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21 August 2013

100 Must See Interviews With the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs




At Under30CEO we think big. We recently published a list of our Top 50 Most Motivational People on the web and things got a little nuts. The article created incredible buzz all over the web and most importantly we fired up our audience to go out and make something happen.

As young entrepreneurs it’s important that we keep swinging for the fences. Super successful investors like Ron Conway say they’d rather invest in an 18 year old Mark Zuckerberg than a 31 year old seasoned entrepreneur because the young Sean Parker types truly think the sky is the limit. At Under30CEO we’re going to carry that mentality into the interviews that we conduct on the site.
The list below is the most incredible people to learn from as entrepreneurs and we intend to interview them all…somehow.  If you can land us any of these interviews email: matt @under30ceo.com and we’ll give you the credit!
Introducing our Top 100 Entrepreneurs to Learn from and their best interviews from around the web…

1.) Warren Buffett– Billionaire Investor
Buffet with Bill and Melinda Gates
2.) Bill Gates– Founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sit down at the All Things Digital Conference.

3.) Larry Ellison–Founder of Oracle
Oracle founder on Achivement.org
4.) Mark Cuban–Owner of the Dallas Mavericks and HDNet
When I die, I want to come back as me” at TechCrunch
5.) Oprah Winfrey–Media Entrepreneur
Larry King Interviews Oprah on The Secret.
6.) Tony Robbins–Peak Performance Coach and Entrepreneur
Tony Robbins’ TED Talk “Why we do what we do and how we can do it better”
7.) Richard Branson–Billionaire founder of Virgin
15 Small Business Lessons with Branson at Open Forum
8.) Mark Zuckerberg–Founder of Facebook
60 Minutes Interview
9.) Jack Dorsey–Founder of Twitter and Square
Kevin Rose interviews Jack Dorsey
10.) Ted Turner–Media Entrepreneur
Interviewed by Mashable’s Pete Cashmore at the UN
11.) George Soros–Billionaire Investor
Eric Schmidt Interviews George Soros at Google
12.) Jeff Bezos–Founder of Amazon.com
Wired’s Chris Anderson Interviews Bezos
13.) Sergey Brin and Larry Page–Google Founders
Ted Talk on Google
14.) Elon Musk–Founder of Paypal, Tesla and SpaceX
Entrepreneur Mentor Interview at Mahalo
15.) Ron Conway–Venture Capitalist
Hour long interview with Ron Conway at Stanford Business School
16.) Michael Dell–Founder of Dell Computers
Mastermind interview with Michael Dell
17.) Marc Andreessen–Software Entrepreneur
We’re not in a bubble” at the Wall Street Journal
18.) Paul Graham–Founder of Y-Combinator
How Y Combinator Helped 172 Startups Take Off
19.) Jay-Z–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
Interview on Forbes with Jay-Z and Warren Buffet
20.) Michael Bloomberg–Entrepreneur and Mayor of New York
Bloomberg Speaking at Techstars New York Demo Day
21.) Tony Hsieh–Founder of Zappos
Under30CEO talks about company culture with Tony Hsieh.
22.) Sean Parker–Internet Entrepreneur
Jimmy Fallon drills Sean Parker on tech.
23.) Tim O’Reilly–Software and Media Entrepreneur
Jason Calacanis interviews Tim O’Reilly at SXSW
24.) Steve Wozniak–Founder of Apple
Founders at Work with Woz
25.) Phil Knight–Founder of Nike
Exclusive Interview by Oprah on Nike
26.) Howard Schultz–Founder of Starbucks
The Harvard Business Review Interviews Starbucks Founder
27.) Carl Icahn–Billionaire Investor
Ichan’s Drexel University Commencement Speech
28.) Pierre Omidyar–Founder of Ebay
The Guardian does a rare interview with Omidyar
29.) Ralph Lauren–Fashion Entrepreneur 
Oprah interviews RL

30.) Charles Schwab–Investor
Money Magazine talks investing with Schwab
31.) Reid Hoffman–Founder of LinkedIn
Billionaire Founder gives 5 tips to startups on WSJ
32.) Peter Thiel–Founder of Paypal and Venture Capitalist
Billionaire on BigThink
33.) Steve Case–Founder of AOL
Talks Job Creation via Startup America on CNBC
34.) Jimmy Wales–Founder of Wikipedia
John Stewart interviews Jimmy Wales on the Daily Show
35.) Andrew Mason–Founder of Groupon
Bloomberg Interviews the Founder of Groupon
36.) Ariana Huffington–Founder of The Huffington post
Talks about breaking into blogging at Technorati
37.) Donald Trump–Billionaire Real Estate Investor
Under30CEO Interview with Donald Trump
38.) John Doerr–Billionaire Venture Capitalist
Mark Zuckerberg with John Doerr
39.) Wayne Huizenga–Founder of Blockbuster, Waste Management and Pro Sports team owner
Talks on CNBC about the Art of the Deal
40.) Barry Diller–Media Executive
Diller talks to CNN at SXSW
41.) Herb Kelleher–Founder of Southwest Airlines
Has a series of interviews on I am CNBC
42.) Bob Parons–Founder of GoDaddy
Parson’s Recession Guide in true GoDaddy Fashion
43.) Diddy–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
ABC News calls Diddy the Modern Mogul
44.) Ev Williams–Founder of Twitter
Interviewed by Charlie Rose
45.) Fred Wilson–Venture Capitalist
Chris Dixon interviews Fred Wilson
46.) David Cohen–Founder of Techstars
ReadWriteWeb interviews Techstars founder
47.) Chris Dixon–Venture Capitalist
Here is an in depth interview with Chris Dixonon Mixergy
48.) Michael Arrington–Founder of Techcrunch
A day in the life of a $10million a year blogger
49.) Gary Vaynerchuk–Media/Wine Entrepreneur
Jason Calacanis interviews Gary in one of the best This Week in Startups ever.
50.) Jason Calacanis–Internet Entrepreneur and Investor
Jason Calacanis gets interviewed on This Week in Startups
51.) Jason Fried–Internet Entrepreneur
Big Think Interviews Jason Fried about ReWork
52.) Dharmesh Shah–Founder of Hubspot
Interviews Dharmesh at SXSW
53.) Mark Suster–Venture Capitalist
Gets interviewed by Jascon Calcanis before he takes over This Week In Venture Capital
54.) Dennis Crowley–Founder of Foursquare
Kevin Rose interviews Dennis Crowley
55.) Pete Cashmore–Founder of Mashable
How Pete Cashmore grew Mashable on Bloomberg TV.
56.) Brad Feld–Venture Capitalist
Vator News asks How to Get Funding
57.) Matt Mullenweg–Founder of WordPress
Inc Magazine features Matt in their greg series “The Way I Work
58.) Kevin Rose–Founder of Digg.com and Podcaster
Interview at Web2.0 Summit 2011
59.) Peter Shankman–Founder of Help a Reporter
BlogCastFM Interviews Peter Shankman
60.) Eric Ries–Entrepreneur and Author
On Techcrunch: “Don’t Be In A Rush To Get Big, Be In A Rush To Have A Great Product
61.) David Tisch–Director of Techstars New York
TechCocktail interviews David Tisch and David Cohen
62.) John Reese–Internet Marketer
Tony Robbins interviews Frank Kern and John Reese
63.) Keith Ferrazzi–Author of Never Eat Alone
WSJ asks Keith Ferrazzi “Who’s Got Your Back?
64.) Gina Trapani–Founder of Lifehacker
Tim Ferriss interviews Lifehacker Gina Trapani
65.) Neil Strauss–Author and Marketer
Speaks in the series: Authors @Google
66.) Chris Brogan–Blogger and Marketer
Talks about helping small businesses at CES2011
67.) Daniel Pink–Author and Journalist
CBS Moneywatch asks Daniel “What Really Motivates Workers?
68.) Ivanka Trump–Entrepreneur
Huffington Post interviews Ivanka in the Trump Tower
69.) Ben Huh–Founder of Cheezeburger Media Network
Brad Feld Interviews Ben Huh in his Do More Faster series.
70.) Ben Lerer–Founder of Thrillist
Under30CEO interviews the Ben Lerer
71.) Kenneth Cole–Fashion Entrepreneur
Kenneth talks to CNN about the inspirational storiesin his book
72.) Naveen Jain–Internet Entrepreneur
Jain on Bloomberg talking about Google Lunar X Prizerace to the moon
73.) Lance Armstrong–Founder of Livestrong
Fast Company Interviews Lance Armstrong for the coverstory
74.) Guy Kawasaki–Author and Entrepreneur
Talk at Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner. “Entrepreneurship is for you young people”
75.) Magic Johnson–Entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer
Our friend Tiffany Black Interviews Magic Johnson on Inc
76.) Ryan Allis–Founder of iContact
Our friend Maren Kate interviews Ryanon going from Zero to $3.3M
77.) David Karp–Founder of Tumblr
David Karp on TechCrunchTVsays Blogs Don’t Work
78.) Ashton Kutcher–Early Stage Investor
What Ashton Kutcher looks for in tech investmentson TechCrunch
79.) Tyra Banks–Media Entrepreneur
On going to Harvard Business Schoolat CBS News
80.) Steve Young–Venture Capitalist
Talks about his investment strategy on Bloomberg TV
81.) Ryan Leslie–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
This Harvard Grad interviewed on Fox Business
82.) Rob Dyrdek–Action Sports Entrepreneur
Inc calls Fantasy Factory America’s Coolest Workspace. Q+A With Dyrdek
83.) MC Hammer–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
Interview at Web2.0 Summit
84.) Chamillionaire–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
Michael Arrington talks social currency with Chamillionaire
85.) Darren Rowse–Blogger
Gideon Shalwick interviews ProBlogger
86.) Gina Bianchini–Founder of Ning
Talks to Techcrunch at the World Economic Forum
87.) Sara Blakely–Founder of Spanx
Talks about Resiliency on Entrepreneur
88.) Russel Simmons–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
NPR Interviews Entrepreneur Russel Simmons
89.) Wendy Kopp–Founder of Teach for America
Talks about Teach for American on the Colbert Report
90.) Kevin Plank–Founder of Under Armour
How I Did It with Inc Magazine
91.) Anita Roddick–Founder of The Body Shop
Anita tells their entrepreneurial story
92.) Robert Kiyosaki–Entrepreneur and Author
Under30CEO Interviews Robert Kiyosaki
93.) Justine Ezarik–Media Entrepreneur
iJustine on BlogTalkRadio
94.) Barbara Corcoran–Real Estate Entrepreneur
Under30CEO Interviews Barbara Corcoran
95.) Rev Run–Hip Hop Entrepreneur
Huffington Post Interviews Rev Run
96.) Blake Ross–Founder of Mozilla
How to Make Millions
97.) Tim O’ Shaughnessy–Founder of Living Social
Business Insider interviews Living Social founder
98.) Dave Morin–Founder of Path
Interview at Techcrunch Disrupt with Dave Morin
99.) Brian Solis–Marketer
The Rise to the Top Interviews Brian Solis
100.) Robert Scoble–Blogger
Watch Scoble at Stanford Business School
What interviews with great entrepreneurs have you taken lessons from? Leave a link in the comments to them.
Matt Wilson is the Co-founder of Under30CEO and is looking to help every young entrepreneur on the planet.
21 December 2011

Federal Bank Opens Recruitment Gates

Federal-BankFederal Bank has started recruitment 2011-12 for officers.

Federal Bank, a private sector bank invites applications from aspiring personnel who are looking for a challenging work environment and progressive career.
The bank is inviting applications for the posts of Assistant Manager (JMG-S-I), Manager (MMG-S-II) and Senior Manager (MMG-S-III) with pay scales Rs.14500-Rs.25700, Rs.19400-Rs.28100 and Rs.25700-Rs.31500 respectively.

Only online applications are accepted for the above mentioned jobs.

The online application process began on December 7, 2011 and closes on December 26, 2011 (5pm).

The probation period would be an year. To be eligible, one needs to be any graduate with 60% and above.

As regards age, one needs to be upto 28 years (as on 01.11.2011) for asst. manager and upto 30 years (as on 01.11.2011) for manager/senior manager.

Work Experience (as on November 1, 2011) - 1 year for asst. manager, 2 years for manager and 3 years for senior manager.

There is no written exam. Selection is based on the basis of GD/PI at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and other centers, depending upon the number of candidates.

Applications can be registered online by logging on to Bank's website
www.federalbank.co.in and follow the link 'careers'.

Then click 'Current Openings-Recruitment for OFFICERS in JMG.S.I/MMG.S.II/ MMG.S-III. Then click 'apply online'. Then online application will open. Fill up all the details required in the application and click 'Submit' available at the bottom of the online application and the online application will be registered.

If the application is accepted a roll number and password will appear for the online registration immediately on the screen . An e-mail incorporating the roll number and password will be sent to the e-mail id of the applicant within three days from the date of successful registration.

For more infor, log on to
http://federalbank.co.in/otherfiles/staff/Recruitment%20Notification.pdf


To apply online, http://careers.federalbank.co.in:8080/Recruitment/hrclientacl01.jsp

09 October 2011

Western Economies in Deep Freeze, Expats Look At India For Jobs

Protestors chant and holds signs outside the the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas building in downtown Dallas, Thursday, Oct 6, 2011. (AP Photo)

Mumbai, Oct 9 : As the Western economies continue to remain in deep freeze, more and more foreigners, mostly from the US and Europe are looking at India for jobs, a trend that has seen up to 20 per cent spurt this year, according to head-hunters.

According industry estimates, there are as many as 40,000 expats working in various industries in the country today.

"Hiring of expats has picked up by 15-20 per cent at all levels since last year, mainly on account of India being one of the fastest growing economies offering huge job opportunities," recruitment process outsourcing firm Elixir Consulting manager for International Practices Ratnesh Kumar said.

Increasing number of expats are seeking jobs in the country on account of job cuts in their home countries, coupled with rising outsourcing and high taxes, he said, adding that this is happening more in the US and Europe.

The Indian experience also adds values to the expats' resume, reflecting an individual's ability to adapt and deal with diversity, he explained.

These professionals are mainly being hired in banking and financial services, automobile, pharma and retail sectors, apart from areas, where the domestic industry does not have competency like alternative energy, complex infrastructural sector, etc he said.

"While CXOs are generally offered around $2,50,000 per annum, mid-manager level employees get $80,000-1,25,000 per annum," he said.

The number of foreigners seeking jobs in the country are no longer limited to the middle and senior levels, but is spreading over to beginners as well, he said, adding that at present, there are around 40,000 expats working in the country and the number is still growing.

What is interesting is that these expats are given compensation almost at par with what is being paid in foreign countries.

"Expats, with specialised skillsets, which are not available in the country due to financial or technology constraints such as molecular research, are being offered highly attractive packages," Kumar said.
Companies are also offering attractive leadership positions to experienced expatriates ranging from mid-level managerial roles to departmental heads. However, the attrition rate of expats is around 10 per cent annually mainly due to difficulties in communication and cultural differences, Kumar added.

Echoing similar view, Globalhunt director Sunil Goel said some global companies have their largest centres in the country on one hand, while on the other, many local organisations are also going global.
"So, the expat hiring is becoming the need of the hour, where foreigner from various parts of the globe are taking up multiple roles and are recruited as experts in sectors like infrastructure, healthcare, power and energy, oil and gas and automotive," he said.

According to TeamLease vice-president Rituparna Chakraborty, the country is seeing an increased demand in expats across various industries, especially post the 2008 recession in the developed economies.

"Professionals from Europe, Southeast Asia and the US mostly are being hired mainly by sectors like travel and tourism, retail, aviation, education and sports, where we see maximum traction," she said.

Talking about salary, she said, for most levels it is at par with industry standards, unless they are being brought in for a particular skill, which is niche and is non-existent within the country.

India’s 10 Million Jobs Policy

Global positioning system

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

Union minister for communication and IT Kapil Sibal has unveiled the draft policy on information technology (IT) 2011 that aims at creating a pool of one crore (10 million) skilled manpower by 2020 and strengthening India's position as a global IT power.

Revenue raising

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

The policy also targets exports worth $ 200 billion and a total revenue of Rs 14.82 lakh crore ($ 300 billion) by 2020 from the IT and IT-enabled services (ITes) industry. Currently, India exports shipment worth Rs 2.91 lakh crore ($ 59 billion), while the revenue generated stands at Rs 4.34 lakh crore ($ 88 billion).

Sky is the limit

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

'Our objective from this policy is to increase revenues of IT and ITeS (ITenabled services) industry from $ 88 billion at present to $ 300 billion by 2020 and expand exports from $ 59 billion at present to $ 200 billion by 2020 and to create a pool of one crore additional skilled manpower in ICT (information and communications technology),' Kapil Sibal said while unveiling the draft policy on information technology 2011.

Start-ups shining

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

The draft is available for comments from the public and various stakeholders for a month on the Websites of the Department of Information Technology and the Department of Telecommunications. The draft policy aims to provide fiscal benefits to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-up ventures in the key industrial verticals for adoption of IT.

Incentivising IT

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

'The Indian IT sector, which gets 80 per cent of its revenues from exports, employs over 2.5 lakh skilled people,' Sibal added.
'We are waiting for the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) to be put into place, then we will make a framework to provide incentives to small and medium IT firms,' he said.

Cloud clout

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

The draft also focuses on gaining significant global market share in cloud-based technologies and services and mobile-based value-added services.

Employment benefits

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

The policy also formulates fiscal and other regulations to attract investments in the sector in Tier-II and III cities and to create employment opportunities across the country.

Smaller cities, bigger promise

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

As most of the IT companies are located in big cities like Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, the policy will now look at expanding to Tier II and Tier III cities as well, Sibal added.

Education boost

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

'A conducive policy environment and the concerted strategy is needed for the country to remain a global player on a long-term basis,' he said. Further, it also calls for setting up centres of excellence in institutions of higher learning so as to produce at least 3,000 PhDs in ICT in specialised areas by 2020.

In short...

Kapil Sibal (© www.indiatodayimages.com)

-Policy to provide fiscal benefits to SMEs and start-up ventures in key industrial verticals
-Aims to gain big global mkt share in cloud-based services & mobile-based value-added services
-Formulates rules to attract investments in IT in Tier-II & III cities
-Draft is available for comments from public and stakeholders

12 July 2011

How Much Do Senior Indian IT Pros Earn?

With recession ending, IT salaries at various levels got back their sheen. The recent talent war in the sector too has boosted IT salaries. In fact, many IT companies are doling out double-digit bonuses and increments to retain and attract talent.

Staffing firm Kelly Services recently released its annual Employment Outlook and Salary Guide 2011-12, which looks into the employment conditions and salaries across key verticals.
Here’s a look into the salary trends of IT pros at the senior level bracket as per the survey.

Chief Information Officer

Chief Information Officer

Qualification: BE-B.Tech ME- M.Tech
Experience: 12-18 years
Job description: To provide overall IT strategy and advisory to the organization’s business strategy. Manage multiple IT departments and interfaces with all key divisions of the organization to successfully implement and deploy IT- based solutions, on time and within budget. Carry P and L responsibilities.
Minimum salary: Rs 25 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 35 lakh

Chief Technology Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Qualification: BE- B.Tech ME- M.Tech
Experience: 15-18 years
Job description: Leading all the sub-heads including sales, marketing, new business acumen, operations and strategy.
Mininimum salary: Rs 30 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 45 lakh

Delivery Manager

Delivery Manager

Qualification: BE- B. Tech ME- M. Tech
Experience: 10-14 years
Job description: Partner with IT business process team in scoping and requirements definition for projects. The scope includes all projects in software development, enhancements, infrastructure projects that the India region IT team develops and deploys.
Minimum salary: Rs 15 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 25 lakh

Engineering Head

Engineering Head

Qualification: BE- B.Tech ME- M. Tech
Experience: 12-18 years
Job description: Help to create and drive overall product strategy, informed by competitive analysis, prepare and present the product roadmap to customers, prospective clients. Design marketing strategy, events and promotions and lead generation.
Minimum salary: Rs 18 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 30 lakh

Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 8-12 years
Job description: Mentor and guide the team, engineers and consultants in their product knowledge, as well as product support and product specialist team members
Minimum salary: Rs 12.5 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 20 lakh

Head IT operations

Head IT operations

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 10-12 years
Job description: To provide leadership to the IT operations consisting of billing, applications and infrastructure. Has to provide the highest industry level uptimes, process efficiencies to enable a better customer experience through IT systems.
Minimum salary: Rs 15 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 20 lakh

Head of Information Systems

Head of Information Systems

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 12-16 years
Job description: Ensure achievements of business targets by timely analysis and projections of business performance through on time analysis of business results and performance metrics. Create, implement and monitor SOPs around the creation of monthly forecasts.
Minimum salary: Rs 16 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 22 lakh

Head of Software Development

Head of Software Development

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 12-16 years
Job description: Manage offshore software development for products, leverage product development standards, processes and procedures to ensure consistency and excellency in cycle time, cost and software quality.
Minimum salary: Rs 16 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 22 lakh

Program Director

Program Director

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 12-18 years
Job description: Manage teams comprising of project directors, managers, team leaders and project personnel. Meet service level agreements or project milestones within budget.
Minimum salary: Rs 18 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 25 lakh

Program Delivery Manager

Program Delivery Manager

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 10-14 years
Job Description: Partner with IT business process team in scoping and requirements definition for projects. Proven experience in vendor management on execution of leveraging various industry models.
Minimum Salary: Rs 15 lakh
Maximum Salary: Rs 20 lakh

Program Manager

Program Manager

Qualification: BE- B. Tech/ ME
Experience: 10-14 years
Job description: Interact with business unit/ region heads and other key function heads to gather requirements, compile regular dash boards highlighting key performance metrics and suggest measures to bridge performance gaps.
Minimum salary: Rs 14 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 18 lakh

Sales Director

Sales Director

Qualification: BE- B. Tech ME- M.Tech
Experience: 12-18 years
Job description: Formulate and execute sales strategies, meeting the organization’s annual sales targets. Manage teams comprising of sales managers, account managers and sales executives.
Minimum salary: Rs 18 lakh
Maximum salary: Rs 28 lakh
Note: We will soon be back with the salary trends of IT pros at the middle level bracket.

30 May 2011

Help Wanted: See The New 'Billionaire' Jobs

Wanted: See the boom jobs of the next 20 years

By Malcolm Farr

China jobs graphic

By the numbers: China's boom at a glance / Graphic: Simon Wright

construction jobs

Just add a language course to create the next wave of billionaires / File picture

  • China's growth to drive Aussie job boom

Learn Mandarin, "become a billionaire"

  • "Service exports" the hot jobs of 2020

China's rapidly growing demand for financial services, urban planners and environmental managers is offering lucrative career choices for young Australians.

China watchers are pointing to the opportunities for well-trained Australians as the northern giant's economy expands and swells its well-heeled middle class.

It will carry the effects of the Chinese boom to a range of skill sets beyond those required by the mining sector.

One experienced China watcher said: "If you are in the construction industry and do a TAFE course in basic Mandarin, you could become a billionaire."

Experts told news.com.au the prospects for skilled Australians will increase over the next 15 to 20 years as China becomes the most powerful consumer economy on the globe.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Trade Minister Craig Emerson will soon travel to China in a bid to make it easier for Australians to get these jobs - known as service exports.

They will underline that while the mining boom benefits a small number of states and miners, the services export boom will benefit a wide range of people.  It won't be necessary to own an iron ore mine to get a lucrative slice of the Chinese phenomenon.

Which jobs?

The jobs include vocations in which Australians already are world leaders, such as mining engineering, but also agri-science, food security, green architecture and business development.

There will be huge demand for architects and urban designers as the Chinese put a priority on ensuring its rapidly growing number of cities - most bigger than Sydney - are both functional and comfortable.

By 2020 there will be 93 Chinese cities of five million inhabitants or more.  By the same date, there are expected to be more middle class consumers in Asia than the rest of the world combined, and most of them will be in China.

Chinese are moving from the country to the city at a rate of about 14 million people a year, and it is calculated some 50,000 additional skyscrapers will be needed for them by 2025.

"The implications for high-value knowledge economies like Australia stretch well beyond the mining boom," Treasurer Wayne Swan said on May 11.

How to clean up

China is spending more to repair environmental damage caused by its initial rush of economic growth, and wants to focus more on preventing future damage.

This will create employment for such service providers as hydrologists, environmental planners and environmental scientists.

The Chinese government also wants to keep its independence in food production.  It wants to strengthen its food security and not have to rely on imports from other countries.

This, plus the more sophisticated menu demands of the Chinese middle class, are certain to produce contracts for agricultural economists, rural scientists, experts in animal husbandry and biotechnologists.

A similar self-reliance is wanted in mineral resources, which would provide work for Australian mining engineers.

13 April 2011

She Ran Away From Home And Made It Big In Fashion

Vaishali Shadangule (centre) at Lakme Fashion Week, Summer-Resort 2011
Vaishali Shadangule (centre) at Lakme Fashion Week, Summer-Resort 2011

By Abhishek Mande

When she was 18, Vaishali Shadangule (nee Talankar) walked out of her parents' home in a small town in Madhya Pradesh with no money or belongings. Today, the designer runs a fashion brand in Mumbai that employs 65 people. This is her rags-to-riches tale.

It was little past 3 am when Vaishali walked out of her parents' home in Vidisha, a small town about 56 km northeast of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

She walked furiously towards the local train station, with just the clothes she was wearing at that moment -- no baggage, no cash, nothing.

As she sat on the platform, ignoring the curious and unwelcome stares, she hoped for a train to arrive that would take her away from her hometown.

When she got into the first train that chugged up to the platform, she didn't know if it was going to Bhopal -- the largest town close to her home -- or away from it.

All she wanted to do was to get out of Vidisha. Forever.

A little over 12 years later she employs over 65 people at Vaishali S, a design house of some repute in Mumbai. Her flagship store is a sprawling 2,000 sq feet multi-level outlet in the upscale northern suburb of Juhu.

Vaishali just made her debut at the Lakme Fashion Week, her designs a pleasant departure from the heavily embroidered clothes that she usually retails.

The line -- Virus Free -- drew inspiration from pleasant childhood memories and used Chanderi, a delicate handwoven fabric from her home state, as its base fabric.

Vaishali Shadangule's journey from that railway platform in a small town in Madhya Pradesh to the glittering runway in Mumbai is purely inspirational.

She told her story to Abhishek Mande in Hindi, the language she is most comfortable in.

'I left my home at 3 am not knowing where I'd go'

Vaishali's designs in her flagship store in Juhu, an upscale Mumbai suburb
Vaishali's designs in her flagship store in Juhu, an upscale Mumbai suburb

It was sometime in April 1997 when I left my parents' house in Vidisha.

Vidisha is a small town, 56 km away from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. It still retains a lot of its rawness and the small- town feel.

Even though it isn't very far away from Bhopal, it hasn't seen a lot of development.

People there aren't very broad-minded and about 12 years ago when I left home -- I am 30 now -- it wasn't very easy for a woman to stand on her own feet.

Even today, many people see only medicine and engineering as respectable professions. I suspect fashion designing would still be looked down upon there.

When I left my home though, I didn't know what I wanted to be. In fact, at the time I wasn't even aware that fashion designing existed! I left home because I wanted to be somebody and a small town wouldn't have let me be that person.

I was born into a fairly conservative family and, like most other families I'd known then, the idea of having a girl was to get her married, sooner rather than later.

By the time I was in my eighth grade, talks about my marriage had already begun. But I wanted to study. After arguing with my family I managed to get past my tenth grade and convinced them to let me study further.

Even though they relented, things weren't very easy.

Finally, one April morning at 3 am I decided to walk out. I left everything I had known -- my parents, my family, my friends, my hometown -- behind.

'My hometown wasn't the place for me'

Vaishali shares some of her sketches

Vaishali shares some of her sketches

This was a big step for someone who wasn't allowed to stay out of her house after 7 pm, but I knew if I had to be independent and make a name for myself, Vidisha wasn't the place to be.

So I headed to the train station. I waited there for a train that would take me to Bhopal -- the largest town I had known and seen (and the state capital).

That day, sitting on the train platform, I was not sure what I would do next -- I had walked out with no money and no extra clothes.

I got into the first train that chugged upto the platform. I didn't have any money so I travelled without a ticket. The thought that I might be caught hadn't even occured to me then. It was a little past 4.30 am when I reached Bhopal. There again, I waited. It was too early to call up any of the few friends I had there. When it was a decent time to call, I headed to a PCO (public phone) and realised that I wasn't carrying any money! I requested the owner to let me make a few calls.

As I began dialling one friend after another, another realisation dawned on me. By walking out of my parents' house, I had become an outcast. No one wanted to have anything to do with me.

Finally, one of my friends -- Shefali -- agreed to help. She fed me lunch and we stepped out to look for hostel accommodation.

Pradeep Shadangule (who would later become my husband) was then just a friend. He and I had met at a youth festival and had been in touch. He helped me immensely to organise funds to pay as a deposit at the hostel.

That night I had a roof over my head, but I was alone. There were other things, howeve, that I was more concerned with -- surviving, for instance.

'My first job paid me Rs 500 per month'

Outfits from Vaishali's last collection Dor, inspired by the 'thread of life'
Outfits from Vaishali's last collection Dor, inspired by the 'thread of life'

When you aren't even a graduate, jobs aren't easy to come by and money, even more difficult.

My first job was as an office assistant in a small company in Bhopal. I was being paid Rs 500. My hostel fees at the time were Rs 700.

I took up the offer simply because there was nothing else I could do. I borrowed from friends who were kind enough to lend me money to survive. Soon, I landed myself another job, also as an office assistant in yet another small company in Bhopal. But this one paid me Rs 1,500, so life became a little easier.

These jobs were clerical in nature and didn't really demand a lot from me.

I carried on this way for a few months. Meanwhile I completed my graduation in computer science. I had informed the college in Vidisha of my situation so they had me transferred to a centre in Bhopal at the Barkatullah University.

Things were starting to go smoothly and I was making ends meet.

I made new friends and met new people. I was always artistically inclined. Even though I was studying computers I knew my interest lay elsewhere.

People around me began to see that I had an eye for fashion. I would dress well and those around me started taking my advice. They would come to me with a salwar kameez material asking me how they should get it tailored or ask me what they should be wearing.

Unknown to me, I was becoming a designer!

 

'I was 19 when I first heard of fashion designing'

A model in one of Vaishali's outfits

A model in one of Vaishali's outfits

Meanwhile, as my horizons expanded, I began to realise that I could do a lot more with my life and there was no reason to be caught in a rut.

Someone mentioned fashion designing. That was the first time I even heard about the field -- and I was about 19 at the time. I was told that it was creative, something I would enjoy and be able to make a little more money than I was making then.

So I joined a small fashion technology institute. A few months later, I had to drop out because there wasn't enough money for the fees.

By then I had tasted blood. I had learnt the basics and I knew that this would be the field I would make a career in. My only dream was to complete a course from a reputed fashion institute. I knew it would be a while for that dream to come true, but I was prepared to work towards it.

What I wasn't prepared for was an incident that shook me up completely.

One evening, not having any choice and unaware of his intentions, I took up my boss' offer for a ride back to my hostel.

Soon I realised we were on an unknown road. I panicked, raised an alarm and got out of the car.

The next day, I didn't go back to work. Quitting abruptly like that also meant giving up my salary for that month.

It also meant that I didn't have any money to pay my hostel fees.

For two days, I lived out of a friend's place.

'Mumbai embraced me with open arms'

One of Vaishali's recent creations

One of Vaishali's recent creations

Around this time, I realised taking small jobs wasn't going to help me get to where I wanted. So while I continued working, I also started educating myself so I could better my prospects in the job market.

I had completed my graduation in computer engineering, but now I had begun to realise what I really wanted to be -- a fashion designer!

So with the help of a friend, I managed to get a copy of the syllabus for fashion designing they taught at SNDT University in Bhopal. I read all the prescribed books and made my portfolio.

I was always good at drawing and painting. The portfolio contained some of my work, designs I had created and a few samples of work that I succeeded in learning from books.

When I look back I realise it was very amateurish, but I knew if I wanted a job in the field of designing, I would need something to show. I hoped the portfolio would help me prove my worth.

Armed with that, I went for an interview at a small design institute in Baroda (Vadodara, Gujarat) which had advertised for a teaching position. I appeared for the interview and got the job. Surprisingly, they didn't even bother to see my work. It was a small organisation, so I suppose none of it mattered.

For about nine months I taught illustration -- I can't say I was professionaly qualified to teach it, but I think I can safely say that the institute was happy with what I was doing.

But it was a job I didn't really enjoy. I've always been an introvert and speaking in public wasn't something I would do out of choice.

Ironically, this was the very job that opened the doors to the glittering city of Mumbai.

During one of the seminars in which I was representing the institute, a garment export house based out of Bandra (a northern Mumbai suburb) offered me a position as a designer.

So in December 1999 I landed in Mumbai, the city that would become my home.

My salary was Rs 11,000. I was over the moon! I hadn't seen so much money.

I am often asked if I was treated any differently in Mumbai because of my small-town roots. The truth is I wasn't. The city offered me all the opportunities I wanted and embraced me with open arms.

 

'My savings came back to zero'

Vaishali's design sketches
Vaishali's design sketches

Over the year that I worked at the Bandra export house, I did little else other than go to work and return home. Home was a paying guest accommodation nearby that cost me Rs 2,500 per month.

The rest of the money would go straight into my savings account. I just couldn't think of what I would spend it on!

This held me in good stead. Sometime during that year, I developed a slip disc and that left me bed-ridden for over six months. I had to quit my job and my savings came to zero.

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By 2001, I had fully recovered though. I had made up my mind that in the long run, I would not work for anyone. But for my immediate survival, I needed to do something.

A friend suggested I join a gym as a trainer. I had been an athlete all my school life and I knew a thing or two about workouts.

It was a small gym in (the northern Mumbai suburb of) Malad. I worked there for about a year and made my contacts. I would show my portfolio to the women who would visit the gym and I started designing clothes for them.

Work began to trickle in. As it increased, I employed two tailors full-time.

At one point, I knew I had to take the plunge. Fortunately, one of my clients was a banker's wife. She convinced her husband to put in a word at his workplace and get me a loan.

So with Rs 50,000, I set up a small boutique in Malad in 2001.

'After 10 years, I decided it was time to fulfill my dream'

Vaishali's latest collection, Virus Free, drew inspiration from childhood memories

Vaishali's latest collection, Virus Free, drew inspiration from childhood memories

My life had taken me away from Bhopal and Pradeep and I had lost touch.

Years later, when our paths crossed -- he was in Mumbai looking for a foothold as a filmmaker -- we figured it was for a reason.

On May 4, 2004, we got married. Three years later, we were blessed with a baby girl -- Smiti.

My business grew. Although I couldn't boast of high-society clientele, I knew I had a loyal client base.

I had moved on from the small boutique in Malad to a three-store set-up in a suburban mall -- two of my stores sold casual Western and Indian clothes and one of them, the largest of the three, sold bridal collections.

One of my biggest learnings in the business is that people's idea of 'designer' dresses is a lot of embroidery. They believe that if they're paying a lot for an outfit, it should be seen.

So if you notice, the outfits that sell are usually those that have heavy embroidery and are jazzy.

My design sensibilities, on the other hand, are minimalist. I get a high when I discover a certain drape or how a simple fold reveals a new side to a garment.

The idea of participating at the Lakme Fashion Week was this -- to be able to showcase my personal design sensibilities and not play to the gallery.

A part of the credit to this newfound self-confidence goes to the formal training I have been undergoing.

About two years ago, almost ten years after the thought first crept into my head, I decided that it was finally time to fulfill my dream.

'Hubby took charge of the baby and the house'

Vaishali's husband Pradeep supported her, taking care of Smiti, while she pursued a fashion degree
Vaishali's husband Pradeep supported her, taking care of Smiti, while she pursued a fashion degree

I enrolled in the Pearl Academy of Fashion in New Delhi.

My husband wondered why I was doing it, because the going was good. The business was doing great. I was moving from strength to strength but I, of all people, knew more than anyone else that I needed formal training in fashion designing.

So I decided to cut my profit margins, lost some business, but pursued my dream.

For two years, I shuttled between Mumbai and New Delhi -- during the weekends I would be in Mumbai and the weekdays would be spent in classes in Delhi.

My husband supported me whole-heartedly through this time. He took charge of the baby and the house and made sure nothing came in the way of my education.

Next month, I will complete my post graduation in fashion technology.

The formal education exposed me to a lot of new things, aspects of the art I was unaware of, works of designers I hadn't even heard about and the technicalities that I wouldn't have been able to figure out by myself.

It broadened my vision and this began to reflect in my designs.

At the academy I also met designer Rahul Mishra's sister-in-law -- Bhumika -- who introduced me to Rahul. (Rahul Mishra, who started off at Lakme Fashion Week and is now part of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, is a reputed name in the business of fashion. His work with Chanderi is well known.)

During the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week a few seasons ago, I got the opportunity to work at Rahul's stall.

 

'In many ways, this is just the beginning'

A model walks in one of Vaishali's outfits at Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort 2011

A model walks in one of Vaishali's outfits at Lakme Fashion Week Summer-Resort 2011

To watch Rahul at work was a learning experience in itself. He would be at the stall from the time it opened to the time it shut. Since that time, I have looked up to Rahul and consider him a mentor.

It was amazing to see how much energy he brought in as he interacted with clients. I was also surprised to see that just like my clients, buyers at the fashion weeks would also demand changes in designs.

Finally, I knew I was ready to showcase my line at the Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai. I applied and I got through.

On March 14 this year I showed alongside Abhishek Byas and Sabah Khan at the LFW.

I drew upon childhood memories and used motifs of boats and paper planes among others and experimented with folds and drapes.

It was an amazing feeling to see my designs being showcased on such a huge platform.

In a way, it was the culmination of the journey I started 12 years ago. But in many more ways, this is just the beginning.


Vaishali Shadangule's flagship store Vaishali S is located on Juhu Road, Opp SNDT University, Santacruz West, Mumbai. She also retails out of Kimaya and Misake in Mumbai, Nautanky in Ahmedabad and Tamaara in Hyderabad.

How To Find Your Dream Career?

By Ashish Gaur

Career: Making the right pickClass 12 exams are over. Many students have started their preparation for various competitive exams while many are still worried about what to do the next. Now is the time to put your thoughts together and formulate a meticulous career plan that leads to your dream career.

Whether you choose a traditional course or a new age career, your priority should be to select something that do justice to you beyond the compulsory years of education.

In most cases the stream you select determines the professional options that you will have for the next twenty years of your life. Here is a look at the some of the most popular career options for students across all three disciplines.

LAW

Skills and demand

Law as a profession is held high in our society. When everything fails then it is the court of law where one can rely for getting justice. In one way or the other we come across such situations where we need to take legal advice. And for this we need legal professionals who can analyse and interpret law properly.

The demand for skilled lawyers is high. To become a lawyer academic excellence does not play a big role for the success. Professional competence acquired through experience and practice is one of the main yardsticks. Good oral and written communication skills, logical reasoning, power of concentration, patience, good memory to relate and quote past cases to prove your point, ability to argue and discuss matter, self confidence, courage to deal with threats especially in criminal cases are the other traits of this profession.

One should have up-to-date information on changes in law. A good library and a fair amount of reading are also important.

Career prospects

Those who have completed degree in law have wide career opportunities. One can find jobs in various courts of law, central and state government services, teaching, legal advisors board in various companies, business houses, organisations etc.

Some prefer to do private practice as legal advisors, advocates, solicitors etc. Lawyer can also work as legal counsel and legal advisers for firms, organisations and families. They can also work as trustees for various trusts. Opportunities exist in the defence services too.

Institutes

Almost every university offers LLB, LLM integrated course. Many universities in the state including University of Rajasthan, Amity University, Jaipur National University etc offer integrated courses in law. MJRP offers integrated degree in MBA+LLM. Delhi University, Jindal Law school, Symbiosis
College, Pune, Manipal University etc offer the similar course.
There are 11 law schools that give admission to their UG and PG courses through a common entrance test - CLAT.

HOSPITALITY

Career: Making the right pick

Skills and demand

Liberalisation and further opening up of economy has lead to revolutionary growth in the sector. With fast development, industrial progress and promotion of tourism, the hotel and hospitality industry is growing tremendously. Moreover, hospitality industry is amongst the most visible and important aspects of a country's infrastructure.

The dedemand of skilled professionals is all time high at national and international level. With the growth of hotel industry propelled by foreign and domestic tourism and business travel, the demand for well trained quality personnel too has grown impressively.

Those who wish to join the industry should have good organisational background, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, strong commitment and self-discipline. One must be an extrovert, co-operative, polite and respectful to the guests, have patience to deal guest criticism even when you know you are right, willing to work hard even at odd hours and yet be cheerful.

Job prospects

A hospitality sector is classified into various segment like tour and travel, hotels, resorts, health care etc. Major departments one can work with are operations, front office, house keeping, food and beverages, accounting, engineering/ maintenance, sales and security.

Each department has a number of positions that one can opt for. Apart from the hotel job, one can get into various fields like airline catering and cabin services, club management, cruise ship hotel management, hospital administration and catering, hotel and tourism associations, forest lodges, guest houses, hotel and catering institutes.

Self employment is also one the important options. Institutes There are several institutes across the country that offer courses in hospitality management or hotel management. Some of the famous institutes give admission right after 12th are colleges under institutes of hotel management.

A national level entrance exam is conducted by IHM, Pusa. Apart from this there are autonomous colleges and universities that offer course in the stream.

MASS COMMUNICATION

Career: Making the right pick

Skills and demand

Mass communication as a field comprises of print, television, internet, public relations, internet, ad agency etc. Career in journalism is a prestigious profession.

To become a journalist one should have an inquisitive mind, will power, an aptitude for presenting information in an accurate, concise and effective manner, organise their thoughts and to express themselves clearly both orally and in writing. At the same time a journalist has to be tactful, confident and organised while interviewing people from all walks of life.

They must have the ability to sift relevant facts from the irrelevant. The ability to accept criticism and willingness to do considerable rewriting are also necessary.

Job prospects

One can find employment with newspapers, periodicals and magazines, central information service, press information bureau, websites, AIR and TV channels like Doordarshan, private news channels, ad agency, pr consultancy firms etc. At the same time they can do freelancing.

Institutes

Mass communication as a department has gained popularity in the Indian education system. Almost every good university has mass communication department where the course can be studied. Some of the good institutes are IIMC, Delhi, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, Symbiosis Institute of Mass communication, DU.

MANAGEMENT

Career: Making the right pick

Skills and demand

Today, almost every other field is driven by business. Business is not only about buying and selling but also about innovating, growing and sharing. Business administration is one of the most sought after careers and it is all about managing business functions such as finance, management, services etc.

With the multinational companies setting up their bases in the country and growing domestic business, the demand of skilled management professionals is all time high. Almost every firm requires the candidates who have business administration degree and can handle the company's business effectively.

Job prospects

As many MNC's are coming up and Indian companies are going for joint ventures, there are ample career options in this field. Business management is one of the most sought after careers, and a wide range of opportunities are available for business administration graduates.

It is easy to get managerial or executive jobs for those who hold business degrees especially an MBA degree.

And from this executive post one has an opportunity to climb the ladder and occupy the top most positions in the company management.

Institutes

There are several colleges and universities that offer integrated degree course in management. Some of the popular institutes are IIMs and allied colleges. Universities such as Amity University, Jaipur offer integrated degree course in management right after class 12th.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Career: Making the right pick

Skills and demand

It is a creative field and an excellent medium of self-expression. With growing communication network and growth of advertising, fashion, media the field of photography has now become a profession with great value. So this is an area offering great scope for those who have an interest and attributes needed to be a professional.

The demand for the skilled is high in newspapers, magazines, studios etc. However training hones the inherent skills and help to shine in this competitive field with various specialisations like portraiture, fashion and advertising photography, journalistic photography, wildlife and outdoors photography etc.

Job prospects

They have the option to either take up jobs with news papers, magazines, advertising agencies, government agencies, industrial houses or work as free lancers. The government employs photographers on a regular pay scale to do general photography documentation, for covering day-to-day events and functions and for making photo features and captioning. One can begin his career asan assistant of a senior or professional photographer, so that he/she can grasp the finer points of photography.

Photographers can specialise in areas such as portrait, commercial and industrial, advertising, scientific, fashion, news, wildlife photography etc. Fashion photographers can find employment with fashion houses, designers, fashion journals and news papers.

Institutes

There are very limited institutes in the country that offer course in photography. Some of the colleges are Fergusson College, Pune, National Academy of Photography, Kolkata, University of Allahabad, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Career: Making the right pick

Skills and demand

Physiotherapists are high in demand in various sports, hospitals etc. Those who want to take up the field must have thorough knowledge of the human anatomy, good analytical and logical reasoning skill, problem solving skill, ability to memorize and recall scientific facts, manual dexterity and physical stamina to work long hours

Job prospects

Demand for skilled physiotherapist is high as there are limited professionals in this field. Those who have degree in the field can easily get job in the rehabilitation departments, municipal corporations and private bodies.

Physiotherapists can work in hospitals, orthopedic departments, rehabilitation centres for the handicapped, schools for the mentally retarded and physically disabled children, health institutions and defence medical establishments. The demand for physiotherapists in abroad particularly USA, Canada and Australia is high.

Institute

Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, New Delhi, AMU, Aligarh, AIIMS, New Delhi, All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mumbai, Chennai Medical College : College of Nursing, Chennai, Christian Medical College, Nellore, College of Health Sciences, University of Manipal are some of the good colleges.

Job Interviews: Answer 10 Tricky Questions

Think carefully before responding to these commonly-asked but tricky questions, during jobs interviews

By Parthip Thyagarajan

Business meeting

The formula for success in job interviews is not written in stone, especially when it comes to tricky questions. For instance if you are being interviewed for a sales position, a potential employer may ask you, “What would you do if a clients hinted at kickbacks?”

How would you respond? Will you appear shocked or deliver your answer with poise? Here are some suggestions on how to answer 10 such questions. Being prepared will give an edge, and not to mention, boost your confidence.

1. Tell us about a difficult relationship in your personal life you have had to cope with?

Don’t go into too many details about what happened, when and where. Don’t condemn the other person or defend yourself. Talk about what you had learnt from the experience.

2. Your boss-to-be is short-tempered, impatient and abrasive. Can you work with someone, of such a temperament?

Working with a short-tempered and very abrasive boss is not easy. Stating that you can effectively work under each and every person, in any and every situation will make you seem over-confident, and unrealistic. Do you get upset if you’re shouted or screamed at? Does it leave you de-motivated or disillusioned for long? If your answer to the latter question is in the negative, let the panel know that unpleasant experiences don’t weigh you down for too long.

3. Since you are in sales, some clients may hint at getting kick-backs. How will you handle such situations, since as a policy we don’t offer bribes?

When asked awkward questions like this, it helps if you plead ignorance. It may be also a test to check your views on bribes. They may ask if you have bribed anyone or what you would do, if you witnessed a government employee accepting a bribe. Tell them your personal experiences or views. Companies always respect individuals who are truthful and who possess a clear (not rigid) opinion on most matters.

4. Why have you fared averagely in Academics?

Many interviewers pay importance to what you have scored in your board examinations. If you had fared averagely and are asked to explain the reason, there’s not much you can do. It would help if you honestly admit that you have only yourself to blame (if that is really the case) and in future you will be clear about your priorities and work hard to achieve your goals.

5. Our industry requires a lot of social interaction with clients - over drinks and at parties. Are you comfortable with smoking and drinking?

Smoking isn’t cool. And many corporate head-honchos are teetotallers. It may be okay to say that you are uncomfortable around smokers and don’t enjoy social drinking. And do you really need to explain why you would not like to smoke or drink? No, it’s a personal choice.

If you’re applying for a job in an advertising or marketing consulting firm you may be asked if you’re okay with working on a tobacco or liquor account. If you feel you can never perform your job well, if the job involves promoting these products, then mention that you want to work on brands, which you are passionate about, and since you are convinced that tobacco or alcohol is injurious to health you may not be the best person to work on an account that involves actively promoting related brands.

6. Since you are a lady, and most of our clients are males, it is highly likely that some clients will try to be over-friendly. How will you handle such situations?

Will you be upset by such behaviour? If you’re confident that you can deal with such clients, only then tell the interviewers how you think you can be professional, yet not interact with clients who you’re uncomfortable with. Honesty is the best policy.

7. Tell us about your weaknesses?

What do you say besides the stereotyed ‘good’ weaknesses – impatience, over-enthusiasm? All of us have weaknesses, but do we need to mention all? And do you weaknesses surface all the time, or on occasions? For instance, while talking about your own traits such as a short temper or abrasiveness you can indicate that you display such traits or behaviour at some times only.

If your weakness is lack of time management, you could say that you are working on it and hope to overcome it over a period of time. Think about this and answer accordingly.

8. You will be replacing a person who we are letting go of. In the few weeks that you spend with him, you have to learn as much about his job so that you can continue doing his work effectively. Do you feel you are okay with this arrangement?

Not an easy situation to be in. While you can try your best to learn as much as you can, what will you do in case your predecessor does not cooperate and tell you all that you need to know? You could point out that you may need your organisation’s support, cooperation and intervention, if need be, in such a circumstance.

9. What if we hired you for one job profile and then change it within weeks?

Your response will depend on your future plans. If you’re interested in a sales job, because you want to pursue a career in marketing, then you’d obviously not want to work in finance or accounts. However, if you’re unsure which area interests you, and would like to learn about the different functions in an organisation, this might be a good opportunity to explore. You should preferably talk about why you prefer some roles or jobs. At the same time try to avoid talking about why you don’t like particular roles.

10. What salary do you expect? What if we told you we cannot pay you for the first three months?

State that since it is the start of your career, learning and experience are more important than salary. If you’re still asked to quote a specific amount give them a general indication on what you would like to earn. Don’t over-quote. If a company states that for whatever reason they won’t pay a salary for the first few months, make sure they are not one of those outfits, which exploit those who need work experience. If the organisation offers a good learning environment, tell them you’re joining the organisation for the valuable experience and you’re confident you’ll soon receive a salary commensurate with your performance.

Cardinal rules

1. Arrive preferably 15 minutes early, so you can relax, freshen up

2. Gauge the company dress code, dress appropriately

3. No unclean hair, sweaty visage or dirty hands with pen marks

4. Keep two copies of your rèsumè, handy

5. Carry a notepad and pen

6. Be poised, confident, but not too relaxed or over-confident.

7. If you’re unsure about an answer and need time to think, request the interviewer if you can take a minute to think and respond

8. Be patient, be courteous

9. Never interrupt even if the interviewer is stating a wrong fact. Let him complete the sentence and then respond. Words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ also go a long way

10. If there are two or more interviewers, make eye contact with all

Parthip Thyagarajan is a corporate trainer and writer based in Mumbai.

Source:

12 April 2011

You've Been Googled

What employers don't want to see in your online profile

Before an interview, you've done your research on a company. But it's also important to research what they might have found out about you online too.

By Cary Cooper

Google on a screen

Googling yourself - and cleaning up your online image - is an important part of interview preparation.

What are recruiters looking for when they conduct online searches on individuals before deciding whether to offer them interviews? Evidence of involvement in business networks and community projects? Examples of success at work, college or on the sports field? Or are they simply trying to tool themselves with a few choice examples from dodgy websites that will do nothing but cause discomfort for an already nervous candidate?

So, what will employers want to find, and what will put them off? Luci Baldwin, IPC Media resourcing and recruitment manager, says anything constructive and positive will work in a candidate's favour. "Evidence of involvement in community activities, a presence on a business network such as LinkedIn, and anything to demonstrate good communication skills are key attributes we look for," she said.

"Written material should be positive and error-free. So much the better if there is evidence of teamwork, or an account of some really special project a candidate has been involved with. Anything constructive and memorable can go a long way to supporting an individual application."

And what about the bad stuff? Shuvo Loha, director of headhunting specialists Janikin Rooke, starts simply. "It would worry me to find negative remarks about a person or from them," he says.

"So much of what we do is documented somewhere online nowadays people have to be very careful. What seemed like a funny photo from university could end up costing you a job or an interview without you even knowing. Evidence of a negative or bad attitude, revealed through too much complaining or ranting, would put me off, as would anything that suggests a candidate is intolerant or extreme in opinion. Bad mouthing other people, especially employers, is out, as is anything that exaggerates or is too self-promotional."

Luci and Shuvo offer sound advice. After all, the truth is that good interviewers, like good candidates, take time to do some research on the person or people they are planning to meet. Research by ExecuNet showed that 77% of recruiters said they used search engines to find background data on candidates. Additionally, 35% admitted they eliminated a candidate because of what they found online.

The same survey quizzed job candidates, too. It found that 82% expected recruiters to check out their names on a search engine, yet only 33% bothered to search for information on themselves, to see what their prospective employer might find out.

In conclusion, it pays to be a little circumspect about what you contribute to the web, and where your contribution is placed. And since it's tricky to take back any words you might later regret, then do expect questions in an interview, and think hard about how you will explain yourself. That in its own right will earn you valuable points.

Whatever you do, don't get into the position one candidate found himself in. He was at an interview, facing a panel of senior executives. The CEO began the interview by stating, deadpan: "Yes, you ARE stunningly gorgeous." Completely wrong-footed by this bizarre opening to the interview, the candidate failed to recover his composure and the encounter went from bad to worse. Eventually, the penny dropped that the CEO had done a search on the candidate and found the bold assertion on his Facebook page that he was 'stunningly gorgeous'. The candidate's failure to do a mental mop-up of his own cyberspace contributed to his failure on this particular occasion.

Cary Cooper is Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School. He also heads Interview Guru, a new video-based web resource for interview skills development.

source: guardian.co.uk,

02 March 2011

Things People Do To Get Jobs

Citing God as reference and other things people do to get jobs

It’s true that one should try to stand out to garner more attention but some people cross the line when it comes to creating their resumes.

Citing God as reference and other things people do to get jobs

Recruiters face everything from a CV written in rhyme to the hopeful who went straight to the top with his references - and cited God.

Another candidate boasted that he was a direct descendant of the Vikings, while someone else modestly listed "Master of Time and Universe" under his experience.

The survey of more than 700 employers by website Careerbuilder.co.uk to revealed what employers advise against in job applications.

One candidate ended up submitting a resume with someone else's photograph while another only gave their name and number with the phrase: "I want a job."

The attempt from a jobseeker who sent his CV from email address "lovesbeer" also failed to make quite the desired impression.

Citing God as reference and other things people do to get jobs

Not surprisingly, employers' biggest peeve was spelling errors and typos, followed by CVs filled with off-putting reams of text, chunks lifted from the job advert and those lacking a cover letter.

Businesses did not like CVs of three pages or longer, those that were not targeted at the position and any that listed objectives instead of a career summary.

"You want to stack the deck in your favour when writing a CV," the Telegraph quoted Tony Roy, president of CareerBuilder EMEA, as saying.

"Make sure to highlight key accomplishments with quantifiable results, so employers can see how you put your skills into action. It's also important to remember that employers often use electronic devices to screen and rank CVs.

"Pepper in keywords from the job ad into your CV as it relates to your experience to improve your ranking."

Source: ANI

11 February 2011

The MBA Who Quit His Job to Earn $100,000 Doing Excel Blogging

The MBA who quit his job to earn $100,000 doing Excel bloggingPurnachandra Rao Duggirala, more popularly known in the cyber world as Chandoo has several illustrious achievements to his credit. Not only did the simple Vizag boy get into IIM Indore’s class of 2006, he wrote his story in a manner that it gained cult status over time.

Four years after getting a campus placement at TCS, Chandoo quit his job in April 2010 to run a Microsoft Excel-training startup he had built on the side doing what many of us do non-seriously -- blogging. Last month, Chandoo's lean two-member blog 'Chandoo.org' recorded revenues of $100,000, justifying his decision to quit and be completely on his own. In this interview, he speaks about this rather unique manner of earning a living, how he built it and what he plans to do with it in the future.

What have you been up to since you graduated from IIM Indore?

I graduated in 2006 then I joined Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) via a campus offer. Just like any other fresh MBA graduate, I was doing a lot of analysis and research based work in the first few months at TCS. That's when I ended up using Microsoft Excel a lot. This was my first serious interaction with Excel as such. I was doing a lot of interesting work that included analysing competitors, etc. It was a lot of theoretical work and nothing more than that. At the same time I was writing a personal blog about what I was doing and what was happening in my life, but nothing special or significant. Then while in TCS I had the opportunity to travel and work abroad. I moved to USA for a year in 2007 and that's when I had some good free time. As you know, the work culture in western countries is a bit relaxed, and I don't mean that in a bad way. It gives you time that you can spend with your hobbies and passions. It's unlike in India where you have to devote a lot of traveling time before and after work. So I had a lot of free time and started wondering how I could utilise it better. So I started writing about all that I was learning in office on my blog, and that included a lot of learnings about the advanced featured of Microsoft Excel. In 2008 February, I wrote an article about an Excel trick that was picked up by a lot of popular blogs on the Internet. That became a good traffic source and I started getting a lot of visitors. It was an exciting time for me and I started thinking what it would be like if I did something more substantial on the Internet in my free time. I then started writing about Excel more often and also started a couple of other websites with the hope that they could maybe help me make some money and eventually have me live on my own. None of those other websites succeeded but the Excel posts on my blog kept on receiving good response. I had built up a good following of people from across the world and I realised that I had a genuine passion for understanding data, analysing it and presenting it. The realisation led to a series of good articles which were received well within the community of my blog.

Since then, I kept blogging regularly and launched many products related to Excel that people had to pay to buy. The product sales continued to do well in the next two years and the money was good enough for me to consider quitting my job at TCS. I eventually did that in April 2010 and moved to my hometown Vizag with my wife, where we both now run Chandoo.org fulltime.

What sort of products did you launch and how did the money you were earning grow over time?

For the first two years, most of the revenue came through Google Adsense advertisements. When the blog became a bit more popular in 2009, I started recommending third-party affiliate products. These were essentially products such as Microsoft Excel related books or software that its creators wanted to promote to my audience. I used to test these products myself and if I felt they had genuine value, I advertised them on the blog in return for a generous commission for each sale that originated from Chandoo.org. Since there was no middleman and I was in direct touch with both the customers and the sellers, they shared 30% of the revenue per sale with me. That itself used to be something like USD 200-300 per month, almost as much as I was making through Google Adwords.

In 2009, my traffic also went up. I used to have 100,000-150,000 visits every month. That was a good number created due to word-of-mouth, content sharing with other websites, or my article being featured on other blogs. That increased the revenue to USD 400-500 per month.

Then I released my first ebook on Excel priced at USD 5. This was a mistake I made. I call this a mistake because the content I produced was high quality, not just elementary Excel tips. But the perception of my site among people was that of one that produces high quality and high value content. But when I started selling the ebook at as low a price as USD 5, it did not align well with the perception of my site. So in the first month although some people did buy the ebook, the revenues were not a lot. That was February 2009. Then after some thought I increased the price to USD 10, added a few more pages and announced it on my blog. I thought people would not buy it. But to my surprise the sales increased and I started getting USD 200 per month from the book alone.

While this happened, I started getting offers to do consulting work related to Excel. This was in conflict with my day job at TCS so I didn't accept most requests. But if something very interesting came along, I did it for compensation in kind. It was challenging work, and I was making powerful Excel-based dashboards and reports.

Simultaneously, I was learning new things about Excel by doing them and then producing new articles based on those learnings.

During 2009-end I released my first Project Management Template for Excel. It was my first big product. I had gotten a huge response for my articles based on the template and it gave me some confidence that maybe I could sell Excel templates. So I started charging USD 30 for the template I had created. If people wanted the template for both Excel 2003 and 2007, they had to pay USD 45. It did appear costly and I did get emails from my audience complaining that the adprice was too high. But I sold around 50 templates in the first month itself. But then the sales started going down, and I realised that I had to keep reminding my readers of the existence of these templates in my articles continuously. I started linking the templates in my articles regularly and that brought the template sales back on track -- so much so that in September 2010 I sold about 100 templates and made about USD 3,000 from templates alone. But I think the sales will plateau here because there is only so much reach that my blog can have and the Excel template market has a lot of competition worldwide. Apart from that there are newer project management softwares coming up including those that are on the cloud.

The interesting thing here is that once people saw value in my templates, they wrote testimonials for me. Others made variations of my templates and became heroes in front of their bosses and colleagues by using these templates. I was also giving a 10% discount to people who were writing to me specifically asking for one.

At the same time as my customer base was growing, I was getting a lot of support requests for my products. I found that the time I was devoting to support was growing. I was planning to upgrade the templates and include some of the new features in Excel 2010. All this meant that I had to increase the price also include support in the package. I had to make these products be 'value for money' rather than speak about them as 'cheap' or 'costly'.

By 2010 both affiliate and Google Adsense revenues also went up. But the 'killer product' was my training program - Excel School. This is priced at USD 100 and includes 20 hours of Excel training and make people much more productive. This received a response beyond my wildest dreams. The first batch had 150 students and except for two who dropped out, everybody loved the program. They had glowing reviews throughout the program. In the second batch, I had 200 students and in the third one which I closed in September, I had 350 students. I'm still getting requests to open this batch again. Some corporates included their entire team of 20 people into the program. I gave group discounts to them and to repeat clients.

And that's how in the last 12 months, I crossed USD 100,000 in revenue.

Was it a concern that your making money on the side would conflict with your day job's policies? What would you advise others who might want to make some this way along with their corporate jobs?

Many companies have a 'moonlighting clause' in their employment contracts. I am not sure if my company had one, but the money I was making was too little while I was employed. Also, I knew a handful of people in my company who were also making money online, so I knew this it was not that wrong. Plus I had let my managers know that I had a website where I wrote and shared my knowledge. My Microsoft 'Most Valuable Professional' award status, blogger status and product details were kind of known to key colleagues and bosses through my Linkedin updates.

That said, if anyone is starting today, it would be better to check with your HR policies to avoid conflicts. In most cases you can get an exception easily just by talking to the right people.

What made you make the choice of quitting TCS and doing this fulltime?

I used to spend about two hours after work on Chandoo.org and was writing almost regularly. For me it was never really about 'work versus job'. My job at TCS was pretty exciting all along. I was working and interacting with new people everyday, traveling internationally and was quite satisfied.

The reason why I made a choice was more because of family. I was traveling a lot, living alone in far-off places and missing my family during the job.

Of course, I had the confidence that Chandoo.org would make enough for us to live a comfortable life. Since I run the operation from my home in Vizag with just me and my wife working on it, almost all the money less server costs and income tax is mine.

Starting in 2008 when your blog became a serious occupation for you, it has been 3 years. Do you think somebody else can avoid some of your mistakes and reach your revenue stage faster?

My advice to others wishing to do something similar would be that first you should start a blog. Whether or not you make money off it, you will learn how to express yourself to others. Many of us feel that we are great orators or writers and I felt the same when I graduated from MBA. But writing in a convincing language or explaining something in simple language is a tremendously difficult skill to learn. By having a blog you are reaching out to the world more each day. You may feel vulnerable, but you learn how to communicate better. You should start a blog no matter whether you have plans to make money off it or not.

Even though you may want to write for yourself, at some point you should ask yourself this question -- now that I have 25-30 people reading the blog, what do they want to read and how can I make my stories important or relevant for them to read? A mistake to avoid is to not write about too many things. If somebody wants to read general stuff about movies and sports, they will go to Rediff. So focus on one or two ideas that are close to your heart and stick to them. That way you will enjoy writing more and won't feel burdened to write about everything that comes your way. This was a mistake I did. I started writing about Excel initially but then I started assuming that people will want to learn from me about technology, marketing or business as well. So I wrote about those things even though I was not as good at them, though I was passionate about them. I didn't get a lot of following for such articles and I found it hard to produce quality content in those areas. So I decided to stick to Excel.

While writing I used to get distracted by wanting to write about latest events. While I was in the US, I started posting Excel data visualizations about the US presidential elections. Although it taught me a lot, it wasn't of value to my readers. So it would be nice to focus on what you are doing rather than getting diverted by what is going around.

Let's say you are writing about Microsoft Powerpoint. First scan the universe and see who else is writing about this. Of them, you will find that about 10-15 people are writing regularly. One's initial feeling would be that we should do something different from what they are doing and not encourage them by talking too much about them. This is our natural business instinct towards competitors. But I do not feel that is the right approach. You should rather think that "these are my competition and they are going to be around with me for the rest of my life or the rest of the life of my startup. So let us embrace them."

I do this every few week by sharing the articles they are writing on my blog via links, or commenting on their blog, or picking up a topic they have posted about and continuing the discussion. This way you develop a collaborative relationship with them. Together you can move along with them and prosper together. I feel this is a good way to look at competition in what I am doing, rather than thinking that I want to dominate this.

I can't really say if somebody can make enough money from a blog overnight. This is not a movie that you make and it either goes hit or flop. I would just suggest that people start off writing a blog and develop some skills on the way. Maybe some day you will derive some mileage. Once you have a following and you have a product that can make for value to people, don't shy from charging them for it, thinking that people will stop visiting your site.

What part of your IIM Indore experience has helped you with building up the business?

You do learn a lot of interesting stuff at b-school such as HRM and strategy, marketing, accounting, etc. Accounting did help as I learned how money is accounted and how cash flows work. But what you don't learn at b-school is what to do at ground level on day 1 or day 0 when you start a business. I am learning these things now. We were taught a course called Business Law at IIM Indore, but either it was not presented properly or I did not get it, but it taught nothing about what procedure to follow on the ground if you wanted to start a business. We used to write business plans for entrepreneurship competitions, but all of it did not teach me what is the first step I should be doing to start a business. All these things I learned outside. MBA helped me more in terms of communication. You might see a lot of MBAs communicating badly or disguising what they are saying with big jargon words. But MBA taught me how to keep my thoughts simple and clear, a little but of accounting and some marketing concepts.

Some b-schools abroad do focus on entrepreneurship, but most don't. Even I took up the entrepreneurship elective in the second year. But it was more about venture capital funding and how you can structure a merger and acquisition deal or how you can sell you company to somebody bigger. But those are big things. They will probably happen ten years later for someone like me or in my position and when they do, I will hire somebody else to do it for me. That knowledge might then be helpful at that time. But the ground level knowledge such as how to start up, how to register a proprietorship, how to prepare a non-disclosure agreement, were not taught. I learned them myself. I'm not saying that the error is on IIM Indore's part exactly, but the fact is that a lot of things taught to us in business law and entrepreneurship are too big to be of any use to someone who wants to start off something from scratch.

Where do you see your startup going?

I want to do this for the next 3-4 years for sure. I see that there is a lot of scope. I have developed ideas based on customer feedback. At least until 2015 I'll grow it and make sure it does not shrink. At the same time I will learn a lot of new things such as spreadsheets and visualizations on the cloud, how touchscreens will affect spreadsheets, etc. Obviously, the money is good and I am living in a low cost city where my expenses are minimum.

I and my wife are thinking that at least for 5 years we will make enough money from this and not do a day job. But that may get too boring. Maybe I will take a job to keep me intellectually challenged or maybe I will take up teaching in b-schools or in engineering college.

But this space I'm working in, I see constantly new ideas to share and I don't see the inflow of ideas reducing at least.

Source: www.pagalguy.com

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