Monday, February 25, 2008

Tongue Twisters

Try to speak any of the following sentences continuously and
correctly for 10 times

Send toast to ten tense stout saints' ten tall tents.


Denise sees the fleece,
Denise sees the fleas.
At least Denise could sneeze
and feed and freeze the fleas.


Did Dick Pickens prick his pinkie pickling cheap cling peaches in an inch of Pinch or framing his famed French finch photos?

Six sleek swans swam swiftly southwards


Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?


Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.
Hick is American collequial for bumpkin


I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won't wish the wish you wish to wish.


There was a fisherman named Fisher
who fished for some fish in a fissure.
Till a fish with a grin,
pulled the fisherman in.
Now they're fishing the fissure for Fisher.


Luke's duck likes lakes. Luke Luck licks lakes. Luke's duck licks lakes. Duck takes licks in lakes Luke Luck likes. Luke Luck takes licks in lakes duck likes.


One-one was a race horse.
Two-two was one too.
One-one won one race.
Two-two won one too.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

12 Things your CV should NOT have

Your CV is your marketing brochure through which you try to sell a commodity, ie your skills to the potential buyer ie the prospective employer. The sole purpose of your CV is to fetch you an interview call. Nothing more, nothing less.

However, creating a CV isn't as simple as just using flowery language and pretty fonts. There are certain things that put recruiters off and if you want to make a good impression, make sure you do not commit these mistakes in what is arguably the most valuable document of your job hunt.

While the rules listed are well-founded, they are not carved in stone. At times you will need to break the rules. If you want to add these things knowingly and purposefully to your CV we advise you to do that.

The points mentioned here are not listed in the order of priority; instead they are listed in the sequence in which they usually appear on a CV.

~ Colorful or glossy paper and flashy fonts
Your CV is a formal, official document. Keep it simple.

~ Resume or CV at the top
Many people tend to add headings to their CV. The usual are CV, Curriculum Vitae and Resume. Do not do this.

~ Photographs until asked
Do not add your photo to the CV until you have been asked for it. Photographs are required only for certain types of positions like models, actors etc.

~ Usage of 'I', 'My', 'He', 'She'
Do not use these in your CV. Many candidates write, 'I worked as Team Leader for XYZ Company' or 'He was awarded Best Employee for the year 2007'. Instead use bullet points to list out your qualifications/ experience like: Team leader for XYZ Company from 2006-2007.

~ Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors
Proofread your CV until you are confident that it doesn't have any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. These are big put-offs for the recruiters. Moreover, sometimes these mistakes might land you in an embarrassing situation.

A candidate who submitted his CV without proofreading it committed the mistake of wrongly spelling 'ask' as 'ass'. Now you can imagine the type of embarrassment he must have faced during the interview, when the interviewer pointed it out. These mistakes tend to convey a lazy and careless attitude to the interviewer.

~ Lies about your candidature
Do not lie about your past jobs or qualifications or anything which might have an impact on the job. You may be able to secure a job with these lies today but tomorrow you may lose it as well.

~ Abbreviations or jargon that is difficult to understand
People screening your resume usually belong to the HR department. If they do not understand what the abbreviations and jargon mean, they will simply dump your CV in the trash can. Avoid over-using such terms as far as possible.

~ Reasons for leaving last job
Leave these reasons to be discussed during the personal interview. For example, some candidates write: Reason for leaving the last job: Made redundant. Avoid making such statements in your CV, they add no value. Besides, if you do get an interview call, chances are the interviewer will address the issue.

~ Past failures or health problems
Mentioning these immediately slash your chances of getting an interview call.

For instance, you have a gap in your employment because you started your own business which did not do well. Some candidates might write -- Reason for gap in employment: Started own business which failed. Do not do this type of injustice with your job hunt at this stage of writing the CV.

~ Current or expected salary
Leave it to be discussed while negotiating the salary.

~ Irrelevant details
Leave out the details like marital status, sex, passport number, number of kids, age of kids. These are usually irrelevant for most interviewers but at times could be used as a basis for discrimination.

~ References
Do not include them until asked. In fact, it is not even required to mention the line 'Reference available on request'. If the recruiter requires a reference, he/she will ask you to bring it along for the interview.

Now that you have run through the list, take a fresh look at your CV and prune away unnecessary details and un affordable blunders that could have cost you your dream job.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

IPL AUCTION

It was no surprise that all the players in the reserve pool were sold for their base price with former Australia pacer Glenn McGrath topping the list at US $350,000 to Delhi.

* IPL Auction: Players' worth

Australia's batting trump card Michael Hussey must be a bit disappointed after being taken over by Chennai for US $250,000, while his younger and inexperienced brother David bagged more than double the price from Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata team.

The West Indian batting duo of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul went to Mohali and Bangalore respectively commanding figures of US $225,000 and US $200,000.
# Dhoni fetches highest price
# SRK buys Ishant for US $950,000
# Jayasuriya most valuable
# Uthappa, Rohit Sharma hit jackpot
# Symonds is 2nd million-dollar buy
# Mallya buys Kallis for US $9,00,000
# Styris goes cheap

Kolkata shored up it's wicketkeeping department with the purchase of Zimbabwe's Tatenda Taibu for US $125,000, while South Africa's Twenty20 specialist Loots Bosman was grabbed by Mumbai for US $150,000.

Former Australia opener Justin Langer was bought by Jaipur for US $200,000, while compatriot Simon Katich was purchased by Mohali for US $200,000 in last minute dealings in the players auction.

Pakistan's veteran batsman Mohammad Yousuf was withdrawn from the auction after the rebel Indian Cricket League sent legal notice to all eight franchises asking them not to bid for Yousuf. Ashwell Prince was also withdrawn from the auction, which meant a total of 77 players out of 79 were bought for their reserve prices.

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