Heather Hamilton has left the building!

Tomorrow, officially. You know I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye, my wonderful, invisible interwebz friends. It’s been 12 years of hard work and 7 years of blogging. Seven years! I plan to pick up the blogging again, elsewhere; at least the personal stuff. Yeah, yeah, the Microsoft stuff stays here. And hopefully this blog will remain…

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Nurturing a workplace for creatives…

This article (or wait, is it a blog post…I’m going with article) kind of trails off into how to manage grown-ups, but the initial premise is something I agree with. If you hire creative people, you need to have a corporate culture that doesn’t squeeze every bit of creativity out of them. Now, I consider…

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Designing product for women

(FastCompany: Women Are 85% Of The Consumer Market. But How Do You Reach Them?) The article is interesting, but a little condescending. I am sure it’s unintentional and I should point out that the fact that it’s written by a woman is beside the point. I am not a bra-burning activist, but I know when…

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The moment between photo and video…

…the animated .gif. (Read about it at FastCompany) There’s something beautiful about this; more refined than video, in kind of an emotional way. I think it’s that the isolation of the movement is compelling; kind of tells a story. I rarely want to crawl inside a video. This photo makes me want a nice glass…

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The "War for Talent" is status quo.

First, I would like to acknowledge that “war for talent” is a dated phrase; it’s just how things are now. No political commentary (only in my head, kids), but the war metaphor is stale. And…poaching talent doesn’t exist. People aren’t fish. When can the recruiting industry stop talking a la Glengarry Glen Ross? No coffee…

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Resume funkaliciousness…I like pink.

OK, it’s not for everybody. Or even mostlybody. However, this is fun. Bam!   (More info on FastCompany here) I love novelty, when it doesn’t interfere with practicality. What can I say…I am a practical gal. I think novelty and practicality can exist in harmony though. So here’s what you need to think about to rock…

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If I could do it all again, I’d do something different. But it still wouldn’t be that.

Sometimes I think about what would have happened if I majored in something else besides business in college. I mean, that business degree comes in handy-ish. An actual requirement to do my job? Not so much. I was in a training last week where we were calculating the net present value of a project. And…

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The threat of the false positive by way of stupid pet tricks

I’m always interested in other companies’ interview processes. It helps me realize that some of the stuff we do really does feel like innovation to other companies even though it’s just part of our regular process. I also realize that some of the things that work at a small company aren’t going to hold water…

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Holey Resume!

I love disagreeing. It’s like a hobby. When I was a kid, I thought I would be a lawyer when I grew up. As much as I joke about it, the driver for me isn’t the need to be right. I just love dialectic; the challenge and discovery. You know, when I am not getting…

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Yer hired!

The best cover letter of all time? Perhaps…if it works.   The best manicure of all time? Nyet. (PS: the cover letter is a fake, but still adequately funny. And perhaps some good employment branding. If only the company wasn’t named “Aviary”…kakaw!)

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