Building your professional toolkit at Microsoft

Ask Shaina Morrison, Audience Marketing Manager within the Marketing and Operations organization. She has taken pointed, yet adaptive steps to better understand her interests, apply them to her passions, build her network and craft a trajectory that continues to build upon her experiences. Hailing from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Shaina got tons of…

From engineering leader to HR leader

Word on the street was that Diego Rejtman was an inspiring ball of energy. I was particularly excited about this interview because who doesn’t look forward to a “ray of sunshine” during a Seattle winter? Suddenly, I hear – in the most cheerful of tones – “Toyyyyyyy!” He welcomes me with the warmest of welcomes.…

“I started learning sign language at six months”

“Both of my parents lost their hearing as toddlers. I started learning sign language at the age of six months. It’s mainly due to my background that I’ve seen – firsthand – how technology can impact lives.” Thus began the storied career of Microsoft program manager, Heather Dowdy. The South Side Chicago native is the…

Coming back for more

Tucked away in the northwest corner of Microsoft’s main Puget Sound campus you’ll find an assortment of restaurants and shops that offer a burst of flavor and culture to please most any palate. It’s the last place you’d expect it, but amid the glass, stone and steel of a corporate campus you’ll find The Commons:…

How early career HR professionals kick-start their time at Microsoft

There’s an expression people use when they’re feeling overwhelmed: “Drinking from the firehose.” For newcomers to any large, global company, there’s so much to learn that it can feel like information overload. What if there was a way for people to experience all the benefits of a large, global company, and at the same time,…

How to land a job at Microsoft via Social Media

Maybe you shoot emails at recruiters like buckshot. You hope one missive amongst many will score a direct hit. Or, you passively post resumes on job boards and wait for a bite, like a fisherman dangling a baited hook. Perhaps you narrow your focus. You’re more strategic, and use social media to actively reach out.…

How early career designers shape Microsoft products

Once every 10-15 years, there’s an evolutionary leap in the software industry—a jump that isn’t as big as fish leaving the ocean for a terrestrial existence, but one that is still significant. Michael Gough, CVP of Design for the Applications and Services Group (ASG), says, “We just spent 30 years teaching people to think like…

Explore Microsoft Program

When college student Bayo Olatunji was first introduced to his school’s Microsoft recruiter, he froze. He couldn’t think of what to say. Then he opened his mouth and the following words spilled out: “Hi. I have no skills, but I want to work for you guys. What can I do?” The recruiter asked, “Do you…