Monthly Archives: July 2008
Tips To Success
1.Stop Blaming – And Start Practising Positivity
People can help themselves be happier in their work by avoiding the two biggest job mistakes:
(1)blaming others or the situation for personal unhappiness
(2) emphasising the negative.
If you are in either of these no-win situations, you must first take responsibility for your own happiness on the job. Start looking for areas you need to work on, to generate greater personal happiness. You will probably be surprised to find that there are lots more things you can do about something than you realised. Second, you need to start emphasising the positive without denying the negative. Never fall a prey to self-pity.
Expand your knowledge
Look for ways to expand your skills and knowledge.
Take all available training programmes. Read and listen to tapes. Then, be willing to take risks by volunteering within the organisation for leadership roles. Be seen as a leader by volunteering to work on teams and committees. This will give you visibility outside of your own working area and throw light on your abilities.
Manage Your Boss
Keep your boss informed, especially when things go wrong. Quit thinking that he or she should know your job better than you do. Remember that if communication breaks down, you are at least 50 percent at fault. Take 100 percent responsibility for a good relationship and you are likely to have one.
Strengthen Your People Skills
Treat people well – especially your enemies. Remember the rule you learned at your mother’s knee: if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Avoid harmful gossip, backstabbing and double-dealing. If you get transferred to a different department or leave a job, never burn your bridges by telling your colleagues and superiors what you really think of them. It’s a very small world; you never know who will turn up at your new job. And what goes around invariably comes around.
Common Career Mistakes
Handling your career shouldn’t be like walking a tightrope – the tension would be killing. On the other hand – it shouldn’t be viewed as a picnic on the beach either. That attitude could kill your career altogether. All too often the mistakes you make at work could cost you dearly – in terms of promotions and pay raises. You’re better off steering clear of a few common mistakes. What are they? Let’s take a look.
1.Not owning up to your errors and mistakes – It’s a common trait to pass the buck and blame the system or someone else for what happened. Own up responsibility for your mistakes. If you have people reporting to you, you’re considered accountable for their mistakes as well. The buck stops with you – accept it. And make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
2.Getting drunk or behaving inappropriately at office parties – If it’s an official get together – you’re still considered to be on call. Believe it or not – such behaviour will always be considered when promotions are due.
3.Inability to address specific problems or crisis – There’s little point in beating about the bush and appearing over busy with other matters when you need to troubleshoot effectively. If there is a problem – don’t look the other way. Get to be well informed about the facts, the current problems and the potential solutions. Address the problem – ask for help and advice if need be. But do what needs to be done.
4.Ineffective communication – be it verbal or written. Nothing paints as pathetic a picture as the inability to put your point across. If you do find yourself lacking in this area – don’t hesitate to take classes to improve your communication skills. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make to your career.
5.Resting on your laurels – Don’t feel indispensable because you’ve delivered in the past. Your current performance is the all-important criteria. If the management thinks you’ve lost your edge, they’ll have no qualms in identifying your successor.
6.Disliking your job or your boss – the sure way to destruct your career. If you think you’re in the wrong job or you would never be able to get along with your boss – move out as soon as possible. This job is never going to work well for you.
7.Job-hopping. A rolling stone gathers no praise in the corporate world. People won’t take you seriously if they think you’re not going to be with them for a fair stint. Your loyalties will be suspect. It’s in your interest to garner wide experience while working for the same company for a few years.
Remember – your career is your responsibility. It’s up to you to look after it.
Tips By Wipro For Jobseekers
For most, job seekers, the opportunity comes knocking at their campus itself. Earlier, the employers’ focus was mainly on the Indian Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Management, and other select institutes. Now, even the better general stream colleges are on the employers’ radar for campus recruitment.
So, how do you pick the right job?
What am I good at? Will I fit the job? Confusion, apprehension and dilemma are common. Says Pervin Malhotra, director, Career Guidance India, a company where you can get information about job-related issues, “To overcome such worries, it would be vital to know one’s strengths and weaknesses and choose a job according to that.” Experts believe that one’s job should help further a person’s skills, so that she specialises in a certain area over time.
But, right out of college and with no experience to bank on, it is not easy for everybody to recognise one’s own skill set. Especially, for those from a general stream course. Here, skills assessment tests can prove helpful. MeritTrac conducts such tests. They cost between Rs 500 and Rs 700 and are recognised by companies such as Accenture and ICICI Bank [Get Quote] during recruitment.
There are online tests, too. One such is the i-opener test conducted by Career Guidance India (costs less than Rs 500). This particular test takes candidates across more than 3,500 career options.
Know the job givers
Organisation’s philosophy. Different organisations have different philosophies about career advancement of their employees. Says Shabbir Merchant, former HR head of Wipro [Get Quote] Infotech and now the chief value creator, Valulead, a consulting firm that helps organisations in their leadership development, “Wipro would promote its own employee, even if he is 70 per cent fit for a senior post than recruit someone from outside who is 100 per cent fit for the same post. Some other companies might do just the reverse.”
For newcomers, this is the key. Just as companies have different philosophies, so have people. Some like experimenting with their creativity and interests, while some others like to stay put at one place and excel there. “Candidates should choose a job that is in line with their interest,” says Raghuvanshi.
Training programmes. Initial training can go a long way in helping out an employee. In most professions, if the basics are strong, the rest comes with hard work. “Choosing a company with good training programmes is advisable,” says Malhotra. Hindustan Unilever and IBM have well-structured learning programs, she adds.
“The training that newcomers get in their first job is beneficial for as long as they are employable,” says Srinivasan.
Brand name.: Brand names are always attractive – whether it be clothes, or jobs. But, choosing a popular brand over one’s career interests could prove costly in the long run. Says Hitesh Oberoi, director and chief operating officer, Naukri.com, “Brand name helps but not at the expense of a candidate’s career vision.”
How good is the fit?
The final call, of course, would depend on the job offer that one gets. Says Malhotra, “The candidate needs to see whether the job profile is in sync with her career interests and also the sort of growth prospects that it offers.” A discussion with the seniors of the organisation can give some useful insights. Professional networking sites could also throw up interesting perspectives. Says Mayur Singh, an active member of such sites like techTribe.com, “I get to know a lot about companies through these sites.”
Those 5-figure salaries sound great to a first-time job seeker, but “salaries should be the least of the worries for an applicant”, warns Srinivasan. The need for money, however, may vary across individuals and, hence, there is no thumb rule for it. Kuriakose feels that it is important to evaluate money, while not going overboard.”Set a reasonable market benchmark. Use surveys, past year’s data from your campus and salary growth predictions to arrive at a range,” he says.
So, take your pick. Carefully.
Ref : Wipro HR Manager
·Your preparation for the interview needs to include formulating specific, professional answers to potential questions. You want to sound knowledgeable, competent, and experienced. You need to be able to cite examples of what you have accomplished, contributed, and believe is important. This is not something most people do well off the cuff. Prepare responses.
·Pay special attention to the physical parts of you that will be in evidence throughout an interview across a desk or conference table. Dirty finger nails matter, as does that faint stain on your shirt. They send loud messages about your attention to detail and personal care habits.
·Relaxed communication is critical. Talk about workplace issues and goals that are important to you. Ask questions to assess whether the culture is a good fit for you. You don’t want to join every organization you encounter in a job search. Trust me; sometimes it’s better to keep looking.
9 Tips For Success
A must read for all… Came across this article and could not stop sharing
1. Never Stop Learning
Life-long learning is your keyword.The world is constantly changing, and everybody is looking for new ways of doing business.If you have decided that your current skills are good enough, you have also decided that your current job is good enough. But if you want a career in the future, you should add regular updates to your skills and knowledge.
2. Ask, Listen And Learn
A good listener can learn a lot. Listen to your co-workers, your boss, and your superiors. You can learn a lot from their experience. Ask about issues that interest you, and listen to what they say. Let them tell you about how things work, and what you could have done better.Most people will love to be your free tutor.
3. Fulfill Your Current Job
Your current job might be best place to start your career.It is often very little that separates successful people from the average. But nothing comes free.If you do your job well and fulfill your responsibilities, this is often the best way to start a new career.Talk to your supervisor about things you can do. Suggest improvements. Offer your help when help is needed. In return ask for help to build a better career. It is often possible – right inside your own organization – especially if you have proved to be a valued employee.
4. Build Your Network
Your next career step might arise from your contact network.Did you know that more than 50% of all jobs are obtained from contact networks?If you have a good contact network, it is also a good place to discover future careers, to explore new trends, and to learn about new opportunities.Spend some time building new contacts, and don’t forget to maintain the ones you already have.One of the best ways to get serious information from your network is to regularly ask your contacts how they are, what they do, and what is new about their careers.
5. Identify Your Current Job
Your current job should be identified, not assumed. Make sure you don’t work with tasks you assume are important. This is waste of time and talent. When you start in a new job, talk to your superior about your priorities. If you’re not sure about what is most important, then ask him. And ask him again. Often you will be surprised about the differences between what you assume, and what is really important.
6. Identify Your Next Job
Your dream job must be identified.Before you start planning your future career, be sure you have identified your dream job.In your dream job, you will be doing all the things you enjoy, and none of the things you don’t enjoy. What kind of job would that be?Do you like or dislike having responsibility for other employees. Do you like to work with technology or with people? Do you want to run your own business? Do you want to be an artist, a designer or a skilled engineer? A manager?Before building your future career your goal must be identified.
7. Prepare Yourself
Your dream might show up tomorrow. Be prepared.Don’t wait a second. Update your CV now, and continue to update it regularly.Tomorrow your dream job may show up right before your nose. Prepare for it with a professional CV and be ready to describe yourself as a valuable object to anyone that will try to recruit you.If you don’t know how to write a CV, or how to describe yourself, start learning it now.
8. Pick The Right Tools
Pick the tools you can handle . You can build your future career using a lot of different tools. Studying at W3Schools is easy. Taking a full master degree is more complicated. You can add a lot to your career by studying books and tutorials (like the one you find at W3Schools). Doing short time courses with certification tests might add valuable weight to your CV. And don’t forget: Your current job is often the most valuable source of building new skills.
Don’t pick a tool that is too heavy for you to handle!
9. Realize Your Dreams
Put your dreams into action.Don’t let a busy job kill your dreams. If you have higher goals, put them into action now. If you have plans about taking more education, getting a better job, starting your own company or something else, you should not use your daily job as a “waiting station”. Your daily job will get more and more busy, you will be caught up in the rat race, and you will burn up your energy. If you have this energy, you should use it now, to realize your dreams.
Some Major Reasons for Resume Rejection
1. Poor personal appearance.
2. Inability to express him/herself clearly. Poor voice, diction, grammar.
3. Lack of planning for a career; no purpose or goals.
4. Lack of confidence and poise; nervous, ill-at-ease.
5. Overemphasis on salary.
6. Unwilling to start at bottom; expects too much too soon.
7. Makes excuses; evasive; hedges on unfavorable factors in records.
8. Lack of tact. Lack of courtesy; ill-mannered.
9. Condemnation of past employers.
10. Fails to look interviewer in the eye.
11. Indecision. Merely shopping around.
12. Sloppy application.
13. Over-elaboration of details of experience.
14. Wants job only for a short time.
15. Little sense of humor. Cynical.
16. Lack of knowledge of field of specialization.
17. No interest in agency.
18. Emphasis on whom he she knows.
19. Unwillingness to go where the agency sends him/her.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the
animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon,
everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of
the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to
getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of
our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
America is the world’s richest, but India is not poor country. Recently one survey conducted in US to name three words which strike in their mind when they hear the name “India”, most answered “Poverty, Taj Mahal and Indira Gandhi”.
Such “poor” image attributed to India shows Color Discrimination and Race superiority policies followed by Foreign Newspapers. Our NRI Software Engineers often show pity towards their counterparts for their Salaries and income directly substituting 45ruppers to a dollar. But I lets analyse that.
10% of Americans are poor, 36.5 million in numbers, population in US is 301,139,947 as of mid-2007. That’s just more than 12.12%. Poverty in India is 226.5 millions, in percentage it is 20.02%. Poverty in India is 8% more to US. But remember don’t try to change every thing directly from Dollars to Rupees. In US a 3 member family needs minimum of 1100$ monthly income any income less than that will mark that family as poor. But in India if your family income is $1100 a month, you will be rich. So, please don’t make a $45- 1 rupee, substitution. Remember Coffee in US is 1.5$(60-65 rupees) and in India the same cup of coffee costs not more than Rs.10 (You will get a biscuit as bonus).
When dollar is adjusted for Purchasing Power Parity, that returns, 4.56 rupees a dollar, so, cost the coffee will be 7 rupees some thing reasonable.
But if you earn $14,400 you cant be in Middle Class, If you want to be in Middle Class Income group in US, your family must earn $40,000 or more. But the fact is as per 2007, total of 50% Americans belongs to families whose income is less than $40k. And total of 28.22% American families earn less than $25k.
Okay now, what about rich in America? In America if your family income is more than $1,00,000 and your family has $8,50,000 fixed assets you will be in Top 10%. Now I will make direct exchange rate conversion. 1,00,000$ turns out to 43,00,000 rupees and fixed assets will be 3,65,50,000. So, if you earn 40 lakhs a year and if you have fixed assets worth 4 crores in India you will be regarded as rich in US too.
Unfortunately only 1,70,000 Indians fall into that category, of 7.7 million millionaires India stands at 23rd place, in case of billionaires we are at 9th place (by 2009).
Lacking rich never mean a country is poor, more middle class people means, a better country since, less gap between rich and others, this situation is deserved by all countries, lower income gap means, income is more equally distributed more peaceful country.
What about exchange rate adjusted to PPP, if you can ear 4.5 lak rupees a year and own 40lakh assets you will be rich, in this case by 2015 11% percent Indians will earn that much amount. So, by 2015 Indians will earn 10% at Top and 22% at the Bottom ( Compared to 10% Top and 28% Bottom in US by 2007). SO we are just 8 years back to US. (Keeping PPP fixed, but if it fluctuates much, people who are in middle will suffer not top and bottom people).
Again, what about people who are below middle class in India, 54% India population belongs to Below middle class income groups, in the case of US its 50%. But unfortunately, saving rates in India lower income families is less, if you save 1$ in US, with that 1$ you can buy assets worth more than $1 in India.
What about IT salaries. The median salary of US IT professionals is $40, bottom 10% mean is 21.6K and Top 10% mean is $70K. Direct exchange rate substitution is illogical, so I am use exchange rates adjust to PPP. In determining PPP we use cost of buying various commodities in both countries, so in earlier case the PPP stands at 12% to 25%. But in case of cities the PPP will differ less, 25%(Necessities) to 36% (House rent), so at the high side PPP will be Rs. 8.5.
So, median salary $40 will be Rs.340K, the bottom will be Rs.183.6K and Top will be Rs. 595K. Companies like Infy, TCS , Satyam, CSC, .. offer 3.5 lakh pay for freshers. So, a fresher’s income fall into Median income of his US counterpart. Yahoo, DEShaw, Google, MS, .. offer 5.5 to 13 lakhs per annum to fresher. Which is higher than his US counterpart, when adjusted to PPP. So, a fresher earns equal to US IT professional, after 3,4 years branded IT professional will earn better to US IT professional. So, there is nothing for US IT professionals to pity in our Software engineers. US IT people earn in worse than our Indian IT professionals.
The poor image of India is just an act of throwing mud by foreign media and our NRIs. When England Queen visited US, our great NRIs raised their voice against poor publicity given to “Real Time Royalty” but they forgot that Vajpayee’s visit to US restricted to small box item news US papers, but no NRI talked against that. Both please change your attitude.