Monday, 28 December 2015

5 Resume Tips

1. Don’t Put Everything on There
Your resume should not list every work experience you’ve ever had. Think of your resume not as a complete list of your career history, but as a document selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each resume you send out, you’ll want to highlight only the accomplishments and skills that are most relevant to the job at hand (even if that means you don’t include all of your experience).

2. Keep it to a Page
The two- (or more!) page resume is okay when there’s just that much you need to say, but the bottom line is this—you want the information here to be concise, and making yourself keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to show on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. But if you can tell the same story in less space? Do.

3. Keep it Simple
Keep it simple. Use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial, or Century Gothic. Make your resume easy on hiring managers’ eyes by using a font size between 10 and 12 and leaving a healthy amount of white space on the page.

4. Make Your Contact Info Prominent
You don’t need to include your address on your resume anymore (really!), but you do need to make sure to include a phone number and professional email address (not your work address!) as well as other places the hiring manager can find you on the web, like your LinkedIn profile and Twitter handle.

5. Bring it Down a Level
You may be tempted to throw in tons of industry jargon so you sound like you know what you’re talking about, but ultimately you want your resume to be understandable to the average person. Remember that the first person who sees your resume might be a recruiter, an assistant, or even a high-level executive—and you want to be sure that it is readable, relevant, and interesting to all of them.
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Friday, 18 December 2015


Low self-confidence can hold you back from achieving your goals, luckily, though, there are some practical tips you can use to raise your self-confidence. Here are 4 of them!

1. Make a plan to do something. Then follow through.

This is probably one of the most important and effective ways to building lasting confidence. When you decide to do something and don’t back down but go through with it you get proof of your – often underestimated – capabilities and your confidence in yourself soars.

2. Create something.

Everyone is a creative person. But after childhood and the teenage years your creativity is neglected. Rediscovering your creativity is a good way to improve confidence in yourself. Creating something is a wonderful but not always an easy experience. But when you’re done you not only feel good about yourself, you also sometimes discover new, previously unknown parts of yourself. Being creative is good a way to get to know yourself and your hidden capabilities.

3. Realise that the past does not equal the present

What happened last year, last month or yesterday does not equal tomorrow, next month or next year. You create your future in the present and you can to a large degree decide for yourself how much you let the past affect you and your future.
You can choose to let go of previous thoughts that have not been useful for you. You can choose new thoughts to think. This realization creates a sense of possibility and makes it easier to change negative thought patterns.

4. Compare yourself to yourself. Not to others.

This will eliminate a lot of unnecessary pain in your life. The thing is if you pass one person then you’ll just find another person more successful than you. And your brief sense of being a winner will once again transform into anxiety and fear. Focus on yourself, not the other people around you, no matter if they are more or less successful. Compare yourself to yourself. Improve yourself and see how you grow and become a more successful, more confident and happier person.
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Monday, 14 December 2015

5 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

Achieving anything and everything, becomes easier when you can maintain a positive attitude. This not only improves the quality of your life, it also helps you to feel more relaxed, centered and better in general! It’s often easier said than done though.

Today we’ll look at 5 tips for maintaining your positive attitude no matter what’s going on in your life.

1. You Determine Your Reality

You need to realize that you determine your reality by the way you react to the outside world. Whenever something happens, you get to choose whether it’s a positive or negative experience and react accordingly. Losing your job might be a disaster or it might be the opportunity for bigger and brighter things… you choose what it will mean to you.

2. Start Your Day Strongly

Most of the population drag themselves out of bed and this sets a negative tonality for their entire day. Positive people create a morning ritual that reinforces how great life is and how happy they are to be alive. This could be reading or listening to something inspirational, or meditating, anything that works for you, really.

3. Exercise Is A Natural Feel Good Drug

Exercise is a great way to maintain a positive attitude because of all the positive chemicals it releases into the blood stream. This helps you feel good and gives you the energy you need to fulfil your tasks and goals.

4.  Hang Out With Positive People

You are only as good as the company you keep, and if you can surround yourself with positive people, you are on course to absorbing their traits and in turn, being as positive or even more so than them.

5. Show Your Appreciation

Appreciate God, for doing everything he’s done for you, be grateful for everything you have, appreciate others for all they do for you(no matter how small the thing they do may seem!). By appreciating and feeling grateful, you naturally feel good and you invite more positivity into your life! 


5 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

Achieving anything and everything, becomes easier when you can maintain a positive attitude. This not only improves the quality of your life, it also helps you to feel more relaxed, centered and better in general!
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Friday, 11 December 2015

Deep Maini and His Grand Entry into the Bank of Baroda

Some stories are quite dreamy. For Deep Maini, a 22 year old graduate from Ghaziabad, life took a new turn when the results of the PO Exam were announced.
Deep remembers vividly all the night outs, the crazy frenzy preparations and all the fun and anxiety he had while preparing for India’s most competitive Bank PO Exam. He is now happy, having launched  career with one of the top banks in the country, Bank of Baroda.

His journey was of course not easy. He committed himself to work really hard, allocated over 4 hours a day for more than 9 months to prepare for the exams and continuously banked on his self confidence to become a bank officer in 2015.

While on this path to his dream career, he had a strong partner to support and guide him all the way; TalentSprint.

Deep says “It all started in January 2015, when I came across free content and live sessions by TalentSprint. Then in April 2015, I decided that this is the best partner for me to achieve my goal. I joined the Bank Exam Premium program and then there was no looking back.“

Recalling his days during the preparation, Deep remembers how he spent time watching videos and taking tests which helped him in getting his dream bank job.

With respect to online learning he adds “while I had learnt most of the topics covered in bank exams during my school days, the video lessons helped me not only to refresh but also get a very strong understanding of the basic concepts. This helped me improve my accuracy levels by removing doubts in my mind”.

This foundation went a long way in his success. The added flexibility of learning at his own pace and own time helped him to optimize the time spent on preparation.

But to succeed in Bank PO Exam it is not just about knowledge. Speed is extremely critical as there are only 36 secs to answer a question.”This is where I got the maximum benefit thro’ TalentSprint’s training. I learnt a lot of shortcuts and techniques which improved my speed multi fold. In fact, I sometimes wondered, why did I not learn these shortcuts and techniques when I was in school.”

While these learnings were good, Deep believes that the key benefit of TalentSprint’s online program comes from the high touch it offers through interactive live sessions. Deep attended all the LIVE sessions conducted by Ms.Sylvia Fiona and Mr. Rohit Agarwal without fail. His interactions with “Rohit Sir” (as he and many others call him) helped him do better with Maths especially with doing calculations faster. Ms.Sylvia’s classes helped him do better in English in the Prelims and Mains. Apart from this, it gave him the confidence to face the interview with courage.

After being selected as Bank of Baroda PO, Deep called us up to share his story. He is excited about his new post.

TalentSprint wishes him a great career ahead.


Deep Maini and His Grand Entry into the Bank of Baroda

Some stories are quite dreamy. For Deep Maini, a 22 year old graduate from Ghaziabad, life took a new turn when the results of the PO Exam were announced. It all started in January 2015, when I came across free content and live sessions by TalentSprint.

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Etiquettes at Work

As a professional, there are standards you need to keep up with (if not surpass!). There are certain things, however obvious and basic they may seem, that separate the professionals from the not-so-professional. Some of these pointers can be very helpful in maintaining your image as a respectable and professional worker.

1. First impressions are very important! Remember that you are an ambassador of the business and hence need to behave accordingly. Conduct yourself respectfully and courteously at all times.

2. Always maintain your integrity and act with honesty and dignity, especially when it may not be easy to do so. This includes not talking about your co-workers behind their backs and stepping over others to climb the corporate ladder.

3. Dress sharply and always strive to look your best, this works wonder in making sure you look the part of a professional. Be neat, clean and conservative. Shower regularly and use appropriate deodorant.

4. Avoid chewing and popping bubble gum in the presence of others, it’s completely inappropriate and you shouldn’t do this.

5. The physical connection you make when shaking hands with someone can leave a powerful impression. When someone's handshake is unpleasant in any way, we often associate negative character traits with that person. A firm handshake made with direct eye contact sets the stage for a positive encounter.

6. Show respect for others’ workspace. Always knock before entering.

7. Be polite to everyone, don’t interrupt unnecessarily when others are talking. Give them your undivided attention. Be cordial and friendly even when you’re in a bad mood or otherwise under some stress.

There you have it, adhere to all these and whatever else common sense suggests is the appropriate way to behave and you will be recognized as the professional that you want to be known as. Good luck!
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Friday, 4 December 2015

7 Fundamental Business Skills for IT Professionals

There are some basic, fundamental skills that all aspiring IT Professionals should look to hone and perfect over time to further their career and enjoy any significant success in what they pursue. Some of these are listed below, hopefully you can inculcate them into your persona and succeed in your professional endeavours.

1. Listening
Listening attentively helps you understand people around you and enables you to communicate effectively. You also gain some insight about other people’s subject matter expertise if you pay rapt attention to what they’re saying.

2. Negotiation
Anyone, including IT pros, will find themselves stuck and unable to move forward when facing obstacles or a challenge of some sort. Negotiation can often be the difference between success and failure when working with multiple people or groups.

3. Basic Business Finance
IT professionals don’t have to understand advanced financial operations. However, they should know the basic principles such as return on investment (ROI), depreciation, the difference between capital and operating expense, etc.

4. Understanding the Company’s Business Model
If, as an IT pro, you have a good grasp on the business model of the company, you will be in a much better position to be able to offer suggestions on how IT can benefit said business. Without this knowledge, IT pros won’t know what’s actually relevant to making the company more successful.

5. Understanding the Company’s Operating Model
When IT pros understand how the cogs of the company fit together, they will have the contextual framework to differentiate between real improvement and something that’s only hypothetical. This knowledge will also give an IT professional substantial leverage during critical negotiations.

6. Political Power Mapping
Career advancements often depend largely on others deciding that you’ve done enough and deserve a new opportunity. Knowing who in the company has this kind of decision-making authority will help you to network effectively.

7. Doing Your Job

No matter what your role may be, proficient delivery and doing your job well is of utmost importance.. Understanding how your job fits in to the big picture is imperative because it defines how you should leverage your position to have the biggest impact.

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SBI SO 2016 Recruitment Exam Pattern and Syllabus

SBI SO 2016 Recruitment Exam Syllabus

It’s a big day for any Professional waiting to pursue a great banking career. India’s flagship bank, SBI, has published a notification for recruitment and selection of Specialist Cadre Officers in the entire State Bank.

Are you eligible to apply?

There are two types of vacancies for the SO Cadre; Deputy Manager-Law and Assistant Manager-Systems. Each has its own eligibility criterion.

What’s the procedure for Selection?

The selection has two rounds of elimination; Common Written Exam that is held online and an Interview. Those who score as per the criterion set by the Bank in the written test will be eligible for the Interview. Again in the interview, you must score above the minimum qualifying mark ( as set by the Bank) to be eligible for selection.

What’s the Exam Pattern?

Here is the exam pattern. Note the addition of Quantitative Aptitude for the post of Assistant Manager (Systems). The test will be available in both English and Hindi.

No. of Questions
Deputy Manager
Test of
90 Minutes
English Language
Professional Knowledge
45 Minutes
Assistant Manager (Systems)
Test of
90 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude
English Language
Professional Knowledge
45 Minutes
*Qualifying in nature and marks thereon will not be reckoned for arriving at the Merit list.

What are the important dates?

Pls note the important dates for applying online and clearing all the formalities of the exam.

Online Registration of Application starts from
Last date for Online Registration of Application
Payment of Fee Online
26.11.2015 to 12.12.2015
Downloading of call letter for Online Test: After
Date of Online Test

What’s the Syllabus for the SBI SO Cadre Selection?

Other than Professional Knowledge, the syllabus across different subjects for Deputy Manager (Law) and Assistant Manager(Systems) is as follows:

  1. Coding and Decoding
  2. Ranking
  3. Element Series
  4. Directions
  5. Alphabet
  6. Circular Arrangements
  7. Linear Arrangements
  8. Assignments
  9. Blood Relations
  10. Coded Inequalities
  11. Syllogisms

  1. Finding errors
  2. Vocabulary
  3. Idioms and Phrases
  4. Fill in the blanks
  5. Sentence Completion
  6. Jumbled Sentences
  7. Cloze Passage
  8. Reading Comprehension
  1. Simplifications
  2. Approximations
  3. Number System
  4. LCM and HCF
  5. Average
  6. Percentage
  7. Profit and Loss
  8. Simple and Compound Interest
  9. Ratio and Proportions
  10. Alligations and Mixtures
  11. Ages and Partnership
  12. Time and Work
  13. Time and Distance
  14. Data Interpretation
  15. Set Theory
  16. Caselet
  17. Data Sufficiency
  18. Mensuration
*Please note that Quantitative Aptitude is not a part of the examination for Deputy Manager (Law)

How to prepare for SBI SO Exam?

There are 185 Posts available for Specialist Officers in the State Bank Group. So the competition is tough. Apart from hard work and sincerity, given the time constraint, it is important that you get the right guidance from experts who have already trained others in this field. That’s where the highly experienced trainers of TalentSprint score above others. They have mastered the art of training candidates for Bank exams and are considered the Numero Uno in this field. They have a focused course that can help you to crack this SBI SO Cadre exam. Click here to start your preparation.


SBI SO 2016 Recruitment Exam Pattern and Syllabus

It’s a big day for any Professional waiting to pursue a great banking career. India’s flagship bank, SBI, has published a notification for recruitment and selection.

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