Career, Trends

India Employment Trends – 2011

55 Million Jobs by 2015 For those who are not aware, only 39 people out of every 100 in India is employed. If we take the rate at which population is rising, we would need at least 55 million more jobs to maintain only that ratio by 2015! These are the findings of CRISIL, a known house in the field of research. The study is based on a recently released National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) data on employment in India. Total employment includes jobs as well as self-employment. Key Points of the survey Employment intensity – the number of employed…

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Career, LinkedIn

Make your LinkedIn Profile work for you

As its population increases, LinkedIn will, not far from now, become the best place to source talent from.  You surely cannot afford to miss the LinkedIn bus and even when you catch it, you need to make sure you stand out. The question now is how to make this technology work for you. And the first step towards that is to have good looking and easily searchable (or SE Optimized) LinkedIn profile. Read on… Apart from some of the most basic things, which you have to do with your profile, like making it 100% complete, writing a keyword rich work experience and having some…

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Resume Writing

Indian HR Space and LinkedIn

It will still take some time to come to terms with the effect Twitter is having in the Indian social networking sphere and whether the newly launched Google+ is actually capable of uprooting the loyalty of Facebook, but one thing I have come to terms with is the effect LinkedIn is having in the Indian professional networking and Human Resource sphere! LinkedIn boasts of 115.8 million users worldwide (August 2011) and in June 2011, LinkedIn had 33.9 million unique visitors, up 63% from last year. LinkedIn recently (July 2011) also became the 2nd largest US Social Networking site in the US, toppling MySpace….

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Career, Trends

Employment Outlook 2011

The employment market shows signs of stability in Q2 of 2011-2012, according to a recent survey by a known HR Services Company in India. The report says that the July-September 2011 business quarter will see moderation or settling down as compared to rapid growth during the earlier quarters. Some Highlights Junior Level segment showed the highest and fastest bent to get hired in the past quarters while middle segment showed a single-digit negative growth Organisations surveyed expected an average 12.7 % salary hike for all employees across industries in 2011. 94% respondents said the coming quarters will see aggressive recruiting…

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Career, Interviews

Qualification vs. Experience

Open any newspaper and count the type of advertisements you find inside the most? Or just notice what industry do supplements circulated the maximum number of times along with newspapers, cater to? It’s higher education. As more and more students are ‘being pushed’ for higher education (in India or abroad), it is essential to understand the role of higher education vis-à-vis experience in creating a successful career growth path. Here’s a quickie Qualification Updates you with new knowledge about your choice of industry Offers you an opportunity to work for the organization of your choice Higher education specializes you in your field You gain…

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Career, Interviews, Resume Writing, Trends

Cool Resumes vs. LinkedIn Profiles vs. Resumes that Sell

Getting that job is undoubtedly the single most important thing in the mind of any professional looking for a change. How (s)he gets it, is the least important. Candidates today are much bolder in their approach towards employers and employment offers and at times do not flinch when posting their creative applications for jobs. As I browse the internet, I see many articles being written on the use of creative resumes and linked in applications. Let’s try to understand how each of these approaches present your case for candidature to any employer. Cool Resumes Business Insider writes an article on how…

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Career, Trends

Great Places to Work – India 2011

For continuing success, companies need the best talent and to retain this talent they need a workplace culture that empowers, entertains and engages. To capture this spirit, The Economic Times and Great Place to Work Institute recently joined hands to find out and honour the best workplaces; companies that realized that employees are their most valuable assets and went that extra mile to care for its employees. Prasenjit Bhattacharya, CEO, The Great Place to Work Institute, India, said that the key learnings that emerged from the survey were that great places to work institutionalise some very basic aspects of work…

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Career, Interviews

Blunders you should avoid in your interviews

Common blunders during an interview range from talking stupidly or panicing to coming to the interview without any preparation and not making proper eye contact. Last week the Times Ascent published an article listing 8 ways in which candidates generally commit blunders during interviews. The list comes from 4 HR-Directors and VPs, so it’s worth paying heed to. 1. Rambling. Prevaricating, interrupting the interviewer, answering simple questions with fifteen-minute replies are all big turn offs for interviewers. You can avoid all of these if you have practiced what you want to communicate. Answer to the-point, focused and don’t prevaricate. Be succinct…

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Career, Resume Writing

Writing an International Resume

Our pre-conceived belief that we would be handling resumes from Indian professionals only took a back seat from the first day itself. The very first resume we handled was for a academician with a 10 year experience who wished to go to the UK and research. This particular case taught us a lot and opened us up to the international market and subsequently we designed resumes for clients flying for lucrative jobs to Australia, Middle East, US and UK. In this post I’ll share with you some points from our research which should help you write an impressive international resume,…

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Resume Writing

Difference between Resume, C.V. and BioData

RESUME Resume is a French word meaning “summary”. A resume is ideally a summary of one’s education, skills and employment when applying for a new job. A resume does not list out all details of a profile, but only some specific skills customized to the target job profile. It thus, is usually 1 or at the max 2 pages long. A resume is usually written in the third person to give it an objective and formal tone. Structure: A good resume would start with a Brief Profile of the candidate, Summary of Qualifications, followed by Industry Expertise and then Professional Experience…

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