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Thursday, June 22, 2006

News: Indian students turn their backs on science

Technology is the preferred choice due to better pay and job prospects

BANGALORE - AFTER more than two decades as a scientist in India's premier space agency, 54-year-old Kalyan Raman has called it quits.
His new job as a telecommunications specialist with a private firm, he says, pays double his previous salary and is more glamorous.

Not only that, it offers escape from the grinding bureaucracy of the government job where he grew tired of seeing 'Cabinet notes, office orders and the same faces'.


'I needed a different landscape and I joined the private sector as it is more energetic and dynamic,' says Mr Raman.

India's scientific community says it just cannot match offers being made by technology outsourcing companies, which it warns are robbing India of its much needed research and development talent.

Even more alarming, says Mr Madhavan Nair, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is that students are turning from science to technology as job prospects are far better.

Foreign and domestic technology firms such as IBM, Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys Technologies are planning to hire more than 100,000 outsourcing professionals in the current financial year alone.

Full report here @ AsiaOne.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Suggested Combination Resume Format: Headings

Under the categories below, you may choose the section heading you prefer.
A. Goal
-Career Objective
-Career Goal
-Employment Objective
-Employment Aspirations

B. Summary
-Key Areas of Knowledge
-Major Skills
-Special Skills
-Special Areas of Expertise
-Main Capability Areas

C. Qualifications
-Study Accomplishments
-Relevant Training & Education
-Comprehensive Business-Oriented Education
-Formal Training
-Educational Preparation for Career
-Successful Tertiary Studies
-Tertiary Education Achievements
-Formal Qualifications
-Educational Attainments

D. Achievements
-Career Achievement Summary
-Special Challenges
-Special Achievements
-Key Projects
-Highlights of My Career
-Professional Achievement Record
-Breadth of Experience

E. Employment
-Professional Experience
-Employment Summary
-Record of Respected Employers
-Employment Record
-Career Path Record

F. Other Facts About Me
-Community Service
-Language Knowledge
-Professional Associations
-Professional Affiliations
-Memberships

G. Personal Development Activities
-Special Awards &/or Recognition
-Career Development Learning Experiences
-Knowledge Enhancement
-Self-Development Activities

H. Referees
-Referees
-People Who Know My Work Well
-People Who Know Me Well

I. Personal
-Personal Information
-More Facts About Me
-Personal Data

Monday, June 12, 2006

Resume Formats

There are three basic resume formats: chronological format, functional format and combination format. Each format can be used in different situations to highlight your strengths and hide your shortcomings.

Chronological Resume

Chronological resume lists all your employment and education in reverse-chronological order, beginning with the most recent experience and working backward. This is by far the most common one among all resume formats used by jobseekers and the easiest to write. A chronological resume allows you to show progression and increasing responsibilities in your jobs. It is generally used when you have a stable, relevant and impressive work history with no major job gap. However, if you have gaps in your work history, are looking to change careers, changed employers too often, or are not in "favorable age group", you may not want to use this format.

Functional Resume

Functional resume is organized around your functional skill sets, rather than the various jobs you have held. Your previous employment history is omitted or just mentioned briefly in a separate section. The functional format allows you to highlight your transferable skills that are relevant to your target job. It is used when you are changing careers, have gaps in your work experience, or have no relevant work experience. However, it is not recommended if your skill sets are not relevant to your target job, or you want to demonstrate advancement in a specific field. Another disadvantage of functional resume is that it may arouse suspicions from the employers since you're hiding some information.


Combination Resume

A combination resume format combines features of both chronological resume and functional resume. It presents your work experience in reverse-chronological order within each functional skill headings. Combination resume has the best of both worlds and works best for the experienced jobseekers who have held many different positions. However, it is not recommended if you're an entry level jobseeker, or your skill sets are not relevant to your target job.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

3 ways to write a resume

There are basically three options in writing a resume depending on how much time, money and effort you want to put into it.

Method 1
If you are short of time or just want a professional resume without working too much on it, you can consider hiring a resume writer to write the resume for you. But remember that, you can't just hand off the whole job to the resume writers, you still need to give them your background information so that they have an idea of what to write. And in most cases, they need to work with you to find out your best selling points. Expect to pay for this kind of service.

Method 2
If you want to write your own resume by yourself, but need some help, you can consider buying a piece of resume software. Usually, this kind of software can give you some resume templates or resume wizards to guide you through the whole process of resume writing. Some of the best products also provides you with resume samples, resume writing tips, cover letter wizard, resume distribution service, salary info and negotiation tips, etc. These products helps you a lot in your whole job hunting process and deserves your serious consideration.

Method 3
If you want to do the whole work by yourself, like most good folks and do not want to spend any money on it, then you need to spend more time on doing research. First, you need to think about your selling points (education, experience, accomplishments, transferable skills, etc.), then decide on which resume format you want to use. Take a look at some resume samples and resume template, then you can sit down and start writing your resume. Make sure that your resume is concise, clean and free of any errors.

Oh, there's one last method, the lazy man method, that is to borrow a copy of your friend's resume and modify it from there. **Not recommended if the person you are borowing from is not having a job at the moment. Of course you know that. : )
What I'm trying to say it's that the resume you borrowed from your friend may not be in the correct format or poorly written.

In the next few posts, I will be recommending some resume formats, sample resumes and covers for your reference.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Top 10 Highest-Paying Jobs in the US


CareerBuilder has the report on the highest paying jobs in the US and this is what it says:-

"Do what you love and the money will follow is great in theory, but the truth of the matter is, certain jobs and fields simply pay more. The Bureau of Labor Statistics National Compensation Survey showed, for example, that white-collar earnings, which averaged $21.85 per hour, were the highest among occupational groups. Blue-collar pay averaged $15.03 per hour, while the hourly pay of service occupations averaged just $10.40.

The jobs that pay the most require at least a four-year college degree. According to the most recent data from the Employment Policy Foundation, the nation’s 12 top-paying jobs -- and the mean annual income reported in 2003 for each -- were:

Top Paying Jobs Overall


Physicians and surgeons -- $147,000
Aircraft pilots -- $133,500
Chief executives -- $116,000
Electrical and electronic engineers -- $112,000
Lawyers and judges -- $99,800
Dentists -- $90,000
Pharmacists -- $85,500
Management analysts -- $84,700
Computer and information system managers -- $83,000
Financial analysts, managers and advisors -- $84,000

Though many of these occupations require an advanced degree, there are jobs at every education level that pay more than other jobs for workers with similar levels of schooling."

Full report and more here.

Top 10 Best Jobs in America


MONEY Magazine and Salary.com researched hundreds of jobs, considering their growth, pay, stress-levels and other factors. These careers ranked highest.

1. Software Engineer
2. College professor
3. Financial adviser
4. Human Resources Manager
5. Physician assistant
6. Market research analyst
7. Computer IT analyst
8. Real Estate Appraiser
9. Pharmacist
10. Psychologist

Full report and details here.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tips: Preparing to write an effective resume

Assuming that you have gone through your career planning and decided what you want, it's time to prepare to write a resume. If you are clueless about what's a resume or this is the first time to are actually going to write one, here's a few tips to get you along.

Tip #1: What's a resume and what's the purpose of a resume?

A resume is a document stating your career objective and your relevant skills and credentials, it usually meets your future employer before you do. So your resume is the first impression your future employer has on your and is probably the most important document in your job search. The purpose of your resume is not to get you a job, but to get you an interview. From this point of view, a resume is like a marketing tool to promote yourself.

Tip #2: What should I write in my resume?

Since a resume is just a marketing tool, think about what you can sell to your employers: your education, experience, accomplishments and your transferable skills. Organize them in an effective way so that your prospective employers are impressed and want to arrange an interview with you. Your resume is not going to get you a job, so you don't have to write down everything about your work or your life, leave the details to your job interview. A resume only need to get the attention of the readers and arouse their interest.

Tip #3: What's a good resume?

A recruiter usually looks at your resume for 10-30 seconds, your resume either survive the initial screening or be tossed away. A good resume should successfully market yourself and stand out from a pile of other resumes. It is clear, concise, logically organized, and attractively formatted.

Tip #4: What are some general rules in resume writing?

Remember your resume is a marketing tool? So before sit down and write your resume, ask yourself some essential questions like: Who's going to read my resume? How's my resume going to be read? What's my unique positions that may appeal to the readers? Use the answers in your draft. Your resume should make a good first impression, so the format you choose is very important. Use high-quality white paper and laser-quality printing to make your resume attractive. Keep the layout simple and clear. Use single font like Times, Helvetica or Coutier to maximize legibility and choose 10-14 point. Leave a one-inch margin all around your resume and provide enough white space for notes Your most important experience and skills must be easily detected by recruiters. Use highlighting, indentation, spacing and bulleted statements to make it easy for recruiters to pick up your important information. Use action-oriented words in your statements to make your previous experiences sound as pro-active as possible. Your accomplishments should be measurable, specific and relevant. Proofread your resume and make sure it's credible, accurate and error-free. Omit your personal data, age, marital status from the resume. And if English is your second language, ask someone fluent in English to double check grammar and spelling for you.

Tip 5: OK, I'm ready to begin my resume writing, now what's next?
Great, take some time to think about what are your selling points and how you want to present them, choose a resume format that fits your situation, then take a look at some resume templates and resume samples and tailor them into your needs. You can also consider using some resume software to save some time and make your job easier.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

News: It's boom time for salaries and jobs

TodayOnline reports on the above and this is what it says:-

"GOOD news if you have skills in life sciences — a study by recruitment agency Kelly Services estimates that headcount for people employed in the life sciences and healthcare industry could increase by an astonishing 40 per cent.

This means that more jobs and better salaries await those with the skills to enter the industry.

Said Kelly Services' vice-president and managing director for Asia Pacific Dhirendra Shantilal: "The demand now is very broad-based, whether it's clinical management, business development, or chemical analysis."

Life sciences professionals can also expect to command a high salary, owing to the fact that demand for workers currently outstrips supply."

More on the report @ TodayOnline.