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    irascian

    Steve411 wrote:

    however getting the posters name is a fair mistake and i hope you dont hold it against me.

    -Steve


    Well I'm the wrong person to be asking, but I suspect Microsoft is probably the one company where you don't need to worry too much about simple and understandable mistakes like this. There are some excellent guidelines to applying for a job with Microsoft on a blog from one of their recruiters (I'm at work in my lunch break so don't have the URL to hand until I get home tonight).

    I just wanted to give you a heads up for future opportunities because I've worked at some companies where it has been decided that the only way to "manage" the deluge of applications received has been to reject as many as possible for the vaguest reasons ("the font size is too small on the CV", "he's mis-spelt the job title so there's no quality to his work" etc).

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    Steve411

    irascian wrote:
    Steve411 wrote:
    however getting the posters name is a fair mistake and i hope you dont hold it against me.

    -Steve


    Well I'm the wrong person to be asking, but I suspect Microsoft is probably the one company where you don't need to worry too much about simple and understandable mistakes like this. There are some excellent guidelines to applying for a job with Microsoft on a blog from one of their recruiters (I'm at work in my lunch break so don't have the URL to hand until I get home tonight).

    I just wanted to give you a heads up for future opportunities because I've worked at some companies where it has been decided that the only way to "manage" the deluge of applications received has been to reject as many as possible for the vaguest reasons ("the font size is too small on the CV", "he's mis-spelt the job title so there's no quality to his work" etc).


    Thanks. Email sent.

    - Steve

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    Tensor

    I have a friend who used to work in HR but is better now. He worked for a large multinational, and any job advertised would generate literaly hundreds of responses. The first round of filtering was much as you suggest, Ian.

    Badly formatted CVs, overly long CVs, CVs that arrived 10 minutes after the deadline - all were not considered, because the shear volume meant you had to start filtering somewhere before you even started reading the damn things.

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    W3bbo

    Tensor wrote:
    I have a friend who used to work in HR but is better now. He worked for a large multinational, and any job advertised would generate literaly hundreds of responses. The first round of filtering was much as you suggest, Ian.

    Badly formatted CVs, overly long CVs, CVs that arrived 10 minutes after the deadline - all were not considered, because the shear volume meant you had to start filtering somewhere before you even started reading the damn things.


    Do companies accept PDF or XHTML CVs over *.doc or printed paper thesedays?

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    andokai

    W3bbo wrote:
    Do companies accept PDF or XHTML CVs over *.doc or printed paper thesedays?


    I doubt there's a difinitive answer to that question.

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    Jeremy W

    andokai wrote:
    W3bbo wrote: Do companies accept PDF or XHTML CVs over *.doc or printed paper thesedays?


    I doubt there's a difinitive answer to that question.


    The best format for Micrsosoft is Word or plain text resumes, as they ultimately get converted into play text once they make their way into the resume system anyways.

    I'll tell you, the video position was one of the ones I nearly considered. Too bad it requires moving. Having done filming, editing, interviewing, makeup, sound and lighting for a number of national television shows for a year. Plus, the fun of meeting more Softies would be great.

    Sadly, I'm very, very happy both in my current gig and in my current locale.

    Ah well, maybe in 5 years Wink

    Best of luck to the other applicants Smiley

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    Tensor

    W3bbo wrote:
    Tensor wrote: I have a friend who used to work in HR but is better now. He worked for a large multinational, and any job advertised would generate literaly hundreds of responses. The first round of filtering was much as you suggest, Ian.

    Badly formatted CVs, overly long CVs, CVs that arrived 10 minutes after the deadline - all were not considered, because the shear volume meant you had to start filtering somewhere before you even started reading the damn things.


    Do companies accept PDF or XHTML CVs over *.doc or printed paper thesedays?


    Word, or printed. If the target audience has to spend 5 minutes trying to open the file, they wont open the file.

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    W3bbo

    Jeremy W. wrote:
    The best format for Micrsosoft is Word or plain text resumes, as they ultimately get converted into play text once they make their way into the resume system anyways.


    Maybe they'd be uber-impressed if I wrote my CV in XAML with a 3D interface Wink

    Complete with RSS feed, naturally Smiley

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    billh

    jonathanh wrote:
    You must use your Force only for Good, young billh....

    ...unless they really p*ss you off... then you can lock 'em


    I'd lock 'em all. [6] They are like animals!

    I can imagine it now (using a mod color of course!):

    Beer28: You wanna buy a Linux laptop?
    BillH (using mind trick): You don't want to sell me a Linux laptop.
    Beer28: I don't want to sell you a Linux laptop.
    BillH: You want to go home and rethink your life.
    Beer28: I want to go home and rethink my life.

    Besides, I don't know ASP like Jeff is requesting. So, considering the slush pile of resumes you'd have to go through, mine wouldn't even make the first cut.

    [C]

    Edit: Although, I really haven't turned my debugging skills towards the code on this site. So I suppose once I learned ASP and looked at the code I could probably make it so it runs twice as fast and takes up half the memory.

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    s_jetha

    billh wrote:
    jonathanh wrote:You must use your Force only for Good, young billh....

    ...unless they really p*ss you off... then you can lock 'em


    I'd lock 'em all. They are like animals!

    I can imagine it now (using a mod color of course!):

    Beer28: You wanna buy a Linux laptop?
    BillH (using mind trick): You don't want to sell me a Linux laptop.
    Beer28: I don't want to sell you a Linux laptop.
    BillH: You want to go home and rethink your life.
    Beer28: I want to go home and rethink my life.

    Besides, I don't know ASP like Jeff is requesting. So, considering the slush pile of resumes you'd have to go through, mine wouldn't even make the first cut.



    Edit: Although, I really haven't turned my debugging skills towards the code on this site. So I suppose once I learned ASP and looked at the code I could probably make it so it runs twice as fast and takes up half the memory.


    Don't you mean make it run infinitely fast and take up infinitely less space...?
    Cos everything can be done in infinite time Wink

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    billh

    I think the bigger question is...if you're hiring, who is leaving?

    :O

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    JChung2006

    I don't think anyone is leaving.  If I recall correctly, covering the PDC and producing C9 video that week wore out the entire C9 crew.  It sounds like they could use extra people.

    I hope that they consider adding a stenocaptioner to their crew as well to produce transcripts and text captioning.

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    Charles

    Steve411 wrote:

    ps. (Didn't charles post the last "We're hiring" thread?)
    -Steve


    Yes. I was also NOT the hiring manager then Smiley

    Keep in mind that I may not be the hiring manager but I WILL be conducting interviews (the technical ones)... Either way, I'll end up reading your resumes...

    C

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    jeffsand

    billh wrote:
    I think the bigger question is...if you're hiring, who is leaving?


    Hey Bill,

    Beth has retired from Microsoft so we're looking for someone to fill her capable shoes.   In addition to this position our team is growing in size to handle a few additional projects like the Gadgets site.

    -Jeff

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    Michael Griffiths

    jeffsand wrote:
    In addition to this position our team is growing in size to handle a few additional projects like the Gadgets site.


    You're doing that as well?

    Good Smiley

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    rjdohnert

    I dont know if I could work at Microsoft.  They may dislike my views and tendencies.  But, can I work with Windows 2000 should I go to work for MS?

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    Steve411

    rjdohnert wrote:
    I dont know if I could work at Microsoft.  They may dislike my views and tendencies.  But, can I work with Windows 2000 should I go to work for MS?


    My views would be completely opposite of those present at the moment. But that's what makes it "good", right? Innovative and creative people who look at things from a different point of view.

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    Nata1

    I think they're looking for a Scoble helper monkey who can code... so I sent them my resume Smiley

    chasing all the search teams down with a camcorder would be a pretty nifty job

    hey - other than virtual earth, I don't think we've seen any search teams!  There's so many to choose from, but I imagine they won't interview until they evolve a bit further

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