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Three tips to format your resume

July 17, 2018 in Careers, Knowledge Cell

mancer resumeWriting a resume may seem like a daunting task for many people. Most people would copy it from other resumes or would ask someone else to create one for them. Especially if you are a fresher or if you have been on a career sabbatical, writing an impressive resume may seem demanding. Think of your resume as an advertisement which is trying to sell as products your skills, expertise, and experience or the lack of it, to the hiring managers. The problem is that you are not the only person who has an advertisement and products to sell. Hiring managers are much more inclined towards well-formatted resumes which grab attention. But how do you start writing such a resume? How do you format it? Well, your formatting decision would boil down to three choices: reverse chronological, functional and combination. Each of these formats has their own merits. You can decide which one of the following is best for you.

  1. Reverse chronological: This is the most conventional style, and you are most likely to see this in maximum resumes. Due to its flexibility, it can be used by applicants with every level of experience. You should use this if your career has so far moved in a vertical progression, or if you want to apply in a field that you have already been working in previously. Avoid using this format if there is a lack of consistency and stability in your career path.

  2. Functional: Unlike the chronological format which focuses on your career progression, the functional form emphasizes on your skills. Since it focuses highly on your qualifications, it would suit you if you have an expert level of experience. You should consider using this if there have been breaks in your career, or if you wish to change your career industry. Also, if you intend to accentuate a specific skill, this format is for you. However, avoid using this if you are a fresher and have no experience.

  3. Combination: As evident from its name, the combination format is a blend of the two above mentioned formats, i.e., chronological and functional. It helps you focus on specific skills, yet embodies the experience that you have acquired throughout your career. You should use this format if you wish to bring the focus on the skills that you have learned during your work, or if you wish to change your career industry. If you are an entry-level candidate, refrain from using this format.

There is no hard and fast rule for creating the perfect resume, and there is no certified way of writing one. However, if you are eager enough to write a resume yourself, follow these three steps mentioned above, which will guide you through the process.


5 Mental Shifts That Can Transform Your Life.

June 26, 2018 in Knowledge Cell

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Most of our experiences bind us into a pattern; pattern that isn’t necessarily adequate or inadequate. However, if you are facing some difficulties in your life, you can take certain approaches that will help you transform your life into something better. Some mental shifts have been recognized by masses to be imperative for your growth.

So, here we’ll trace the story of success and wisdom.

Consider following mental shifts to transform your life:

#1. Power of observation: Observation is the action of consciously monitoring something or someone. It will mutate you into a profound personality. Nowadays, most of the people just look idly without actually seeing anything. The difference is of attentiveness. When you do something with a mindful approach, you find yourself in an awareness mode. When you start observing things, your mind works more actively, and it also enhances your reasoning abilities.

#2. All about perspective: “What you perceive is your reality, what I perceive is my reality, there is no reality as such, there are only perceptions.” In simplest terms perspective is the point of view of a person. Think of perspective as a window through which we look at other people, things, and events. This window also allows us to see our own reflection too. Now suppose the windowpane is of black color, how will you see the world through a black windowpane?

By just respecting others perspective you can change the color of this windowpane. Differences in opinions is a natural thing. Your opinions are based on your experiences. If you follow this approach, people will acknowledge you. Silently, your transformation will start taking a positive shape. So, keep an open mind.

#3. You reap what you sow: The outcome depends on your actions. So, be mindful of your deeds as they will manifest your gains and losses. You must have heard about “the law of attraction,” you attract alike thoughts. In one word, “Karma.”

#4. Thoughtful questions or quietness: When you ask every question that comes to your mind, you are bound to ask stupid questions too, along with some logical ones. This will downgrade the quality of your good questions. So, take your time and try to ask only the rational questions, or just keep quiet and mindfully listen to what’s going on around you.

#5. Think-Action approach: We all are bound to think, and plenty of times we come up with great ideas too. But what thinking alone would do? Think-action approach will push us toward taking actions. Whenever you feel that you’re procrastinating, take an action. The more actions you’ll take, more chances of success will add up.

These practices will help you in finding the equilibrium, as explained by John Forbes Nash Jr in game theory (Nash equilibrium). Nash equilibrium teaches us how to analyze a situation to come up with the best possible answer to it.

After adopting these practices and adding them into your routine, you will not just become a successful person but also a wise one.

How Google Improved its Employee’s Productivity by 25% by Just 1 Email

June 18, 2018 in Careers, Knowledge Cell

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There is often a productivity issue with freshers, especially when they are in onboarding period, which refers to the period of job acceptance and assimilation. The new employees need to familiarize themselves with the existing work culture of the organization. They need to match the sharp learning curves of the organizations, while giving a performance that would help validate the reason to hire them.

Numerous organizations invest loads of money for structured onboarding programs to quickly familiarize the new employees with their roles and responsibilities. Everything is done with an aim to enhance the productivity of employees.

The email (sent to managers on Sunday before their noogler’s first day on work) that improved the productivity of the employee by 25% included a checklist:

  • Discussion about roles and responsibilities.

  • Nooglers (Google’s new employees) are to be paired with a peer buddy.

  • Help the new one to build a social network.

  • Onboarding check-ins are to be done once every month for a period of six months.

  • Welcome open dialogues.

Google found that managers who invested their time in this checklist were able to pull out 25% more productivity from their new employee.

Any organization can learn plenty of things, that will help them boost the productivity of their new employees, from this Emailed checklist. This checklist doesn’t give a tough-to-follow schedule.

Following are some tips that one can take from this experiment:

#1. Don’t strangle freshers with work: If you give them a target that is hard to achieve freshers might waste time thinking about failure instead of doing the actual work. This will cause a downfall in their existing productivity scale. Be rational with the checklist by not overdoing any part; especially the discussion or onboarding check-ins.

#2. Give them important guidance: This will avoid the unnecessary complications. The managers will also have the flexibility to show their creative mind.

While focusing on the unnecessary details, most common and important points go unmentioned. So, ensure to mention all the salient and foremost work-related guidance.

#3. Make suggestions: While the unnecessary details are to be avoided, you don’t have to be afraid of making valid suggestions, as suggestions make a plan better. Time to time follow-ups will make them more attentive towards work. Suggestions will always provide the required guidance and will also leave room for managers to make amendments in order to refine certain processes. And, if you have conveyed an openness for dialogues from all the parties (manager and employees), this will motivate the employees to participate in the suggestion sessions as well.

The right onboarding strategies, when executed in a correct manner, can release the stress assigned with the management of freshers, and push your team up on the productivity scale. Freshers are adaptable to change, and right strategies can mould them into suitable candidates. So, make contemplative choices and let the excellence of your choice reflect through the enhanced productivity.

These Three Things Every Employee Wants

May 2, 2018 in Careers, Industry Verticals, Knowledge Cell, Leadership, Services, USP

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Every person has a different thought pattern and a uniquely prioritized list of  expectations. The proportion of their wants might vary from person to person, but the presence of some wishful expectations have been acknowledged widely into employees.

The human mind is filled with wants and desires, and it’s not possible to list every single of them. There are some basic wants that are found in majority of employees. These wants are common to most of the employees.

So, here is the list of three things that are common in every employee’s wishlist:

Career: The foremost priority of every employee, especially in the starting days, is their career. Every employee wants a sense of security from their job, opportunities to show their talent, chances to learn new skills, and grow professionally. The freshers put career above all the other wishes because that is the necessity. If you’re not earning enough to survive, you won’t be able to think about your other wishes. It’s an intrinsic motivation as it’s necessary to keep moving forward.

Community: As your necessities begin to get served, you start thinking about your other wants too. Community refers to people. Employees want to be respected and acknowledged for their excellent works.

Purpose: As you grow, you start to discover more aspects of yourself. After sensing stability in life, and achieving respect and acknowledgement, an employee intends to move toward the more delicate matters. Employee starts to look at the bigger picture now.  S/he makes effort to make things better. They don’t just work for materialistic things but for a purpose too. They intend to make a positive impact in the society.

These wishes keep employees motivated to work hard. As an employee grows, the proportion of these three wishes tend to shift. Studies show that the priorities change with age, across all age groups.

That is,

  • Freshers(24 years or below) give preference to career and community over purpose. Career mostly dominates their priority list.

  • Between 25 to 34 years, employees start to think a little more about all three wants mentioned-above. Career still dominates all the other wants, but community starts to gain importance too.

  • Between 35 to 44 years, the importance of career starts to shrink as other wishes start emerging out into the picture. For employees of this age group, career and community aren’t very far in terms of importance.

  • Between 45 to 54 years, purpose mixes up tightly with the career and community.

  • 55 years and older, the purpose often overtakes all the other wishes by this time.

If we take it at a deeper level, these three wishes are the reason for most of the employees to join work in the first place. We all start from the fundamental things that are necessary to sustain life, and then we start to look at the bigger picture. As we get bigger in our career, the big picture starts to get bigger.

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