Friday, 26 August 2016

Long awaited IBPS Clerk CWE VI Notification is Out.

IBPS Notification

IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) notification for recruitment of Clerical Cadre in various Public Sector Banks is out and tentatively scheduled in November/ December 2016 & January 2017.

 Before applying for the post of IBPS CWE CLERKS-VI candidates should ensure that you fulfil the eligibility criteria.

Educational Qualification:

Candidates should be a Graduates i.e., have a Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Government of India.

Age Limit:

Candidates should be a minimum of 20 years not exceeding 30 years 

Candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.08.1986 and not later than 01.07.1996 (both dates inclusive) 

Relaxation of upper age limit is 5 years for SC/ST, 3 years for OBC, 10 years for PWD, 5 years for Ex-Servicemen.

Computer Literacy:

Operating and working knowledge in computer systems is mandatory.

Proficiency in the Official Language of the State/UT :

Candidates should know how to read, write and speak the Official Language of the State/UT for which vacancies the candidate is applying for.

IBPS CWE VI Exam Pattern Details

IBPS CWE Selection Process will be done in two stages First is Preliminary Common Written Exam & Second is Mains and then Provisional Allotment. 

IBPS Clerks CWE is an Objective type paper of 1 hour consisting of Reasoning Ability, Numerical Ability, and English Language. There are 100 questions for 100 marks. Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests by securing cut-off marks to be decided by the IBPS. A number of candidates in each category as decided by IBPS depending upon requirements will be shortlisted for the main examination which is held online. Online Written Main exam includes five subjects of Reasoning, English Language, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness and Computer Knowledge each having a different weightage. This is a 135-minute exam for 200 marks. There is negative marking, for every wrong answer 0.25 marks are deducted.

A candidate should qualify in the CWE online main examination and be sufficiently high in the merit to be considered for subsequent provisional allotment process. On completion of the Main Examination, depending on the State/UT wise vacancies of the Participating Organisations, candidates shortlisted will be provisionally allotted to one of the Participating Organisations, based on merit-cum-preference.


The application is only to be done online. Candidates can apply online only from 22.08.2016 to 12.09.2016.

Pre-Requisites for Applying Online:

Before applying online, candidates should— 
- Scan their photograph and signature ensuring that they adhere to the required specifications.
 - Keep the necessary details/documents ready to make Online Payment of the application fee.
 - Have a valid personal email ID, which should be kept active till the completion of the Common Recruitment Process. IBPS may send call letters for the Examination etc. and even other details if required to the registered e-mail ID. Candidates should be careful while filling the online application as no change in any of the data filled in the online application will be possible. Before submission of the online application, you should use the “SAVE AND NEXT” feature to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same if required. Re-verify all the details before you submit. No change is permitted after clicking on FINAL SUBMIT Button. Candidates have to indicate in the online application the State to which they opt for provisional allotment on selection. The option once exercised becomes irrevocable. 
Visit TalentSprint for complete information. TalentSprint has one of the most successful coaching programs for Bank Clerk exams which are available in both online and classroom environments. Make the best use of this expert guidance from India’s leading coaching centre for competitive exams.

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Why Engineering students lag behind during job selections?

engineering students

The employer is certainly looking for your core strengths so getting them across is of very important

It is such an irony that brains that can house solutions to so many problems, an enviable structural thinking edge, loads of knowledge and ability to develop real-world answers, are the ones that tend to struggle in figuring out what went wrong in their job hunt!

What went wrong?

You have the best domain-related skills, and quite an experience or training to back that up. You are passionate about what you do. You don’t take shortcuts at work. You chase perfection. You are going to be an asset worth all the pride for any organization that will hire you.

 And yet, you struggle when it comes to the make-or-break job selection. Friend, your brain must already know the answer. All you need is the courage to accept it.

 No matter how much knowledge you pack, it just won’t shine through unless you package it well. A live project is not what an interview chat usually involves so imagine how tough it is for the interviewer to fully appreciate what you have got.

 Gibberish is good for the coding you enjoy but not when you are trying to explain your approach during an interview.

 Also, communication skills and other soft aspects like body language, articulation, assertiveness, people-interaction, confidence, empathy, creativity etc., are way more important during job selections than you can ever imagine. Most top-notch companies today involve group discussions, assessment centres, case challenges, and long interviews to ensure that the candidate they pick is well-rounded.

 You have to get out of the nerd stereotype and deliver yourself as an individual who can shake hands with confidence, hold an interesting conversation during interviews, speak with charm, argue with fellow aspirants in a GD, and express opinions and answers without any snags..

 This is not a short-term fix to pass the interview process but something that has strong and wide implications way beyond. When you are assigned an IT responsibility that would in some way or the other, link to client interactions, having strong communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills would be as important as knowing a particular software or programming language.

 Even if you are secluded from client-linked roles, you would still come across a team scenario where managing people or interacting with colleagues and various stakeholders would be normal parts of the job you are assigned.

 Engineering students often overlook the soft parts of a job in the flurry and passion of equipping themselves on the functional and technical side. Today’s scenario, especially with the advent of digital age, necessitates that other skills are well in place to understand and deliver to the customer in an entirely radical way.

 Hence stop denying that these gaps exist. Years of study and rigor may not have given you the chance of exploring other skills but with some guidance, effort and practice, you can definitely become the well-rounded professional that your dream company would be proud to hire and cherish. It is also observed that many Engineering students do not know the selection procedure for many companies which involves Aptitude tests, Reasoning tests, English tests and even Computer programming tests. Due to lack of preparation, students tend to perform poorly in these exams. And a few of those who do well in written tests face difficulties in the Interview stage due to lack of soft skills.

 And once you accept that these skills do not exist in you, you will be ready to be coached by professional Institutes like TalentSprint. They not only prepare you for the technical side of the exam like entrance tests but also for the interview. A thorough preparation from such Institutes will help you clear industry-recognised exams like AMCAT, eLitmus, and CoCubes. These scores are accepted by blue chip IT companies and can give an advantage over other candidates.

 This training will not only get you past a fierce group discussion stage or a panel of interviews with different personalities but would also assist you in dealing with many shades of clients and real world problems.

 Get ready to conquer the world and break the label that most people slap on Engineers in general. Being a geek can be a cool thing. It does not have to be boring or timid or odd. Try today.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Break Free from the Monotony. Transform Your Teaching Career

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If the air is becoming dull in the classroom, take charge and stir it up

For any teacher worth his/her salt; monotony can be the toughest curse to encounter in this profession, whether it happens on this side of the desk or on that side, is irrelevant. The monotony in teaching sets in due to  various reasons.

The course requirements and content can be such that they easily turn into a boring
stretch every time. After all, how subjects like Maths or Paleontology made more fun? The routine that one tends to fall in over the course of many years or initial conditioning can further amplify the boredom factor.

Then there is one’s own stage and set of skill-sets which may desire change as per changing times as well as education dynamics. Believe it or not, even teaching as a profession is fast joining the league of constant improvement, skill enhancement, and new competencies.

To add to that, fast-dwindling attention-spans, distractions, technology-dominated brains etc., are making it all the more difficult to instill excitement in a typical classroom setting.

The only way to break this monotony is to first recognize that such a problem exists and then to assess it without any bias or judgement. This will then include acceptance of some constraints that cannot, in a practical context, be tread over. Yet, some room and possibilities still remain.

Give your best shot to these:

  1. Do the opposite. Instead of treating and criticising technology as an adversary, try using it on your side. Many tools, games, interactive websites, and series are available today that make it easy as well as fun to impart a certain topic or subject in a fresh way.
  2. Try to assess if your knowledge as a professional in this field needs any boost. There are a couple of exams as well as training courses, for instance, the CTET, for putting you back on the fast foot here.
  3. Experiment with teaching styles by mixing competition, participation, creativity and first-hand experience to a given subject and classroom. Try to break the class into groups and challenge them with projects and goals to channelise their time for a particular lesson.
  4. Some latest industry certifications can help to add new strengths to existing teaching profiles or even help you leapfrog from a basic teacher to specialized and high-growth areas. Try the CTET for better job prospects and new avenues.
  5. On your part, you can make your teaching routine a little different every time by trying the game approach, the discussion method, homework-tweaks, lecture-spins etc. The way you design lectures, takeaways and the approach you undertake for research can also be attempted from a different direction. The more refreshing the new approach is, the less boring teaching would continue to stay.
  6. Today, ample capsule-courses, as well as proper certifications exist and that too, in an online format to allow the flexibility of strengthening yourself with what’s new out there.
  7. The golden rule of breaking monotony since decades – whenever you fall in a rut, change the direction. So, even after you start applying participation as a way of breaking dullness, some time later, you might want to reconsider and refresh by changing the direction again.
  8. Teaching has to be sincere  but it never has to be dull. Join group networks and professional communities to learn what your peers are doing and with some fine cross-references and best-practice-sharing, there’s so much that can be dealt with.
  9. Join some training courses like the ones around the CTET that align with latest education trends so that you stay up to date with what’s working and flowing today. This will make your career contemporary and industry-ready. Since this test requires a thorough understanding of Teaching Pedagogy and knowledge of the basics of many subjects it is advisable to get coached for increasing the chances of success. Professional coaching Institutes like TalentSprint who have trained thousands of teachers for these kinds of exams can help you learn what you need. The courses are delivered in both classroom and online formats, making it easy for anyone, anywhere to access their expertise.
  10. No matter how rigid the curriculum is, every subject today is adding new insights and updates. Being in sync with the latest journals, research progress, and news, in general, can not only help the subject with the most recent content but would also make it interesting to teach and learn.
  11. Pace and variety are great elements to play with. Use them in your lectures. Try PowerPoint slides, animation, monologues, old-fashioned reading, videos, field visits, lab tasks etc., to inculcate variety for both yourself and the learner.
Above everything else, always approach the class and subject with zeal. If needed, take a break, a detour for some days, add a new skill, take the latest proficiency exam or training and strike back with renewed energy.

When there is passion and energy, boredom and monotony find little place to hang around.
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Top IT Companies and their Selection Procedures

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Being prepared is half the battle won. The same applies when you are aiming for any company from the top-league in IT industry.

If you are thinking of joining Infosys, TCS, HCL, Oracle, Tech Mahindra, MindTree, Mphasis, Rolta, SAP and Microsoft etc. you are definitely looking at the top echelon of the Indian market.

Some of these hints based on industry feedback and expert assessment on the selection procedures of these companies will help you be better prepared when you apply to them.
  • Infosys:

    Let’s start with Infosys for it still retains the distinction of having the finest and the most structured selection systems in the country. The net is wide at the initial level to encourage talent from various segments and of various eligibility levels and often, from every branch of engineering. Its recruitment efforts also include written tests, campus selections, career-plus kind of programs etc. The whole process consists of detail-oriented background and general information as well as technical strengths, interviews, and attitude checks. Weaknesses that can lead to the exit door would be inadequate subject knowledge and lack of job related research, , too-much-resume-focus, and absence of career direction. You might, on the safe side, want to check your eligibility for a job spot if you have already appeared for a process in the last few months.
  • Microsoft:

    If you are working towards an entry in Microsoft, do note that the company stresses well on internship and graduation-time applications so not having years of experience won’t be a barrier here. A review based system along with career events, hackathons etc., helps the company sift the right talent for itself. They also prefer solution-oriented coding, practical testing attempts etc., during selection interviews, as some first-hand experience-led candidates suggest.
  • SAP:

    SAP focuses on specific domains as per product lines and selection procedure can span through multiple telephonic rounds to an interview concluding with a senior person meeting. SAP Labs would obviously give more weight to R&D strengths. Technical rounds can be preceded with online exams that cover reasoning and behavioural areas among other checks.
  • HCL:

    HCL’s process starts with online rounds covering aptitude, technical skills, reasoning etc., and with every short-listing, a candidate moves ahead towards the end stages. It also conducts off-campus drives for pulling in freshers.
  • Others:

    Other companies generally follow a mix of the methods mentioned so far.  TCS, for instance, can have many rounds like aptitude, HR, technical, along with an online and face-time component. Similarly, Tech Mahindra has various rounds that vary from aptitude tests, written phases, essays to HR interviews etc. Quantitative, analytical, reasoning and both verbal, as well as non-verbal skills, make a significant part of the tests. In the case of Oracle, the application form itself can be an important and intensive step.
On a general note, the specifics of a particular company’s selection procedures vary in terms of time taken, number of rounds, the level of depth and rigor, documentation, choice of online vs. real-face-time, eligibility standards and focus areas based on the overall culture, lineage and job requirements of that company.

One thing that runs common with all these companies is the entrance test (usually a written test) followed by either a group discussion or interview or both. Entrance tests are aimed at assessing your Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, English, and Computer Programming among others. It would be helpful if you can get a score from tests like AMCAT, eLitmus or CoCubes. This needs a thorough preparation, though. Professional coaching Institutes like TalentSprint help in preparing for such exams. This kind of coaching can help crack such tests in the initial attempts, instead of going through a cycle of trial & error.

After all, it is as hard and important to them as it is for you. If you are looking for the right fitment, the corporates are also looking for a suitable resource . We wish you all the best to find the best match.

Disclaimer: Pls visit individual company’s website to get the latest information on the recruitment procedures, to supplement and modify the advice in this blog.

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One more reason to prepare for the Govt. exam: Landing a private job

Landing a Government job is a dream for majority of the educated youth. The security and additional facilities available in Government sectors like banking, railway, SSC etc., attract lakhs of youth to such jobs.

But the number of Government jobs on offer is very limited. As a result, there are fewer chances of getting one. Nevertheless, there are many private jobs in various sectors like IT, Teaching, Banking, etc. The preparation for Government jobs needs a lot of study and hard work that usually includes written tests and interviews.  Time spent in preparing for such exams in getting a Government job is usually considered to be a waste if the candidate fails in getting a Government job.

But now the scenario is likely to change, as the Govt. has decided to start a website of a data bank where the ranks and marks obtained by candidates are displayed. How will this help?

How will Government Score help you to get a job in Private Sector?

The National Informatics Centre is developing a website called Integrated Information System for Public Recruitment Agencies. This website will be linked to web pages of individual recruitment agencies.

The website will be designed in such a way that the home page will display details of recruitment examinations undertaken by the students in the past one year and the date of announcement of the final results of the examination. Private sector units will be able to access details of a candidate’s performance along with their ranks. The idea was initially suggested by the Prime Minister and he directed the NITI Aayog to get a formal approval of DoPT ( Department of Personnel & Training) to start the initiative.

This new data bank of candidates can be used by private sector banks, schools, IT companies etc. to select a candidate based on the tests. This new initiative is advantageous to both the private sector units and the youth looking for a suitable employment.

The new website being created is a boon to the candidates preparing for Government written tests and interviews. There are similar jobs in both the private and the public sectors and the scores of the Government exams can help candidates get their dream job in the private sector with just one score.

Prepare well to get the best score

So the best way to gain an entry to both the private and the Govt. job is to get the best score possible. This alone can enhance your chances of employment. When it comes to the preparation for banking, IT, and teaching jobs, professional coaching Institutes like TalentSprint can be a good bet. They have helped 100,000+ youth land their dream job. TalentSprint is not just a coaching Institute but also a platform which has a partnership with many colleges and corporate entities. This can enhance your visibility.

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

How to break into the cut-throat IT job industry?

IT job

The world changes every 365 days but in the IT industry things spin at a different pace altogether. A candidate has to be adequately swift and alert to adapt himself/herself as per the changing market needs. That is vital in this industry because here, everything starts and restarts with technology, a force that is changing every now and then – sometimes in a matter of just a few hours.

Gone are the days when being IT-skilled was akin to being qualified merely in Java, C+ or C++. Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Data Science, Natural Language Processing, Bots, Apps, DevOps etc. are no more in the realm of upcoming technologies. They are already around us. Many companies are experimenting with cutting-edge concepts at a staggering scale and with huge confidence. POCs (Proof-of-Concepts), green-field investments and early adopter projects are accelerating fresh trends into mainstream scope at a much faster and wider level in this digital age.

Merely having some IT skill just won’t suffice. To survive in the fast-shifting industry, a smart professional would have to always be two steps ahead. Having the right skills not just help you get a job super fast but also make way for attractive packages along with amazing job profiles.

Plus, when you have the hottest skill under your belt you are also seen and embraced by the top league of recruiters in the industry. That leads to projects that are new, challenging, enriching and conducive to further growth.

In fact, Gartner had revealed in a survey  that cloud computing, analytics, mobility, security etc., are going to heavily influence IT professionals' jobs and careers in 18 months starting from later half of 2016. Do take note that a lot of skill gap exists but the major ones that surfaced here were: Cloud, data, analytics, general technical skills, a lack of broad technology knowledge, strengths Vis a Vis security, legacy modernization, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), professional effectiveness skills, critical thinking/problem-solving, business acumen/knowledge and communication skills.

It’s probably time to take a frank look at what you have got and compare them with some new areas that are opening up goldmines of opportunities and job potential. Use them to break into this competition-driven industry and carve out a space for yourself:
  • Big Data is in and is not going anywhere. Imagine that professionals with Cassandra experience alone turned out to be the second-highest earners, according to a Dice 15-16 annual salary study. Statistical Computing paradigms like R,  Data Science language Julia, Data-side innovations like Hadoop, data warehousing skills, Hive, Agile Scrum Master and DevOps are redefining the landscape in the programming, app-development and database spaces.
  • IoT, Fog Computing, SDN (Software Defined Networking) etc are bridging the valley between software and hardware at an unprecedented pace. That means, whether you are some hardware professional or a software one, you would have to adapt soon to tap these changes.
  • In cases of languages - R, Perl, Python, Ruby and agile development methods have completely upended the territory that C ruled for many decades. Same goes for the traction that Android, HTML 5, native apps, high-definition web and mobile technologies are gaining.
  • Mainframes, on-premise servers and legacy infrastructure etc., are fading at a great velocity, thus creating the need for skills that fit the new-age models around cloud, lean servers, blades, SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) etc.
  • The rise of analytics with compelling models will create the need for data visualization skills, data scientists and knowledge of Hadoop, Spark, Hive, Scala and Java/Python with SQL/NoSQL etc.
  • Open-source frameworks like Spark with apt programming and coding confidence are sparking a lot of interest from enterprises and this heat is trickling down into job requirements now.
  • Cloud: As per the Gartner survey, IT professionals picked out cloud as the technology carrying the potential of the single-biggest impact on their career in 2016.
  • Interestingly, growing areas like IoT are bringing back the days of electrical engineers in action - although with a new context for connected machines this time.
  • Company- specific skills are also in the hot zone so depending on their attraction and fit with one’s interests, one can evaluate Azure (Microsoft), Jira (Atlassian), Salesforce, Android (Google) as well.
Catch up with these new demand zones if you haven’t yet and grab that dream job, with the dream package, at the dream company with a smart approach.

One of the best methods to get a job with a top IT company is get a verifiable and industry-certified score like eLitmus, AMCAT or CoCubes. Preparation for such tests is tough indeed, but with professional coaching from Institutes like TalentSprint, you can get a credible score and get noticed by top notch IT companies including Multi-National Companies. If the competition is hot, do not let it aim for your throat. Run and catch up to survive.

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Anyone can stand in a class. But not everyone can stand out.

Have you ever wondered why does the aspect of Child Development and Pedagogy get so much importance in CTET? It’s not about some 30 marks, but the very level of difficulty that the section has commanded. Some experts even venture that nailing this section makes other sections way easier to navigate.

Turns out that what shapes a good teacher depends a lot on what orientation she has when it comes to the very approach of teaching. Teaching methodology plays a big role in expanding and deepening one’s impact as a teacher - in the class and beyond. It helps in your preparation for the career immensely if you spent some time considering your unique style and inclinations.

Of course, this choice would depend to a great degree on the diversity of one’s strengths, one’s environment, institution’s leanings, philosophy, classroom, learners, and objectives of education. Choices galore and range from conventional ones to radical ones, thereby giving a lot of room to apply direct to indirect, rigid or well-tested to new, closed to open, objective-based to boundary-less and instructor-heavy to learner-heavy methods.

Here are some examples of smart teaching methods that one can adopt based on the situation and the learner’s willingness to be a part of the process:
  • Lecture methods, Exams-driven instructions, What-based learning; Question-Answer Recitations and Cause-Effect teaching
  • Summary-preparation, Report-Constructions by students; Library research and other assignment-based approaches
  • Supplementary readings
  • Demonstrations, Lab work, Field trips
  • Immersive learning, Participatory learning, Peer-to-Peer instruction
  • Gaming and Simulation
  • Problem-solving or Case-study formats
  • Approaches high on encouraging creativity, questioning, innovation and free thinking. Like: Story-telling, Open-textbook study; Differentiated assignments and personalized challenges, Eric Mazur’s interactive learning technique, Inviting external experts or senior citizen(s) for specific sessions
  • Application-oriented development; Skill-focused sessions
  • Collaborative work, Hands-on learning, Drama, Role playing.
  • Tech-savvy and tool-powered teaching: Virtual training, Software, Videos, Demos etc.
One would have to consider a number of factors and a lot is uncertain in the future when one thinks about actual constraints, institution’s readiness as well as learner-readiness for some specific methods. But it would be a good idea to sort out at least one’s own preferences and strengths currently. This will enable you to head in the right direction and be aware of both the pitfalls and possibilities of certain methods.

What matters in a class is not who is teaching, but how is the lesson being conveyed to the learner. The precision, longevity, and impact of any lesson would depend on the ‘how’ and not so much on the ‘what’. This becomes acute in a scenario where a classroom presents a lot of diversity of student mindsets, openness, backgrounds, resources and comprehension levels.

Some students may like to learn beneath a tree, some would learn better with a game, some would learn faster through a story or a classmate, some would be better equipped to study a bee in a petri dish and some would like it in a real garden instead – but do you have what it takes to adopt suitable methodologies to become a teacher who can contribute in carving the future of these kids.

It would be good for a strong teacher to have at least a small mix of varying methods well-tapped so that every kind of student and every difficulty of lesson can be handled with confidence and ease.

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Scared of IBPS 2016? Good, you are on your way to success

IBPS 2016

Bank jobs are not that easy to get through because it is highly competitive. This competition can make a candidate nervous and scared. Well, this is good and can be your first step towards success. This is because if you are really scared of IBPS 2016, then you will devote more time and energy in preparing for it. Thus,  fear of failure can take you to the heights of success.

Moreover, it is a common fact that when you are scared of something, you take it as a challenge or motivation. So, if you are scared of IBPS PO Exam, you will take it as a challenge to crack it any cost. Let’s look at some of the fears that you probably have and how they can actually help you prepare better.
  1. Fear of unpreparedness:

    Try to read the study materials for a minimum of 5 to 6 hours every day and keep making notes at the same time. This will help you cover the ground over time and you can always fall back on your notes for reference.
  2. Fear of being unaware:

    Every morning, allocate one hour for reading newspapers as it can give you information about the current issues in banking and finance industry. It is also a good idea to stay updated about the happenings around the world as many events are inter-connected.
  3. Fear of voluminous  bulky books:

    IBPS has a vast syllabus and there are many books for this syllabus. So, understand that there will always be books that you won’t be able to read and there will always be something that you will miss out on while preparing. It’s normal, so just let go and focus on what your coaching Institute has asked you to cover.
  4. Fear of being outdone by others:

    Remember that understanding the concepts matters more than the books that you read. Learn smart tricks, shortcuts, and formulas for fast calculations. This alone will not work, but will orient you towards becoming a better and stronger contender in the race. 
  5. Fear of unknown questions:

    Try to attempt as many mock tests and previous year’s question papers as possible. This will help gain confidence and bring a certain amount of predictability to the whole game of this mega exam. The basis of this fear is a lack of practice. But again, practice with a stopwatch and create a virtual exam environment every time you take up a mock test. For best results, try TalentSprint’s online mock tests. They will give real-time results and feedback too. 
  6. Fear of forgetfulness:

    This is a common fear amongst most candidates. That is why revisions are important. Revisions enable you to focus on the most important things at the time of the exam and thus the fear of forgetting something will disappear.Fear of failure: This is a universal fear. Always have a positive frame of mind while preparing for the exam and on the D-day. Always keep in mind that this is not the end of the world. Have confidence in your abilities and remember your strength areas. Do not panic while answering the questions. If you do so, then you will not be able to solve even the easy questions.
Always remember that fear can either kill or rekindle the confidence. Channelize your energies properly during the preparation phase and build confidence.

For more help, talk to professional Institutes like TalentSprint and enrol in one of their bank exam preparation programs today.

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Dos & Don’ts for Job-Seeking IT Freshers

Now that you have passed that course and armed yourself with both the certification as well as the competence for a career start, it’s time to take a pause and ensure that you don’t waste time, energy and focus on the wrong roads. You will get to the job you have worked so hard for, but only if you pick the right path.

So, some lanes to better avoid: the Don’ts

  • Don’t over-rely on just one acquaintance or job opening. Spread the net wide as they say. Use a good, well-networked online portal to expand your chances.
  • Don’t be unrealistic about expectations on remuneration and title etc. This is the initial stage, so while you don’t have to sell yourself short, some homework on the industry-best practices would help you set a practical range of compensation.
  • Even if an interview does not go well, don’t shy away from seeking candid feedback. This will only help you improve and leave a good impression.
  • Do not settle for the first available opening. You have to be sure of your actual expectations and caliber along with the job description.
  • Also bear in mind that for a fresher, the initial few jobs would not be exactly rosy or glossy. There would be a considerable degree of legwork, boring chores or unfamiliar ground involved. What you want in terms of a perfect job will happen only after you work through this grind first.
  • Don’t just look at the brand or the paycheck. Also take into account the work culture, the role, the scope for growth, the possibility of industry networking etc. when you apply for any position.

Now some Do’s that will actually help you land a good job that you deserve

  • Always keep your confidence and optimism up 
  • Learn from every opportunity
  • Work on visibility. All that matters at this stage is getting a toe in the door. But if you are not there on the right platforms and networks you might miss a great opportunity.
  • Build your resume: smart and crisp. Highlight those parts that tailor well to the job you are aiming for. There is not much point listing down an autobiography here. Think of what a prospective employer would be interested in. Sell that. Chuck everything else.
  • Be ready- whether it is the resume or your mindset or your interview stance
  • Adapt and understand the skills that are relevant as of now. Keep updating and enriching yourself, especially because you belong to the ever-dynamic and fluid IT industry.
  • Get a good score in exams like AMCAT or eLitmus or CoCubes. This score will help you in getting job invitations from some of the Top IT companies including MNC IT Companies.
  • Network as much as possible: both online and real-time. At the end of the day, people connect with people.
  • Always try to put actual experience first. Any project, done in school, college or as a volunteer, can suffice to showcase that you are a reliable, diligent and competent candidate.
  • Keep impressive but genuine references ready and offer them wherever desired. This is also the place where you can market your job-ready skills by letting your internship boss or college faculty talk about strengths that were visible during a project undertaken.
  • Get a professional coaching: Since most IT companies conduct an entrance test, it helps if you are prepared for such tests. You can get professional coaching from Institutes like TalentSprint through their online & classroom programs to succeed in such exams in the very first attempt.
  • An employer is looking for skills, knowledge, and experience – the mix varies but components stay. You may be not high on experience but you can always amplify the other two.
Last but not the least; be proud and not worried that you are a fresher. This is your time and the kind of opportunities that you get in IT job today is far better, exciting and world-changing than what senior professionals get. So tap this time well and begin the hunt. For details on getting a professional coaching for entrance exams visit TalentSprint.

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