Sunday, 4 December 2016

Aspiring call center executives after not selected in interviews

The purpose of hiring callers in BPO (call center) is to communicate with someone on the other side for a purpose like replying to queries (inbound) or making a sales pitch (outbound). Hiring of candidates at times is based too much on accent. You are more often asked to speak something about yourself. Similar questions could be narrate what you did before coming to the interview today. This is perhaps not just to check your fluency but whether you can speak neutral English that is free of mother tongue impact. Here is an excerpt of experience of a former IBM, Microsoft, AT&T, Dell call center agent: The passing rates were very low due to high benchmarks set by reputed clients (Fortune 500)....
If you are selected, it is great. The way forward for someone repeatedly not selected could be to focus on core area. If you are supposed to sell products to UK customers, you definitely need to speak in a way that UK people find comfortable with. So, accent is definitely important. Now, if you have English as second language in secondary examination, you have perhaps a base to start with. Read More...

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Career strategy for apprentice SEO

In India, business process outsourcing (BPO) is a flourishing business. There are many call centers providing SEO services to offshore clients, mainly from US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In these BPOs as part of internet marketing, there are many freshers who are employed as SEO doing activities like article submission, listing of local business on search engines and directories. These SEO professionals work in association with content writers who provide them with articles, press releases, blogs to be distributed over the web as per instructions by clients and in-house managers. Read More...

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

College Admissions Essay Secrets: Top 10 Essay Writing Tips

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 1. Don't Thesaurusize Your Essay. Do Use Your Own Voice.

Admissions officers can tell Roget from an 18-year-old high school senior. Big words, especially when misused, detract from the essay, inappropriately drawing the reader's attention and making the essay sound contrived.

Before: Although I did a plethora of activities in high school, my assiduous efforts enabled me to succeed.

After: Although I juggled many activities in high school, I succeeded through persistent work.

2. Don't Bore the Reader. Do Be Interesting.

Admissions officers have to read hundreds of essays, and they must often skim. Abstract rumination has no place in an application essay. Admissions officers aren't looking for a new way to view the world; they're looking for a new way to view you the applicant. The best way to grip your reader is to begin the essay with a captivating snapshot. Notice how the slightly jarring scene depicted in the "after" creates intrigue and keeps the reader's interest. 

Before: The college admissions and selection process is a very important one, perhaps one that will have the greatest impact on one's future. The college that a person will go to often influences his personality, views, and career.

After: An outside observer would have called the scene ridiculous: a respectable physician holding the bell of his stethoscope to the chest of a small stuffed bear.

2. Do Use Personal Detail. Show, Don't Tell!

Good essays are concrete and grounded in personal detail. They do not merely assert "I learned my lesson" or that "these lessons are useful both on and off the field." They show it through personal detail. "Show don't tell," means if you want to relate a personal quality, do so through your experiences and do not merely assert it.

Before: I developed a new compassion for the disabled.

After: The next time Mrs. Cooper asked me to help her across the street, I smiled and immediately took her arm. 

The first example is vague and could have been written by anybody. But the second sentence evokes a vivid image of something that actually happened, placing the reader in the experience of the applicant.

4. Do Be Concise. Don't Be Wordy.

Wordiness not only takes up valuable space, but it also can confuse the important ideas you're trying to convey. Short sentences are more forceful because they are direct and to the point. Certain phrases such as "the fact that" are usually unnecessary. Notice how the revised version focuses on active verbs rather than forms of "to be" and adverbs and adjectives.

Before: My recognition of the fact that the project was finally over was a deeply satisfying moment that will forever linger in my memory.

After: Completing the project at last gave me an enduring sense of fulfillment.

5. Don't Use Slang, Yo!

Write an essay, not an email. Slang terms, clichés, contractions, and an excessively casual tone should be eliminated. Here's one example of inappropriately colloquial language.

Well here I am thinking about what makes me tick. You would be surprised. What really gets my goat is when kids disrespect the flag. My father was in 'Nam and I know how important the military is to this great nation.

6. Do Vary Your Sentences and Use Transitions.

The best essays contain a variety of sentence lengths mixed within any given paragraph. Also, remember that transition is not limited to words like nevertheless, furthermore or consequently. Good transition flows from the natural thought progression of your argument.

Before: I started playing piano when I was eight years old. I worked hard to learn difficult pieces. I began to love music.

After: I started playing the piano at the age of eight. As I learned to   play more difficult pieces, my appreciation for music deepened.

7. Do Use Active Voice Verbs.

Passive-voice expressions are verb phrases in which the subject receives the action expressed in the verb. Passive voice employs a form of the verb to be, such as was or were. Overuse of the passive voice makes prose seem flat and uninteresting. 
Before: The lessons that prepared me for college were taught to me by my mother.

After: My mother taught me lessons that will prepare me for college.

8. Do Seek Multiple Opinions.

Ask your friends and family to keep these questions in mind:
  • Have I answered the question?
  • Does my introduction engage the reader? Does my conclusion provide closure?
  • Do my introduction and conclusion avoid summary?
  • Do I use concrete experiences as supporting details?
  • Have I used active-voice verbs wherever possible?
  • Is my sentence structure varied, or do I use all long or short sentences?
  • Are there any clichés such as cutting edge or learned my lesson?
  • Do I use transitions appropriately?
  • What about the essay is memorable?
  • What's the worst part of the essay?
  • What parts of the essay need elaboration or are unclear?
  • What parts of the essay do not support my main argument?
  • Is every single sentence crucial to the essay? This must be the case.
  • What does the essay reveal about my personality?

9. Do Answer the Question.

Many students try to turn a 500-word essay into a complete autobiography. Not surprisingly, they fail to answer the question and risk their chances of attending college. Make sure that every sentence in your essay exists solely to answer the question.

10. Do Revise, Revise, Revise.

The first step in an improving any essay is to cut, cut, and cut some more. EssayEdge.com's free admissions essay help course and Harvard-educated editors will be invaluable as you polish your essay to perfection. The EssayEdge.com free help course guides you through the entire essay-writing process, from brainstorming worksheets and question-specific strategies for the twelve most common essay topics to a description of ten introduction types and editing checklists.

SAMPLE ESSAY

The sun sleeps as the desolate city streets await the morning rush hour. Driven by an inexplicable compulsion, I enter the building along with ten other swimmers, inching my way toward the cold, dark locker room of the Esplanada Park Pool. One by one, we slip into our still-damp drag suits and make a mad dash through the chill of the morning air, stopping only to grab pull-buoys and kickboards on our way to the pool. Nighttime temperatures in coastal California dip into the high forties, but our pool is artificially warmed to seventy-nine degrees; the temperature differential propels an eerie column of steam up from the water's surface, producing the spooky ambience of a werewolf movie. Next comes the shock. Headfirst immersion into the tepid water sends our hearts racing, and we respond with a quick set of warm-up laps. As we finish, our coach emerges from the fog. He offers no friendly accolades, just a rigid regimen of sets, intervals, and exhortations. 

Thus starts another workout. 4,500 yards to go, then a quick shower and a five-minute drive to school. Then it's back to the pool; the afternoon training schedule features an additional 5,500 yards. Tomorrow, we start over again. The objective is to cut our times by another tenth of a second. The end goal is to achieve that tiny, unexplainable difference at the end of a race that separates success from failure, greatness from mediocrity. Somehow we accept the pitch--otherwise, we'd still be deep in our mattresses, slumbering beneath our blankets. In this sport, the antagonist is time. Coaches spend hours in specialized clinics, analyze the latest research on training technique, and experiment with workout schedules in an attempt to defeat time. Yet there are no shortcuts to winning, and workouts are agonizing. 

I took part in my first swimming race when I was ten years old. My parents, fearing injury, directed my athletic interests away from ice hockey and into the pool. Three weeks into my new swimming endeavor, I somehow persuaded my coach to let me enter the annual age group meet. To his surprise (and mine), I pulled out an "A" time. I furthered my achievements by winning "Top 16" awards for various age groups, setting club records, and being named National First Team All-American in the 100-Butterfly and Second Team All-American in the 200-Medley. I have since been elevated to the Senior Championship level, which means the competition now includes world-class swimmers. I am aware that making finals will not be easy from here--at this level, success is measured by mere tenths of a second. In addition, each new level brings extra requirements such as elevated weight training, longer weekend training sessions, and more travel from home. Time with friends is increasingly spent in the pursuit of the next swimming objective. 

Sometimes, in the solitude of the laps, my thoughts transition to events in my personal life. This year, my grandmother suffered a reoccurrence of cancer, which has spread to her lungs. She had always been driven by good spirits and independence, but suddenly my family had to accept the fact that she now faces a limited timeline. A few weeks later, on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, my grandfather--who lives in Japan--learned he had stomach cancer. He has since undergone successful surgery, but we are aware that a full recovery is not guaranteed. When I first learned that they were both struck with cancer, I felt as if my own objective, to cut my times by fractions of a second, seemed irrelevant, even ironic, given the urgency of their mutual goals: to prolong life itself. Yet we have learned to draw on each other's strengths for support--their fortitude helps me overcome my struggles while my swimming achievements provide them with a vicarious sense of victory. When I share my latest award or triumph story, they smile with pride, as if they themselves had stood on the award stand. I have the impression that I would have to be a grandparent to understand what my medals mean to them.

My grandparents' strength has also shored up my determination to succeed. I have learned that, as in swimming, life's successes often come in small increments. Sometimes even the act of showing up at a workout when your body and psyche are worn out separates a great result from a failure. The difference between success and failure is defined by the ability to overcome strong internal resistance. I know that, by consistently working towards my goals--however small they may seem--I can accomplish what I set for myself, both in and beyond the swimming pool.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Dollar outweighs pound


Every dollar comes with a ‘doll’ embedded in it. Love for dolls is universal. All of us before growing up spend a lot of time playing with dolls. And here goes a saying 'a father is a child of a man' ('mother doll of woman').

No wonder, having a thing about dolls remains throughout life with many consistently shedding pounds accumulating dollar for the dolls (to get her they stand, together they fall).



Friday, 16 September 2016

H and L from highness perspective


Alphabets or letters are building blocks of any word. So, they must be important by themselves on a stand-alone basis. The shape of an alphabet when it is pronounced, how it appears when it is written should be crucial. Words are nothing but permutation and combination of 26 letters (English).

If we start from the right, we enter a whole new world compared to the left. So, the first letter must be important for any word. Initialization is important even in computer programming.

By shape, H appears to be part of ladder L to climb up (head, hill, heaven) or down (heel, hole, hell) on a level-playing land. L for low, leg, last; H for high, head, heaven.

Top people associated with movements are leaders, those in administrative hierarchy heads and captains. A leader leads or lifts or launches a movement from below; head and captain administer from the position of top!

Despite H in this article standing for highness, harsh-sounding words like harsh are harsh to hear. Just like the placement of zero is important for digits, so maybe the case for each letter in words.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Then and now: Think Python and learning computer programming free

During the early 1990s, there was a spurt of private educational houses in cities in India providing computer training. Computer use was increasing and its future (IT History) rightly looked promising. Access to the computer was mainly limited to offices. Trainees used to pay a premium for learning something which they learn by themselves in home/school these days.

When it comes to computer programming, object-oriented programming with C++ was the place to start with. With limited study materials in hand and the high cost of books, learning software programming was a privilege. Some of the training institutions were excellent, but time allocated could be as low as five hours a week in a batch of around 20 candidates. Within nine months, you were expected to use the mouse for the first time to write customized C++ software codes. Add to it the fact that computer was not available in most homes. Candidates used to feel lucky if they could use the computer in so-called drome (another word for a pool of computers assembled for candidates so that they could practice). Read More...

Friday, 2 September 2016

Houseful Syndrome

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If a gentleman shows in an open crowd that he is in possession of a bundle of currency notes, it is overwhelming to label that gentleman acting like a child or fool for the time being. Yet, the same notion is observed in human behavior in other ways. For example, showcasing one’s worth in terms of branded clothes, etc., etc. These subtle ways to display one’s worth/power can be practiced by those who are ‘full’ with money, looks, etc., etc. In Hindi, there is a term ‘Paagal’ (पागल) which can be inferred as ‘पा के जो गल जाता है,’ or one who after having melts. This is close to a fool full of possession.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

How learning transcription opens new doors of opportunities in this digital environment


According to Speechpad, transcription is "[a] text document that contains a transcript of everything that is spoken in an audio or video file." Transcription is divided into two broad categories:


  • Medical Transcription:  The audio file is the voice of a physician dictating about patient interactions. The file is then listened by a medical transcriptionist who types it out as a text file, cross‐checked by editors before uploading to physician’s server.
  • General Transcription: Anything other than Medical Transcription. Includes Legal like court reporting, Business including speeches,lectures, podcasts. Read More...

Monday, 1 August 2016

Online lending platforms for loans when banks refuse




You are a budding entrepreneur with a bright idea but do not have enough time/resource/ knowhow to prepare detailed project report/business plan which is a precursor to get loan/capital for a startup business. Or, maybe you are a established entrepreneur who supplied goods on credit but finding it difficult to meet day-to-day cash obligations. Whatever your financial needs as an entrepreneur may be, you usually opt for business loans. Availing such business loans at easy, affordable terms is sometimes difficult from banks because of a lower credit score. Read More...


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Direct plan in mutual fund: Time for distributors to adapt by leveraging content sharing and adding new services


Direct plan in mutual fund means investors can directly invest in mutual fund schemes without involving distributors or mutual fund brokers through AMC website. Because of no distribution fees or trail fees paid to mutual fund brokers for such mutual fund schemes, expense ratio would be lower as compared to regular plans (investing through distributors/mutual fund brokers) thereby giving investors higher returns (0.5% to 1.5% p.a. depending upon the AMC expense ratio) compared to regular plans.

The hard truth is that online platform whereby a buyer can come in direct contact with seller has changed the distribution channel across sectors including insurance, mutual fund, real estate decreasing the importance of so-called brokers/middlemen/distributors/intermediaries. Read More...

Invested in equity shares? Consider starting business of share trading with zero cash

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You are holding equity shares of companies listed in stock exchanges. Maybe, your shares are lying for years, and you have not bothered to check their prices. Or, it may be that your target price is not met, and you prefer to wait. You are satisfied with your holdings and would not consider selling them because of growth that the company/companies recording and/or dividends distributed. In such scenarios, you can still use your current equity holdings to venture into the world of share trading.

Share trading and share investment are different. While share investment is done based on the fundamentals of companies, like how much year-on-year revenue and profit expected to be generated, share trading is based on short-term market fluctuations like an expected positive news flow from the central bank to reduce interest rate which should raise prices of bank shares. Unlike share investment in which you first purchase a script, there is no such compulsion in share trading: you can first sell a script (short selling) and later buy. It does not matter to you whether the price of the script goes up or down. What matters to you is the position that you have taken. In case you go short, you profit if the price of the script goes down and you square off the position (by buying at a lower price).

Share traders consider variables like the chart of a script that tracks likes of daily/monthly/yearly price movements, number of transactions carried at specific prices. This is called technicals of the script and believed to help forecast the near-term price. One of the skills you need to learn is understanding technical analysis for which you perhaps should do a course to start with. In case you have exposure to mathematical programming, software programming, you can come out with a customized automated system based upon your models.

This is a high-risk/high-reward job and requires thorough study as evident from a standard disclosure: Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Forex, Futures, Equity, and options trading has large potential rewards, but also large potential risk. You must be aware of the risks and be willing to accept them in order to invest in these markets. Do not trade with money you can not afford to lose. This is neither a solicitation nor an offer to Buy/Sell. No representation is being made that any account will or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those discussed in this document. The past performance of any trading system or methodology is not necessarily indicative of future results. Read More...

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Monday, 25 July 2016

Visual art in digital age, psychic automatism, and coming together of arts and commerce stream

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Art is not produced by nature but manmade. In mathematics or the laws of physics, there is merely discovering what is already there. But a piece of artwork has application of human imagination and perceived differently by individuals. Art is thus subjective when it comes to liking by an audience.

Elements of visual art are building blocks artists use to design their work. Formal elements are space, point, line, shape, color, value (light and dark), and texture. Using these as bricks, an artist creates a whole new world of visual experience.

While designing artwork, an artist selects his or her theme of dominance called ‘emphasis.’ To make artwork pleasant, visual combinations are used called building ‘harmony.’ ‘Unity of purpose' is maintained while depicting elements so that all parts appear related. 'Contrast’ such as using colors black and white in sequence makes artwork more dramatic or expressive.

Artistic mind refers to the natural ability of an individual to learn skills such as painting or photography. For some, it is easier to acquire artistic skills than others or are artistically talented. Painting of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, sculptor of Pieta by Michelangelo, architectures such as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, printmaking such as Pablo Picasso's 'Minotauromachy' are examples of popular visual art.Although beauty is one of the major objectives, bringing into notice harshness of life is also frequently part of an artist’s work.

Performing art (note difference with Performance art) such as dancing has been there for centuries exploring emotions with body movements of a dancer. Magic is yet another performance art. In conceptual art, the idea takes preponderance over physical identity.


Today, there is a flux of visual images around us, be it print or audio-video sources. Interpreting ideas conveyed by visible actions or images is called visual literacy. A picture, after all, is worth more than a thousand words. One of the challenges today in the world of marketing is to woo customers by images in brochures and advertising materials.


The human way of thinking rotates around rationality and imagination. While rationality relies on systematic learning by effort of the brain and senses and applying reasoning, imagination relies on intuition. The human body itself function in two ways, some are automatic, such as beating of the heart, and some are accomplished by active human endeavor such as walking. Similarly, our way of inner conception and outside communication is also guided by a combination of both.


While traditional classroom teaching relies more on rational means, still many times it has been found that people not having them have been able to succeed more in their fields by applying intuition and following automatic hunches from their subconscious mind which is popularly called as “psychic automatism.” 

Throughout history, artistic works of excellence are always said to be achieved when its creator got in a trance state where he/she surrendered to inner god or subconscious mind. World’s best painters such as Picasso and Michelangelo, poets like Stevenson, and many more who do not disclose them publicly, have been able to achieve their masterpieces relying more on inner impulses of the soul free from reasoning than anything else.

In the modern digital age, such “psychic automatism” is increasingly being expressed in newer ways such as using computers where artist selects buttons in trance state and the output gets recorded on monitor. Some call it like scribbling on paper in a half dream state. In visual art, it has been practiced in religious imagery throughout human civilization. During the last few decades, there has been renewed interest in understanding the power of subconscious mind and artistic works under psychic automatism form find their place in commercial advertisements which is perhaps a good thing as the same brings pupils of commerce and arts streams together.




Saturday, 16 July 2016

You are special!



We and I include "me" and so maybe selfish at times. "You" eliminates personal interest. Anyone opposite I needs to be respected. There is a decorum: ‘I and you like each other’ is not acceptable in English. It should be ‘You and I like each other.’

U and V-shaped costumes compete when decorating the neck of someone special. "V" is a sharp letter pointing down; "U" has a flexible and natural shape, which is like a garland.

You is also special in the sense that I say ‘You are special,’ in front of you, not ‘You is special.’


Ear balance


Ear bears the weight of upload of sound as we hear. The capacity to sense nearby tweets depends ultimately on our biological buildup and awareness. Nevertheless, the strain is always there reflected on burgeoning holes with the passage of time on those ears used to bear the weight of artificial cosmetics. To keep things in balance, though, there is not much fear to start with as initially sharp pierced holes take years to inflate after wearing and so should not bother those who celebrate theory of only today with tomorrow a myth. In the meantime, ear continues to soothe our longings for download of music leaving eye with tears.


Yes to yesterday


 
Tomorrow from one angle can be labeled as an illusion which will never find a day in reality. In reality, there will be today and our past experiences embedded into rows of yesterdays. So, no day for tomorrow.
Living in memories of yesterday is art practicing by which today becomes present and journey to future secure reflected in the quote “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever” by John Keats.