Thursday, October 7, 2004

http://career/ and Your Dream Job.

How to spend a little extra time today when you're not being inspired by
our customers' passion to create software to help them reach it?

visit http://career/ .

Take a moment to
try some sample searches and see what you come up with. See what kind of
open positions there are around the various Microsoft business groups
(and marvel at how long some have been open).

Now: what would
your dream job be at Microsoft? Put a query together and see what the search
results are. Whether there are matches or not, go ahead and save this job
agent to send you daily updates should there ever be a new opening. And if
you have lots of different dream jobs, go ahead and create some more job

And when you get a match, just remember: you don't need
permission to go over and do an informational. Wander on over and talk to
the group and find out about their job and see if you'd be a good match and
if their group would be a good match for you. Perhaps do a search off of href="http://msweb/">http://msweb/ first to find their SharePoint site
and read through their specs and schedule. In the end, it might be a good
match and a good time to get interview permission. The perfect job might be
one search agent away!

Also think about the timing: for those casting
an eye at getting good results for their major review come next summer, now
is the best time to switch groups so that you have enough time to contribute
and excel relative to your peers. The longer the wait, the harder it will be
to get a great review score without an established record in your new

Now, why do I care? While I'd love to have negative employee
growth via fiscally responsible cut-backs and layoffs, I'm happy right now
if we can hold the line at a zero-sum gain. It's much better for you to move
internally and prevent an external hire from coming in (and either we can
play a shell game to cover your departing or that head can just go
unfulfilled as groups find their staffing needs cut back further and

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