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Maximizing A Latent Resource – Your Alumni Network

Maximizing a latent resource-your Alumni Network

Maximizing a latent resource-your Alumni NetworkSeveral studies in the recent past strongly point towards the criticality of networking in a job search. Some experts opine as close to 80% of jobs today are obtained through referrals of some kind. With such trends, students would do well to leverage all the job search resources at their disposal. One such extremely valuable resource is the alumni community of your college. They are treasure troves of industry knowledge and career advice which in turn finds credence from their vast and practical work experience.

However, before you start the process of identifying and reaching out to alumni, it is important to understand what your goals are for connecting with your alumni. Alumni usually have limited time and they can very quickly see through genuine connect vs. a candidate who is just trying to get shortlisted for the company they work for. You may have a few reasons to reach out: (more…)

5 Important Undergraduate Resume Pointers

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5 Important Undergraduate Resume PointersNobody can discount the importance of a first impression. And when it comes to landing an interview, or converting one, much rests on your resume. According to various statistical sources, most recruiters spend only a few seconds to go over a resume. Hence, it is imperative that it creates a good first impression. With that said, we have few important points that we believe you should bear in mind, once you start drafting your resume. 

  1. Format your resume to make it easy to read: Imagine a recruiter holding two resumes in his hands. In one, he has a resume with endless text, no defined sections, three or possibly four different font sizes and styles, and inconsistent or virtually no spacing among paragraphs. In the other, he holds a resume which is in chronological order, has clear and consistent sections with defined headings, font size and style. Which one would he prefer to read first? It is the same as walking into an interview. No matter how technically strong or confident you are, if you walk into the interview wearing an outfit which is too jarring or unprofessional, it would fail to create a good first impression. So, suit up your resume format, and see how it creates an advantage for you.

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5 Key Ways To Prepare For An Interview

5 Key Ways to Prepare for an Interview

5 Key Ways to Prepare for an InterviewInterview preparation is like Math! Practice, practice and more practice! However, don’t become a robot, your goal should be to communicate the best version of yourself during an interview and make sure you move to the next round (or get the offer if this is the final round).

Interview preparation at college particularly B-Schools is not something you start doing when you get the interview call. Any successful candidate will tell you that they started their interview preparation months before they even knew which companies had shortlisted them. Just like you start preparing for GMAT months before you actually take the exam. (more…)

How Important Is Emotional Intelligence In A Workplace

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How important is Emotional Intelligence in a workplaceLet us first understand – What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

Imagine if you couldn’t understand when your co-worker was angry or when your friend was sad. This ability is referred as Emotional Intelligence. In the simplest terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. There exist many different schools of thought while some give EI importance over IQ and suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, others claim it is an inborn characteristic.

Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer have been the leading researchers on emotional intelligence since 1990. In their influential article “Emotional Intelligence,” they defined emotional intelligence as the subset of social intelligence. Later Daniel Goleman’s book on Emotional Intelligence described that to be successful EQ is more important than traditional IQ measures. (more…)

What Exactly Is An Action-Oriented, Rather An Action-Packed Resume

What exactly is an Action-Oriented, rather an Action-Packed Resume

What exactly is an Action-Oriented, rather an Action-Packed ResumeLIGHTS. CAMERA. ACTION.

These are three words, which each one of us has heard. Emanating from the world of showbiz; these three words that direct the lives and actions of those behind the silver screen, those who have action-packed lives. It’s about getting the same perspective and letting these words guide you. It’s about being the director and lead actor of your life and your career!

You can do this by asking yourself what YOU are doing in your life. What is that part of your day that you OWN and is YOUR contribution to the story of your lives?

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What Exactly Are Recruiters Looking For?

What exactly are recruiters looking for?

What exactly are recruiters looking for?Hundreds of applications and candidatures are scanned before the final Accept/Decline decision is made. Often people give similar answers to the select set of questions in interviews because they don`t put due thought into the different aspects important for the role and organization and what could distinguish them.

Did you go in for an interview believing you are a FIT? When faced with a “What is it that went wrong?” situation, you have to empathize and think like the recruiter and his/her view of the BEST FIT. Your responsibility then is to match the job requirements with the right kind of talent. You have to ask yourself one very simple question which is “Would you hire YOU?”

From my experience, I have put together 10 things you can do differently to make sure you are able to wow the recruiter and get closer to hearing “You’re hired!” (more…)

Skills v/s Qualities

Skills v/s Qualities

Skills v/s QualitiesQualities are gifted. Skills are acquired. Question is what should one channelize on? Is it better to realize your qualities and make them your skills, or is it more viable to identify the work skills which the market demands, and then imbibe them?

The answer is debatable. In our opinion, it should depend on what your goal in life is, which is whether you want to become a successful SOMEONE or a successful YOU. Whether you want to earn a living or earn yourself what you deserve and what you can enjoy doing throughout your life. The much demanded Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Management Skills, Technical Skills can all be acquired but to excel at them, you need to be backed by your own intrinsic qualities. (more…)

It’s Only A Job For Crying Out Loud! Or Is It?

 It’s only a job for crying out loud! Or is it?

A job is a job. Or is it?
 It’s only a job for crying out loud! Or is it?There are two schools of thought in today’s world, or rather there are many schools of thought, but they can be put in two broad categories. One that believes that a job is just a means to an end and all “real life” is outside of work, and the other that define identity by what you “do”. Which side are you on? Regardless of which school of thought you subscribe to we all have to agree that career matters! The extent to which can be debated, and many companies now-a-days are focusing on creating policies and programs which can support their employees in having a more balanced lifestyle. However, regardless of how much we love to work or hate our jobs, we all desire to have the dream job that promises a “high” and happiness in what we do. (more…)

Together Everyone Achieves More Is The Full Form Of TEAM

Together Everyone Achieves More is the full form of TEAM

Together Everyone Achieves More is the full form of TEAMIn recent times, the word TEAM has synonymously come to be associated with the word Manchester United. And, if it is true that people believe in observation rather than argument, then here surely is the perfect example. Their reacquisition of the premier league title without a team that could be classified as best on paper, effectively showed that the true strength and power of a fragment lies in it being a part of a whole, a TEAM.

Team Spirit, Team Player, Team Manager, Team Dynamics are all allied aspects of the TEAM Concept.  But do you wonder about the discussion around this concept while individual performance is the most spoken about means to outshine in the evolving service sector?

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The 10 Mistakes You Are Making On Your Resume

10 mistakes you are making on your resume

10 mistakes you are making on your resumeEdison found 1000 ways not to build a bulb. Well, he was lucky he got a 1000 chances to fail! And then fortunately, he proved a point, so let’s just congratulate him and move ahead.

I’m sure a lot of you have read the much interesting novel “The 3 mistakes of my life”. It inspired me when I sat to write this post. It’s interesting how it talks about one guy who commits 3 ordinary mistakes that end up changing his life. It’s such ordinary mistakes that the wise seek to avoid. This is why posts about “10 Mistakes your Mind is making”, “10 Mistakes you might be making at work”, etc. do so well and enjoy huge readership. This is because people in general seek to be cautious, they don’t want to be reckless and want to take the right decisions. This article centers around your resume and by the end of it, you wouldn’t be making ordinary mistakes that could affect your candidature for your dream job or career, at large!  (more…)

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