Mahindra Satyam to hire 17,000 in 2011

mah--satyam.jpgIn an indication of its turnaround process, IT firm Mahindra Satyam said it will hire nearly 17,000 people this fiscal as business sentiment improves for the country’s IT industry.

“We will hire more than 12,000 people this fiscal and another 5,000 will be hired from campuses, either from engineering or management colleges,” Mahindra Satyam, Head of recruitment, M V Sridhar told PTI.

Currently, Satyam has a total headcount of around 30,000. This year’s hiring would take the company’s headcount to about 50,000, about 3,000 less than its pre-crisis staff strength of 53,000.

The company has posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 327 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, on account of exceptional expenditure, including payments made to settle SEC and Upaid lawsuits in the US.

Revenues for the fourth quarter registered a growth of 7.5 per cent vis-a-vis the previous quarter to Rs 1,375.3 crore.

After its founder Ramalinga Raju confessed to a multi-crore accounting fraud, Satyam Computers saw the exodus of many of its employees and mid-level executives. Since then, the company has been acquired by Tech Mahindra and has been rebranded as Mahindra Satyam.

With globally improved business environment, Mahindra Satyam is also betting big on bagging more clients, especially following the restatement of its accounts.

Mahindra Satyam was also battling many legal tussles, most of which have been settled now. The company said it has paid a total of $80 million to settle ongoing disputes with UPaid and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

In connection with the lawsuit filed by Upaid, the company deposited $70 million (nearly Rs 327.4 crore) during FY10 into an escrow account, pursuant to a settlement agreement with the company.

The company has also agreed to make a payment of $10 million (Rs 46.7 crore) to the SEC.

Resume Tips – Whip Your Resume Into Shape

So you’ve discovered the perfect gig with a higher salary, and you’re bent on shuffling your credentials to the hiring manager immediately, if not sooner. You’ve got the experience, education and skills that make you a star candidate.

One hurdle remains: how to do a resume appropriately.

Don’t fret-you can soon be on your way to crafting a stellar resume; just use the following key resume tips from career experts Brian Drum and Heather Heath.

Drum is president and CEO of New York City-based Drum Associates, Inc., a global executive search firm, and Heath, based in Minneapolis, is practice leader of sales and marketing for Hudson, a recruitment and talent management firm.

Expert Resume Tips on How to do a Resume

  1. Be accurate and truthful. “A resume should not be embellished or exaggerated-it’s not an exercise in writing a novel. If there’s anything that is not correct or is misstated, it could be a reason for not hiring you,” Drum said.
  2. Take two pages for your resume if necessary. Drum said once you have four or five years of experience, it often becomes very difficult to squeeze your career path all onto one page. Heath said she sees two-page resumes “all the time.” Most applicants should avoid three page resumes.
    Resume Tip for Recent College Graduates: Stick to one page.
  3. Use bullets with concise descriptions. Most resumes that use paragraphs aren’t looked at, Drum explained, so it’s best to use bullets, and keep them to a maximum of two lines a piece.
  4. In most cases, list experience before education. If you’re a seasoned executive, it’s best to list your work experience first.
    Resume Tip for Recent College Graduates: Put education up top.
  5. Mind your keywords! Both Drum and Heath underscored the importance of including terms to help get your resume picked up through online searches. “We’re seeing more and more systems ranking people’s resumes based on how many keywords are being matched. … More people are putting more words on their resumes because they understand that tracking systems are keyword-driven,” Heath said.
  6. List your contact information, particularly your cell phone number and e-mail address. Heath advises against listing your current work phone number. “I don’t think a potential employer would be impressed that you’re using company resources to find a job,” she said.
  7. Use consistent formatting. Use the same size and type of font throughout your resume, such as 12-point Times New Roman. Offsetting your name in a slightly larger font is acceptable. If you cut and paste from various versions of your resume, be sure to align the text and eliminate formatting glitches.
  8. Remember to double check your spelling. Heath suggests printing your resume, reading it and proofreading it to catch spelling and grammatical problems. It’s fine to use an automated spell-check, she said, but be wary of such systems introducing errors.
  9. Bling on resumes is bad. Steer clear of using lots of large fonts in different colors, and of underscoring and bolding text for extra emphasis. Excessive use of bells and whistles distracts the reader and makes your resume look unprofessional.
  10. No headshots, please. Pictures and resumes are like oil and water. If you have the urge, don’t give in.

At the end of the day, Heath said, “People need to remember when they’re sending their resume out they’re sending a version of themselves. … Make it a statement-a strong one.”

UGC-NET qualifiers to get e-certificates

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NEW DELHI: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) launched a Web portal for students and partner institutions (PIs). It would play a vital role in providing guidelines, publishing information and enhancing interaction, an official said.

The portal has been designed and developed jointly by the Advanced Centre for Informatics and Innovative Learning and the International Division of the university in the Electronic and Media Production Centre, added the official.

“From distance learning, we have come to distributed learning. The portal has a list of programmes currently on offer with all details; support services for registration and evaluation; a query management system and a space for interaction in the form of community blogs and discussion forums,” the official said.

“There is also a list of PIs that students can access by clicking on the relevant links,” the official added.

The varsity which claims to be traditional when it comes to teaching and depends upon printed study materials, is now venturing into the technical field.

Earlier, it was in open and distance learning mode but now it can reach everyone through internet as access to content is now easy for even international students, added the official.

Internationally, IGNOU programmes are offered through PIs in various countries. At the moment, there are over 40,000 students studying in 40 countries, supported through 67 PIs.

IGNOU is the world’s largest university, according to UNESCO, with almost three million students in India and 33 other countries.

Aptech, Microsoft team up on learning material

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Aptech, Microsoft team up on learning material
MUMBAI: Computer education firm, Aptech, entered into a tie-up with world’s top IT firm Microsoft to launch embedded courses and certification to its students.

Aptech, which has 360 learning centres across India and has presence in 35 countries, will be bearing the additional costs that come as part of the tie-up and the fees for the courses offered stay unchanged, its Chief Executive and Managing Director, Ninad Karpe, told reporters here.

As part of the tie-up, Microsoft’s learning material will be embedded into long-term courses offered by Aptech after which students can appear for a test to get a Microsoft global certification which increases his/her chances of landing a job.

Aptech will introduce the Microsoft course material and certification across its centres in the country to start with and gradually take it to select geographies beyond India, Karpe said.

It is targeting to enrol 1,50,000 students as a part of the scheme by 2015, he added.

Google launches Apps certification for IT pros

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Search giant Google has launched a certification programme for IT professionals who deploy, sell, develop and support Google Apps.
NEW DELHI: Search giant Google has launched a certification programme for IT professionals who deploy, sell, develop and support Google Apps. 

According to Google, available globally, Google Apps Certification Program certifies IT professionals who have demonstrated the fundamental knowledge and skills required to migrate to, configure, and deploy Google Apps.

The certification is available online and any IT professional with a browser and an Internet connection can register to take the online proctored exam. Presently, the exam is available in only English, however, the company plans to add additional languages soon.

The certification programme will reportedly offer badges for various areas of expertise, including Apps deployment, sales, software development and technical support.

The exam consists of 98 multiple-choice questions that require either a single response or multiple responses. It will be monitored live by a Google representative through a webcam. Results will be computed soon after the the test is over. The candidates who pass will be sent the diploma through email, while those who fail will be told about the areas they need to improve upon.

Microsoft goes to campus

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As part of its recruitment drive, software major Microsoft India, is visiting major technology colleges here for campus interviews for two days.
COIMBATORE: As part of its recruitment drive, software major Microsoft India, is visiting major technology colleges here for campus interviews for two days.

Considered the first time that the company is conducting such a major recruitment drive in city college campuses, final year students from Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics and Communication Engineering would be eligible to attend the interviews, to be held on February 28 and March one, sources in the Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), one of the colleges in the list, said.

The salary package would be Rs seven lakh per annum. Besides, KCT, the team would visit PSG Ccollege of Technolgoy, Coimbatore Institute of Technololgy, Amritha University a and Government College of Technology, they said.