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  1. How about people from this forum meeting at some place on holidays and conduct interviews for each other. Or may be someone who has had HR knowledge conduct these for practice? I think it will help everyone, though everyone might not like to meet, but atleast people with similar skills can, and from the same city, if they desire. Will this be of help? Regards, Deboo
  2. What is the exact difference between the two? What is the job of a real System Admin? And what are the things a Net Admin has to do? As far as what I have seen, employers/recruiters mention in their ads, both these jobs overlap and are mixed with.Please comment.Regards,Deboo
  3. I've posted my resume HERE It will be helpful if everyone can view and post comments what I should do to make my resume better. What should I remove or change? I tried to make it one page by shrinking all white space but still 4 lines go to the second page, so I let it remain at 2 pages. Please comment. Regards, Deboo
  4. I am looking for a company within a few areas and not all over the city or country. There are not too many companies here. I got a walkin interview chance for the company I wanted to apply. So the cover letter was not needed. I researched how to prepare a nice resume and cover letter and took some time to better them and make them error-free. My first and the following interview also went fine. I followed up each interview with a nice thank you note too, and then a phone call. In the second interview, they said that they will inform me a day later if they will hire me or not. But it's almost a week I have not heard from them. How should I proceed? Should I send my resume along with a cover letter? If yes, what kind of cover letter since I did not send any cover letter the first time? I'm a little confused if I should just send a normal cover letter or one like the follow-up cover letter. I have added 3 sentences of important info to my resume which people call top selling points. So should I send this new resume with the cover letter? Can someone please advise soon ? Thanks a lot. Regards, Deboo P.S.: It will be helpful if someone can give a link to IT company addresses in Mumbai.
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    How Often You Should Update Your Resume

    I read and keep re-reading my resume every 3 - 4 days and almost every time I go thru it, I find some sentence I am able to better or change to a shorter one or add a skill or work I had done at that employer that I had forgotten to add. This way I am able to keep my resume updated on the job sites every few days or atleast once a week. May be others can do the same. This way you are also unknowingly very familiar with what you have written in your resume.
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    Do you have any questions for us ?

    What to say if you left the last job due to a failure of promised payment increment within a given period? I have already replied to an interviewer the truth when he asked why did I leave the last job. Should one tell this truth or hide this? Chetana Ma'am please reply. Regards, Deboo
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    How Often You Should Update Your Resume

    Atleast on Monster I have seen that after updating my resume, I got more emails from employers/recruiters. Later I read somewhere that updating the resume makes our resume at the top of the search lists. So if you want to top the employers' / recruiters' lists, u p d a t e often.
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    Guide me for doing CCNA certification

    There are people who are certified but do not have hands-on experience. There are people who have hands-on experience but not certified. Then there are people who have hands-on experience and are certified too. If you are getting hands-on routers and switches already, then go ahead for your ccna. But if not, then too there are a few companies who take up ccna freshers these days. So see where you want to be in the next 2 years and act accordingly.Regards,Deboo
  9. I need a list of IT companies between Thane and Dadar area and the ones in Seepz. Does anyone know where can I find this info? Regards, Deboo
  10. Dear Swarnendu,I have the same problem too but unlike you, I have good experience. My gap is not in my educational career but in my work career. I tell the truth that I was in to my family business for these many years. And it's accepted if you are confident. I was not asked any questions after this answer at many interviews. So, ask yourself what were you doing in this gap and frame a good answer. Maybe others can help you better on this.Regards,Deboo
  11. I would expect atleast Chetana Ma'am would comment/reply.
  12. Now this is again confusing me since on the Resume Tips page at chetanasinterview.com it is mentioned: From the Resume Tips: I was also told not to include a cover letter. They said, "it's not important these days and not needed. When I asked, "why then is there a cover letter option on clickjobs.com?" They said, "since it's a portal and employers first read the cover letter before reading a resume". I have never before used a cover letter for jobs. Only after reading the Resume Tips, I changed my resume a lot and also made 2 or 3 nice cover letters. In one case, I did not get a reply from a consultant for many days after I sent them my resume. So, I sent them my resume again, along with a cover letter and at the top, mentioned that I was resending my resume. I instantly got a phone call. So, should we include a cover letter or not? Also, elsewhere someone suggested not to use more than one page for my resume and that person is from the same tech. field I am from. Still he said, "no more than one page" and "omit the jobs which are outside the field or irrelevant to the position you are applying for". And, "in a general manner, its good to have a different resume for each job you apply to, targeting it towards the requirements of the job applied for. Having a general resume for all jobs is bad business." Regards, Deboo P.S.: My previous post in this thread was meant to be two posts but got mixed up. Can someone please move this thread to the career helpline please?
  13. I read elsewhere on the forum asking if there should be a resume service. I could not find that url. I would like that there be a resume service here but if possible, please charge a medium fee. Jobsahead, Naukri, Clickjobs - all ask a high fee for the service. Can you also post some sample resume formats for as many different types of jobs as possible? For tech. and non. tech. resume? Even after using many of the tips from the resume writing tips page, I got a lot of negative feedback from clickjobs resume assessment. Doesn't mean that the resume writing tips were wrong, but some things I guess are just missing from the tips page and would help everyone if included. But this is confusing for me as some things told by clickjobs people contradict to what is said on the tips page. I am including below the negatives about my resume as told by them. Please, can you comment on these and tell me what is really the right way? These are the things I was told to change: 1. Do not put the word "Resume" or "CV" . There is no need for this nowadays so remove it. 2. Do not put t any "headers" in your resume document. (I had put a mice header which included the title of job I want plus my years of experience. Is this wrong? I put it only after reading the resume tips article). 3. Do not put the summary in to a box and also do not have a box for your personal details. Put them plain. Put the most important summary first. 4. Instead of putting the word "Resume". just put your full name in the top center, your address on the top left, your email and phone on top right. That's all that is needed on the first page from personal details. Your D.O.B. and languages known should go at the end of the 3rd page or last page. Remove the "nationality" and "marital status" from personal details. They are not needed. 5. Put the word "professional qualifications" instead of technical qualifications. 6. Put the computer skills on the third page. 7. Use the word roles instead of "responsibilities". 8. Do not mention the place of company in each of th e work experience headings. 9. Remove the "miscellaneous" heading which is at the end of your resume and remove the contents too. After I explained that those were some projects I did as a freelancer, they said, "do not put the Miscellaneous" heading, just mention these with bulleted text without a heading at the end, but before the D.O.B. and languages known). Regards, Deboo
  14. Due to some family problems and a long term illness, I had to quit job twice so there are two gaps of nearly two years each in my professional career and this is clear from my resume too. Even with these gaps I was in touch with IT by reading tech magazines and using a PC at home, learning and trying out things in my free time - but that does not count as experience, does it? I have thought of telling about these gaps at interviews and told this at my last interview too and still got that job. A small firm again, though. Now, I wish to try at medium sized firms or may be MNCs (KPOs etc). In what way should I mention thee gaps and also what do I need to do so as to gain the interviewer's confidence? -- Regards, Deboo P.S.: This post links to a previous post by me HERE
  15. I read elsewhere in this forum that most MNCs won't even look at my resume if my percentage is below 60. And over that I am not even a graduate, nor a real HSC. Two years ago I had tried a tech support job at Sutherland. I think I passed the written test as well as the technical interview but failed the personal interview (was over confident having passed the technical test and interview). Also, should I try an MNC or would it be a waste of time since I am not a graduate and also have very less percentage in SSC (well, third grade). Should I try for a KPO since I have decent writing skill and have sound technical knowledge and quite a few years' experience too? -- Regards, Deboo P.S.: Here's a link to my previous post and yet another HERE
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    To MNC or not, that is the question!

    I am waiting for others' suggestions too. Will full time grad. be possible along with a job? Does that mean 5 years of studying full time? Please expalin what you mean by 'salaried employee'. I hope others will reply too. Regards, Deboo
  17. Maybe this is the case in MNCs only where they make you fill up the forms. I did not have to fill any forms even in the reputed company I worked for 2 years. But I certainly filled up this kind of form for Sutherland Global. Small forms and many medium-sized firms also, I think, do not fill such forms. Or may be I am wrong and this has started now? Is it that way now? But anyway, even if I need to fill that info, I will get an opportunity for the interview, yes or no? Regards, Deboo
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    how abt openings in linux.

    Hi Alad, Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux! The different 'types of Linux' you have heard about are just different distros. The heart of all of them is the kernel which is the same for every distro. Only the extra packages with each distro differ. Some Linux distros are completely free, open-source like Debian/GNU Linux which is a volunteer-led project. It's also one of the most stable and secure. Other major distros include RedHat, RedHat's Fedora (A new distro, containing all the free stuff from RedHat also open-source, Novell's SuSE Linux (Nice to use if you are new to Linux because it's more Windows-oriented, Windows-like), then there is SlackWare for the geeks, Mandrake/Mandriva (similar to and based on RedHat). If you do not wish to install a distro, you can try out one of the Live CD distros (Knoppix etc) which boot off the CD in to the live Linux system. No need to install anything. For a smaller version, try Damn Small Linux (about 50 MB). It's wonderful! If you are new to Linux, I suggest you get the DSL or Knoppix ( which are Debian/GNU based). Just boot the CD and try them. If you want to learn Linux and are good at commands, have used MS-DOS before, then I suggest getting the Linux CookBook from oreilly. It's a very nice book without much details and to the point. Question-Answer form. But if you want to try other books. Here are some free books, howtos, guides and manual pages. Do not get confused by the large amount of material available. Start with the Linux FAQ. If you are already doing Network+, then the networking part of Linux would be easier since your network concepts will be clear. Regarding Linux certification, there are three ways to go - either the proprietary RedHat's RHCE, or CompTIA's Linux+ or LPI.org's LPIC-1/2/3. I prefer LPI but CompTIA is similar since it is vendor independent. If you want more info or help how to study and any study material, pm me or mail me. Hope that helps. Regards, Deboo
  19. Please give some links where one can test writing skills. -- Regards, Deboo
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    How long is your Resume ???

    At a resume assessment by clickjobs, I was told that nowadays we need not and should not send a cover letter with the resume. That they were needed in olden times. This surprised me because I have read so many people say good things about cover letters, so I asked why is there a cover letter option in the clickjobs portal then. They said since it is an online thing and since the employers would first read the cover letter and little details, before reading the resume. I would like comments on this. I myself believe using cover letters and amazingly, after using email cover letter resume, I am getting more replies than ever. Even got phone calls, when I used some real nice cover letter. They showed me a person's resume who had 18 years of experience with just a 3 page resume, which their resume writer wrote. So does that mean that even many years' experienced people should write a 3 page resume only? -- Regards, Deboo
  21. When I asked this Q, I had a professional gray in my personal details box, but after an HR consultant assessed my resume and told me there should not be any color in resumes, I removed the gray color. By the way this assessment was from clickjobs.com. I would like to know if other people too attended this free resume assessment. Note that about 2 years ago, the first interview I attended and got that job. The resume I sent them was extremely colorful and that too on a fully black background. I did it just as a trial that time but surprisingly got the job. Seems kind of strange - a black background resume with pretty geeky colors, doesn't it? -- Regards, Deboo P.S.: The first post in this thread was meant to be a poll, but the poll did not post even though I had enabled the poll and typed in the options too. Is that a browser dependant feature?
  22. I have seen quite a few resumes who use colors. How many of you use colors? Is it professional to use colors or a plain black text on white bacground the only professional looking resume.
  23. I am scratching my head hard to understand what you really mean by taking advantage. There is another answer I got from someone, who assessed my resume. I was told not to put the "duration" for the jobs in my resume and when asked how long I worked for whichever job, I could tell it in no. of months or years instead from this to this month or year. This was told by an HR consultant. I think I will try this and see. -- Regards, Deboo
  24. Dear Chetana Ma'am, Please include a separate forum for Technical Support/System Administrators also. Why are the forums here mostly for software professionals? And only one networking forum? May be you should start a poll for this but I do not know how many users really reply the poll. There are mostly silent users on forums :-) -- Regards, Deboo
  25. Hello Chetana Ma'am! I was just about to post a new thread for this and hit upon this article by you! Nice co-incidence! Can you please tell me a bit more the requirements for becoming a tech. writer. I do not have a degree in English or in technology. Can I still become a tech. writer? I am interested in writing, though. And have good tech. expertise. Is that enough for becoming a tech. writer/documentation engineer? -- Regards, Deboo