Conversations With Staffing Leaders: Gretchen Ledgard and Heather Hamilton of Microsoft

You cannot truly lead or make a difference at your company without all the qualities ERE authors describe every day in their articles. But there’s one more thing you must also have: an absolute passion for what it is you are trying to do. It’s this passion that my colleague Mark Mehler and I wanted to capture as we discussed with ERE the concept of partnering on a series of web-based audio conversations with staffing leaders who make a real difference in how their companies find and recruit great employees. Click either audio format to listen to this webcast:

Windows Media | RealAudio Presented by ERE, this series of interviews will attempt to shed light on how staffing leaders, in many cases working behind the scenes, overcame the challenges in front of them and led their organizations to implement best practices in recruiting. All of the interviews in this series will be conducted by either myself or my colleague at CareerXRoads, Mark Mehler. Gretchen Ledgard and Heather Hamilton of Microsoft The buzz on blogging just gets louder and louder as everyone jumps on the latest trend. Beyond the hype of interactive diaries and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is the story of recruiters engaging large numbers of candidates on through their blogs. They’re preparing candidates to put their best foot forward, and at the same time they are trusted by their leadership to simply tell the truth as they see it. I sat down to talk with Gretchen and Heather recently about how they’re using blogs to further Microsoft’s recruiting efforts. Have a listen. Click either audio format to listen to this webcast:

Windows Media | RealAudio [If you experience any technical difficulties in accessing this webcast, you may need to work with your IT department to resolve firewall issues. Send us an email at if you experience any other technical difficulties.] About Gretchen Ledgard Gretchen Ledgard is a sourcing programs consultant with Microsoft’s technical central sourcing team. During her five years with Microsoft, Gretchen has worked with the company’s international, college, and industry recruiting teams. Co-founder and author of the Technical Careers @ Microsoft weblog, she currently develops and manages sourcing and marketing programs that attract the software industry’s best technical talent to the company. About Heather Hamilton As the staffing programs manager for marketing and finance talent acquisition at Microsoft, Heather Hamilton is responsible for creating and driving strategies to bring the industry’s best marketing talent to the company. Heather is an industry leader and requested speaker on the topics of candidate outreach and community building, which include blogging and Internet recruiting. Heather’s blogging activities have created press interests including interviews with the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Heather has worked in staffing for ten years and has been with Microsoft for five years in a variety of staffing roles, supporting business and technical divisions. Prior to Microsoft, Heather led the technical recruiting team at a large insurance company’s corporate headquarters and was previously with a national IT consulting firm, where she staffed Y2K remediation, application development and application outsourcing projects. Heather began her career at Robert Half International in the AccounTemps division after a brief career excursion in accounting. Heather has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Gerry Crispin, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and thought leader. He seeks to understand how firms design and build staffing processes, the technology to enhance them and the systems to manage them. He is also committed to writing, researching, and sharing his adventures, opinions and observations about evolving staffing models with the HR profession, clients and friends. He and his partner, Mark Mehler, created CareerXroads® and the CareerXroads Colloquium with one goal in mind: critically analyzing corporate recruiting issues from a tactical yet strategic perspective. Learn more at CareerXroads