Best IT talent pool in Delhi & Bihar; TN lags: Survey

The National Employability Study 2011 by Aspiring Minds reveals that Delhi and Bihar champion and provide the best talent pool for IT Product, IT Services, KPO, BPO, Software Testing and Hardware Networking roles. The data released under the National Employability Study 2011 analyses the employability scores of over 1.2 lakh final year engineering graduates. Regionally, it is observed that employability in IT services companies Delhi is highest of Engineers in the North, followed by East, then West and Uttarakhand Rank East then South.

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Source: The Financial Express


India Inc to go slow on hiring in 2012

Amit Bansal, CEO, Purple Leap, says, “In engineering, the bulk of recruitment is in the information technology (IT) sector. The sentiment has changed over time. In mid-2011, there was a 25-30 per cent increase for freshers in IT. In the later half, that sentiment changed. People are cautious. I believe that in the first quarter of 2012, the sentiment would be to wait and watch.”

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Source: Business Standard



Talent shortage a major constraint for start-ups

The National Employability Study 2011 recently conducted by Aspiring Minds Assessment Pvt Ltd, a Gurgaon-based ‘employability solutions’ company, based on the scores of more than 120,000 technical graduates and final-year MCA students in a test it conducted among them, revealed that a mere 3.25 per cent of engineering graduates are software-industry-ready, and ready to be hired without need for further training.

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Microsoft: Five things to look for in 2012

Next year is one of those years that can’t come soon enough for Microsoft.

It’s not that 2011 was a particularly difficult year. The company posted record revenue for the fiscal year that ended June 30. And its 2-year-old PC operating system, Windows 7, hit 500 million copies sold, further embedding it as the most widely used operating system in the world. But 2011 had few big product launches at the company, Office 365 and Internet Explored 9 notwithstanding.

Next year will be altogether different. Microsoft is prepping the big kahuna of its product arsenal, Windows 8. The company hasn’t set a date, though most analysts expect the flagship operating system to debut before the end of the year, and perhaps in time for back-to-school shopping. From that product, much else from Redmond flows.

So here are five things to look for from Microsoft in 2012:

1.      Windows 8 tablet

2.      Xbox moves farther into live TV

3.      Windows Phone: We’re No. 3

4.      Patent litigation aggressor

5.      Growing search through social

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Japanese Roboticists Are Building the Tallest Humanoid Ever

When you can make a humanoid robot that plays soccer and dances, why limit him to below-average or even average human stature? He should definitely be a giant robot instead, because there is nothing terrifying or awkward about that, not at all. Don’t worry, a Japanese robotics company is planning just that — a 13 foot tall iron giant.

Hajime Sakamoto, president of the humanoid-robot-building Hajime Research Institute, already has a 7-foot-tall humanoid robot, which you can see kicking a soccer ball in the awesomely soundtracked video below. This one will be nearly twice as tall, looming four meters above the ground. It will even have a built-in cockpit, according to the robotics site Plastic Pals

Hajime Research explains that this will be a real-life version of a Mobile Suit, a robot character in the anime series Gundam, featuring what basically look like Autobots.

If all goes well, Hajime Research wants to build a 26-foot model and eventually a 59-foot version.



Team work – How to work well with others

Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.

Ekta1 asked, hi Amit, In a team if there is no defined leader then how one shd get guidance.
Amit Bansal answers, Allow situational leadership and everyone can learn from everybody. When it comes to guidance, it can be taken from the management and sometimes it’s a good idea to explore in absence of clear leadership.

Ashwin asked, How do you deal with a difficult employee?If there is someone in the team who is not ready to take feedback in a correct way and believes that the manager is trying to pick up on him,how do you handle such employees.Also what if they give excuses like lack of training for their average performances,how do you deal with them?
Amit Bansal answers, Try with positive strokes than negative feedback. Allow the individual to trust you that you are a friend and not a person who is always finding faults. Gradually you can start giving constructive feedback when an individual is comfortable to take feedback from you.

archna asked, sometimes I feel myself as unwanted among the team/how to handle that/
Amit Bansal answers, It’s a mindset, not true in most cases. Please engage yourself in more productive activities.

sagar asked, hi. amit, am leading a team of 8. all the eight are from different back ground, different culture and different skill. Finding hard to get best out of them. Is there any solution?
Amit Bansal answers, Identify the individual competencies of each individual in your team and them align their competencies to the team goals and create a healthy competitive and non threatening environment in the team.

Subrat asked, Are there any specific guidelines or strategies for a team work? There are so many theories and examples on it but in actual paractice, it does not many a times work
Amit Bansal answers, Each team is dynamic. One strategy may not fit all kinds of teams. It’s important to first understand the dynamics of your team and allow the stages of team development to happen in a natural way. Be a guide and increase trust among the team members. When team members do not have threat from each other it becomes easier for them to perform and work together.

devtw asked, Hi Amit,please suggest how to handle conflict of interest between a senior veteran resource and a new appointed senior resource as a backup to avoid dependency on veteran resource
Amit Bansal answers, Allow the veteran to be a mentor and create the next line of command and reduce dependency on him/ her. The veteran gets a more challenging task which fits his/ her experience and the dependency on him/ her reduces in the process.

vedpr asked, hi i m Ved…i m handling a tam of 5 ASM’S & 5 SM’S..Isupport them alot and alws stand in btwn thm and my seniors to save thm bt still sometimes it happens tht they r not able to acheive there desired target & du2 that i face probs with my seniors 7 many of my sub ordinates left the team & i have to start fresh i can overcome this issues..?
Amit Bansal answers, A team need to be self directed and protected. Maybe supporting team members in all occasions is not a good idea. Specially when it comes to targets. Best way is to establish responsibilities and relate benefits and consequences to these responsibilities. Being tough is equally important as being protective.

dash asked, what are the basis points to build a good Team?How we will encourage a demotivated person?
Amit Bansal answers, Give him/ her more responsibilities and spend time to motivate them. People who generally feel demotivated may not be convinced about the end result of putting efforts in a particular activity. It’s a good idea show them the road ahead.

sanket asked, Hi amit. I am leading a team of 10 scientists at a MNC in bangalore. There is a person in my team who was wying for my post but i ended up getting the Job. She has the same experience as me and she is obviously pissed about this She also influences some people in the team and this has given me a low score in the PEOPLES OPINION SURVEY we had in our company. how do i handle this???
Amit Bansal answers, You must spend time talking to your team, as a group and individually. I think such things are a matter of time and with additional work, appropriate appreciation and association can be sorted out. Give it a little time.

Priyaranjan asked, Hi Amit,i am heading operation in a pvt. org. in operation you have always issues and u try to smoothen those. but still field team, colegues in other dept. trys to put problem at your head. how to react/mange these situations?
Amit Bansal answers, Separate people from situations. Most often we try to manage people rather than situations and when we attempt to solve problems this way we end up judging people and their decision making abilities. It’s an unnecessary trap.

Name asked, Hi, is this always true that “Leader / Manager of the team is always Right”?
Amit Bansal answers, Not really. A leader can be wrong too.

Suresh asked, Hi, I am sincere, hard working and positive. I try to be very practical at all times, but my sub ordinates seem to take advantage of my soft nature and dont take me seriously. How do I get them to listen to me and yet be a little pally with them? Please help.
Amit Bansal answers, You must let others know you as a task master. Create deadlines and do what you want others to do as well. Once you set examples people will take you seriously. Follow up and ensure people know about the benefits and consequences of completing or not completing a particular task.

Amit Bansal answers, Best is to separate people from situations. Once you do that, you will be able to look at problems with clarity and disassociate people and your mindsets about them.

shirol asked, hi amit, it is routine in my career that after some time for say 6 months I starts loosing interest as well my productivity coming down. More over boss starts showing ugly face. How to over come. suggest me good book or idea please
Amit Bansal answers, It’s quiet possible for work to become monotonous after a while. Six months is a very short duration to feel that way though. Maybe you are a person who is creative and always need action at workplace. Look for new areas to explore. Go beyond your regular KRAs and do something new. Attempting anything new not for getting credit but to keep your work environment challenging and action oriented.

Nirakar _dash123 asked, Hi I am career oriented and hardworking person . I tried to give my best in my work place , but I had always probelm with my seniors . How can I overcome this problem . Always I missunderstood by my manager/Lead. I am a very much straight forward person . In meeting I used to speek directly to mnager if i found there is something wrong . And alo How can I work with my USA manager . I am very poor is buttering
Amit Bansal answers, Different people have different styles of communicating. Probably your style of communication which you have mentioned as ‘straight forward’ is not looked at positive. Maybe it’s looked at as arrogant and rude. It’s a good idea to ask for feedback rather than assuming that one size fits all. There are people who may not have a problem with a particular style of communication however many others may not be very comfortable. Best way to deal with misunderstanding is to ask for feedback.

vinc asked, How good a idea is to conduct psychometric tests on candidates?
Amit Bansal answers, Yes it is. In fact a lot of organizations are now resorting to psychometric tests as a part of selection procedure and even appraisals.

sen asked, I have 8 years of experience. Now I want to get into Team Lead role. How can I grow my people management skills?
Amit Bansal answers, The first thing you need to analyse is the area which you want to improve. People management includes a range of things like, working in teams, negotiating, agreeing or disagreeing, getting things done from others etc. Which area would you like to work on?

sanjay1960 asked, i am a soft skill trainer , how i can sharpen team building skills.
Amit Bansal answers, The best way to sharpen your skills is to practice them. Put yourself in a team set up and observe yourself.

Nitesh asked, Hi I am working for a company and wants to know weather it is good to share each and every details with your manager on work part or you should keep some part of it with your self.
Amit Bansal answers, You should share information keeping the end in mind. If your information is adding value to an existing project, raising a red flag on an issue or create awareness about a project you want to initiate probably it’s a good idea to share it. But sharing ideas or information which does not have any immediate relevance will just confuse people. So whenever you want to share a particular detail with your colleagues, ask yourself how is this going to impact any official work, if there is no specific response to this question then maybe you want to wait.

srinath asked, yes as they always have diffrence i wonder how to sought that could you guide me
Amit Bansal answers, Differences between team members is a normal behavior. It’s a part of the storming phase where people adjust to each other’s style of work. Ideally to make this effective each individual should be given specific responsibilities to make them comfortable about their domain of expertise. At the same time interdependence among team members should be increased to ensure collective responsibility is practiced in the team. You can also do team building activities to increase trust within the team members. Once they trust each other and do not look at each other as a threat, better work environment is created.

srinath asked, Hi Amit i am leading a team of three and i want to know about improvemnt in the working activities of my subordinates
Amit Bansal answers, Is there a specific problem you are dealing with? What would you like to improve?

Beat the exam stress

Almost everyone feels nervous before an exam. Butterflies in the stomach and worrying thoughts – ‘Will I be able to answer the questions?’ ‘Have I done enough revision?’ – are indications of exam stress that are probably familiar to all students. In fact, a certain amount of nervous tension probably helps us perform to the best of our ability, producing a rush of adrenaline that helps us to feel alert and focused. But too much anxiety can BLOCK thoughts, create a negative frame of mind, and lead to panic and potentially poor exam performance.

There are a number of things you can do to help manage exam stress and turn uncomfortable, panicky thoughts into more eased procedure.

1. Avoid stressful people.

Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session with your super-tense friend, especially if she’s complaining about all the work she has to do and breaking pencils all over the place. Her stress will only add to your stress.

2. Eat healthy and exercise.

This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a wonder how many people forget it. Skip the sugar, which will make you crash, and go for snacks like granola bars, healthy cereal or fruits and veggies to keep your blood sugar stable. If you’re studying for a long period of time, eat some protein too. Also, try to get some form of exercise. Even a 10 minute walk will leave you calmer and more focused.

3. Being organised

If you find out exactly what you’re facing, you can work out a plan for dealing with it, and this will go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. Get hold of the right information from the start. Make sure you know how you will be examined, and what you’ll be examined on. If you can, get a copy of the syllabus. Catch up with anything you’ve missed, so that you’ve got all your notes up to date.

4. Plan a timetable

Try to start your revision in plenty of time. Take time to plan a revision timetable that’s realistic and still flexible, and linked to your exam timetable, so you revise subjects in the right order. In planning it, give yourself clear priorities and try to balance your revision with other demands on your time – meals, sleep, chores or other commitments, as well as time for relaxing. Identify your best time of day for studying.

5. Force yourself to take breaks.

For every hour or so that you work, take a 10 or 15 minute break. Let yourself do whatever you want (check Facebook, check out that guy sitting nearby, stare off into space, call a friend, etc.) for those 10-15 mins, then start working again. This gives your brain a little rest and will help keep you more focused when you are actually doing work.

6. Visualize it all going right.

Imagine yourself taking the test and feeling confident that you know all the information. Picture getting all of the answers right, and focus on how relaxed you feel. Then picture the A on your test paper. When you imagine a happy ending, that’s often what happens, because you make the decisions that lead to it without even realizing.

7. If you’ve studied all you can, get up your confidence!

When test-time rolls around, it’s time to get you into confidence mode. You’ve prepared as much as you could, and now it’s time to ace the test. The tip here is to do whatever works to convince yourself you are going to do really well. Again, I know this tip sounds a little crazy but you just have to try it for yourself. I think you’ll like the results.

Plan well and have a good sleep to face the exams. All the best.

Source: Internet

How to overcome stress?

Life can be stressful; sometimes you’ll have to deal with ongoing stress positively. Stress can have a variety of causes such as family problems, job problems, financial difficulties, poor health, mechanical breakdowns, false expectations or even the death of someone close to you. It is important to recognize the causes. Knowing the cause will make it easy to overcome the same too. Everything can be put into place and things can be extremely fine only if you want to be. So overcoming stress is completely in your hands. It is easy until you believe it to be. All it takes is some time and sincere efforts made by you. Some of the tips to overcome stress are:

  • Exercise: Start doing exercise when you are under stress. This helps the body to excrete adrenaline and cortisol, which are released by adrenal glands. The secretion of these glands causes the feeling of stress. It also activates pituitary and hypothalamus glands which secrete “feel good” hormones called as Endorphins. These also have the capacity to reduce pains and improve the “well-being” sense.


  • Diversion: One of the reasons behind stress is letting your mind obsess over things that you can’t change. If you think on that issue, divert your mind. Go on a small walk, meet your old friends, if not call them, watch your favorite movie, go for window shopping, check out your old pictures, play with your pet or visit a park and see children playing.


  • Self-Hypnosis: If you feel how to overcome stress with self-hypnosis, the positive aspect in hypnosis is that, it will make you strong from inner side to overcome stress and depressions. It controls your mind and develops a “well-being” and “feel-good” environment around you.
  • Find a Hobby: Hobbies can be active or reflective; sometimes they can be both, like gardening. Hobbies may be shared, but often it’s enjoyable activity pursued or engaged in solitude. Hiking in forests and mountains work wonders for me. Helps me get perspective, step back from my troubles, see a bigger picture, be at one with nature. Also, try your hand at creative writing, poetry or keeping a journal. Research shows writing that analyzes our problems and expresses our emotions is stress relieving. If you can’t discover a hobby, I’d take that as a warning sign. You may actually be depressed. Loss of interest in things we once enjoyed, or loss of vitality in general, is a common symptom.
  • Learn to Let Go: When people are depressed/stressed they often are clinging to a belief, a situation or a person that is ignoring or denying key aspects of reality. They are reluctant to have a face-to-face, heart-to-heart talk or confrontation. And loss doesn’t just mean the death of a loved one. Loss can occur with the breakup of a relationship, having to start a new job or school (loss of familiar colleagues and friends) or a sense of losing control…as in excessive yelling and screaming. Loss of face or self-esteem along with anxiety and uncertainty often result.
  • Live in your means: too much of expectation can lead you to stress so make things simple and learn to live within your means. Sort out the complex things in your life may it be work load, studies or finance. Plan and act so that you achieve the desirable result.

So keep things simple and sorted and enjoy life without any stress.

Source: Internet

Slowdown Won’t Dent Q4 Hiring: Survey

India is likely to maintain its pace of hiring in the next quarter, unfazed by a poor show by the economy. Of 4,556 employers surveyed across the country, 43% expected hiring to increase in the January-March period, an employment outlook survey by ManpowerGroup showed. While 35% of employers predicted no change in hiring, 2% said there would be a decline in the three months.  “There may not be a substantial increase, but there’s been no freeze in the January to March quarter. Clients are hiring, but not at a great pace,” said Namr Kishore, head of organisational learning and marketing at Manpower India.

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Source: The Times of India

‘Indian cos most bullish on hiring’

This will stand out as a bright spot in an otherwise sluggish economic environment. As we usher in the New Year, despite all the gloom surrounding the global economy, employers are holding onto the India story with a strong intention of increasing hiring over the next three months compared to the last quarter.  Backed by the buoyancy in the services space, and a possible resurgence in the financial sector (see chart) Indian employers have emerged as the most optimistic, as far as hiring goes, among 41 countries surveyed by Manpower group. India , Brazil and Taiwan emerged as the top three countries with the most positive hiring sentiment for next year, said the report released on Tuesday. The net employment outlook, stood at 41% for the January-March period next year, a 2% increase over the last quarter.

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