Many times, it is seen that a person is very talented but it becomes very difficult for him/her to get a job.It is seen that the entire selection process is not only a test of your technical skills/managerial skills , but also your attitude,temperament which is well tested through a series of interviews.

It starts right from your first round of interviews where they take an initial test till the last round of HR interview where they try to see your convincing skills and also your loyalty for the previous company(the worst reason to tell the HR guy about the job change would be “My previous company/team has X/Y/Z problems which leads to bad-mouthing your previous employer”).

Just happened to overlook CareerBuilder, where they have listed out “Top ten reasons why you’re not finding a job” as given below:

  1. You’re not making finding a job a job itself!!
  2. You haven’t developed a system of finding a job.
  3. You have an unrealistic idea about the market for your skills.
  4. You aren’t acknowledging the psychological and emotional stress that changing jobs entails.
  5. You ignore small businesses.
  6. You don’t recognize that face-to-face interviews are the only things that matter.
  7. You don’t prepare well for interviews.
  8. You’re not selling yourself.
  9. You have the attitude, “What can you do for me?
  10. You give poor reasons for leaving your job.

Do not miss out the Complete Article on CareerBuilder

Happy job searching!!!

Finally,I am off to Chennai for Proto.in
Looking forward to all the interesting ideas created by the 30 startups and how does it feel to listen to 25 VCs from around the country.

Events like Proto.in would definitely change the face of Indian entrepreneurship.

Some of the VCs that would be present are:

I hope that along with taking photographs and listening to the VCs speak,I would try to blog the event live just I did in BarCamp Bangalore 2.0

Read this one on Economic Times and found it very interesting.An article on how to pitch VCs and how much an entrepreneur should be aware his product and the market he would target with that product.

A small excerpt from this article is below:
What is common between a good venture capitalist (VC) pitch and stand-up comedy? In both the cases, a perfectly timed and delivered spiel can make or break your career. A comedian begins with a killer opening and keeps rolling to peak a couple of minutes later. He makes a graceful exit with a customary greeting, leaving the audience yelling, whistling and clapping.

The urban legend regarding start-ups is that you get a two-minute shot to reveal your plan and what it is good for. All this is done in such a way that the venture capitalist, with whom you’ve jumped into a cab or elevator, will write you a cheque one day. You want to win over your audience so that it supports your idea with its heart, soul, mind – and money.

Winning these, in a start-up business, means you have to construct a short and snappy sales pitch of your idea. In Mumbai, like in the Silicon Valley, face-time with a VC is limited. So, be prepared to make your only shot your best shot. The time window is small, hence the idea has to be crisp and clear.

Read the Complete Article

The toughest question on earth is “Can you tell me,whether your manager is good or bad?”.Yes, I know , this has made you think and this is the question which I have always found very difficult to answer.

After scratching my head for a long time, I came up with two articles listed below:
My current read is Winning-The Answers by Jack Welch, an interesting book about Management.I just came across a very good Chapter(#13)“When to Cut the Cord” where he has mentioned about Four kinds of managers.

This classification is done on how well they perform ie. deliver results and how well they demonstrate good values such as candor and customer responsiveness.

TYPE#1(BEST):
Managers who deliver great results and adhere to good values are easy to cope up with.They should be rewarded at each and every opportunity.
TYPE#2:
Managers with poor results but good values deserve another chance, maybe in another position in the organization.
TYPE#3:
The third kind of manager,with great results and lousy is the kind that usually destroys the organizations.They deliver the numbers,but usually on the backs of their people.Companies very often keep these jerks around for way too long, destroying morale and trust as they do.
TYPE#4(JERKS):
This is poorest kind of manager.He’s got poor performance as well as poor values.Here,even if the manager has good technical expertise but, he may be a threat to major projects since his management skills are poor.These kind of managers should not be kept in the organization and should not be given any second chance.

“Search for “Search Engine” on Google and you would be amazed to see 86,700,000 searches and I think with Web 2.0 on the move, this number would be on the rise.

There are search engines like Google, Ask, AltaVista, WebCrawler,DogPile (to name a few) yield different results.I had also mentioned in my earlier article about the new interactive search engine ChaCha.There is a new search engine on the block – Kakle.com

Search for “Himanshu Sheth” on Kakle and you get the following results(in the image):

There are many reasons to watch out for Kakle:
a. A free 5 GB email account
b. Comparison of different search engines eg. The relative rank of the sam search in search engines like Google, Yahoo, AltaVista
c. Kakle messenger
d. Mobile downloads
e. Uploading of videos free of cost

So, now you can say “Happy Kalking” instead of “Happy Googling”!!!

Searching for a patent was never so simple!!!After Google Book Search, Google now brings Google Patent Search and it is based on a similar technology as Google book search.

Google Patent Search(currently in the Beta stage), can currently search through more than 7 million US patents dating from 1790. The site, which will add additional patents over time, uses the same underlying technology as Google’s existing book search.

So, now it not only easy to see the creativity of others but also get creative.This would definitely help lots of young creative minds in filing patents.

Read the Complete Article

After BlogCamp(2006),this is another effort by the KTF(The Knowledge Foundation) to bring Entrepreneurs,Tech-enthusiasts under one roof and this time they have 30 startups and 25 VCs with them.I am sure Proto.in would be a great event and I would be there on January 21st,2007.

Business World covered Proto.in and below is a small excerpt from the article(Got it from the Proto Blog):

So,from this you can feel it would be a great event and registrations are still open on proto.in/register

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Many a times, when I try to market my blog, people ask me “What is the worth of your blog?” or “What are the various ways in which we can earn money by blogging?”. May be a better question to start with could be “What do you blog about?” and than they could have asked the previous question. And damn,”Who cares how much money I earn as long as I get visitors and comments”.

The thing which pains here is that there are so many like these who are interested only in making money and not for making meaning. I do agree, money is important for everyone but idea is more important. Most of the entrepreneurs think that the primary motive of starting a company is just making money but that should not be the case. If you have a good idea definitely you will make money. But this post is not about starting a company but blogging for a reason.

Below are some of the points that would make Blogging meaningful, effective and advantageous:

a. Never blog against your employer:
It is very important not to blog against the organization with whom you are associated with. During my BlogCamp visit in September-2006, this was the first question “Are there any people who have lost jobs due to blogging”. Also, check out my post previous post “Be careful while you blog”.So check if your manager is around before you start blogging!!!

b. Meaning makes a difference:
Choose a particular theme for your blog. If you blog on meditation, stick to that else people won’t be interested in what you write. Also, if you find some good stuff on the Internet, which comes under the same category do not hesitate to put it on my blog (provided you supply a link to the original post else it would lead to copyright issues).This would increase the no of readers who come back to your blog.

c. Make better contacts:
I recollect the early days when I started blogging and it was just a hobby. But now, I love to blog and read other’s blogs. One reason to this is “I get noticed because of my blog which makes me feel more positive. It helps me make more friends and I feel I am somewhat ahead than the normal crowd (who are not taking the full advantage of the internet)”. I got many contacts on Linked In (the business networking site) and the sole reason is my blog.
This suggests that there are some secret readers of your blog and you are able to send your message to the world.

d. Blogrolling good blogs:
Never hesitate to blog roll good blogs. This has four advantages:
a. People would find a centralized database where they would find good piece of information.
b. It would tempt people to come back to your blog and believe me they would yearn to read your blog.
c. This would help more bloggers linking to your blog and your rank will go higher in Technorati blog search.
d. This is the most important. It would demonstrate your business and marketing sense since, business is nothing but building new relations.

e. Market your blog:
Any succesful product without proper marketing is a waste!! The best tool to market your blog is the good old word of mouth marketing. Also, It would be better to include your blog in your email signatures, business cards etc. I have found a different way of marketing my blog ie. Very soon, I would be rolling out T-Shirts with my blog and the theme of my blog written on it and believe me, this idea is not coming from the marketer’s book 🙂

PS: There are some points which I would have missed, please include those in the comments or mail me on himanshu.sheth@gmail.com