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PDF or MS Word for resume

One school of thought says pdf-s are not as machine readable as word documents. Some “online job search gurus” to suggest avoiding PDFs so that machine can parse keywords from MS Word better. Unless a recruiter/website specifies a type of document the candidate can only guess what the recruiting system wants.

 

Sending a document via e-mail warrants a properly formatted document. So may be a fraction of the resumes send into the resume black-hole needs to be in PDF.  However, some recruiters are generous enough to give feedbacks. Seeking advice and suggestions on resume is aided by the ease in which the mentor can comment and keep tracking changes in MS Word. An open source enthusiast may frown. I have not seen a more popular word processor than MS Word. The most popular may not be the best. But it is worth if it works.

 

Reference:

  1. http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/the-best-format-for-your
  2. http://www.cornonthejob.com/career-advice/resumes-and-cover-letters/why-your-pretty-pdf-resume-might-be-killing-you/
  3. http://www.avidcareerist.com/2013/06/01/pdf-microsoft-word-resume/
  4. http://www.sovren.com/faq/TipsForElectronicResumes.pdf

 

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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“So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love”: Book Review

Background

My previous reads were “Biography of Steve Jobs: Walter Issacson“, ” Notes on Startups: Peter Thiel“, “Siddhartha : Herman Hesse”  and I can only wonder how this book connects with those.

I came across the author Cal Newport due to the Happy Schools Blog. This book arrives in style, for  a job hunter in USA. Yes, I am searching for positions in electrical engineering as I am approaching end of my studies.

Here is the talk by the author :-


In ” Notes on Startups: Peter Thiel”  the author argues that we have to provide something 10 times better than what is available to be a good start up. In Cal Newport‘s “ So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love“. This book tries to come up and blast it on the face as to ‘why passion is not what you are looking for. You are looking for expertise in the beginning of your career’.

As an engineer with some awesome experience in my field, I can say that I have met a couple of people who said the same. They never wrote a book or go to MIT. Great People. Here, was this great retired man who was called back to help serve the company and help the new fellows to catch up with the technologies. I have asked him if he had any passion for the things that he did and if there is any tips and tricks of career life that I can use. He said ” It is good to have your own ideas and developing knowledge to implement it. Even more important is to flow with the crowd till the time is reached; the time when you are confident and knowledgeable enough to have a separate direction of commute than the general flow.” And then the bus had arrived and those were probably the last words I heard from him. Since I left the company- for higher pursuits. The book reinforces this thought.

There was this amazing scientist, who was also called back from retirement the same way as the former. I had breakfast with this man very often when I was working there. I remember that I posed him the question ” Did you have any particular interest or great passion for what you are currently doing, when you were my age”. He replied ” Not really, I got the job, I learned the job. Now, I know some things, with which I can help new people”

And then I talked to a colleague in university very recently, asked him why he changed majors and what his interest is. He said ” I do not have any specific area of interest, But , I am not proud of it. I know jobs are in the computer science area, the number of jobs in software is more than electrical engineering. So I am where I am.” The last I heard from him he had an internship in this super big company in USA.

Very recently, I was speaking to a friend, he was really interested in this wonderful research and was in the process of starting his research. He has not started any job application and he is OK with that. I have this another friends who went from Bachelors to PhD straight and says ” I do what I do , what I like, what is interesting, I keep doing it, Job will come”.

In the beginning, I had this biased understanding of what these people told. It was naive of me in the thought process. Everyone has some attraction to say some colors, some food, some topics, some places. This could be yellow, pasta, history of Incas, Egypt for some. This could be anything. The rational mind of mine tries to normalize the bias whereby this is diluted to any color, veg.food, history, World. This rationality and dilution is for the world to see. This is a form of outlook, self-created outlook, banishing the old preferences and making life simpler. Categorization and division was a tool to tackle odd chunks of data, information or knowledge. This is never diluted, because it becomes hard to grasp. My understanding is that this is not representation of real world. It is not like there are land animals and water animals, there are amphibians. Elephant which swims is not amphibious. That sounds like blasphemy to categorical knowledge. 🙂

 

The book 

As per the book , there are only two kinds of people.

Passionate people and Craftsmen (people who work to achieve their greatness). Also, the book says that ‘passion is rare’.

I got this question from an interview 2 days back ” How much interest , do you have in the work or job description?”

I was lost for words since I was reading the book. I cannot say “I am a passionate worker”. I cannot claim that I am an expert , due to modesty and truth. I cannot suggest that I am a hardworker who  is a go-getter. Because, I am not there to be a self-proclaimed worker who is not interested in the subject , who can master any subject by hardwork, I am not  a machine. I see the blurring of the categories? There is a mix. This is not mutually exclusive, this is my understanding. If I am interested in something, it does not mean I will forget everything and focus only on that. If I am an expert in data entry ( actually I am !) and burrito making (too) that does not mean I am passionate about these. The point is, there are things that people do out of need and circumstances. This makes them experts of the field, in my case burrito making , I can do it blind-folded, I can do it in sleep, you can wake me up at 3 in the morning and I can make burrito. This by no logic means that I am passionate about it.

Passion is  a thing arousing enthusiasm. Work is generally perceived as a bad thing. Increasingly, I hear that job is the worst thing that you can get, who does not like freedom. Don’t  we all trade our freedom with someone else’s freedom !. I mean free as being free to do anything with the time they could have probably invested that in. Then we come to selectivity of fields in which one wants to work. some people like being mathematician, while some do music. There is math in music and music in math. There are people in the interdisciplinary-gray-blurred-line who work here. World is not a number of countries, each with boundaries and armies on either side. This is because everything is depended on everything else. Not just globalization/localization there is glocalization.  This is depicted by mentioning Alan Lightman who wrote Einstein’s Dreams  who made a career in combo of math and culture.

The religion of logic says : choose a field, focus, work hard – you become an expert.

How to choose a field ? – by gut feeling, and elimination process of uninteresting stuff can help shortlist the field.

There are many venues to connect with interest. It is easy to find that out, with what you do in your spare time.

I cannot do something which is not interesting or satisfying me. This can be termed passion. And then I go on to learn how to do these things, if I do not know how to, I learn. This is what Cal says as passion is side effect of mastery. You can start doing things you do not like, to test how broad you are in the mind. See for yourself, where , unintentionally we put limits for ourselves.

 

The Case of Incremental Improvement.

I got bowled over in one of my classes since I was to give a presentation on a new idea. I had this vision of myself as a visionary, going to change the world. After the presentation, I came to terms with what I have heard years back ” There is more than enough of technology available, your phone has tonnes of features, how much of the features do you use or know how to use ?”  This was before the advent of android!

I see myself as learning how to do stuff with existing technologies. Necessities will always push up the technologies to be innovated. That said. The knowledge of existing technologies would bring in the required mastery and formulating the exact requirements for improvement . In this sense, like  a big project, steps follow a waterfall model, the goal of which is a moving target, the field of which is the area of interest. Improvements happen in agile fashion. Continuous improvement! In the religion of science, this is a scientific improvement called innovation/invention(sometimes). In the religion of life , this is self-improvement and sharpening your saw (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey). Improve yourself, so that you can grab the opportunity as it comes, because you are prepared. I would combine Cal‘s mention of ‘exploring the adjacent possible’ with ‘little bets’ with incremental improvement. This is because on a personal side, when you make innovations, improvements these carry the risk of going beyond the comfort zone, this opens venues for exploratory work.

Key Take-aways

All said, with my opinions and Cal‘s opinions (what he calls ‘rules’). I would say I have to work get some career capital (that is expertise) so that I can create opportunities and may be ones that Peter mentions in Notes on Startups.

“Creating a research bible”:(here bible only means another book)

Cal gives good tips on how to go about research. He is a research professor going about his research. It makes sense to follow this path if you have not discovered your own. This involves

summarize a research paper  that you think is relevant for your work

keeping  a timesheet/schedule/calendar

maintain a research note for brainstorming ideas

do practice beyond the practice that we do that can be tagged as “productivity – oriented”. This involves

  • stretching one’s self beyond comfort zone.
  • read tough papers.
  • keep improving.
  • track your work , to see the improvement.

References

This includes provocative title such as “my job went to India“! Jobs are going everywhere.I have read that USA thrives on creating ideas. When new ideas stops getting generated USA job market is not going to be the same. Because this is were the ideas get exported and get adopted by the globe. The title could have been re-thought !

When it comes to bananas, the dwellers in USA get it from Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and other places. When it is jeans, it comes from Bangladesh and Vietnam. Belts comes from Thailand and China. Now, please do not tell that all these jobs went elsewhere. It was the market and policies of trade that led to this.

 

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Writing Style

The style is lucid and easy to follow. The emotions are kept at neutral while the facts and references are cited. This is a good way to write making it an easy read. The book tries to number the ideas (written as ‘Rules’ in the book). This can be  a drawback to people who dislike rule book. But the count is very less, and it is manageable.

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Posted by on October 1, 2016 in Book Review

 

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Gist from the Career Perspectives and Networking Conference, Panel Discussion with Young Alumni

This is the concise form of Panel Discussion with Young Alumni in the Second Career Perspectives and Networking Conference, held in University at Buffalo, 04/08/2016.

Things to look out for in your first job >
Believe in yourself.
Estimate what are the skills that you have.
Most places will train you.

Most jobs try to know how is your thinking and approach for a problem.
Once you are in a job , or offered a job, Identify where you are in. Is it truly where you want to be.
Always assess the potential ability to learn or earn money. Take a step back and try to understand.
Grab the opportunity that you really want. Then there is no stress attached to it and you will enjoy your career path.
There is no way to know everything you have to do. Do not be afraid to fail. Take your experience as learning steps. Make sure you learn continuously, learn from your job.
Do not be afraid to learn on superiors. There may be questions about priority. Feel free to say no. When you are in doubt don’t be afraid to get the authority with higher vision to set priority for you.
Having too many deadlines and projects with low completion rate is not the kind of reputation that you want to carry with you. Make sure you get the right people to contribute to your work.
Make sure you add education and skills to your profile from every professional experience you get.

What happens when you are searching for a job >
If you have the talent that company is looking for then you have the ball in your court, don’t be afraid to leverage on that.
Evolve yourself into something social.
Communicate.
Communicate.
Communicate.
Differentiate yourself.

Resume gets you to door. Conversation keeps you in the room.
Thinks that you talk about in interview >
Networking is huge. Network as much as you can. Every person you meet puts you in a larger web where you can reach out to anyone in it.
What you bring to the table is crucial. Pitching your part is important. Practice your 30 seconds pitch.
Demonstrate aptitude and passion in interviews.
Companies look for not young but young minded people.

Take control and ownership of assigned task. Find time and drive it forward. If there is a bad employee in your team, good employees will be sick of that one bad employee. Learn to work with all kinds of people. And come up with solutions that your business needs. Interpersonal skills are often big in working.

Tell a story about your passion based on your resume. Resume is your roadmap. Expand on your resume.
Communication skills need to be demonstrated in the interview conversation. It cannot really come out of your resume. How do you communicate about your passion about something you have done? May be you talk loud, or express it. Whatever it is. if you are truly passionate about it then you love what you are going to talk about.
Just show it. Be that guy!
Put hobbies that are really interesting.
Research about your company. You cannot send the same resume to 30 different company. Make connections through resume and then try to show your passion by building on the story from resume.
On Cover Letter
Cover Letter should be very focused to the company. Not the things that you would like to put as hobbies.

Most of the panelists did not have cover letter but the resume had a hook to sell the self.

Salary negotiation

You are trying to put a price on your labour. Check out some websites. If it is your first job, then you probably do not want to negotiate too much. If you are bringing lot of skills that they need then you can leverage on that, because you have room for expansion. Education is things that you retain, bring to your job and develop yourself. So, have an honest conversation with the HR.
Salary negotiation is very difficult. Larger companies usually offer less.
Too many companies rely on salary.com and glassdoor.com. But there is a difference. So it is a tough negotiation. If you truly like the job, then may be you can ask for the number you have in head.
Negotiate on graduate school reimbursement, vacation, phone bill reimbursement. All these ancillary things could be negotiated.
Have a number in head.
Give them that.
Be able to back up your number. By telling them here is what I make, here is the cost of living adjustment. They know that you are being honest, when you can justify and give your number.
“I don’t want to be looking for a job for a long time” is a tactical way to negotiate on salary.
It is difficult to know your value. But you should know what you are worth.
In today’s world health insurance is huge. So, see if the company offers good health insurance coverage which could be as beneficial compared to another offer with lower insurance coverage but higher salary.

Best Wishes

Ajeya

PS: Thanks to Amit Narayanan for inspiration

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2016 in Lesson

 

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ONGC Internship Process.

The duration of Summer/Winter Trainings/Internship for college students will be 1-2 months. The trainings are provided by ONGC in the following disciplines:
MBA (HR)
MBA (Finance)
Geology
Geophysics
MSc. -Chemistry
Mech. Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Chem. Engineering
Civil Engineering
BE/B Tech- Computer Science
BE/B Tech- IT
BE / BTech Electronics.&
Telecommunication
Law
Environment Science
Mass Communication
Micro-Biology
Logistics
MCA
The Schedule for students training will be as follows:
Summer training
Winter training
MCA
Applying date
1st February
1st October
1st October
Last date of receipt of
application
On or before
15th April
On or before
31st October
On or before
30th November
Finalization of list
On or before
10th May
On or before
15th November
On or before
24th December
Training commences
15th May to 30th
June
20th November- 31st
December
On or before
1st January
Training ends on or
before
15th July to
31st August
20th January to 28th
February
On or before
30th June
The students have to submit their applications in ONGC’s prescribed Format addressed to “HoI, ONGC Academy, KDMIPE Campus, Kaulagarh Road, Dehradun-248195” along-with following documents:
1. Training letter provided by College/Institute
2. Marks copy of last semester
3. Marks copy of XII class

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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no-reply Fake Interview offer

MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD

Dear candidate

Your Resume has been selected by (Maruti Suzuki India ltd). I have attached your Appointment

Process letter and your application file with this email. Kindly see the attached link file for your interview.

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Email Company H.R. Department email id: (maruti@suzukiindialtd.com)

Maruti Suzuki India ltd is one of the lookout for dynamic professionals who will drive the Company forward. We offer challenging assignments in our various sectors: Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Car Business Unit, Engineering Research Centre and Corporate Affairs.

Note – you can call in official working Hours Monday to Saturday – 9 Am to 4 Pm,

Best of Luck

Maruti Suzuki India Limited

Corporate and Regional office

602, Madhava Building, Bandra Kurla Complex

Bandra (East),
Mumbai – 400051
COMPANY PROFILE

Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL, formerly known as Maruti Udyog Limited) is a subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan. MSIL has been the leader of the Indian car market for over two and a half decades. The company has two manufacturing facilities located at Gurgaon and Manesar, south of New Delhi, India. Both the facilities have a combined capability to produce over a 1.2 million (1,200,000) vehicles annually. The company plans to expand its manufacturing capacity to 1.75 million by 2013. The company offers a wide range of cars across different segments. It offers 15 brands and over 150 variants – Maruti 800, people movers, Omni and Eeco, international brands Alto, Alto-K10, A-star, WagonR, Swift, Ritz and Estilo, off-roader Gypsy, SUV Grand Vitara, sedans SX4, Swift DZire and Kizashi. In an environment friendly initiative, in August 2010 Maruti Suzuki introduced factory fitted CNG option on 5 models across vehicle segments. These include Eeco, Alto, Estilo, Wagon R and Sx4.In fiscal 2009-10 Maruti Suzuki became the only Indian company to manufacture and sell One Million cars in a year. Maruti Suzuki has employee strength over 8,500 (as at end March 2011) In 2010-11, the company sold over 1.27 Mnvehicles including 1,38,266units of exports. With this, at the end of March 2011, Maruti Suzuki had a market share of 44.9 per cent of the Indian passenger car market. Maruti Suzuki’s revenue has grown consistently over the years.

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Posted by on January 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Job selection Order From Nexicon

Job selection Order From Nexicon

SIR/MADAM

WE HAVE SEEN YOUR RESUME, YOU ARE PROVISIONALLY SELECTED FOR OUR REPUTED CONCERNS, BELOW THIS MESSAGE WILL BE ONE ATTACHMENT FILE(NEXICON SELECTION ORDER).
PLEASE GO THROUGH THAT, (NEXICON JOB SELECTION ORDER (9 PAGES) TAKE THE PRINT OUT COPY OF APPLICATION FORM 2 PAGES WITH MENTIONED 5 PARTICULARS AND SEND
THROUGH REGISTER POST TO OUR COIMBATORE BRANCH. THEN WE WILL SEND YOUR JOB FORWARDING APPOINTMENT ORDER THEN DIRECTLY YOU WILL JOIN OUR NO-1 LEADING MNC
CONCERNS. PLEASE MENTION YOUR PREFERRING WORKING PLACE. IF ANY CLARIFICATION PLEASE CALL .

MOBILE: 096002-49052; 095009-72235
PHONE 0422- 3232001

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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Suzuki fake selection letter

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Robert Bosch walk in interview at Bangalore 07 Jan 2011

Another pleasant day, another walk in. People gathered from all over the world. This time it is for experienced people. At koramangala we saw a happily silent crowd waiting for their chance. We see such discipline in queue at liquor shops (nothing bad intended). You wait for something patiently that you really want then better you behave properly, that is the gist. So we got tags, they had permanent tags saying that the person with the tag has come for interview. Pendrives are deposited at security and mobile camera is blocked by a sticker. Signs of good security all around. Then the sun peeped in penetrating the normally misty, cool, windy atmosphere. That is why you are supposed to bring resume, to block the sunlight. We stood in queue and then came announcement that people with more than two years of experience are plenty there, it will take some time to sort them out at the interview. They filtered people with less than two years experience and told that "there is more crowd than they could handle on the day, so please give the resumes so that we can call you at a later date."

So they are thoughtful in making permanent cards for people who come for interview. Good!.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Madras Fertilizers Limited Examination experience

The examination for probationary engineers in Madras Fertilizers Limited, Manali , Chennai was conducted on 8th Jan 2011 FN. So many people skipped breakfast and landed in this place, out of choice or out of lack of options. The nearby shops got their fortune in Sunday as many turned surprised at the crowd. The boy at nearby bakery got some sales experience. I asked him whether he goes to school, he said he is in 7th standard. But unfortunately his classteacher or teachers don’t care enough about their students. This boys fingernails were grown and had lot of dirt accumulated. I went to a supermarket in search of a nail clipper, but it was not available. I didn’t see this boy licking up the newspaper pieces, or spitting or worse putting his fingers into nose. The crowd was not considering all these trivialities. The job at hand was to pass the exam, or finish the exam at least. People from all over the world was there, these exams should be given a national importance and the companies be given award for initiatives on national integration.

Some people had not received the admit cards, the officials distributed it. The exam invigilator calls every guy "Sir" but girls don’t get the same treatment though the invigilator is a women. Privileges of and engineer and gender discrimination can be a topic of study. We "bubbled" the exam with pen though the admit card told us to bring pencils, eraser and sharpener.

The exam was having 100 questions 2 hours. GK, English, quantitative aptitude and technical subject of specialisation.

Over all the wait for exam after applying was long, so the result is not to be expected soon. And those who are average never expect result , because the crowd was that large.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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