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The importance of good HR

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John Porcaro has an interesting insight about the importance of good recruiting.  When I was looking for a new job last (6 years ago), I sent a number of unsolicited resumes, and contacted two friends in companies, at Intel and Microsoft.  I never got a response from any of the unsolicited resumes, but the friend at Microsoft talked to someone, and the short version is that I interviewed about 4 days after I first had any inkling of going to work for Microsoft.  I was offered a job 2 days later, and I accepted about a week later.  Literally minutes after I got off the phone accepting with Microsoft, I got my first call from someone at Intel with what sounded like exactly the job I had intended to find when I sent my resume to a colleague at Intel 2 months earlier.  If they had their act together and had contacted me even an hour earlier in those 2 months, there is a good chance I would have gone there. 

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  • It is like a fairy tale. Thats good you are in MS to lead the Messaging platform rather than in user community :-) , If it is happened to anyone , they also do the same . hope you done good work at the First call so you are in MS for long time Waiting for other goos office tales in blogs...

  • It is like a fairy tale. Thats good you are in MS to lead the Messaging platform rather than in user community :-) , If it is happened to anyone , they also do the same . hope you done good work at the First call so you are in MS for long time Waiting for other goos office tales in blogs...

  • Exchange Server needed you more than the Pentium Chip. I suppose its more of a 'fate connector' than poor HR that led your now 6 year at MS. Remember all the things that have happened to your career (and life) since then...and I am sure it is not only Jared and KC that you have to be proud of. Intel obviously did not deserve you. Keep up the good work.

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