Monday, March 31, 2008

Recruiting Blogs?

I was reading Microsoft's JobsBlog, and I don't really understand the point of it. If this is a "recruiter blog," what does it have to do with recruiting? Is this blog supposed to recruit people to work at Microsoft? Or is it just supposed to be good PR for Microsoft? Most of the posts are related to job-search topics, and few are related to Microsoft. Can anyone help me out here?

Monday, March 24, 2008

The future of the news

Its no secret that the old fashioned news outlets are dying out. According to this article from Media Life Magazine, the old stalwarts of the TV news, the network evening news broadcasts, are losing of much of their younger viewers to cable news and the internet. And newspapers continue to decline in readership.

While I do not think the future predicted in the EPIC 2014 video will happen exactly as portrayed, we are on way to something similar. Already the signs are there. Technologies like Google Reader combined with subject specific blogs and news sites allow people to get there news on very specific topics from very specific viewpoints. While the regular newsmedia has its share of bias, its nothing compared to some of the blogs and websites out there. Instead of the internet making us less ignorant, it may end up making us more so.

Monday, March 17, 2008


I think online collaboration has great potential. Say an organization needs to have a document created by managers in 3 locations across the country. A number of relatively recent developments allow that document to be created in the virtual, without resorting to costly travel.

By now most everyone has heard of Skype, the free VOIP service. It allows anymore to call another computer with for free, and it also provides video call service too. Combine Skype with the collaborative features Google Docs, which lets you collaborate in real time with other people on documents, spreadsheets, and presentation, and its like your in the same room.

Skype itself has some sweet collaborative features, too. There are many plugins that allows for things like screen sharing, virtual whiteboards, etc.

Lynda Gratton, in her article for the Sloan Management Review, makes a few good point sabout online collaboration. Most notably, organizations need to make it easy for online collaborators to learn about each other, and that its best that some colloborators already know each other. Teams will be much more productive if they know where others responsibilities lie and what others are skilled at.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Networking for a job

Last summer, I got incredibly lucky. After the spring semester ended, I was planning on going home and going back to the Supermarket I worked at in high school. A few days later, my dad lets me know that the company he works for needs college students to test their new software. It was a great job with great pay for a summer job, and I learned a lot about IT.

Its March and I still haven't found a job for the summer. I doubt something like the testing job is going to happen again. I'm going to start taking the advice in this article from It'll be tough, but I think I can do it.

Before I embark on that journey, I just posted my resume on Hopefully that works out. By the way, I really hate that website, way to many obnoxious ads.

I looked into some websites for business networking, like, and I'm going to them a try. If enough of my friends sign up, I think it could end being extremely useful once I graduate.