Want to work at Microsoft? Recruiters offer top tips to help you land a job

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If you’re looking for a job in the technology industry, there are worse places you could end up than Microsoft. No matter where you live or what you do, the technology giant might very well have a dream position for you. Over on the Microsoft Jobs blog, company recruiters are offering some tips on how to get your foot in the door.

There’s nothing magical about Microsoft when it comes to getting a job. A strong résumé, a positive attitude, a willingness to be a team player–they’re all cliché, perhaps, but that’s for a reason. Microsoft isn’t just looking for smart people. The company is looking for people who can work well with others in accomplishing the company’s objectives.

I look for people who like to work hard, have fun and do it with a positive attitude. I think those are important attributes to success,” says Kameron Swinton, a Microsoft talent sourcer. “I’m also looking for people who have been high achievers, and that’s not limited to their profession.

“Were you a chess master or a championship-winning tennis player?” he asks. “Tell me about it. Not only does it make for a great story but it speaks to your dedication, hard work and perseverance.”

The keys to securing an interview, and then acing it, are the same for just about every company out there. Summarized, they go something like this:

1. Find out who you know at Microsoft, and leverage those relationship. Network is key.
2. Put your best foot forward. Prepare a résumé that shows your passion for technology, practical experience, and how you’ll leverage both.
3. Learn what you can about Microsoft and the position before your interview.
4. Honesty is the best policy.
5. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. You may not strike gold the first time around, but that doesn’t mean the right position isn’t out there somewhere.

It’s all classic job search stuff, but take a few moments to read the entire piece. At the very least, you’ll come away knowing that the same skills you’ll need to get a job anywhere apply just as well to Microsoft. If you’re ready to get started, head over to the Microsoft Careers center and see if your dream job is waiting for you.

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