Reverse engineering Resume


I was helping one of my master students with his resume preparation and felt that I should write a blog on how job candidates should make their resume appealing from an employer’s perspective.

Before you start your resume you should put your imagination to work. You should think you are the recruiter and interviewing a candidate. What answer are you expecting from the candidate. As recruiter you will ask questions to the candidate as follows

Why are your skills right for this position?

Tell us more about your last job?

How are you going to add value?

What is your work ethic?

Tell us three adjectives that would describe your attitude?

What about your weaknesses?

Why should you matter to us?

Where do you want to eventually live and settle?

Where else are you looking and why do we stand out in your set of choices?

Are there any reasons why you would not take this job if it were offered?

I have written a book “Interview questions with answers” which have 80 more questions with answers so that all branches of engineering and MBA candidates can use it to prepare their Resume.

When you are reading the questions your mind also thinks of what answer you expect from a candidate.

Now let’s take one question from the above Why are your skills right for this position? “

Depending on job requirements you can have variety of answers for the above questions. 

Let’s assume the position is a Software engineer and expected skills are soft skills , Java, web and mobile technologies. …

One answer is : “My skills of java code will enable a process and quality improvement,  if implemented in a manufacturing firm production facilities”

 

If a Mechanical engineer has to answer the above question he/she can  consider this sample answer: “my deep understanding of engine technologies (let’s say hyrdolics )  made me to come up with new engine improvement ideas that would be helpful to the company and my knowledge of software coupled with Domain knowledge makes me productive right away “

Look at the answers I wrote. These answers enables you to understand whether your skills and subject knowledge is enough to meet the expectations of the recruiter. In your skills and abilities section of resume you can put exactly what kind of end results you can provide by using your java or whatever you learnt. . By clearly reverse engineering the end results of your training’s and skills you can put the same in your resume and your resume stands out from other candidates very well.

By answering other questions that matches your skills and abilities you can make a resume with end results in mind to clearly mention the benefits you can provide for a recruiter.

If you want more advice you can contact me.. Happy job hunting…

 

 

 

 

Some good Job related apps and websites


Those who are on the look out for jobs here are some good IOS/Andriod Apps.

1.  Job Talent  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jobandtalent.android&& 

2. Job Campus :  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.jobcompass.market

3.Jobr : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jobr-swipe-chat-discover-your/id870221491?ls=1&mt=8

4.Job Interview questions : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.divyu.HrInterviewQuestions.free

5. Visual Resume : http://re.vu/

6. Job Search Engine : http://www.linkup.com/

7. A Better Interview : http://www.abetterinterview.com/

8. Career attraction : http://www.careerattraction.com/

9. Career Bliss : http://www.careerbliss.com/

10. JOb Interview questions : http://www.quintcareers.com/interview_question_database/interview_questions_3.html

11. Tweet my jobs : http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/

 

Building self confidence


Self confidence was not something that people are born with. Developing self confidence takes time and effort and yes, it is well worth the effort.

In my case, building self confidence was a gradual process. No matter how old or experienced we get, developing confidence is something that you should never stop doing. One of the things I found helpful was to step outside of my comfort zone. Comfort zone means that you are not trying anything new.

I realized early in my life that I need to be fluent in speaking English and be able to communicate well with others. One of the habits I developed was reading the news paper. That helped me to learn new words in English but I was thinking how to use that advantage to speak well with others in English.  So between friends we started a training institute to give tuitions to school children and intermediate students with nominal fees to cover our expenses. But for the first time I was facing audience. I was nervous and first few days I could not speak well. But as days passed by I became comfortable with students and was able to speak and on the way learnt more words in English. That is the fist step in building self confidence.

Then came the job offer. Now I have to face experts and I’m back to nervousness. I then asked my friends whether they can do mock interviews for me and ask whatever they like to and I answer them. I got good practice but on the day of interview I was still nervous and hoping to take control of myself. As I walked in, there are around 10 to 12 experts sitting in a big hall. The moment I saw them all my practice and confidence nosedived and I was very nervous. Fortunately the team was very comforting and helpful. I think most of the interviewers know our situations. As the questions rolled out from their mouths my nervousness become less and less. By the time I’m done with interview I was confident and smiling. I got the job too.

I continued my pursuit of  reading and mastering new things every day. That helped me to get a job in US of A  and I went to US and worked with some of the smartest people on the planet. I learned a lot and I keep learning every day from all situations and all kinds of people. Confidence increases if you know the subject well. So never stop learning in your life whether you are young or old. It keeps your mind healthy.

The trick was to start small and then keep challenging myself  and step outside my comfort zone on a regular basis.

Don’t be afraid to take on a new task when asked by your manager or professors at college or your parents or anybody. Turn it into a challenge and keep thinking in the back of your mind that this is just another method in building your self confidence and learning new things. Use modern tools and methods to accomplish your work in a much better way. Don’t  just stop with first solution for a problem  but try to look at the problems from different perspectives. You will be surprised to know how many ways a problem can be solved and that gives more confidence to you.

Don’t expect to gain a massive amount of confidence in one day. It’s a gradual process. It took me years. More challenges and opportunities you are faced with, the easier it will all become to become confident. Be careful though, not to mix up self confidence with being over confident. They are two different things. Don’t have unrealistic expectations of you either. Take one step at a time and build on it. Building self confidence comes from a person’s desire for self-development, accomplishments and achievements. And yes, the rewards are so worth it and I’m one example for you to learn first hand what wonders self confidence can do. Want to learn more then email me.

Cheers, tears and Campus life


Academic year is in full swing.  The exciting campus interviews are happening, bringing back cheers,tears nervousness and tension for getting that dream job right away. There are several seminars, events and speakers like us who come to university and colleges to give insight into various subjects to prepare you to ever changing corporate culture. These needs to be balanced between fun, frolic, movies and gossiping and enjoying student life to it’s fullest.

Busy student life, right?

While these and many events that happen in campus and other colleges are part of your life, one important thing is missing in all these actions.  That is analyzing, collecting and grouping the knowledge and experiences gained and documenting them so that you can refer it as needed.  How much did you network with a successful professional who came to your college to speak?.  If you did that once or twice do you think that is sufficient for you to succeed in life. Networking with accomplished persons helps you to reach your goals.

Let me give you some guidelines on how best you can maximize  your cheers while eliminating tears by wasting away time and fighting on petty issues between friends. Ego  and infighting between classmates is a major hurdle in learning and enjoying life to it’s fullest during college days together. Life is too short to do that and college life is very very short to waste in petty things and ego clashes.

  1. Form a student team from various departments.  Teams should focus on gathering useful information from various seminars, making sure their classmates are sent to competitions,help in networking with professionals  and conduct useful seminars successfully themselves. They should also do post analysis of campus interview successes and failures to help themselves and others. For example : What was done differently? What new patterns or innovations did you notice in the campus interview or seminars or lectures from experts etc.  And most importantly, what new ways of learning — individually or collectively — should be continued?   How can you take advantage of technology tools? What skills you all  still need to develop? What else is new in the events?
  2. Identify the most common causes of some of the failures of the candidates who did not get thru the campus interviews and start focusing on that skills sets companies are looking for.
  3. Recently many collages are busy conducting events. One example is recent colors festival in Aditya engineering colleges followed by competitions and power point presentations on various subject matters  Other colleges are also having similar events and many of you participated or enjoyed these events. These events give you valuable lessons on team skills such as co ordination, hosting, communications, website development, marketing, presenting, conducting events successfully, getting media attentions etc. If you are smart there is so much to observe and learn from these events. Did you think of all these or just had fun and now ready for another event?

So Life offers much more than what we experience. What is most important is that you should be more observant and have a keen eye on what you can learn from anybody or anything that happens in your day. We have to hone up our skills of observation and analyzing powers. Imagination is a key factor in bringing the impossible to possibility and there is no boundaries that can stop you from imagining what is best for you , and to our nation.  Working smartly and with focus to reach your goals is a must.  We need to build this nation together to be the best on the planet.

I expect all of you to be smart and different and show to the world that you can be counted to be one among the best.    Good luck to you all.