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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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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