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Two things that can make a difference in your career Vol 13-5 | March, 2011
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I work for the team at Microsoft whose responsibility it is to reach out, support and connect with people like you - from students to CxO. It’s my job to help you to be successful in your role, grow your technical skills and help you expand your professional network.  How can I help you make a difference in your career? Here’s a couple of things I believe are worth investing in.

I was recently in Redmond for some internal skills training on the current “Hot Topic” of virtualization and its ability to help you create a “ private cloud ”. Honestly — if you are looking to heighten your visibility within your organization, you would be well served taking the time to invest some training in this area. Have you checked out what’s new with our virtualization and heterogeneous management stack now that service pack 1 has been released? You might be pleasantly surprised at what our capabilities are and how they stack up against other players in this space.

An external perspective on how you are doing in your current role is a valuable asset that should not be overlooked. Solicit feedback from others. With that in mind — I’m going to ask you for some feedback on how we’re doing here at Microsoft Canada.  I try to use every opportunity (both online and in person) when I’m on the road to be available to connect with you and listen to what you have to say in order to make things better.  Ultimately, we’re aiming to earn your trust so you can say you are very satisfied with your relationship with Microsoft. All this being said - I do have an ask.  Can you help my team to help you?

-If you get a survey about your satisfaction with Microsoft, PLEASE take the time to respond and provide us feedback.

-If you’re not able to say “very satisfied with Microsoft” or if you didn’t get a survey invite - Email me directly rick.claus@microsoft.com .  Tell me why or pass along some constructive criticism.  I take the time to respond personally to EACH and every one (all 200+ last fall).

This survey window opens sometime in early March and runs for about a month. If you receive a survey request about Microsoft, please take the time to complete it in order to give us insight into what we’re doing well and what we could do better.

I thought I’d leave you with a single page with some additional resources. Click here for resources to help grow your skills and advance your career as an IT Professional. If you are a Manager who looks after a team of Technology professionals - we've put together some great tools and resources from Microsoft to help build and manage your team as you advance in your career. Learn more here .

If you take in one of our events in Canada or if I happen to be in your neighbourhood over the course of my travels - look for the Green hat. Stop me and let’s have a chat.  I’ll buy the coffee and I’m ready to take notes.

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