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…

 

 

 

 

The art of leading life.


“Time, not money, is the most valuable commodity of all”

We have proven track record of achieving extraordinary success in things, projects or big goals that we never imagine we can do it. Belief in attempting things that are beyond our imagination and achieving them enriches our lives with fulfilment and many times makes us famous and rich. “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible”.--Albert Einstein Theoretical Physicist, Philosopher, Nobel Prize Winner

We are living in a very competitive era and we all have onus of making some impact with our way of living life on ourselves and the community around us. We should develop the habit of liking to be challenged, stay self-motivated in spite of negative pressures on us; take big challenges and try our best to accomplish them and people will start noticing you. There is a need for every one of us to make a difference in whatever we attempt to do.

“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self”. —Aldous Huxley Novelist

We are known from what we achieve.  But our achievements have a shelf life. That means we cannot just stop improving ourselves and impacting others as role models.  World moves dynamically and age, values, knowledge, experiences are constantly progressing and where we stand is what matters. Taking risks and learning from setbacks and moving forward are the only way to stay relevant in this world. There are problems small to complex that needs to be solved and we have the capability of solving many of them.

Some examples are “Genetic sequencing of human genes that help in target medication for individuals instead of generalized prescriptions”.  Similarly we have global warming challenges to solve. We have challenges to reach Mars, Venus and colonize Moon. Our imagination is what matters the most.

There are people who are able to achieve some extraordinary feats such as  mimic human behaviors, experiences and creativity by using some complex machine learning techniques, Mathematical algorithms such as K-nearest neighbor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K-nearest_neighbors_algorithm ) to analyze music , predict Hollywood movies whether they will be hits or flops even before starting on the projects ( http://www.epagogix.com/ ) and finally computers creating music (we don’t need music directors anymore)  http://geb.uma.es/melomics/melomics.html

But for a beginner in life like young students there is ample opportunity for you to start building your life and leading on the edge of achieving some extra ordinary things. Here are some basic principles of achieving some extra ordinary things.

  1. Ignore the Noise. Once you firm up your mind and motivate yourselves to start working for great achievements you will find naysayers around you all the time. They will try to pull you down. Just ignore them and slowly and steadily start building knowledge and experiences in what you really want to achieve that is beyond your imagination.

Do remember “It is not who is Right but what is Right” matters.

  1. Have clear objective. Start reading/learning diversified information. Today world needs people who are deep in one knowledge area but also very good in every subject matter that is not related to their fields. I wrote a blog on this https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

3. Stay focused: As you continue your journey of achieving great goals you may be distracted         by many events, circumstances, constraints, family pressures and many unknown   factors.            Coming back on track is very important. Doing regular Yoga and Meditation will help you to             regain focus.

                          “Innovation is rewarded, execution is worshiped.”

  1. Develop patience. Today digitally connected and instant gratification world is making young students to be restless and expecting instant results. But in order to achieve great things you have to be patient enough and continue your journey until you reach your goals.

                “There is no limitations except those we create for ourselves” ―Lolly Daskal, Thoughts Spoken From The Heart

  1. Watch your progress: we all make judgmental mistakes and sometimes it may be that we may choose a wrong direction. So occasionally checking where we stand in our achievements should be monitored and measured. Otherwise all our efforts may be ultimately futile .

 

  1. Not able to accept failure: We should never become possessive of our tasks, work or people we work with. Sometimes if things won’t work out we should be able to ignore our failures and continue on a new path. Possessiveness makes us Sad and creates mental distress and other health problems. I wrote a blog on this subject here https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/failure-is-not-final/

            “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail”                   .– Ralph Waldo Emerson Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist

7. Question your acts: You should constantly ask why you are doing something in a                        particular fashion. By questioning your way of doing you will get a chance to do it much                better.  I wrote a blog on this

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/where-there-is-a-why-there-is-a-way/

                  “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do,                                 something to love, and something to hope for”.–Joseph Addison English                               Essayist, Poet, Playwright And Politician.

Good luck to you.

“Change yourselves and the world is a better place with You” –RK  This is my quote for you.

Competency based education


Time and again I’m revisiting education because there is a seismic change happening in Educating our young population. I have written blogs that focused on the the changes that are happening due to Massive online open course ware (MOOC) movement, big companies such as Microsoft, Wipro, IBM’s investment in this sector, how universities, colleges , students need to re orient themselves to stay relevant  to the present conditions and how to learn smartly using technology tools in the following blogs.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/classroom-learning-with-concert-of-technology/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/uncommon-sense-and-common-nonsense/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/free-online-resources/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/students-this-is-for-you/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/where-there-is-a-why-there-is-a-way/

But most of these practices are still not able to make students employable right away after coming out of colleges. There are still many factors that contribute for  success of new employee other than the core skill that is basically needed to work. Realizing this, below universities along with industry collaborations came up with a new way of imparting skills to students. This approach is considered more relevant to industries needs and is called competency based education. I want students to take a look at the following universities that are providing this education because getting jobs is very much likely.

https://www.brandman.edu/cbeducation

http://www.capella.edu/flexpath-self-paced-learning/

http://flex.wisconsin.edu/

http://pl.nau.edu/

http://collegeforamerica.org/

http://www.wgu.edu/why_WGU/competency_based_approach

I personally feel that time has come to club medicine, engineering , agriculture, life sciences and other fields together, create a course and impart training to solve some of the great challenges of the world.  I wrote about my opinion here. please check http://www.ghdonline.org/innovation/discussion/5-innovations-in-global-health-maybe-not-what-you-/?ref=dashboard#reply-14103

 

So why waiting just start learning. your feedback is appreciated.

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/

 

Facebook timeline as video. Facebook app for finding jobs


This blog will have some interesting things you can do. Come back regularly to check for new cool tools, toys,games and other links  to some useful apps for daily use.

Let me start with your Facebook profile as video..Read further…

Want to have your 2012 facebook timeline as a video. Then go to this website for doing that. http://animoto.com/apps/best-of-2012

Facebook announced a new job app. Use it to find jobs that suit you. https://www.facebook.com/socialjobs/app_417814418282098

Your resume me end up with these websites which are used be employers to find the right candidate. http://www.talentbin.com/ and https://www.path.to/

Social websites such as Facebook, twitter and others are collecting lot’s of your personal information that will be in turn sold to business to market to us back based on our likes and dislikes. The privacy of our life  is lost completely.  To know how companies track us check this website http://www.onomap.org/ and this article http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/gallery/2012/oct/23/twitter-ehtnicity-london-map?CMP=twt_gu#/?picture=398172423&index=1

Want know how much you are influencing on Facebook and Twitter. check this using the Klout score here.  http://klout.com/home

Want to search apps in ready to use mode on your mobile phones  then use this cool tool http://corp.everything.me/

Google won’t give you good results when you search for mobile apps. Here are some good websites to look for apps https://www.quixey.com/

http://xyo.net/   http://www.appolicious.com/    http://appsfire.com/   http://kinetik.com/ https://api.crosswa.lk/home

By the way there is a APP that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Check this here http://lift.do/ and details about this app here  http://allthingsd.com/20120829/lift-launches-incredibly-simple-personal-motivation-app/

How to fix the world? check here for info http://howtofixtheworld.org/

From student to employee ,your first 90 days at work


Once you get a job you are excited, may be you had a nice party with friends and relatives and one fine morning you are ready to walk into your office. The first 90 days are crucial for you to make a good impression at work but it might be very stressful for you if you are not aware of certain things to follow. So let’s see what you possibly needed to do when you join the company.

First you need a plan of action and perseverance to survive this 90-day / 6 months  training or probationary period. Your career journey may be physically , emotionally exhausting and overwhelming at times but facing challenges in some form is part of life for everyone.  Here are your 90 days tips.

1. The first point is that you are no longer a student or intern; you’re an employee. You must get organized and you are responsible for your actions or in actions.

2. There will certainly be numerous documents from the Human Resource Department and valuable work related tools and notes from your new boss, co-workers, and, in some cases, subordinates. This paperwork  and use of tools should be taken care in a timely manner. You cannot postpone actions to last day or last minutes in career since it reflects in your performance review negatively.

3. Dressing well is important because your attire  , how you walk and speak creates the  “first impressions ” on others which are hard to change later

4. When you show up for work the first day, you should be knowledgeable of what your department does and what kind of work you will be doing.

5. You might have  briefings about company and its work culture You should learn as much as possible from this orientation. Make friends as much as possible. Be eager to learn new things and show interest in knowing your work.

6. You need to check if you need a badge to walk into the office. You need to know when the badge works during the day and when you stay late make sure you let the security person know about it so if your badge does not work they will open the doors for you.

7. Get a copy of your company’s most recent rules and regulations and learn them well.

8. Personalize your work area, but keep it simple, clean and elegant. Get a nameplate so everyone will know who you are.

9. Remember the names of those you are introduced to and know whom you will be working with. Meet them and be smiling and friendly.

10. If your employer provides the option, have your salary set up for direct deposit to your bank account. It will save you time and hassle of depositing each pay check and will give you quicker access to your money.

11. Punctuality is vital! Finish off your coffee/tea or  refreshments and be ready at your desk on time or few minutes earlier.

12. Always carry a notepad or pocket organizer with you. Get in a routine of writing down thoughts, ideas, and information from others. Before you forget!

13. Develop a good daily routine of what needs to be done regularly. Use technology to your benefit.

14. Greetings in a company environment is a part of protocol, a simple “hello” or “good morning” with a smile on the face is necessary.

15. Plan your next day work before leaving present day.

16. Keep a toothbrush and fresh mints in your desk for bad breath while eating garlic, or other spicy food that smells.

17. Arrive at meetings on time and focus on what is said.

18. Refrain from daydreaming or feeling sleepy at meetings. Your co-worker’s briefings may end up as part of your work. You should develop listening skills when you are still a student.

19. If you bring your lunch, great! It will save both time and money. If you go to the company cafeteria, be sociable. Here’s an opportunity to meet other people in the corporation and make friends.

20. During extra time at lunch or breaks, try going for a brisk walk or a stretching routine, to  be alert again in the afternoon. A little exercise after lunch keeps you away from afternoon nap.

21. If you are not sure about your work get clarification but just don’t assume somebody will feel bad if you ask for help and also don’t wait for someone to come and give you work. Every one in office are busy doing their work so you have the responsibility of knowing what you are supposed to work on right away and go ask for work. Your positive attitude to become productive as soon as possible creates a good impression on your boss and others.

22. Just don’t spend all the salary on parties or buying non essential stuff  for the first few months or rest of your career life. Consult elders or financial experts on how to save money for long term and also save on income taxes by depositing money in PPF or tax exemption policies offered by insurance and banking sectors

23.Having the habit of quickly mastering the work and making a name as valuable employee helps you to gain good will of your bosses and helps you to get promoted to higher positions that helps you to achieve what you dream of.

Hard work , sincerity ,humbleness, dedication, smartness, willing to learn new skills, helping others, keeping good health and having good listening skills are some great characters that helps you reach great heights in corporate world and in personal life. Good luck to you and remember to reach me with your questions or feelings  thru a comment on this post.


Goal in the mind


Every time I come across student community I feel frustrated at the mind set the education system is giving them.  Everything is done mechanically without being questioned whether that act brings value or not for today’s challenges faced by companies and how he/she would be the best fit for the job. I feel upset that the environment around them is blinding them from becoming the best and raring to take any kind of challenge with right set of skills when they become future employees or entrepreneurs.

Lack of clarity on what needed to be learnt for successful career is a major problem every student faces. We look at all the existing evidence of senior students who succeeded or failed at interviews and we try to judge our capabilities by using the information as the evidence in shaping the strategies we wish to adopt for our future.  One thing that we cannot guarantee is, whether can we exactly duplicate somebody’s success by just doing the same things what the seniors did?

Relying too heavily on previous experiences or information on hand might lead to the faulty assumption that yesterday’s solution to a seemingly similar career or job interview today is appropriate.

Let’s look at an example.

Just few years back software industry was booming and jobs are plenty with hefty pay checks and a promise of a wonderful future. Many students other than computer science background have jumped into the bandwagon of becoming a software engineer. Many succeeded in becoming software engineers. So a fresh student who is in his / her first year of engineering is witnessing that everybody is getting into software job easily and he/she carries that impression from that day till he/she is ready for a job interview himself/herself in the final year.

It is human nature to see every challenge we face as something similar to what we’ve encountered before (seniors getting jobs easily). That’s how our brains work and for good reason

Fast forward to previous year, global recession has eliminated so many jobs in one go from banking to software industry. It took away all the charm of a great life if you happen to be in software industry. Many senior employees lost jobs. Many ended up with heavy debt from buying cars or home mortgage situations. 

The situation created uncertainty for next batch of students who are now ready for jobs whether to look towards software industry as a career path for promising future.

Uncertainty becomes increasingly dangerous when we rush to understand it with an over-reliance on what we’ve witnessed before.

What we need to realize is that every situation should be handled based on the present circumstance not from previous experiences of others. Companies adopt changes to their way of doing business or work culture based on present and future competition and employees are trained constantly to adopt to the new cultures by the day.

So as a fresh candidate ready for a job interview or if you are a fresh employee just beginning your new life you need to accept challenges based on the face value of the challenge.

Here are few guidelines.

  1. Get a fresh perspective. Check what kind of skills needed for today’s job market or if you are an employee check if you got the right communication skills and other employable skills needed for a good career growth.  If you need help in judging what skills you need contact me and I will be glad to help you.
  2. Be flexible:  Employers love those who are flexible and adapt to ever changing corporate environment. You should have right mindset to adopt to new challenges and also at solving the old problems with the new perspective.
  3. Glance back, look ahead. It is prudent to assess the outcomes of our job plans and decisions about our skills; it’s how we get better individually and collectively. However, every review must be conducted at the right level of detail and with care. Don’t gamble with your life or career. Try to assess your position with care and then take appropriate steps to learn employable / entrepreneur skills right from the first year of your engineering or degree.  Don’t wait till the problem becomes complex.

Good luck and hope you understand that  you need to begin planning with the end “goal in the mind”