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Working at the worst Job: Farrago of Misrepresentations and Lies

Working at the worst Job: Farrago of Misrepresentations and Lies

Series of unfortunate work events undermining the will to be an employee   I have many reasons to Blog. One reason is to expand my Blog into a cool value adding website with interesting tools and features that will make it a profitable venture. The […]

12 Strategies to scale up your innovation into a Business Empire

12 Strategies to scale up your innovation into a Business Empire

Million ideas to boost your business but where to start? Starting a business is a wonderful idea. We all learn so much from life, school and work that most of us have a great understanding on how to add value. If you can solve a […]

Career advice for students and graduates: Marketing

Career advice for students and graduates: Marketing

Marketing: An underrated but effective skill for everyone

 

Recently, I was contacted by a friend to help his young cousin out with some career advice. Honestly, I was quite fascinated by the CV and I believe that the young graduate had more experience in Machine Learning and Statistics than me.

But of course my years of experience allowed me to quickly compile some feedback that I felt was important. Living in Italy, there are a few things you learn in Europe that many Indian students fail to apply.

MBA students at the IIMs are quite aware and do thorough job in marketing themselves. Nonetheless, here is some advice for young Indian graduates who are looking for a job.

 

 

Here is my letter to the graduate looking for a job and career advice. Hope someone find this useful in some way.

 

Advice to Indian students and graduates looking for a job

 

“Hi,

 

You have a great profile and I would only advice you to stay confident and keep looking out for opportunities.

 

As a young graduate a little industry experience will help you develop your interpersonal and managerial skills further. After a few years of experience, I am confident you will even be able to start your own start up.

 

With regard to your tech skills, they are very strong.

 

But I think you need to work on your marketing skills. By this I mean, to be able to communicate the complicated work done in a simple language. Time to upgrade an Academic CV to a Business CV.

 

Firstly, I think you need to keep your work ex on top above your education. Try to elaborate it more, explaining cultural learnings etc also. Show that you are a fun person to work with.

 

Try to stress more on what real world benefits your skills or projects can bring. Check this out:

 

Imagine a busy recruiter having to scan through thousands of CVs. If you can add some action words in your CV for each project (like: Delivered, Organized, Coordinated, Analyzed, Managed, Calculated etc like these ), Try your best to stick out with some unique experience mentioned.

 

You can try to elaborate your experience a bit more on LinkedIn. Fill your LinkedIn up as much as you can.

 

Think of yourself as a Sales person selling your skills to a company or job. Hence, its important to know your technical strengths and also learn to market it.

 

Companies like people with decent interpersonal skills, hence stress more on team work projects and leadership roles. Make sure to add these attributes.

 

Focus also on some interests like hobbies. It can be anything, even traveling and cooking. If the recruiter likes the same stuff it always helps.

 

Most young graduates are very modest and do not market themselves well. This is my belief.

 

Since you have worked on Financial applications as well, you could keep targeting Banking and Quantitative Digital Marketing positions.

 

Let me know if you need further elaboration on this.

 

Will get back to you soon.

 

Kind regards,

Vineeth

 

 

Integrity for Indians: Why keep working when no one is looking

Integrity for Indians: Why keep working when no one is looking

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How to trump Racism with Intelligence and Swag

How to trump Racism with Intelligence and Swag

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Cricket vs Football vs Gaming as a 90’s Indian kid

Cricket vs Football vs Gaming as a 90’s Indian kid

Outdoor sports vs Indoor online games

Born in 1987, with a childhood in Kerala, I remember spending more time outdoors with friends. Moving to Hyderabad at the age of Ten, would bring me closer to computers and a different indoor life. As one of those famous 90’s Indian kids who had simple fun away from computers before he too got consumed into the matrix, I have always wondered about how the common activities in our life affects all of us.

Italian Football kids vs Indian Cricket kids

While Italian kids grow up playing Football, Indian kids (back in my time) grew up playing more Cricket. This trend is changing in urban India with more Indian kids shifting to football. When it comes to sports media, Indian kids are into everything these days. Growing up, I have always been surrounded by English Premier League fans discussing about football games happening all across the world. In Italy, you do have loads of such NBA fans but most other Italians are primarily into regional football.

Many have a weekly pass to the local football stadium. Its a regular Sunday activity.

Most Indian kids back from my time played Cricket. We played Cricket on roads and made any surface into a cricket pitch. Any 90’s Indian kid can catch a fast approaching flying object with ease. Maybe that is what made us an opportunistic generation.

All work no play makes Jack a dull boy

Not anymore, as I am sure most kids are too much into their smart phones, tablets and computers. Sports is virtual and the only muscles training are little wrists. Hope Indian parenting and schools organize to ensure enough physical activity for children. Although, Gaming is not such a bad idea. It helps immensely in educating kids on persistence and skill development.

Online gaming lets you play with anyone around the world. Presently, you can compete with the best opponents from across the world. Gaming does seem to offer an interesting challenge in pushing a kid to strategies better.

What did kids do before there were computers? We played sports quite a lot, almost every evening. Life was quite fun back then, even when we had a dial up modem and limited movies to watch. Evening Cricket on our residential roads or weekend football at the Osmania University grounds, life was fun for the 90’s kid.

Riding a bicycle exploring the terrain not to be disturbed by traffic and pollution. To find a nice river with clean water or trees with life.

Food for thought on Sports and development

Every country has its own path to development. What is development if not for collective human actions leading to economic gains. If some of the most important challenges in a country can be simulated in a physical game played by everyone, how much would it benefit in teaching useful skills, state propaganda, discipline, math, strategy and what not.

Not any longer though as kids are learning teamwork from video games sitting their lazy ass at home all day, just like me when I work on my website too much. But honestly, there is a lot you can learn from games like Age of Empires or even Online Chess. A good mix of outdoor sports and Indoor gaming is recommended in every kids life.

Friends are important. Outdoor sports is the best way you can actually “hang out” with your friends. Playstation is nothing in comparison to a nice outdoor game of cricket or football.

What can we learn playing Cricket?

The real Cricket played with the real ball and street Cricket teach you different things.

A bunch of privileged kids bring expensive cricket equipment to the school playground and decide on playing a game of Cricket. The only catch is, these guys want to do all the fun part of the game, that is the Batting and the Bowling, while the other kids who get to play spend most of their time in the fielding positions. This they ensure by practicing more to be better. Those who own the equipment usually believe that they have gained a lot of practice, but they still need others people to play with them in this controlled familiar environment. Just like how the British Officers played the Indians in Lagaan a movie based on a fictional story of India’s colonial past. That scene where the British lady is singing a song for Aamir Khan was just too hilarious to watch.

Dissecting the game of Cricket

What we have here is the privileged challenging the others to a game requiring team work, strength, practice, knowledge of the rules, patience, stamina and what not. Based on my extensive experience playing Cricket, I have to tell you that there is nothing like going to bat after eating some good Hyderabadi mutton Biryani. Now I know why Azhar is such a great batsmen and why Salman Butt married Sania Mirza.

Exactly, if you eat good you can remain alert for a long game. Unlike in Football which is a 90 minutes game, based extensively on the ability to keep running, Cricket is for the well fed Gentleman at the crease and the poor starving kid fielding in the boundary.

None the less, there is uncertainty in Cricket and as a batsman it rewards the assertive. Too careful and you may not score enough, and too confident and comfortable you will risk getting out quickly. People get out and your turn to bat will come. But with a shit load of pressure to compensate for all the problems created by the previous batsmen, mostly by this one kid who owns the bat and always insists on batting first. I may have been such a kid for a part of my life, mainly because everyone else wanted to bowl first and I gave up on that privilege to bat first. Not like some douche bags who want to bat and bowl first. Those guys suck and never play good in the game.

Dynamic personalities in a Cricket team

Nothing like it to build great team work in Cricket. There is place for absolutely every character in the team. If you are a hot tempered person, you can try to fast bowl but not bat.

Even if you start to fast bowl, you need loads of practice and discipline to get it right. In a way you try to channel the hot temper in throwing the ball really fast at the wickets.

If you bat otherwise, you need to have control of your emotions. You need to be patient and only smile when you take the game away or have scored a nice century. Batting is for the patient, well fed person who is determined to stay long to build something big. Some one reliable and dependable for the long haul. Even in T20, you really dont want to risk that wicket too early.

Meet the Spinner: Trump card in Cricket

Next comes the spinner, the trickster. Mostly lazy batsmen like me would try a hand in spinning. Sometimes I did really well and got some nice wickets when i had mastered both leg and off spin really well, while some other times out of practice, I have been trashed all over. To be a great spinner, you should try to make sure that the ball touches the ground just before the reach of the batsman, not too early and not too late. Difficult said then done.

When you step to bat, for that moment you are on the grease, you are the star and have all eyes on you.

How do you handle all this attention and play it out in a cool manner doing  your part for the team is what batting finally is. The other half of the game would have you standing along with your fellow team mates hoping to catch a flying ball in the hot sun. Playing cricket is great practice for developing coordination. A team of men have never conspired better to trick a person in a game since Kabbadi. Blog on Kabbadi will come soon.

Stay tuned, you may want to subscribe to this blog after all. 

What do you learn from Cricket?

How to deal with the bunch of above dangerous characters I mentioned. As a batsmen, a bowler or a fielder, you need to be alert, have a plan, learn to work with people, build partnerships, conspire against new people entering one by one (just like how you would need to do at your work place to protect it from new interns and AI, just kidding!),

What can you learn playing Football in India?

Here is a game not well played in India, but at least we play it with a real football, with or without enough air is a different matter. Having played Cricket mostly with a rubber ball instead of the real cork one, my entire Cricket childhood seems like a lie.

Football is a fun game as you are not punished big like in Cricket with a wicket. The risk is lower as the goals are few. Metrics become things like who high I kicked the ball, though technically it does not have any actual effect on the output of scoring a goal.

In foot ball, there is only one ball and if you want it, you better run for it. Some how, Foot Ball seems like a more interactive game allowing more opportunities of actively playing the game without much constraint of team politics. Considering that a ball remains in possession for a limited time, I would cherish the moments I had the ball. Giving it your best shot for a period of 90 minutes to achieve goals that are usually in the lower single digits, actually makes you feel really good.

So basically you are working in a team, running around together, releasing your happy hormones or the “Runners High” . Exercise gets covered and you do have a whole list of strategies you work on also in Football. But, you really dont start doing higher math and averages like required runs per over etc as you usually do in Cricket.

So What does Football teach you?

Like everyone. Your teammates help your team to score goals, the opponents try to challenge you in ball possession. There is nothing like taking the ball away from a skinny little kid in the opposition. Even better, taking it away from their star player.

I loved Football as I would always run between the ball and the goal to intercept it and score myself. Still remembering those nice goals from school and later all the way to IIT. Yes, I didnt play for teams as I had not started training then, but this one day at NSO hour, there were supposedly some good players that day, but I still ended up scoring 2 goals in a jiffy, I have to admit, I had a little Football prodigy hiding inside me since childhood. Dribbled a little, but could really hit that ball inside the goal post really well. Bi Cycle kick, Back side kick, or also the swinging kick, I really loved to kick.

Hmmm…did it come from the third sport I played for most of my childhood?

Training for tennis everyday for 2-3 hours in the evening, I ended up running a lot. 20 rounds around the tennis court as warm up. Kicking that little tennis ball, especially when it went old was a common past time. What else did I kick as a young kid?

Indoor football with walls is the best

Yes, In School at Bhawans! We kicked a little tennis ball while playing indoor football in the top most floor before the morning school assembly. Was that a tennis ball or some other object, i really dont recollect, but I do recollect that playing a no rules football game indoors with walls was one of the most fun things to do since air hockey.

Football makes you run. Running keeps you happy and thus makes you appreciate teamwork and friendship and everything else much more. I have to admit, i cherish all those football game moments from Childhood, as every one seemed to go back home a happier person.

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Indian sales executive learns to negotiate with Italians

Indian sales executive learns to negotiate with Italians

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Why you should watch Tom Cruise’s Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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How to improve website ranking by millions?

How to improve website ranking by millions?

How my Alexa website rank became 3 million

I keep checking my website ranking on Niel Patel’s website regularly. Click here to check your website’s SEO score now. I started out with an Alexa rank of 18 million and a page score of D when I first wrote this blog. Today, I know that a static front page really helps in getting a higher page SEO score on Neil Patel’s website.

I was not even aware that the more important rating was the Alexa ranking. I was up at 18 million since I remember, am now at 3 million. None the less, I finally understood how to improve the homepage SEO score and overall Alexa ranking.

Here is original content written by me earlier. I was going to update the blog from what I now know. But have decided to keep the text from the past still here. This might help in showing you how I made improvements. Firstly, you will notice shorter sentences in my present writing.

You will also see more paragraphs and better formating. All of this thanks to experience. And also the Yoast SEO plugin. After months of Blogging, I finally learned something very important in life. The importance of readability.

It is so important to communicate in an easy manner. All my life as a student, I was seeking to better understand. But now things have changed as I have grown into a professional Blogger. I try to write in a manner that is comprehensible even to a 10 year old.

Without further adieu, I present my earlier Blog. Everything below is from the past. As you may notice, the readability will change. Tell me if you love what you read below in the comments section. If you prefer the text above this line, then Yoast Readability works.

Please do not mind the badly written article below. It sure does need a lot more SEO.

SEO strategies from a Novice

This is me after checking a low SEO score on Niel Patel’s.

What I did next after checking this website was to not give a shit about the score and check other websites for a better score. Niel Patel’s website say’s I have no social media reach and back links, while I actually do have a few of those around as I have invested in a little social media surgical strike on a random Thursday evening. What I did was go Blitzkrieg on Reddit, Stumbleupon, Tumblr, Twitter and Pininterest sharing my blogs like crazy. The attack was brief as I shared a few articles on each platform. All done at once created a sudden spike in traffic on my website.

Milankaraja.com after social media surgical strike
Milankaraja.com after social media surgical strike

 

As you can see, I have seen such spikes earlier when the blog came in touch with Facebook. I intend to go big on Facebook once I have a top class blog in my hands. Looking around at the competition, I know I have a long way to go. But there is always a market wherever you are, and I am sure these novice tips will help some other beginner cross over from D to C-. To improve your SEO score even by a small bit can make you feel really good. Good enough to blog definitely.

Slow and steady steps following a process can lead to big results in time

 

Why patiently follow a Process to get big results?

This is my actual SEO situation since I begun Blogging 3 months back. Users are increasing with time but that is due to diligent hardwork from my side. From initial users being friends, I have begun to attract new visitors from brief moments to even check the About page 25 times in a day. I have my CV displayed for download too. 

Milankaraja.com after social media surgical strike 1
Milankaraja.com after social media surgical strike 1
Milankaraja.com after social media surgical strike 2
Milankaraja.com after social media surgical strike 2

 

Nothing much to gloat about as I definitely could have done things much faster if i was not eagerly hoping to start a regular job once again. Blogging is a side project, to make it the real deal I would have to patiently wait out the years of experience to become a master.

Being a quick learner, I have a feeling I will catch up much faster. First, I need to get rid of the words “WordPress written all over my website”. Great service and no offense, but I really want to make this website more concrete like some of these other cool blogs I have visited. Maybe I will post them here once I reach that level.

 

So, what did I really do apart from Social media sharing to boost my SEO score?

  • Step 1: read a couple of such articles to gather different ideas and implement all that you can. Check competition. Nothoing motivates you more than a better looking and written and visited blog as a blogger.
  • Step 2: Social media sharing also works to backlink your website. Try different people to mention your website around. The third party accreditation really helps makes Google’s job easier to serve you better.
  • Step 3: Add back links within your own website, connecting to other relevant websites and blogs. Often, as you backlink someone, they feel grateful to backlink you back on social media etc.
  • Step 4: Key Words. I changed my blog title a couple of times aiming to add more keywords in it. I am not an expert so I need to make sure to write the Meta descriptions for every page and the title, adding key words also through a widget and following those key words up throughout the blog, website and other website the blog connects to.
  • Step 5: Keep writing the content. keep it fresh and insightful. Dont type off your arse if you cant think of anything better. Prepare some herbal green tea, relax and type your thoughts down. One word a time. You dont have to get it perfect today, you may get it perfect tomorrow. What matters is practice.
  • Step 6: Keep doing all of the above patiently for a while if you have just begun blogging. Keep track of improvements and the actions resulting in it. Use SEO site checkupHighly recommend.

 

 

 

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