What have YOU done to land a job?

We need your successful job-hunting advice.

What’s the most creative thing you’ve ever done to advance your career, get that raise or secure that promotion? We’re looking for folks who have gone the extra mile or done something different to stand out from the crowd to get hired. Help us out and your story could appear in the January issue of Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine. Tell us, in detail, what your secrets are for getting ahead at work or leaving other job applicants eating your dust.

Send your comments to Senior Editor Keith Ward at Please put "My Career" in the subject line so he doesn’t delete your e-mail as just more spam. Also include your full name, any Microsoft certifications you hold, and what city and state you live and work in. You may name your employer if you wish. And please be quick! Comment deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Nov 12, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Vote against President Bush in 2004

Wed, Nov 12, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Response to post 1.

Normally it happens with women :)

No offense though

Thu, Nov 6, 2003 Keith Ward Anonymous

Hi folks! One note: I'd rather that you contact me directly (click on my name at left or on my e-mail address listed in my bio above) to give me your information, rather than posting here. Thanks much!

Thu, Nov 6, 2003 Sharon Arkansas

Everytime I would read a add for a job, it seemed for every five qualifications I had there were always two or three items I hadn't worked with before. So.....I started researching information say on OpenVMS or some other obscure piece of the particular employers puzzle. When the interview rolled around the board members that interviewed me for the job were impressed over the fact that I had done research on the subject even though I had never really worked with that particular operating system. I was hired and was able to add a new OS to my list of qualifications. When I asked why they hired me? I was told it was because of my willingness to learn and my people skills.

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