I head a while ago that Microsoft was madly scrambling to hire anyone who was ever even remotely connected to search (before Google could get them). I must admit that I had been a bit disappointed that my name hadn't come up in their searching (in spite of the fact that I couldn't come up with a way for it to have).
That is until yesterday, when I got the following e-mail. Of course, I'm still not really sure how they would have gotten my name, but it's nice to know I'm wanted. Even if they don't have a chance.
I am a member of the Microsoft Central Sourcing Team. Microsoft is seeking world class engineers to help create products that help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.
Your name and contact info was brought to my attention as someone who could potentially be a contributor at Microsoft, particularly with our MSN Search Team in Mountain View, CA or Redmond, WA. I would love an opportunity to speak with you in detail about your interest in a career at Microsoft, along with your experience, background and qualifications. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have and can also provide you with any information I have available in regard to the positions and work life at Microsoft.
Please take a moment to visit My Calendar online to schedule a convenient time for me to contact you. You can learn more about our vision for the New World of Work at http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/execmail/.
Additionally, if you are aware of any current or previous colleagues who might also be interested in opportunities at Microsoft, I would be happy to speak with them as well. Referrals are always welcome, and are greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance and I look forward to an opportunity to speak to you in the near future