Thursday, December 29, 2011

God's Coffee

Author unknown
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some
expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:
"If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.
Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.
What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each other's cups.
Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live.
Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided us."
God brews the coffee, not the cups.......... Enjoy your coffee! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Santa Claus in our life

By Vinod Bidwaik

Are you Santa?

This incident happened almost 14 years back. One of the bikers hit my mother and she felt on the road. It was an accident where most of the people on the road ran towards her. However everybody was just discussing what to do. One of the youth came forward from the crowd; he stopped one rickshaw and authoritatively asked driver to take rickshaw at the hospital. Meanwhile, I along with my elder brother reached at the spot.  She suffered a head injury and was in the hospital for one month. She had lot of problem in future but her life was saved.

The youth who helped her and supported us to take her in hospital was working in nearby Cinema Theater as a door-boy. He was just passing by the road and showed his responsiveness.

I never forget him and his gesture.  

Few years back I used to drive bike in the city. We were going back from the market, all of sudden; one youth approached us and told, “Hey, check your bike stand.” If he would have not been told me this, we would have been in big trouble at next turning.

I also recognize the responsiveness of second youth who saved us from injury, minor or major.
On this Christmas, when I look back, I recognize both of above as Santa Claus. They gifted us something. There are lot many people in our life who come and support us, help us internationally and unintentionally. Off course the first in the list is our family members, our parents, siblings and spouse, who may have sacrifice for us to make us grow and successful. Children make us happy. Their love relieves our stress and gives the hope of the future. This is one of the precise gifts to any parents.  They give the love without expecting something for us.

They are also Santa for us. Their gift is always long living.       
We need to take a wider and balcony view of the people in our life. The person who interviews you and gives you the opportunity to work is also a Santa. Off course, you are selected due to your talent, but then there are lot many talented candidates in the row and still you are selected. That person has the vision to identify your talent and not others.  

In my life, I also recognize all such people who gave me the opportunity to grow as a professional. They are also Santa for me.

I was watching the reality show, Bigg Boss on TV. One of the participants, Rajesawari, told a very good philosophy to the show anchor, Sanjay Datta while entering in the house.  She states, “We need to see the happy moments through the magnifying glasses so that they appear big and sad moments through the microscope to make appear them small.”  I fully support her metaphor. We also need to identify and recognize the people who may have contributed not in a big way, but make your life happy for this.  The moments, they brought are the gifts like given by Santa.  

At the end of the day, we also can play the role of Santa in the life of others. No big deal; only small gestures will help…

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and wish for a wonderful new year ahead…


Tuesday, December 27, 2011


A young man presented himself to the local expert on gems and said he wanted to become a gemologist. The expert brushed him off because he feared that the youth would not have the patience to learn. The young man pleaded for a chance. Finally the expert consented and told the youth, "Be here tomorrow."

The next morning the expert put a jade stone in the boy's hand and told him to hold it. The expert then went about his work, cutting, weighing, and setting gems. The boy sat quietly and waited.

The following morning the expert again placed the jade stone in the youth's hand and told him to hold it. On the third, fourth, and fifth day the expert repeated the exercise and the instructions.

On the sixth day the youth held the jade stone, but could no longer stand the silence. "Master," he asked, "when am I going to learn something?"

"You'll learn," the expert replied and went about his business.

Several more days went by and the youth's frustration mounted. One morning as the expert approached and beckoned for him to hold out his hand, he was about to blurt out that he could go no longer. But as the master placed the stone in the youth's hand, the young man exclaimed without looking at his hand, "This is not the same jade stone!"

"You have begun to learn," said the master.

"We do not learn in one night, learning requires patience, if we can keep patience then only we can be flourished with knowledge"

Monday, December 26, 2011


Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

What Are The Hidden Costs Of A Poorly Written Resume?

By  Todd Goldstein 

What could you possibly earn if you had the right resume? Gone are the days where employers went only on referrals or had you fill out a job application. Now there is one standard evaluation – the resume. You have one chance to set yourself apart from the other tens or even hundreds of applicants vying for your desired position, and that chance is your resume. Because you can’t explain the reasons in person for your career change, or why you stayed home with your kids, or why you only stayed at a job for a year – or countless other things that come up in the course of life – you have to rely on a resume to tell your story accurately, positively, and in a way that makes an impression

How To Decide What Goes On Your Resume?
It goes without saying that you need to convey your superior work ethic, reliability, interpersonal skills, and willingness to be a team player. Without those attributes, employers will move right along. But those “soft skills,” dubbed as such by recruiter’s who focus on matching experience with job descriptions, will only get you so far. 

To be invited in for an interview, your resume needs to match the job description that you are applying for. That does not mean you can copy parts of the job description. In doing so you will only shoot yourself in the foot and take yourself out of the running for future openings, especially if you put phony information on a resume. Lying on your resume will only lead to more problems. 

But why accept a less than exceptional resume. Many people have a hard time “tooting their own horn”. In doing so, they fail to mention in their resumes all the relevant things they have done, that match the open position they are applying for. The average job search lasts 18 weeks, according to the National Bureau of Labor, and the average American salary is around 35k. Why risk losing nearly $12,000 when you can solve this simple issue now, by hiring an affordable, reputed resume service. 

With a few quick steps, you can be on your way to having a professional resume created. A certified resume writer can insert carefully crafted, accurate key phrases on your resume, that describe duties you have done and achievements you have made – without overstating things. 

The vast majority of job seekers are circulating resumes that are professional but not powerful, and they usually don't showcase the job seeker's most marketable skills. 

To help you start properly showcasing your value as an employee, Net-Temps has arranged for its subscribers to get VIP service at Resume2Hire, one of the premier national resume writing firms in both quality and affordability. Their resume writers have written over 10,000 resumes combined and have gotten thousands of people increases in salaries, entry back into the workforce, and more. To get more interviews and land a job faster, get your professional resume today! 

The Wrong Resume Can Cost you Over Five Figures!
You wouldn’t make an investment of 12,000 knowing that the money was never coming back, but without getting your resume professionally done, it equates to potentially the same thing. If you fall among the average American job seeker, the time from sending out resumes, to interview scheduling, to second interviews, to offer letter, to start date takes months. 

Succeeding In Your Job Search
Creating a compelling, accurate resume that truly speaks to the audience you present yourself is the way to land interviews. From there, it only gets easier. The more interviews you go on – the better chances you have of getting not only a job, but the job that you want. Once you are in front of the hiring manager or HR representative, you can create rapport, connect in-person, and explain away any potential concerns that might come up in your work history. Getting the initial interview is the hardest part. 

Friday, December 23, 2011


Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Conquering Salary Question Fears

By Michael Neece

Learn How to Get an Offer on Your Next Job Interview

 Today we're discussing how to confidently handle the most-feared job interview question: “The Salary Question.” In this segment, I'll give you several different ways to respond to this question and tell you what to do if interviewers ask multiple times. By giving you several options, you'll be able to create a response that feels comfortable and effective for you. I'll also describe what to do before you're asked “The Salary Question” and provide specific examples of what to say. I'll not only give you the strategy, I'll give you some examples. 

Career advisers generally agree that it is best to not be the one to first provide or mention a salary number. The job-seeker risk is high when replying too early to the salary question because the salary number is used to screen candidates from further consideration. Stating your salary requirements before you know the company's salary range is risky. 

Your overall strategy is to delay stating a specific salary number until the company has decided to hire you. Any discussion of compensation before this time runs a high risk of eliminating you from further consideration. Companies ask “The Salary Question” to ensure that your compensation is compatible with what they are willing to pay someone for a specific job. The problem is that when this discussion occurs too early in the interview process, the interviewers do not know how your compensation requirements compare to the value you can deliver. In the end, it is all about paying for results. Through the interview process, you have the opportunity to discuss the results you can deliver. At the end of the process, you are in a much stronger position to discuss compensation because the hiring manager understands the value you can deliver. It is in your best interest to delay the salary discussion until the company has decided it really wants to hire you. 

Companies are much less aggressive using “The Salary Question” when the job market is strong for the job applicants. Job markets favoring the applicant force hiring managers to focus on getting the best value from an employee. During a weak job market, companies feel they have the upper hand and can be more aggressive screening job seekers regarding salary. 

Know the Salary Range Before They Ask You
Before the interview or phone screen, research the salary range for your occupation. and are two web sites that provide salary range data. You can find out what companies are paying for your occupation in your industry and location. Corporations use data from these web sites to compare internal salary ranges against what other companies are paying for similar positions. When using the sites I just mentioned, you are researching salary ranges from many companies. The salary range for a specific company may be quite different, but it is likely to be similar to the broader salary ranges for your locale.

Your Strategy for Handling “The Salary Question”
When you are asked “The Salary Question,” your response strategy is as follows:
  1. Don't give them a salary number
  2. State your interest in the position
  3. Express your openness to discuss salary later
Here is an example of how this strategy might sound when the interviewer asks, “What are your salary requirements?” 

You smile and confidently say:
“I'd rather not give you a specific salary number right now. I am very interested in this opportunity with your firm, and I'll be thrilled to discuss salary after we've mutually concluded I'm a strong fit for your company.”
I can hear you saying to me, “Hmm, that might work some of the time, Michael, but I'm not comfortable saying those words to avoid giving them a number.” All right! Let's try another approach.
If you're already a user of Interview Mastery you'll recognize this strategy from the Interview Mastery module titled “Handling the Salary Question.” 

Second Time They Ask: Salary Range
Sometimes interviewers ask about salary a second time or in a different way. They often ask, “What is your current or most recent salary?” This question is more specific and feels more difficult to handle without providing a salary number.
Your response strategy remains the same; you don't want to state a number first. So your response to their second inquiry about your salary might sound like the following: 

“I understand that you need to make sure my salary requirements and your salary range are aligned. Please share with me the salary range, and I'll tell how my salary fits in your range.” 

This second response almost always works, and the company representative reveals the salary range. Then you respond by saying approximately where your salary requirements are within their range. 

You're not going to let me off the hook this easy. You're probably asking, “What do I say if they ask me again to give them a salary number?” 

Third Time They Ask: Multiple Job Factors
If the interviewer or phone screener asks you a third time about your salary your strategy remains the same and you can say the following: “When deciding on a position, I consider the following factors: quality of the opportunity; quality of the company and the people I'd be working with; growth potential; location; and finally compensation. Compensation is the least important criteria I use to evaluate a position. So far, I'm impressed with what I have learned about this opportunity and remain very interested. What is the salary range you have established for this role?” 

Remember that the first person to give a salary number is at a disadvantage. You want to discuss salary only when they are absolutely convinced they can't live without you. It is at this point that you have negotiating leverage…and not until then. 

Craft a response that feels comfortable for you and practice saying it. Decide right now that you are not going to discuss salary until you are ready. Using this response strategy and the examples I've just given you could make the difference between you getting a job or being eliminated from further consideration. Your response to this frequent question will definitely influence the salary you are offered. You are worth it! So get ready to confidently handle “The Salary Question” and a few other difficult questions and you will secure a great job. 

Handling difficult interview questions can be uncomfortable unless you know how to best handle them and have practiced responding to these questions. This is why Interview Mastery was built…to help you be confident and ready to get hired during your next job interview. 

The job interview is the most important moment in your job search. The career success you enjoy is directly related to your job interview skills. When you have interview skills, you control your career during the bad economic times and the good times. 

Good luck on your next interview. You're going to be awesome!