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With great strides in technology being made across the globe, the communication landscape has evolved at an unmatched pace. The advent of internet and digital means of communication have made it possible for people to have access to unimaginable amounts of information with just a tap of their finger. Impactful visuals are drawing more attention than the text that accompanies them. Traditional ways of communication are fast making way for the new and with all of this, the workplace has evolved in its own way - the age of the 'smart' worker as opposed to the 'hard' worker has long dawned. Today's hiring managers look out for candidates that bring more to the table than the conventional skills. Creativity and innovation are the buzzwords in the corporate arena today. So what does all of this mean for a job aspirant? How often do we come across friends and acquaintances whine about not getting any interview calls despite relevant experience and qualification? This is where a smartly designed infographic resume can come to the rescue, especially if it is a role that demands loads of creativity.

“An infographic resume is a great way to stand out from the crowd,” says Lauren Ferrara, a creative recruiter for Creative Circle, a US based staffing firm that specialises in advertising and creative staffing. “Recruiters and hiring managers review hundreds of resumes on a daily basis and if you can find a way to differentiate yourself, you should take that opportunity.”

Smartly designed infographics pep up your resume and helps grab the eyeballs of recruiters by transforming the several pages of boring text to creative visual data. Let us see exactly how an infographic resume scores over its traditional counterpart.

1. Visually attractive

Research proves that human brain is naturally wired to be drawn to attractive visuals. A resume that features colourful graphics definitely scores over it's black and white 'text only’ counterpart in the 'attractiveness’ parameter. Since a resume is the first step in marketing yourself to recruiters, an attractive resume garners positive attention from the recruiters - and helps to engage them better.

2. Highlights key points and saves time

Infographics make it possible to present important information such as key achievements and career milestones that you wouldn't want the recruiter to miss, in a concise yet engaging manner. So it helps save your time as well as the recruiter's, besides conveying the key points in an interesting way.

3. Demonstrates creativity

An infographic resume demonstrates your creativity - a must have skill especially in advertisement, media, marketing and communications areas. What’s more, it also proves your digital savviness and expertise at Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

4. Compelling story of yourself

Another great thing about an infographic resume is that it enables the use of visuals for communicating what's special about you. In other words, it helps create a compelling story about you as a professional.

It ensures your achievements and uniqueness is not constricted by the traditional format. You can play around with graphics to emphasize on points that prove you are the bet fit for the job.

“A digital resume gives you so much more freedom and creative flexibility to tell your story,” says Perotto of DocuSign - a leading electronic signature technology and Digital Transaction Management services provider. “You can take your experiences and make them visually appealing and unique to you through graphics.”
 
Christ University was founded in 1969. Back then, it was known as Christ College. Presently, it caters to more than 18,000 students from India and abroad. The university offers 46 undergraduate, 44 masters, 17 M.Phil and 21 Ph.D degree programmes.

It also boasts a huge established alumni network. Christ University alumni have made their mark in various fields, including Music, Television and Film industry, Politics, Administration, Management, Law and Arts, among others. 

Some of the acclaimed alumni of Christ University are:

1) Vineeth Vincent
 
Vineeth Vincent - a legend in the world of beat boxing in India - has been working as a professional beat boxer since 2008 and done more than 600 shows. A huge risk taker, he entered into this field when there was no one in beat boxing in India. Born in 1989, he pursued his graduation from Christ University. He had also enrolled at Mrinalini Sarabhai's famous Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad.

In 2009, he performed with the Austrian beat boxing group, Bauchklang and with The Boxettes in 2010. On 10 January, 2011, in an event titled 'Can You Say Beat Box?’, Christ University created the largest human beat box ensemble, only to be featured in the Limca Book of Records with 2136 participants, under Vineeth’s guidance.

2) MN Reddy

MN Reddy has served the Indian Police Service for more than 30 years. Presently, he holds the position as Director General of Police, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, in Karnataka. Born in 1960 in Andhra Pradesh, he pursued his graduation from Christ University and obtained his M.Phil in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, before graduating from the National Police Academy. He also holds a meritorious service to his record, and received the President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in 2009.

Previously, he was also the City Commissioner of Police in Bangalore city. Known for his tech-savviness, he introduced digital friendly communication between the police and people through social media like Facebook and Twitter. In fact, he even announced his new posting of DGP through Twitter, in 2015. The Bangalore social media handle is quite people friendly, as their quirky memes and safety tips can't be easily missed and all the credit goes to MN Reddy.

3) Krishna Byre Gowda

Krishna Byre Gowda has an interesting record of being offered the post of Minister of Agriculture in the Karnataka Government, at a young age of 40. At the same time, he is also the Member of Legislative Assembly, in the Byatarayanapura Constituency, Bengaluru, since 2013. In 1994, Krishna graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Christ University. He completed his Masters in Arts from American University in 1999.

His political career initiated in 2003. During his early political life, he actively strived and focused on road infrastructure, sanitation, sewage and other issues of urban areas. Initially, he also had his own agricultural farm.

4) Ankur Betagri

The noted poet, fiction writer, and visual artist Ankur Betagri is presently based in Delhi. His works are often praised for their innovative imagination, combined with emotional precision. It is no wonder, that in 2012, he was featured as one of the top ten best writers of India. Born in 1983, he holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore.

Betageri will be always known for Hulchul; a public arts and social activist platform used to reclaim public spaces through artistic expressions. Now that is something we don't see every day. Art, images talking of everyday life on roadside walls, benches, The Bliss and Madness of Being Human and Bhog and Other Stories are some of his important works.

5) Rima Kallingal

A prominent face in the Malayalam cinema, Rima Kallingal is an actress and TV anchor and has acted in many Tamil and Malayalam films. Born in 1984 in Kerala, she completed her schooling there and pursued her graduation in Journalism from Christ University, Bangalore. A dancer by profession, she has performed on several national and international stages and is also trained in martial arts. She made her acting debut with Ritu (Malayalam) in 2010 and rest is indeed history. She is a recipient of the Kerala State award for Best Actress in two years of her film debut.

6) KM Chaitanya

A talented film director, documentary maker and theatre person, KM Chaitanya is another person from the film industry who deserves mention here. He tasted success with his first feature film itself, Aa dinagalu (Kannada). It bagged several awards including the Filmfare Awards South for Best Director in 2007.

With several awards for his other films, including Best Debutant Director by the South Indian Cinematographers' Association, Chennai Film Fans Association, KM Chaitanya is a household name in the Kannada Film industry.

He holds a Journalism degree from Christ University.

7) Madhukeshwar Desai

Madhukeshwar Desai is the great grandson of Morarji Desai. Born in 1987 in Mumbai, he completed his schooling from GD Somani and Kensri School, and his degree in Law from Christ University. He started his political career in 2011 with the BJP and was appointed as the National Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha two years later. This year, he was re-appointed as the National Vice President for another term, at a young age of 29. He really does live up to his title; the youngest vice president.


This year also marks India’s entry to International Young Democrat Union with Madhukeshwar being elected as the Vice Chair of the IYDU. IYDU is basically a union of young leaders coming together from 71 countries, across the world. He is also the founder and CEO of Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration.

8) Shruti Hariharan

Shruti Hariharan is a film actress and producer and has worked in Malayalam and Kannada films. She debuted her acting career in 2012 with Malayalam film, Cinema Company. Being a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, she also worked as a background dancer in many films.

She was awarded Filmfare award for Best Actress (Critics) in 2016, for her performance in Kannada film; Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu. And she nailed it again this year by winning the Karnataka State Award Award for Best Actress.

Born in Kerala, Shruti Hariharan was actually raised in Bangalore. She did her schooling from Sishu Griha Montessori High School and graduated with a Business Management degree from Christ University.

9) Bruce Lee Mani

Bruce Lee Mani is only Indian guitar player to have won the Rolling Stone Magazine ‘Guitar Player of the Year’ Award twice - in 2009 and 2012.

In 1996, he formed a rock band, Thermal and A Quarter (TAAQ) with his band mates, who studied at Christ University and began his journey of songwriting and music. He was soon an established name among India’s top singers and guitarists. He was the recipient of the Leon Ireland ‘Vocalist of the Year’ Award in 2011.

In 2010, the band also opened a music school in Bangalore called the "Taaqademy" and in 2016, they started a campaign ‘No Wall Too High’ to make music education available to the underprivileged school children in Bangalore.
 
After completing school, choosing the right college is one of the most important decisions that a student takes. The choice he/she makes at the time determines his/her whole future in terms of jobs, career growth and standard of life. College is not just a place to pursue higher education but it is a place where students have access to innumerable possibilities and they also get the right resources to realize their dreams. The right kind of college will help a student grow, enhance their personality, brush up their skills, provide them with a platform to exhibit their talent and above all, it provides them with quality education.

There are number of factors related to a college that contribute to the development of a student such as validity of degree, infrastructure, faculty, pedagogy, placements, and exposure to the professional world. Hence, when a student is looking for a college he/she should take into consideration certain points before enrolling into one. There are usually two options for students who are looking for college admission, government colleges and private colleges.

A lot of students prefer government colleges because of low fees, and a degree guaranteed by the government. However, unless one is studying in a highly reputed government institution, government colleges often lack in terms of infrastructure, regular access to faculty, help with placements and well-designed pedagogy among others. Government colleges do recruit highly-trained faculty but once recruited the faculty generally have a secure guarantee for a life-long job and are not motivated to improve in terms of their pedagogy and the support they offer to the students.

The administration in government colleges seldom improve infrastructure, student access to resources, pedagogy, offer support to students for placement purposes and so on. This is because of two reasons. First, to implement any policy or procedure in a government college, the administration requires government approval and given the rigid bureaucracy of the Indian governments, it is a very complex process which the college administration wishes to avoid.  Second, the government colleges do not have any financial motivation to improve so as the government guarantees their operational costs.

Private colleges do not come with the assurances of government colleges but they provide the best platform for the students to explore their talent and have a holistic development, which would help them further professionally. As private colleges do not have the financial support of the government like government colleges, they have to charge much higher fees from the students. In order to attract the students, they need to prove themselves solely through what they can offer.

Thus, many private colleges generally offer excellent infrastructure facilities, regular access to all kinds of resources including faculty, innovative pedagogy, guest lectures, industrial visits and all possible help during placements to the students in hope of inducing students to enroll. While private colleges always do not recruit the best faculty, they motivate the faculty to do their best and offer them good career growth if they prove to be valuable to the institution. The rise through the ranks is easier for good, hard-working and motivated faculty in private colleges. It is easier for the administration of the private colleges to implement the policies and procedures they want as they do not have to go through the government bureaucratic structure like government colleges. However, the degree of a private college may/may not be recognized by the industry depending on various factors which can hamper a student’s professional growth irrespective of the quality of the education he/she has received in a private college.

It is in the above context that government-affiliated private colleges play a unique role as they combine the best of both government colleges and private colleges. They are not entirely private and are affiliated with government/public universities. While the degree they offer is backed by the government, they are free to implement most of their policies and procedures like private colleges. They have to meet their operational costs from students and hence, they offer the same advantages that many private colleges offer. They provide good infrastructure, access to all possible resources required for professional training, innovative pedagogy and best possible help during placements The students are provided with full support and guidance, which help in their holistic growth.

With a fast growing number of graduates competing for jobs in the market day by day, every student needs to have as much advantage as possible. In terms of their education, government affiliated private colleges offer them benefits of both government and private colleges. From providing summer internship, organizing educational workshops and inviting guest lecturers to providing best possible support for placements, these colleges help their students in every possible manner to make them ready for the professional world. Once a student completes his/her education from an institution like this, he/she gets degree from a public university, thus getting the best of both worlds.

 

 

Dr. KJS Anand

The author is Executive Director IMS NOIDA, one of the leading Management Institutes in the country. He can be reached at director@imsnoida.com

 
Staff Selection Commission - Combined Graduate Level Examination, also referred to as SSC CGL, is often conducted by the Staff Selection Commission for recruiting candidates for the multi-tasking staff jobs in central government ministries and departments spread across different states. Around 4733 vacancies will be filled up in 2017. The time duration of SSC CGL Tier I exam to be held from August 5 to 24, 2017 has been changed from 75 minutes to 60 minutes. The reduction in time duration indicates that this year, clearing SSC CGL Tier 1 will not be a cakewalk for everyone. However, candidates with Persons with Disability (PWD) status will be given 'extra time or compensatory time' in the CGL Examination this year. 

SSC CGL Exam Pattern 2017

The exam consists of 4 sections – General & Intelligence Reasoning, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language carrying 25 questions in each section which is of 50 marks. It is a computer based online test of 200 marks in 60 minutes. There is a negative marking of 0.50 marks for each wrong answer. There will be no sectional cut off. CGL Exam Selected Candidates are Grade “B” and Grade “C” officers and have high social and government powers.

Understanding the Competition in SSC CGL Tier-1

For all aspirants preparing for the exam, it is extremely important to understand the competition they are facing, because ultimately they have to outshine others and grab the spot.

Approximately  15.46 lakh candidates will appear for the SSC CGL Tier-1 examination in 2017-18, which is nearly 25 percent more aspirants than in 2016. Thus the competition is huge and aspirants will have to prepare and perform better than their own expectations.

According to the report, northern states such as UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand have seen more number of applicants than the rest of the states because:

 

 

1. Government job is what they see aspire for since school.

 

 

2. Being hard working in nature, they are prepared to crack the toughest government exams.  

3. Parents are already working in the government sector.

4. Tendency to work free from the boss employee relationships unlike MNC's

Youth4work’s Prep Tests – online practice tests for competitive exams – is very unique and popular among aspirants. Aspirants can take self-designed mock-tests as well as practice for sections and topics separately. Youth4work’s unique and proprietary technology is helping lakhs of aspirants to reveal personal details on what are the strength areas of aspirants for any exam and also suggest how can they improve the performance.

Following are interesting insights from nearly 1 million question attempts on SSC CGL Tier-1 practice tests on Youth4work. Every aspirant is rated on a rating scale. The ratings of the aspirants change with every question attempt.

●          All the aspirants fall under a normal curve or performance.

●          Majority of aspirants practice for General & Intelligence Reasoning more than English Language and Quantitative Aptitude. This is in line with the facts of higher sectional cut-offs as compared to other sections.

●          The standard deviation is also higher for General & Intelligence Reasoning, i.e. there are more variations in scores of aspirants for General & Intelligence Reasoning than other two sections.

●          The mean rating of all the aspirants is almost same for all the four sections.

●          There is a stark variation in the time taken to attempt questions in all sections. Quantitative Aptitude takes highest of the time, while English Language takes least time.

●          This means General & Intelligence Reasoning is actually the deal-breaker section and not English Language or Quantitative Aptitude.

7 Tips to Crack the Competition in SSC CGL Tier-1

1.         Maintain Focus: Though General Awareness is the key section (as you can attempt more questions quickly), you should prepare for all the 4 sections equally. Of course you should play to your strength areas, but do not neglect the other sections.

2.         Increase Speed: Allot your time well between all 4 sections. This can be done if you understand and improve the time you take to attempt each question. Youth4work's technology manages the time for aspirants as for every question attempt, aspirants will get a time equal to average time of all previous aspirants’ attempts.

3.         Improve Accuracy: With the application of learnt concepts, you need to keep improving your accuracy. Since the syllabus is huge, it is tough to cover all areas equally few days before the exam. It is, therefore, necessary to go through important areas once more, before the exam day. This will boost your confidence as well.

4.         Take Mock Tests: Take as many mock practice tests as you can. Platforms such as Youth4work has launched dedicated apps for SSC exams by which you can practice either full exam or a section of any particular topic within the section at your convenience and improve your speed and accuracy.

5.         Waste No Time: During the day we end up spending quite some time eating, resting, bathing or just relaxing. When there is very little time left for an examination which might very well change the course of your career, it is crucial to not waste it. It might be hard, but highly beneficial if you can just fill the empty spaces of your next couple of days by memorising important formulae, years, concepts, etc.

6.         Previous Years’ Papers: Though the exam mode has changed from offline to online, the assessment areas of candidates have not. Hence practise not only previous years’ papers but also new question sets available in the market to get acquainted with as many question types as you can.

7.         Build Confident: Unsteady nerves can hinder your performance in the exam despite good preparation. Hence, it is very important to be confident and calm before your exam. If it is hard to calm down, just try a few breathing exercises. This will help you relax immensely and boost your exam day performance.

Source: www.youth4work.com