What corporates look for in fresher

For many students, the time leading up to college graduation and the start of a first job is often chaotic and stressful. You would be trying to complete your college life while dealing with the demands of job-hunting, interviewing, and facing the reality of the end of schooling (at least for the foreseeable future). It is important to realise that employers look at attributes beyond just your degree. So the need to understand what attributes employers look for in order to determine whether a candidate is fit to join their organisation is important. For many college students taking the headlong plunge outside the safe, secure world of college results in a rude awakening to some of the cold, cruel realities of the real-world rat race.

Below are the Q&A answered by Amit Bansal, CEO PurpleLeap

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Shekhar asked, Hello Mr.Bansal Good Afternoon. sir i persuing my MBA from Mumbai university & into my final sem. I was trying hard to find a job before my end of sem. but all in vain. Also the packages are offered are way much low that i was getting before MBA. pls help on how i should move on and approach co.’s etc. pls advice
Amit Bansal answers, Since you have started early, you will definitely achieve success in finding a good profile for yourself. Please be selective while applying. Get your resume reviewed and most importantly be confident about your own capability. Please review the market scenario as far as the package is concerned. Maybe what they are offering is what the current trend is. If not, go ahead and negotiate however before that you will have to prove your candidature to your potential employer.


santosh2104 asked, I am 32 yrs of age and looking for a career change from sales to clinical research. Could you please suggest if this could be possible? Does companies related to clinical research recruit as freshers?
Amit Bansal answers, It will be an uphill task to make drastic changes in your industry and domain. Have you already taken up a course in clinical research? if you have, the institutions usually offer placement assistance. You can enroll, however you will have to substantiate about this major move to any recruiter.


SVRAMANA asked, ,Mr Bansal, My son is going join in B.E/B.Tech course this year. In your opinion which branch of engineering will be in demand in job point of view after four years and what is the current trend. Kindly Advise. Thanks
Amit Bansal answers, CS and IT is always a stream where there are many jobs available. However it totally depends on your son as to what is he interested in. B.Tech from IIT means he can make the maximum out aquiring skills and the institution he is studying with.


Bon asked, Dear Sir, I am now 42, I have been working without any success. I can not stay in one company for more than 2 years (it is always 2 years or less than two years). What could be the reasons and what should I do?
Amit Bansal answers, Two years is a very short duration in any job. By this time you only get to understand the business and processes and only after that you are able to contribute fully to any organization. I would suggest you introspect as to what reasons have made you move jobs all these years. If it’s a specific pattern you would know your area of improvement. A lot of time we get bored with what we are doing and move however the right way to deal with this is look for other areas where you can contribute.


sabin asked, I am an HR recruiter,we used to see a trend like people changes their first job very quickly.what may be the reason behind this?
Amit Bansal answers, It’s always lack of clarity about what exactly they would like to do. Most freshers move because of better salary packages.


Sekhar asked, Amit, Many companies are not considering previous year freshers (Students who came out of college during recession and couldn’t get in job due to personal constraints like Marriage etc.,). Do you have any suggestion for such candidates?
Amit Bansal answers, That’s true however not all companies follow that trend. If you can convince them about your skills and mention appropriate skills and knowledge on your resume. Please seek help from your seniors to help you prepare a good resume and do take part in all walk-ins. I am sure you will find an opportunity. Good luck.


Nishi asked, It has been three years since i completed my graduation and i want to do an MBA now. but now that my father is retiring, i cannot do it full time. Is it ok if i take a break to study mba. And if that is not possible can you recommend some good courses please
Amit Bansal answers, Most organizations offer executive MBAs. See if your current organization offers that. Otherwise please check for some reputed institutions which offer executive MBAs like Symbiosis pune, Sikkim Manipal. IIMs also offer executive MBA programs.


AbhishekMand asked, hello sir, mand this side. i scored 54 percent in Bcom…i graduated in 2011…i have still not found a job…i have uploaded my CV in all sites..naukri, monster…but have not received a single call yet… i dont know what to update in my CV now…can you please tell me what to do?
Amit Bansal answers, Please have someone review your resume. Have you created a generic resume which you are sending for all profile? or are you creating profile specific resume? Please check for language, grammar and format of your resume. Also, it’s important to highlight skill related information on resume apart from knowledge specific information.


FRESHGUY asked, I am a fresh chemical engineer….what are the chances of job or I should continue to further in MBA?
Amit Bansal answers, You can start with a job right now and maybe after an year of experience do an MBA.


PrasannaShetty asked, Sir, I have just come back from the US after a degree in engineering. What are the things I must keep in mind before applying for a job
Amit Bansal answers, First thing is you need to identify the companies you would like to apply for. Now based on those profiles create a good resume which will highlight your skills and knowledge which are relevant to that profile. After this you must work on preparing for interviews. Anticipate questions that can arise and think of appropriate examples to substantiate your competencies.


Divya asked, Sir, what the five qualities that an MNC looks for are in a young candidate. And more importantly, how can I develop them?
Amit Bansal answers, MNC’s usually look at a candidate’s domain knowledge, communication skills and ability to work with people. These are basic skills any organization is looking at.


nottyn asked, also, i dont have any work experience…pls advise some dos and donts to mention in my CV…
Amit Bansal answers, You must mention project work or any skill related experience on your resume. It’s absolutely okay to not have work experience as a fresher.


prasad asked, Hi sir as a fresher …as an electronics engineer what prior skills I needed …
Amit Bansal answers, Apart from the cut off scores which are a basic requirements of various companies you need to prepare your resume and also work on your skills to appear in interviews. Work on communication skills, over all personality development and also practice some mock interviews.

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Chat Date: March 28, 2012

Source: www.rediff.com

Making a case for inclusiveness

Much like India needs “inclusive” growth, our companies too need to be inclusive when hiring. After all, organization are microcosms of society. Therefore building inclusive companies will not only supplement our national goal but also be an effective test of our capability to do so.

Read more:http://www.livemint.com/2011/11/20194749/Making-a-case-for-inclusivenes.html?h=B

Source: http://www.livemint.com

Importance of email communication at workplace

The management of people and information is the key to creating and maintaining a successful business in today’s market. The Internet provides access to the world without the expense and inconvenience of travel. The click of a mouse replaces the hassle of coordinating face-to-face meetings and productivity supersedes indecision. As with most technological improvements, however, there are myriad ways that e-mail and the Internet create problems in the workplace.

E-mail is a convenient communication method that helps instantaneously deliver messages between computers. Paper correspondence is no longer required to transmit documents and other important information. Companies exhibit increased productivity and profitability by reducing the time and money spent on correspondence. Unfortunately, they also frequently exhibit a lack of attention to exactly who has access to certain information, and to whom such information is being transmitted. The possibility for abuse of e-mail and the Internet in the workplace is great. Estimates show that workers with on-line access spend five to ten hours per week searching the World Wide Web for non-work-related sites or sending e-mails of a personal nature. Ironically, while e-mail has the potential to increase productivity, the most prevalent problem related to its use is the reduction of productivity.

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

raghu asked, Is it required to put “Dear Sir” in the beginning of regular bosses on daily basis and putting “Regards” and “my name” at the end in regular e mail communication?
Amit Bansal answers, The first conversation over an email in the day must have a salutation and signature. Chain mails all through the day need not have salutations and signatures.


raghu asked, When i send an e mail, my boss says why don’t you speak over phone? when i speak to him, he says why don’t you send an e-mail instead of speaking informally over phone? how to understand this?
Amit Bansal answers, Do both 🙂


arpita asked, Good afternoon Amit, Can you please let me know if it is okay to send mails to clients with smilies in them??
Amit Bansal answers, Not really Arpita. Keep it formal.


Manmeet asked, How long the Signature should be? What impact a tag line make on reader?
Amit Bansal answers, Signature is to help the reader identify you if need be. Therefore your phone number, department, location etc is important. A tag line really has no impact at all.


vikki asked, ANY SPECIFIC FONTS, SIZE, FOR EMAIL COMMUNICATION OR ANY RULES LIKE BULLET POINTS SHOULD NOT BE USED ?
Amit Bansal answers, Font should not be less than 11 and more than 14. Font styles should be kept formal like verdana, ariel etc. And if the email has a lot of information instead of writing paragraphs try using bullet points.


venkat asked, while corresponding with customers on official matters we normally write the customer’s address,attn,subject ,dear sir and then start correspondence.my colleague says that in email we should straight away go to subject after greetings. ie no address, attn,dear sir ,sub etc. comments pl.
Amit Bansal answers, That is correct. You use the address, attn etc on letters. On emails you can start the email after the salutation or greeting.


asha asked, sir, kindly let me know what etiquitte to be followed while getting approvals from management level.
Amit Bansal answers, Provide all relevant data required for approvals, use a polite tone and keep the email to the point. If it’s a complaint make sure you also offer your idea to solve a particular problem rather than just focusing on the problem.


Manmeet asked, How to make my subordinates habitual on reporting their work status by email? Many times it is informal.
Amit Bansal answers, Make it a daily task report. You can add that as a KRA as well. In a lot of organizations this is a mandatory process.


saras asked, hi amit, tell me what you call people who sit next to you, but keep shooting emails?
Amit Bansal answers, It’s absolutely fine to do so. In fact along with the email there should also be a word across the cubicles. But its absolutely fine to write emails across cubicles.


raghu asked, Even for leave request, people have started sending request through mail while leaving office by which the employees are avoiding facing their boss face to face. The bosses are sometimes helpless except sanctioning their leave. The employee in such a way can claim that he had informed about his leave in advance. How to tackle this?
Amit Bansal answers, The idea is to ensure a leave request is documented. I am not sure why it is difficult to approve a leave on emails. It saves a lot of time and effort required to ask and approve or disapprove a leave request. Why would facing a boss make any difference in getting an approval or disapproval?


gaurav asked, hi amit…can u describe email etiquette in detail? Also what are the key points to make a mail effective especially when you are writing your concerns to your manager?
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest you read some internet resources for email etiquette. However, when you are writing emails to your manager you must come straight to the point and along with the questions offer your ideas to arrive at a solution. Also, ensure the email is polite and has appropriate data to support your point of view.


George asked, Is there timeline for replying official emails
Amit Bansal answers, Yes. An email should be replied within an hour of it’s arrival in your inbox unless the subject of the email requires some research. Even in that case, you must reply and inform the sender how soon you can get back with the information asked.


3012 asked, How to take Top Management in Loop on important Issues on organisational goals like statutory and Legal Compliances which otherwise take a back seat in scheme of things ?????
Amit Bansal answers, Well keep sending them information emails regularly about it.


MITESH asked, When to Use Bcc
Amit Bansal answers, In official communication within the organization you never use BCC. However certain emails like public announcements, emails to vendors etc can be sent through BCC.


dharmendra asked, Hi Amit, I am working in a production support S/W project.every day i have to communicate to client with mail.Is there any book on effective mail wrting.
Amit Bansal answers, There are a lot of resources on the internet about email etiquette. Read it and try to match it to your organizations working style.


raghu asked, Now a days i feel that because of e mail communication, the people tendency has changed to writing mails. this is effecting real conversation that needs to be taken place and one to one communication has taken back seat. how to avoid this?
Amit Bansal answers, Well at workplace all official communication should be documented over emails. It’s imperative because if you want to retrieve any data later its always easier to retrieve an email rather than identifying the date and time and the coffee machine next to which you talked about a matter. However, in no way brainstorming and regular discussions among teams should be given a back seat.


Paritybit asked, Is it a good idea to review to/cc list on every mail sent when you are replying to a official mail chain. Will the people who get dropped will fell offended?
Amit Bansal answers, Well, if its a chain email and you have not started it, ideally include all the people who are a part of the conversation already. If you are the one who started the initial conversation include only the people who need to take a decision and need to be informed.


yogesh asked, Hi Amit,I often see many mails being marked to your senior without any purpose.The only objective behind this could be to prove that the concerned is really active in his Job.how to stop this?
Amit Bansal answers, I think at times such cc emails are good so that the seniors are in loop about the situations and what people are doing. If you are getting these emails you can create rules in your outlook and keep them away for now and read them later.


dharmendra asked, what is mean of Not follow email etiquette
Amit Bansal answers, You must avoid ‘not to follow’ emails. I used double negatives. However what I wanted to say was…always follow email etiquette.


NANDITA asked, Gd day Sir. I woudl like to know an ideal salutation when addressing team members, which include seniors and juniors.
Amit Bansal answers, Dear team or Hi team is appropriate.


Ruby asked, Hi Amit, do you think it is okay to be informal while sending official mails? sometimes we are sending to our colleagues to whom you speak to informally otherwise or to clients to whom also we have a rapport with. Is it necessary to always maintain a formal approach while writing official mails?
Amit Bansal answers, A good way to check if you have written an email in the right tone is to re-read the email and ask yourself, if this person was in-front of me, which way would have made him comfortable to talk to you. That’s the right tone for your emails too. However, be careful about being overly informal.


shekar asked, In email is it good use he/she or names
Amit Bansal answers, You must always use names. In case you do not know names, its a good idea to use Sir/ ma’am.


ncert asked, HOW TO SAVE OFFICE EMAILS FOR REFERENCE IN FUTURE IN YOUR EMAIL BOX? MEANS BACKUP FOR MY CONTACT O CARRY-ON IN MY NEXT JOBS ALSO.
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest you check with your IT department. It can be different for different email clients.


sunita asked, Hi Amit, I often gets confused on who to CC and who not to. Is there any rule as to make it simple?
Amit Bansal answers, CC is only for people who need to be kept informed about a communication. They should not be expected to respond on that email.


assd asked, Usually old bosses don’t prefer any communication on email, they feel offended as if email is a complaint or proof maintaned by Subordinate
Amit Bansal answers, Its high time people learned the importance of emails. I can understand some people looking at emails as threat. Well for them maybe a few lines of appreciation over email will do the trick. Once a habit is formed everything will be fine. It’s important to understand the importance and benefits of writing emails.


Raj asked, Hi Amit, how would you define email etiquette? Are there rights and wrongs while sending a mail?
Amit Bansal answers, Like any other etiquette, these are do’s and don’ts of writing emails. For example, pay attention to the ‘to’ and ‘cc’ fields. People marked in the cc field are only to be kept in loop. They are not required to respond to the email neither should be expected to. A subject line should not be more than 5 to 7 words briefly telling what is contained in the email. Similarly there are certain things about the salutations, sign offs and signatures that fall in the purview of email etiquette.


aman asked, amit sir…how to improve email communication?
Amit Bansal answers, You can improve your email communication by practicing email etiquette and making them as good as one on one conversations. Keeping in mind the audience and the subject that needs to be addressed.


SarZ asked, So how important is the tone of communication in emails?
Amit Bansal answers, Tone on emails is very important. It’s as important as talking to someone one on one. At a lot of occasions you can be misunderstood based on the tone of your emails.


emailmama asked, What are the five things one must avoid while writing an email
Amit Bansal answers, Broadly, you must avoid the following things while writing emails: 1. Spelling errors. 2. Using long and complicated sentences and words. 3. Not follow email etiquette 4. Not paying attention to the ‘to’ and ‘cc’ lists. 5. Giving incomplete information and not using appropriate tone.

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Rediff Chat Date: November 2, 2011

Source: http://www.rediff.com

 

AZIM PREMJI’S LESSONS IN LIFE

First  

The first thing I have learnt is that we must always begin with our strengths. There is an imaginary story of a rabbit. The rabbit was enrolled in a rabbit school. Like all rabbits, it could hop very well but could not swim. At the end of the year, the rabbit got high marks in hopping but failed in swimming. The parents were concerned. They said, ‘Forget about hopping. You are, anyway good at it. Concentrate on swimming.’ They sent the rabbit for tuitions in swimming. And guess what happened? The rabbit forgot how to hop! As for swimming, have you ever seen a rabbit swim? While it is important for us to know what we are not good at, we must also cherish what is good in us. That is because it is only our strengths that can give us the energy to correct our weaknesses.

Second

The second lesson I have learnt is that a rupee earned is of far more value than five found. My friend was sharing with me, the story of his eight year-old niece. She would always complain about the breakfast. The cook tried everything possible, but the child remained unhappy. Finally, my friend took the child to a supermarket and brought one of those ready-to-cook cereal packets. The child had to cut the packet and pour water in the dish. The child found the food to be absolutely delicious? The difference was that she had cooked it! In my own life, I have found that nothing gives as much satisfaction as earning our own rewards. In fact, what is gifted or inherited follows the old rule of ‘come easy, go easy’. I guess we only know the value of what we have, if we have struggled to earn it.

Third

The third lesson I have learnt is, in Cricket, no one bats a hundred every time. Life has many challenges. You win some and lose some. You must enjoy winning. But do not let it go to the head. The moment it does, you are already on your way to failure. And if you do encounter failure along the way, treat it as an equally natural phenomenon. Don’t beat yourself for it or anyone else for that matter! Accept it, look at your own share in the problem, learn from it and move on. The important thing is, when you lose, do not ‘lose the lesson’.

Fourth

The fourth lesson I have learnt, is the importance of humility. Sometimes, when you get so much in life, you really start wondering, whether you deserve all of it. We have so much to be grateful for. Our parents, our teachers and our seniors, have done so much for us, that we can never repay them. Many people focus on the shortcomings, because obviously, no one can be perfect. But it is important to first acknowledge, what we have received. Nothing in life is permanent, but when a relationship ends, rather than becoming bitter, we must learn to savor the memory, of the good things, while they lasted.

Fifth

The fifth lesson I learnt is, that we must always strive for excellence. One way of achieving excellence, is by looking at those better than ourselves. Keep learning what they do differently. But excellence cannot be imposed from the outside. We must also feel the need from within. It must involve not only our mind, but also our heart and soul. Excellence is not an act, but a habit. I remember the inspiring lines of a poem, which says that your reach must always exceed your grasp. That is heaven on earth. Ultimately, your only competition is yourself.

Sixth

The sixth lesson I have learnt is, never give up in the face of adversity. It comes on you, suddenly without warning.. Always keep in mind, that it is only the test of fire, that makes fine steel. A friend of mine shared this incident with me. His eight-year old daughter was struggling away at a jigsaw puzzle. She kept at it for hours but could not succeed. Finally, it went beyond her bedtime. My friend told her, “Look, why don’t you just give up? I don’t think you will complete it tonight. Look at it another day.” The daughter looked with a strange look in her eyes, “But, dad, why should I give up? All the pieces are there! I have just got to put them together!” If we persevere long enough, we can put any problem into its perspective.

Seventh

The seventh lesson I have learnt is, that while you must be open to change, do not compromise on your values. Mahatma Gandhiji often said, “You must open the windows of your mind, but you must not be swept off your feet by the breeze.” Values like honesty, integrity, consideration and humility have survived for generations. At the end of the day, it is values that define a person more than the achievements. Do not be tempted by short cuts. The short cut can make you lose your way and end up becoming the longest way to the destination.

Final

And the final lesson I learnt is, that we must have faith in our own ideas even if everyone tells us that we are wrong. There was once a newspaper vendor who had a rude customer. Every morning, the Customer would walk by, refuse to return the greeting, grab the paper off the shelf and throw the money at the vendor. The vendor would pick up the money, smile politely and say, ‘Thank you, Sir.’ One day, the vendor’s assistant asked him, “Why are you always so polite with him when he is so rude to you? Why don’t you throw the newspaper at him when he comes back tomorrow?” The vendor smiled and replied, “He can’t help being rude and I can’t help being polite. Why should I let his rude behavior dictate my politeness? ”

source: internet

2012 campus: Go Handsfree with the new-age S.A.T.O model of Hire & Train

Source                Access              Train              Onboard (S.A.T.O)

Hiring and Training is no more tedious!

Hire the Assessed

PurpleLeap supports partner companies in fulfilling their campus hiring mandate through a large pool of pre-assessed talent. We offer a comprehensive suite of employability assessments (across the domains of Technical, Problem Solving/Aptitude, Communication & Personal Effectiveness) that help companies build effectiveness in quality selection, hiring, retaining and developing great talent.

Hire and Train

PurpleLeap runs pre hire training programs closely tied to the requirements of partner organization. The training programs are organized while the candidates are still at college. These programs are meant to significantly reduce the costs and time-to-deploy. The programs are scientifically designed and delivered in a strong metric driven environment by industry experts through blended learning by leveraging latest technology (PALET).

Train the Hire

PurpleLeap provides turn-key Induction Training, High-end Skill Training and Project Specific Customized Training solutions to the hired manpower of the partner organizations. The venue for the training can be either PurpleLeap facility or the client’s facility. The programs are scientifically designed and delivered in a strong metric driven environment by industry experts through blended learning by leveraging latest technology (PALET).

What we can do for you?

  • Campus short-listing
  • Manage communication with college
  • Create positive influence on campus dates
  • On-campus promotion & branding
  • Proctored test administration & evaluation
  • Conduct first level Technical & Behavioral interview
  • Campus event logistics management
  • Offer roll outs
  • Post offer engagement program
  • Joining and on-boarding co-ordination
  • Deliver training programs on campus
  • Train students across Technical & Business Skills
  • Conduct Pre Hire & Post Hire training as per client need

What you need to do?

  • Share your hiring numbers with us
  • Final Interview & select hires

Advantages

  • One stop solution for entry level talent management (On campus/ Off campus) – Sourcing, Assessment, Training & On-boarding
  • Higher Predictability & Accountability on hiring& training of entry level talent
  • Significantly reduced costs & shorter recruitment cycles, together with an Improved Quality of Hires
  • State-of-the-art Training Methodology & Subject Matter Experts provide world class learning experience
  • Flexibility in Customizing Solutions to address unique & varied needs of clients
  • Reach, Intelligence & Know-how across Engineering & MBA colleges in India

Reach

  • Partnered with more than 150 Engineering and Management colleges across 15 states, with captive students of 250,000
  • Pan India presence of over 150 Subject Matter Experts across 15 domains
  • Assessed over 200,000 students over the last 3 years to support our partnering organizations
  • Trained more than 50,000 students in the last three years
  • Partnership engagement with over 100 clients

S.A.T.O

Pan India Campus Drives for 2012 batch at the following hubs*

Delhi Delhi NCR
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Punjab / Haryana Jalandhar / Chandigarh
Uttar Pradesh Lucknow, Agra / Aligarh
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal / Indore
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Rajasthan Jaipur
Orissa Bhubaneswar
West Bengal Kolkata
Maharashtra Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur
Karnataka Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Mangalore
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy
Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, Vizag, Tirupathi
 

*The venue will be in the vicinity of the locations mentioned above and can vary from company to company.