When I first decided I wanted to land a job at Microsoft, I decided that I would blog my job search. I knew that I was interested in knowing a) how to get a job at Microsoft, and 2) what the interview process was like. I figured there were other people like me that would also want to know this information.
With this in mind, I started blogging. There was one problem: I didn’t want my current employer to know that I was looking. Therefore, I started my blog on a Linux server running under Virtual PC on my laptop at my former company. I created lots of great posts (if I do say so myself) reflecting the whole ebb and flow of the job hunt process: hurried calls to get interviews scheduled followed by long periods of radio silence, etc.
Anyway, I exported all these posts to a text file with the intention of importing them into my new blog once I arrived at MS. Well, that didn’t work out so well. I did move some of the posts over, but it was a painful manual process. In addition, I had now way of manipulating the posting dates to match the originals. Therefore, I limited the number of posts that I moved over, and just started blogging from there. The rest, as they say, is history.
I bring this all up because I have become aware of someone doing exactly what I did, except publicly. Christian Buckley is blogging his job search at http://my-microsoft-diary.blogspot.com/. Perhaps job seekers can get some good information from Christian.
BTW: Christian, good luck in your upcoming interviews. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help…