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September 25, 2005


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Great suggestions, Rick. I work for Microsoft in the Emerging Business Team where we work with VC's and start-ups who build on Microsoft platforms.

Blogs are a great way to be discovered, show how you think, and what you can do. You can communicate directly with people like me on my blog The Next Big Thing at

I would also suggest looking at the Microsoft website Careers section. Every job at Microsoft is posted on the website.

Code something. What a crock.

What a crock? I dunno, sounds like pretty good advice to me. When I interview developers if they have an online portfolio with working code I bump them right up to the top of the list of potential hires. It's a great way to show what you can actually do over just have a laundry list of tech skills on a resume.

i personally think "go code something" is good advice, im a recent uni grad and feel the only way i can get a job is if i make a portfolio of projects to show my work, im currently working on a project from my final year at uni that i believe is a sound idea not currently on the web and really didnt get round to doing properly due to the partying uni life,

While I enjoy writing code, though I don't do it so much anymore, I will point out that anyone can write code.

I would hope though, that Microsoft would ascribe some value to those who can understand users' business problems and figure out solutions, even if they don't write the code.

I know lots of people who can write whatever code you ask them to, but few who actually know which problem to solve and how.

Perhaps if Microsoft has asked a few more questions, you wouldn't need someone to fix Outlook for you. To be fair, they do a pretty good job already, but I'd hate to think that they wouldn't have hire Robert Scoble just because he couldn't write code.

By the way, you used to work at MS. What was the last piece of code you wrote?

I hope that Microsoft can see the need for people who don't just write code.

It's good advice. If you're applying for a job at my company, Iotum, you need to submit code with your resume, and be prepared to write code during the interview.

And if you're applying for a product management job, or a marketing job, or... well, you get my drift. Problem solving is a core skill for the company, and we ask you to solve problems in the interview.

The last piece of code inside of Microsoft that I wrote is a set of MAPI sample applications and a really REALLY bad WinG driver. (don't ask).

The last piece of code I wrote, post Microsoft, is a web service piece for a portfolio company. Scary but usable..

i disagree :

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