8 tips to beat the online job application system

Written by Sameer Kamat

The battle between humans and machines isn’t just happening in movies. If you are a job hunter with an account on any online job application system, you are playing that game right now without being aware of it. And in all probability, you have been losing it and getting increasingly frustrated about losing your CV in the black-hole. Thanks to the use of sophisticated online job application systems or applicant tracking systems (ATS), the resume that you so lovingly prepared and embellished with nice fonts, boxes and shading is consistently getting rejected. Read on to understand how the resume screening software works within an online job application system and what you can do to improve your chances of getting called for an interview.

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Carlson School of Management Interview with MBA Admissions Director

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

Carlson School of Management MBAWhen it comes to post MBA salaries, it’s not just the absolute number that’s important, it’s the salary jump that matters too. The full-time MBA program offered by the Carlson School of Management is ranked 3rd for average salary increase.
Located in the twin cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul (ranked by Forbes as the best city for finding employment), the Carlson MBA program has had a spike in international applicants (including Indians). We thought it would be good to go behind the scenes to find out more about the program, the admissions team, the students and the opportunities.
Manish Gupta, from the MBA Crystal Ball team interviewed Linh Gilles, from the Carlson School of Managment.
Read on to understand more about how the Carlson MBA admissions process works, how GMAT scores (and IR scores) are evaluated, and how many students get MBA scholarships & fellowships, the possibility of getting post MBA jobs and how you can be part of the student group that manages a $35 million investment fund.

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3 MBA abroad & India admits with 630 score in GMAT exam

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

MBA abroad admits with 630 GMAT exam score

MBA and GMAT forums are filled with GMAT success stories of how Indians cracked the GMAT exam and got into the best MBA abroad universities. What happens to those who have decent profiles but aren’t able to get into the 700+ GMAT club?

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Are irritants weakening your business communication skills?

Written by Sameer Kamat

Business communication skillsIrritants or awkward pause fillers might be doing more harm to your business communication skills than you know. You may not know it, but your colleagues might be controlling their urge to shut you up!

As an ambitious professional seeking to carve out a niche for yourself in the higher echelons of the business world, self-improvement would be a high-priority item on your career growth to-do list. Apart from the technical skills that are so critical for your success, you’ve probably also been making a conscious effort to improve your business communication skills.

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8 Reasons why you hate your job

Written by Sameer Kamat

‘Why do I hate my job?’ If you catch yourself asking this question too frequently, it might not be as serious as a mid-life or mid-career crisis. Probably there’s a simple explanation. When you hate your job but you can’t quit, making a few adjustments can help reduce the stress and the hate. Guest blogger Rohit Gupta digs in to find out what you’ve been trying to hide in your backyard.

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My experience of working in a startup job in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Working in startup jobs in IndiaEven the best startups in India and abroad, that are now on the cusp of taking off on a growth trajectory venture capitalists love, have struggled with the fundamentals at some stage.
The folks who bear the immediate brunt of these teething troubles are the startup employees. Those intrigued by the phenomenal growth prospects that the best new startups in India offer often ask ‘What’s it like working in a startup?

Religiously sticking to our predatory philosophy of inviting readers who make intelligent and insightful comments on our other posts, we requested Vikram Budhiraja to write a guest post for us about why he left a big company to join a startup and what his experience has been.

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10 signs that could mean an impending layoff in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Layoff in IndiaGone are the days of job security. Layoffs in India have become a bitter reality for the brightest of employees with the best of qualifications.
Call them redundancies or down-sizing or right-sizing or layoffs, the meaning remains the same. Job cuts.
Sometimes it’s a one-off case, but increasingly lay-offs in India are looking very similar to those we used to hear about in USA, UK and other countries.
You may not get a layoff letter out of the blue. There may be early signs that you can watch out for.
If you can’t completely avoid the layoff letter, at least it may enable you to manage the process better.

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Honest MBA Essays: Samples & examples that won’t work – Achamba

Written by Sameer Kamat

Achamba - Super MBAThere’s a reason (five, actually) why you won’t find MBA essay examples on our site. Read it here – MBA Essay samples just don’t work. If you are intending to refer to MBA essays as examples, that’s one thing. Re-using them as templates is going too far. MBA Admission Officers reading your MBA applications have been in the business for far longer than you have.

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7 Problems faced by Women Entrepreneurs in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Entrepreneurship can be among the most rewarding and demanding career options anyone can take up. With the rewards come the challenges as well.
While most of the issues highlighted by entrepreneurship blogs focus on general problems that aren’t gender or region specific, the problems faced by successful women entrepreneurs in India isn’t talked about much. With the growing number of Indian women entrepreneurs managing successful businesses, we thought it’s a topic worth exploring.
Our guest blogger Seeta Bodke thinks culture and society add a new layer of complexity to the problems associated with women entrepreneurship in India.

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How to become an investment banker

Written by Sameer Kamat

Investment bankingIf you are wondering how to become an investment banker in India or abroad, your friends probably told you that it helps to get an MBA from one of the best MBA colleges in the world that open the doors to investment banking jobs. But the best investment banking courses in India or abroad won’t help if you don’t have the right traits and attitude.
A former bulge bracket investment banker who prefers to go by his pen-name ibanker shares helpful tips that you can use to become an investment banker in India, UK, USA and pretty much everywhere else.

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