bing Phone Apps Coding Challenge Start marinating over the challenges and when complete, submit your entry or entries to bingjobs@microsoft.com no later than 5:59pm PST, December 13, 2013. Please see official rules on how to submit your entry, prizes, and eligibility. Submission - submit your answer by email to bingjobs@microsoft.com with a subject line of: Microsoft Coding Challenge. Entries close at 5:59 p.m. PT on December 13th, 2013 Grand Prize : A meeting with Microsoft employees and personnel in Redmond, WA, to answer questions about your background, career, expectations, aspirations and employability. Winner will receive the standard Microsoft recruiting travel package including 1) Round trip coach airfare from major airport closest to winner's home to Seattle, WA 2) Two night’s standard hotel accommodations 3) Rental car for... Read More Developers – It’s round two of Bing’s Coding Challenge! This time we have three opportunities to showcase your technical skills through three original coding challenges. Choose carefully as you can only submit one entry! Microsoft News Experience Coding Challenge The Bing Apps Coding Challenge The Bing Phone Apps Coding Challenge Start marinating over the challenges and when complete, submit your entry or entries to bingjobs@microsoft.com no later than 5:59pm PST, December 13, 2013. Please see official rules on how to submit your entry, prizes, and eligibility. Submission - submit your answer by email to bingjobs@microsoft.com with a subject line of: Microsoft Coding Challenge. Entries close at 5:59 p.m. PT on December 13th, 2013 Grand Prize : A meeting with Microsoft employees and personnel in Redmond, WA, to answer questions about your background, career, expectations, aspirations and employability. Winner will receive the standard Microsoft recruiting travel package including 1) Round trip coach airfare from major airport closest to winner's home to Seattle, WA 2) Two night’s standard hotel accommodations 3) Rental car for... Read More
  • September
    24

    Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP!

    Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP! What do Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner (among many, many others) all have in common? They rock. What do you and your female counterparts in the Seattle tech community solving tough challenges, delivering innovative solutions, and changing the world we live in for the better all have in common? You rock too. It’s time to get all these rockin’ women under one roof to share ideas, build community, and have a little fun along the way! Please join us at EMP for the Seattle Geek Girl Dinner 2013, hosted by Microsoft. Event Details Date and Time: October 10 th , 6:00pm Venue: EMP , 325 5 th Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109 Cost- We’ve got you covered for this one! Enjoy food and beverages (beer and wine). Guest Speakers Tara Roth – CVP, Office Tara Roth is corporate vice president of Test in the Office Client Services Group, responsible for the Microsoft Office system, an integrated suite of information worker applications, servers and services. Tara is directly responsible for test teams and test engineering in the Office Group. She has additional responsibility to drive engineering standards... Read More Seattle Geek Girl Dinner at EMP! What do Madonna, Chrissie Hynde, Lady Gaga, and Tina Turner (among many, many others) all have in common? They rock. What do you and your female counterparts in the Seattle tech community solving tough challenges, delivering innovative solutions, and changing the world we live in for the better all have in common? You rock too. It’s time to get all these rockin’ women under one roof to share ideas, build community, and have a little fun along the way! Please join us at EMP for the Seattle Geek Girl Dinner 2013, hosted by Microsoft. Event Details Date and Time: October 10 th , 6:00pm Venue: EMP , 325 5 th Ave N., Seattle, WA 98109 Cost- We’ve got you covered for this one! Enjoy food and beverages (beer and wine). Guest Speakers Tara Roth – CVP, Office Tara Roth is corporate vice president of Test in the Office Client Services Group, responsible for the Microsoft Office system, an integrated suite of information worker applications, servers and services. Tara is directly responsible for test teams and test engineering in the Office Group. She has additional responsibility to drive engineering standards... Read More
  • September
    09

    KDD 2013 - Thank You

    We had so much fun at KDD we cannot stop reminiscing about it!! Thanks to everyone that came by the booth, attended the Women of KDD Breakfast and connected with anyone from Microsoft. See you in NYC! We had so much fun at KDD we cannot stop reminiscing about it!! Thanks to everyone that came by the booth, attended the Women of KDD Breakfast and connected with anyone from Microsoft. See you in NYC!
  • July
    30

    Microsoft to Attend KDD 2013!

    Microsoft is looking forward to attending KDD 2013 in Chicago and would like to meet you, please stop by our booth and say hello! Microsoft luminaries in attendance will include: JC Mao Jan Pedersen Zijian Zheng Brian Frasca Ronny Kohavi Rakesh Agrawal Raghu Ramakrishnan In addition, Microsoft is hosting two events and would love to see you there! Microsoft's Exclusive Event: Microsoft is hosting an exclusive and uniquely Chicago experience at Sky Lounge on Waveland. Please join us to network, learn more about Microsoft, and watch a rooftop viewing of the Cubs vs.the Reds at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, August 13th at 6pm! Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to bingjobs@microsoft.com to reserve a seat on the shuttle from the Sheraton. Space is limited. Breakfast for the Women of the KDD Conference: Microsoft will also be hosting a breakfast for the Women of the KDD conference Monday, August 12th at 8am in the Columbus A/B. At this event, we are excited to feature Jan Pedersen, Partner Architect from Bing who will be speaking about Machine Learning at Bing and Esin Saka, Applied Research from Bing Advertising who will be speaking... Read More Microsoft is looking forward to attending KDD 2013 in Chicago and would like to meet you, please stop by our booth and say hello! Microsoft luminaries in attendance will include: JC Mao Jan Pedersen Zijian Zheng Brian Frasca Ronny Kohavi Rakesh Agrawal Raghu Ramakrishnan In addition, Microsoft is hosting two events and would love to see you there! Microsoft's Exclusive Event: Microsoft is hosting an exclusive and uniquely Chicago experience at Sky Lounge on Waveland. Please join us to network, learn more about Microsoft, and watch a rooftop viewing of the Cubs vs.the Reds at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, August 13th at 6pm! Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to bingjobs@microsoft.com to reserve a seat on the shuttle from the Sheraton. Space is limited. Breakfast for the Women of the KDD Conference: Microsoft will also be hosting a breakfast for the Women of the KDD conference Monday, August 12th at 8am in the Columbus A/B. At this event, we are excited to feature Jan Pedersen, Partner Architect from Bing who will be speaking about Machine Learning at Bing and Esin Saka, Applied Research from Bing Advertising who will be speaking... Read More
  • May
    16

    Join Bing PM, Tony Chor, for a Twitter...

    Bing PM Tony Chor will be a guest at our Twitter Chat on May 23 rd at 11am PST. If you have questions about life at Microsoft, open jobs on the Bing team or even questions for Tony direct them to @bingjobs. You can learn more about Tony by going to his blog at http://www.tonychor.com or www.linkedin.com/in/tonychor/ To learn more about Bing and the cool stuff they are working on: http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/search/archive/2013/03/21/satorii.aspx Hope to chat with you soon! Bing PM Tony Chor will be a guest at our Twitter Chat on May 23 rd at 11am PST. If you have questions about life at Microsoft, open jobs on the Bing team or even questions for Tony direct them to @bingjobs. You can learn more about Tony by going to his blog at http://www.tonychor.com or www.linkedin.com/in/tonychor/ To learn more about Bing and the cool stuff they are working on: http://www.bing.com/blogs/site_blogs/b/search/archive/2013/03/21/satorii.aspx Hope to chat with you soon!
  • May
    13

    Microsoft to Attend IEEE ICASSP 2013!

    Microsoft is looking forward to attending IEEE ICASSP 2013 and would like to meet you, please stop by booth #11 and say hello! Microsoft luminaries in attendance will include Li Deng (Conference Co-Chair) and Larry Heck of MSR. Members of our Conversational Understanding team whose work powers Microsoft’s speech technologies will also be in attendance, we hope to see you there! Microsoft is looking forward to attending IEEE ICASSP 2013 and would like to meet you, please stop by booth #11 and say hello! Microsoft luminaries in attendance will include Li Deng (Conference Co-Chair) and Larry Heck of MSR. Members of our Conversational Understanding team whose work powers Microsoft’s speech technologies will also be in attendance, we hope to see you there!
  • April
    23

    Bing Recruiter, Eugenia Sawa, Talks About...

    One of Bing's top Engineering Lead recruiters, Eugenia Sawa, explains in this week's Microsoft's JobsBlog, why building a personal brand is crucial for today's job seekers. Click here to read more: http://microsoftjobsblog.com/ blog/ why-personal-branding-matters One of Bing's top Engineering Lead recruiters, Eugenia Sawa, explains in this week's Microsoft's JobsBlog, why building a personal brand is crucial for today's job seekers. Click here to read more: http://microsoftjobsblog.com/ blog/ why-personal-branding-matters
  • March
    12

    Meet Bing Platform Experiences - Michelle...

    http://www.geekwire.com/2011/microsofts-bingbox/ Meet Michelle Holtmann, Principal Program Manager Lead in Bing Platform Experience. I am also celebrating my 13 th anniversary with Microsoft. I have been blessed during my career here to have worked on so many interesting things, including spending the last two years working on Entertainment Search technologies for Xbox [for both their console and Windows apps]. During my tenure in OSD, I was also responsible for Bing’s first in-car search deal with Toyota which made its market debut in July 2011 [as part of their Entune® in-car technology offering http://www.toyota.com/entune/ ]. Prior to joining OSD I spent 3 years in the Windows Mobile [now Windows Phone] division as the GPM of the Networking team and then as a Lead Program Manager working on building differentiated features for Microsoft’s OEM partners [LG Electronics]. One of my true passions is anti-piracy [and anti-piracy technologies] and I spent almost 7 years working on core anti-piracy technologies for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Prior to joining Microsoft, I spent 10 years in the industry riding the .com wave [Spry, Inc.] working on one of... Read More http://www.geekwire.com/2011/microsofts-bingbox/ Meet Michelle Holtmann, Principal Program Manager Lead in Bing Platform Experience. I am also celebrating my 13 th anniversary with Microsoft. I have been blessed during my career here to have worked on so many interesting things, including spending the last two years working on Entertainment Search technologies for Xbox [for both their console and Windows apps]. During my tenure in OSD, I was also responsible for Bing’s first in-car search deal with Toyota which made its market debut in July 2011 [as part of their Entune® in-car technology offering http://www.toyota.com/entune/ ]. Prior to joining OSD I spent 3 years in the Windows Mobile [now Windows Phone] division as the GPM of the Networking team and then as a Lead Program Manager working on building differentiated features for Microsoft’s OEM partners [LG Electronics]. One of my true passions is anti-piracy [and anti-piracy technologies] and I spent almost 7 years working on core anti-piracy technologies for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Prior to joining Microsoft, I spent 10 years in the industry riding the .com wave [Spry, Inc.] working on one of... Read More
  • January
    08

    Class. Humility. Hustle.

    As we watch the NFL playoffs, we’re witnessing some pretty good football. The playoffs are filled with rookies , injuries, and physicality you don’t really see in the regular season. What I have enjoyed the most this season? Watching Russell Wilson (at the ripe old age of 24) play football. Specifically how he in his rookie year, showed serious maturity and calmness both on and off the field, the immediate ingestion and application of skill, and how he never let his role isolate or limit him or his physical ability. Hustle – Russell doesn’t let the title 'Quarterback’ limit his role in plays, control the way he acts on the field, nor let the title limit what he can do for the team. Wilson’s physicality in running his own first downs or getting forward movement himself shows his hustle– he hustles and hustles hard running to make plays and is an example for his team as to the lengths he will go to put the ball forward. The energy, drive, and determination behind his will to win is fascinating. Have you lost your hustle at work? Humility - Today’s game against the Redskins is a great example. If you watched today, you saw him hand... Read More As we watch the NFL playoffs, we’re witnessing some pretty good football. The playoffs are filled with rookies , injuries, and physicality you don’t really see in the regular season. What I have enjoyed the most this season? Watching Russell Wilson (at the ripe old age of 24) play football. Specifically how he in his rookie year, showed serious maturity and calmness both on and off the field, the immediate ingestion and application of skill, and how he never let his role isolate or limit him or his physical ability. Hustle – Russell doesn’t let the title 'Quarterback’ limit his role in plays, control the way he acts on the field, nor let the title limit what he can do for the team. Wilson’s physicality in running his own first downs or getting forward movement himself shows his hustle– he hustles and hustles hard running to make plays and is an example for his team as to the lengths he will go to put the ball forward. The energy, drive, and determination behind his will to win is fascinating. Have you lost your hustle at work? Humility - Today’s game against the Redskins is a great example. If you watched today, you saw him hand... Read More
  • December
    10

    A Recruiter's Dear Santa Letter

    Dear Santa: I don't ask for much but since last year's request of winning the lotto or hitting the jackpot in Vegas was a bust, I have prepared a better list. One with more tangible items that I know you can easily get your hands on. Louis Vuitton Handbag Jimmy Choo Shoes (size 8 ½ ) Diamond Earrings Anything Burberry Microsoft's Surface Halo 4 and some toys for my cat Rose and puppy Colonel Oh and last, but not certainly least, in the true spirit of giving this holiday season, my Bing Advertising team is looking for a backend Software Development Engineer . So, Santa, as you make your rounds this year, maybe make this job posting the landing page on any new computer you deliver (even the Macs). I promise to be good and will leave a few extra cookies and some milk with a little something something in it for you (cause I know you have a long night ahead of you). Thanks Santa! Katherine Stern P S – I don't care about anything else on my list, just find me that developer (or more) and I will be a happy recruiter this year! (think of it as payback for not getting me that Easy Bake Oven I wanted when I was 6)! Dear Santa: I don't ask for much but since last year's request of winning the lotto or hitting the jackpot in Vegas was a bust, I have prepared a better list. One with more tangible items that I know you can easily get your hands on. Louis Vuitton Handbag Jimmy Choo Shoes (size 8 ½ ) Diamond Earrings Anything Burberry Microsoft's Surface Halo 4 and some toys for my cat Rose and puppy Colonel Oh and last, but not certainly least, in the true spirit of giving this holiday season, my Bing Advertising team is looking for a backend Software Development Engineer . So, Santa, as you make your rounds this year, maybe make this job posting the landing page on any new computer you deliver (even the Macs). I promise to be good and will leave a few extra cookies and some milk with a little something something in it for you (cause I know you have a long night ahead of you). Thanks Santa! Katherine Stern P S – I don't care about anything else on my list, just find me that developer (or more) and I will be a happy recruiter this year! (think of it as payback for not getting me that Easy Bake Oven I wanted when I was 6)!