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How to write a resume? (click here to read)
Purpose of technical interviews during recruitment in it industry (click here to read)
The importance of good communication skills (click here to read)
Five ways to prepare yourself for success (click here to read)

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Intresting Facts and our Interpretations (click here to read)
Some Examples of how our perception affects our version of reality (click here to read)

HOW TO WRITE A RESUME?

A well-written resume is the first step towards getting the dream job. Your resume creates your first impression on your prospective employer and gives a glimpse of your personality. Hence, it is vital that you should give proper attention and avoid common mistakes that people make while drafting their resume. Here are some important points that you should keep in mind while writing your resume.

Don't write too much: Your resume should not be too lengthy. One common mistake that people make while writing their resume is that they think that by adding pages to their resume they can impress the other person. In this endeavour they write pages and pages of irrelevant details or write the same thing over and over again, in different styles, words and jargon. In such a scenario, the employer has to sift the relevant details from the overload of unnecessary information and this creates a negative impression. It should be brief and concise. Ideally, a resume should not go beyond two pages at most. However, if your achievements are really great, one extra page is negotiable.

Don't write too little: On the other hand some people write too little. Consider this statement in a CV:

“Undertaken internship with L&T ECC from May 2007 to June 2007” Does it indicate anything besides the fact that the person worked with L&T ECC? Don't forego your job responsibilities and details about the company or the department you worked for.

The above should read: "Worked as an intern, from May 2007 to June 2007”, for L&T ECC, premier construction company in India. Job responsibilities included quantity surveying, site supervision and coordinating between various subcontractors."

Don't use long-winded sentences and old-fashioned language: "Sir, I would hereby draw your esteemed attention to the way my talents are in synchronization with your company's long-term goals." Most employers would be put-off by this type of language. Be specific, be direct. Which goals will you help the company to achieve better sales revenue, a new strategy to cut costs, better management of inter-department communication? Explain in a few crisp sentences what you do now, and what you aim to do in your new job. Do not sprinkle your CV with personal pronouns. Try to avoid using "I", "me", "my" in the CV. It is your CV and therefore it is bound to be about you.

The statement: "I overshot my sales target by 20 percent and I was given a special increment by the marketing director." is better written as: "Overshot the sales target by 20 percent, and was given a special increment by the marketing director."

Maintain proper information flow: Most people start with their birth date and list everything in chronological order. So, if they started schooling with school "A" at the age of 4 and are now, say, 24 years old pursuing MBA with institute “X” chances are they will start their career history with "A" and list "X" last. This should be strictly avoided because, to the prospective employer, your MBA matters more than your first school. Few employers like to spend an hour on a resume searching for the last position held by the applicant. A resume favours reverse chronological order. Stick to it.

Hobbies should come towards the end, but shouldn't be done away with. They provide an insight about your personality. These days, the emphasis is also on your personality.

Check your resume for proper grammar and correct spelling: Poor grammar and misspelled words cause a potential employer to question your attention to detail and the quality of your work. With a large number of applicants to choose from why an employer would be interested in an individual with a poor resume. Your resume is your personal promotional brochure. Check your resume for grammar and spelling mistakes thoroughly.

Never lie: Never lie about your qualifications and work experience that you think will bolster your resume. The repercussions of faking facts can be professionally devastating. Whether you are exaggerating accomplishments or creating complete fabrications, lying is simply a bad idea. Remember the old adage "Honesty is the Best Policy".

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PURPOSE OF TECHNICAL INTERVIEWS DURING RECRUITMENT IN IT INDUSTRY

The purpose of the technical interview is ostensibly to evaluate your level of knowledge and skills in the topic areas relevant to the position for which you're being considered. Your interviewer is likely to be judging you on any or all of the following:

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THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Communication skills simply do not refer to the way in which we communicate with another person. It encompasses many other things - the way in which we respond to the person we are speaking, body gestures including the facial ones, pitch and tone of our voice and a lot of other things. And the importance of communication skills is not just limited to the management world, since effective communication skills are now required in each and every aspect of our life. However, in this article we will discuss the importance of communication skills in two areas namely business and relationships.

First, let us concentrate on the importance of communication in business. We can measure the importance of communication skills in the business sector when we take a look at job advertisements. There is little chance that you will come across an advertisement which does not mention that candidates should have good communication skills. Perhaps this is the only criterion which creates a positive impact when a person goes for a job interview. This is because technical qualifications are likely to be more or less the same for the candidates.

Without effective communication skills, a person may find it impossible to climb up the corporate ladder. Promotions come to those who can communicate effectively at all levels, from senior management level to the lowest employee. The use of communication skills in business is covered in more detail at http://www.communicationskillsworld.com

As for communication within relationships, it should be remembered that maintaining good relationships is a way to a healthy lifestyle, and a good relationship can only be maintained by maintaining healthy communication with our near and dear ones. They are the ones we stay with on a regular basis. They are also the ones who see us at our best as well as our worst.

Good communication skills help the relationships to develop along good lines, and ensure that arguments and disagreements are kept to a minimum. Good communication will avoid arguments and insults.

Another important part of communication in relationships is taking the initiative yourself. Do not wait for your best friend to call you after a long break. Instead take the phone and also take initiative to start the conversation. Often people have this problem while communicating, which comes from fear. They always think a thousand times whether to approach a person or not. But a person with good communication skills is always the first to start a conversation.

Given the importance of communication skills in both the personal and the corporate world, any individual who want to make progress with their life should develop this important skill.

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FIVE WAYS TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS

1) Become an Avid Reader

 "Good leaders are good readers" —Jim Rohn
 Abraham Lincoln once said that if he were given eight hours to chop down a tree, he would spend six hours sharpening his axe and two hours chopping down the tree. That is one of the true characteristics of a leader. We all should take time to sharpen our axes — by reading!  Believe it or not, the average American reads just one book a year. What that means to you and me is that if we only read one book a month in our field, we will be twelve years ahead of the average American person!

The late Earl Nightingale, in his book, The Strangest Secret, said that if we read for two hours every day on any subject, in five years, we would become national experts on that particular subject. And in ten years, we would have the equivalent of a Ph.D! To me, reading quality books is the ultimate joy in life. It rekindles my hope and takes me to new heights. It rejuvenates me and gives me a boost. We can no longer make excuses about not having time to read. Today we can even buy most books on tape, thereby turning our cars into a university on wheels while commuting to and from work!  On the road to success, we must gather a lot of information through quality reading.

2) Network with Successful People

Learn how to network and build strong referral systems. There are many books on the subject. One of them is by Harvey Mackay: Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty.

3) Find a Mentor

Every great athlete, celebrity, and business executive can point to a mentor — a coach. They each had people who helped them to get where they are. One of the best methods of preparation is to find a mentor — a person who has been there— to guide you along the way. Whether you want to move up in your company or establish a solid business of your own, a mentor can make a significant difference. And you don’t necessarily have to have just one mentor; you can have many. This may sound simple, but it is powerful! No matter what line of business you are in, you need a coach — someone you talk with about your failures and successes, someone who can advise you. How do you find a mentor? Just ASK!

People normally love to talk about their successes and how they accomplished them. They are eager to help us if we courteously ask them. For many years I failed to put into practice the old advice in the Bible: "Ask and ye shall receive." Don’t let that happen to you — ASK!

4) Attend Continuing Education Classes

Our minds are like leaky buckets; what we know is constantly dripping out. I read a story about a man who was working for a company for about twenty years. It seems like they always passed over him for promotions. Ironically, he had trained new hires who would eventually become his boss!  One day he confronted the president of the company about the situation. He told his boss that he was being treated unfairly, especially since he had twenty years of experience with the company. The president sat the man down and told him, "No! You only have one year of experience repeated for twenty years."

How long have you been in your line of business? Are you getting new knowledge, or are you applying old knowledge? If we are going to thrive and survive in these turbulent times, we must expand our minds.

5) Find Time for a Quiet Reflection

The great philosophers, thinkers, scientists, and business gurus always find quiet time to be alone — to ponder, recharge, and flood their minds with images of their future goals. We should never be so busy chasing a dream that we are no longer able to visualize it in our minds. There are times when the burdens are heavy, but this is when we need to enter our inner world and examine our lives. Socrates once said to his students, "An unexamined life is not worth living." Quiet reflection is a time to get to know the invisible power that sustains our lives. Starting today, take a few moments every day to reflect.

A Final Note

The great philosophers, thinkers, scientists, and business gurus always find quiet time to be alone — to ponder, recharge, and flood their minds with images of their future goals. We should never be so busy chasing a dream that we are no longer able to visualize it in our minds. There are times when the burdens are heavy, but this is when we need to enter our inner world and examine our lives. Socrates once said to his students, "An unexamined life is not worth living." Quiet reflection is a time to get to know the invisible power that sustains our lives. Starting today, take a few moments every day to reflect.

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Interesting Facts & our interpretations

Butterflies taste with their feet.
So, always put your feet in the career of your taste.


A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
So, always give & take feedback otherwise you will have a Duck-communication.


On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
So, always take education with commonsense.


On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
Fear has a web, once you get in; it is very tough to get out.


Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
Never be too heavy to change.


Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
Excellence is never easy.


It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
It is more difficult to lead in the time of adversity.


A snail can sleep for three years.
Have any hobby other than sleeping.


No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH".
It is hard to get the appropriate replacement for the lost time in life.


Eeyes are always the same size from birth, but nose and ears never stop growing.
When people don’t expand their vision in profession; they get snobbish & gullible.

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Some examples of how our perception affects our version of reality

 The rows of black and white squares are all parallel.
The vertical zigzag patterns disrupt our horizontal perception.

Parallel Lines


 

There are no gray spots at the corners of the squares.

Grey Spots on Corner


The center circles are both the same size.

Same Centre Circle


The radiating lines influence our perception of the parallel lines

Rad Lines-1Rad Lines-2


The circle and the squares appear distorted by the background patterns

Circle Dist by Bkgrnd

Square Dist by Bkgrnd


The Vertical lines are both the same length

Equal Vertical Lines


The diagonal lines A-B and B-C are equal in length

Equal Diagonal Lines


The shade of the center dot is the same in all the squares
The shade of the background influences how we perceive it. All squares are uniformly shaded,
but each square seems lighter on its left edge than on its right edge.

Centre Circle Color


There are only white circles at the intersections


Three Streams
Apparent movement of the streams is created by afterimages
as our eyes shift to examine the picture.

Three Streams
© 1998, Sarcone and Waeber


The background of concentric circles makes the squares appear distorted.

Square in Concentric Cir


Rotating Wheels
The circles appear to rotate when you move your head closer and further away from the screen while looking at the dot in the center. Our peripheral vision interprets the relative increase or decrease of the image in the retina as rotational motion of the slanted lines.

Rotating Circles


Pinhole Experiment
Take two pieces of heavy paper. On one of them make three holes with a pin spaced about 2 mm apart (1/16 inch) from each other forming a triangle. On the other one piece of paper, make a single hole with the pin. Place the card with the three holes next to your eye and look through the holes at the card with one hole. You will see three holes instead of one, and the pattern of holes will be upside down.

Pin Hole Experiment