I want to be hired. What traits should I cultivate?

What do employers look for in a candidate?” – This is the preponderant thought that harasses every job seeker. Are they behind technical knowledge or experience? What values and soft skills do they prefer? Do they impart prime importance to the personality and the ability to adapt to the organisation culture?

The candidate should be well aware of what would impress the prospective employer if they are willing to pocket their desired job. Having the knowledge of the critical skills that the employers look for is almost half the battle won.

Some of the most common employer requisites when shortlisting a candidate are listed below.

1. Education and Experience

  • A strong educational background is and will always be a top priority of every employer.
  • Relevant work experience plays a very significant role in deciding the candidates eligibility for a job in consideration.
  • The employers always prefer candidates who have specific occupational expertise, well qualified and experienced so that they can hit the ground running without any need for extensive training or direction.
  • In case of fresh graduates, employers may give weightage to credentials, impressive grades, scholarships, awards and recognitions, and sometimes the type of school/college attended.

2. Computer Literacy

3. Communication skills

  • Verbal and written communication skills including listening skills.

4. Teamwork

  • It’s all about collaboration, participation, working harmoniously, avoiding conflicts, interacting and spending time with other team members.

5. Leadership

  • Helping, encouraging, coaching and inspiring coworkers is classified under ‘Leadership’.

6. Initiative

  • The candidate should be  a self-starter and get the work done without constantly being told what needs to be done and reminded of the same.

7. Flexibility

  • The candidate should be able to adapt to changing conditions and work assignments.

8. Result-oriented

  • The candidate should be able to plan, organise and implement anything from tasks and projects to deadlines. Should be good at prioritising along with efficient time management.

9. Analysis

  • Should be able to analyse situations, seek information from appropriate sources and then resourcefully solve the problems. The decision making skill plays a major role in the analysis ability of the candidate.

10. Work ethics

  • The candidate should respect personal values like honesty, integrity, punctuality, reliability, commitment and dedication.

Note

The title and order of the bullet points above were borrowed from an article titled – ‘Top traits to cultivate if you want to be hired’ published in the ‘Career Clues’ column of the ‘The Hindu Newspaper’, written by ‘Payal Chanania’.

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Swine Flu Symptoms and Precautions

What is Swine Flu?

The Merck Veterinary Manual defines Swine Flu as – “Swine influenza is an acute, highly contagious, respiratory disease that results from infection with type A influenza virus.”

What are it’s symptoms?

Image source: SwineInflu.org
Image source: SwineInflu.org


In the video below (linked to YouTube), Dr. Joe Bresee, with CDC’s Influenza Division, describes the symptoms of swine flu and warning signs to look for, that indicate the need for urgent medical attention.

How does it spread?

As per Fitzania.com:

  • Spread of the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads.
  • Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza.
  • Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with live flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Precautions

  • Good personal health and hygiene habits, like hand washing, avoiding spitting, and covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, are reasonably effective in reducing influenza transmission.
  • In particular, hand-washing with soap and water, or with alcohol-based hand rubs, is very effective at inactivating influenza viruses.
  • These simple personal hygiene precautions are recommended as the main way of reducing infections during pandemics.
  • Although face masks might help prevent transmission when caring for the sick, there is mixed evidence on beneficial effects in the community.
  • Since influenza spreads through both aerosols and contact with contaminated surfaces, surface sanitizing may help prevent some infections.
  • Alcohol is an effective sanitizer against influenza viruses, while quaternary ammonium compounds can be used with alcohol so that the sanitizing effect lasts for longer.
  • Social distancing is another tactic. It means staying away from other people who might be infected and can include avoiding large gatherings, spreading out a little at work, or perhaps staying home and lying low if an infection is spreading in a community.

Source of the above bullet points: Wikipedia – Infection Control and Wikipedi – Swine Flu in Human.

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What is Gmail offline functionality and how to enable it?

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The so called ‘Gmail Offline Functionality‘ will allow users to use the Gmail interface when disconnected from the Internet. It means that, users will be able to load Gmail even though they are not connected to the Internet and will have the ability to read, star, archive and organize emails.

Users will also be able to compose new emails. These mails will be stored in the ‘Outbox‘ and sent whenever the user goes online.

How is this achieved?

The offline functionality for web-based applications is achieved by employing Google Gears.

Image representing Google Gears as depicted in...

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Google Gears is a browser plug-in that provides offline access to the web based applications like Gmail. Gears is also employed for offline access to many other web applications from Google, such as the Google Reader RSS manager, the Google Docs word processor and from other providers like Zoho, which uses it for offline access to its e-mail and word processing browser-based application.

Mozilla Firefox
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The Google Gears browser plug-in for Mozilla Firefox v3.5 can be located at: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search?q=Google+Gears&cat=all.

When a user is connected to the Internet, Gmail uses Gears browser plug-in to download a local cache of the mail. The cache is then synchronized with Gmail’s servers as long as the internet connection is alive.

How to enable ‘Offline’ functionality for Gmail?

  • Open Gmail and sign-in to your account.
  • Click the ‘Settings’ hyperlink on the top right corner of the Gmail interface.
  • Select the ‘Labs’ tab.
  • Click ‘Enable’ next to ‘Offline Gmail’ feature.
  • Save your changes.
  • On the top right corner of the Gmail interface, next to the user-name, a new link would be visible, named ‘Offline’.
  • Click the ‘Offline’ link to start the synchronization process.

Note

For the synchronization to be successful, the Google Gears browser plug-in should be pre-installed.

In summary

The Google Gears implementation will allow people to work within the Gmail interface without the need for a separate desktop application. When the user is offline, email messages will be stored in the Gears browser queue, and will be synchronized automatically when user connect to the Internet.

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What is a Howdah?

This was the question asked on the popular quiz show – ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire?’

Who wants to be a Millionaire?’ is a television quiz show which offers very large cash prizes for correctly answering 15 (in some versions, 12) consecutive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Image via Wikipedia

So, what is a Howdah?

Wikipedia says – ‘A howdah, or houdah, is a carriage which is positioned on the back of an elephant, or occasionally some other animal, used most often in the past to carry wealthy people or for use in hunting or warfare. It was also a symbol of wealth for the owner, and as a result were decorated with expensive gems.’

Howdah or Houdah

A Howdah or Houdah

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Pthreads and Eclipse IDE

Have you come across a situation where a C/C++ project that uses Pthread API fails to compile via the Eclipse IDE?

If your answer to the above question is ‘YES’, then this post is for you.

The CDT plugin in the Eclipse IDE is not configured to add the -pthread argument when the user tries to compile a C/C++ project. Please follow the steps listed below to successfully compile a C/C++ project which uses Pthread library in Eclipse.

  • Open Eclipse (it is assumed that CDT plugin is installed).
  • On the menu bar, choose Projects->Properties.
  • From the bar on the left, choose c/c++ build –> GCC C Compiler –> Miscellaneous.
  • Add the -pthread argument into the beginning of the Other Flags.
  • Choose c/c++ build–>Settings->GCC C Linker->Libraries and include the pthread library into the other libraries.
  • Click Apply and rebuild the project. Pthreads should work now.

Install multiple versions of Firefox on Microsoft Windows, Linux or MAC

Have you come across a plug-in or an extension that won’t install on the current version of the Firefox browser but requires an older version?

If your answer to the above question is a big ‘YES’, then this post is for you, else, no worries, you are lucky enough to have all your favourite plugins available for the current version of Firefox running on your machine. Enjoy reading this blog!

Modus Operandi:

  • Download all the required versions of Firefox that you wish to install.
  • For the purpose of this blog, let me consider installing Firefox 3.0.13 and the latest version which is Firefox 3.5.2.
  • Install either of two version. Users are normally inclined to the fact of installing older version first, therefore, let me choose the other way round and consider installing the higher version first and then install the older one.
  • After installing either of the Firefox version, (in my case, I have installed Firefox 3.5.2), execute the below command:
    • In Microsoft Windows: <Firefox installed folder>/firefox.exe -ProfileManager
    • In Linux: <Firefox installed folder>/firefox -ProfileManager
    • In MAC: <Firefox installed folder>/firefox-bin -ProfileManager
  • A dialog box pop’s up as shown in the image below. Click the ‘Create Profile’ button to create a new user profile.
1. Multiple-Firefox-Instance-Create-Profile-Button
Step 1 – Create a new user profile.

  • The ‘Create Profile Wizard’ is displayed.
2. Multiple-Firefox-Instance-Create-Profile-Wizard
Step 2 – Click ‘Next’ on the ‘Create Profile Wizard’ dialog box.

  • Key in some name in the ‘Profile name’ text box. If you prefer to save the user preferences, settings and other user related data in a particular folder other than the default one, then click the ‘Choose Folder’ button and opt for a specific folder of your choice.
3. Multiple-Firefox-Instance-Create-Profile-Wizard-Entries
Step 3 – Choose a profile name and folder to store user related data.

  • Clicking the ‘Finish’ button on the previous dialog box (shown above) leads you to the ‘Choose User Profile’ dialog box (shown below) listing the new profile created just now. Un-check the ‘Don’t ask at startup’ check-box if you prefer to be asked to choose a user profile each time Firefox starts.
4. Multiple-Firefox-Instance-New-Profile-Created
Step 4 – Choose the newly created profile and click ‘Start Firefox’.

  • After you make sure that the current installed version of Mozilla Firefox starts without any issues, go ahead and install the other version of the Firefox.
  • While installing the other version, choose ‘Custom Installation’ option and not ‘Standard Installation’.
  • Opt for a different folder other than the one in which the current installed Firefox is located.
  • On completion of the installation, follow the above steps describing the mechanism involved in creating a separate profile for Mozilla Firefox.
  • To set the profile automatically for a certain version of Mozilla Firefox, please modify the shortcut to something as shown below.
    • <Firefox installed folder>/firefox.exe -ProfileManager <new-profile-name> Or,
    • <Firefox installed folder>/firefox.exe -P <new-profile-name>
  • On a Microsoft Windows machine, please be sure to change the ‘Start in’ field in the shortcut to match the folder path used in the target (however the ‘Start in’ will not need the'-P <new-profile-name>').
  • Please note, if you have a Mozilla Firefox window open while trying to access the ‘Profile Manager’ it will just open up another window of Firefox. You cannot run more than one version of Mozilla Firefox simultaneously. Therefore, to execute the other version of Mozilla Firefox installed on your system, please close all the open Firefox windows and then start up the other version.
  • Finally, if you prefer more information on the ‘Firefox Profile Manager’, please visit the ‘Profile Manager‘ section in the MozillaZine Knowledge Base.
  • Enjoy using multiple versions of Mozilla Firefox on your system!

The below listed video was published by Joey in the ‘ClearTechInfo.com Studio‘ section of the 5 min Life Videopedia website. It portrays the process involved in creating multiple Mozilla Firefox 3 profiles in Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.

Link to the video: http://www.5min.com/Video/How-to-Create-Multiple-Firefox-3-Profiles-61017751

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Types of Swim Strokes

Objective

The objective of this blog is to describe the different types of swim strokes that exist today. The information presented here is collected from several sources. The reference section at the bottom of this page lists the sources that were taken into account while scanning for information.

What is a Swimming Stroke?

A swimming stroke is a process of moving the arms and legs of a human body such that the swimmer is propelled forward by pushing the water backward.

Types of Swimming Strokes

  • Freestyle stroke
  • Involves alternate overarm strokes and flutter kick. The swimmer’s head has to be completely immersed in water, and the face alternating from side to side.

  • Butterfly stroke
  • This is considered as the most exhausting and difficult stroke. It involves windmill like arm movement (both arms in unison) and dolphin kick. The swimmer should not swim underwater.

  • Breast stroke
  • Involves arm movement on the front side from the swimmer’s head to shoulder level with frog kick. It is important that the swimmer’s head should always be positioned above the water surface.

  • Side stroke
  • Is a forward underwater stroke with body on one side along with scissor kick.

  • Back stroke
  • Involves alternate over-the-head arm stroke and a flutter kick in a supine position. The swimmer is expected not to swim underwater.

  • Dog paddle
  • This stroke is considered as one of the few easiest swim strokes. It involves reaching forward with the swimmers arms underwater and using a modified version of the flutter kick.

    Resources

    An interesting 1 minute 26 second video on the subject – Improving Swimming Turns by the Olympic Bronze medallist, Steve Parry is available here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/7552672.stm

    References

    1. Human swimming: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_swimming
    2. Types of Swimming Stokes: http://www.iloveindia.com/fitness/swimming/different-kinds-of-strokes.html
    3. Swimming strokes: http://www.mamashealth.com/swim/strokes.asp
    4. Aquatic locomotion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquatic_locomotion
    5. Swimming (sport): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swimming_(sport)
    6. List of swimming styles: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_swimming_styles
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    Note
    The information presented here is collected from several sources. The reference section above lists the sources that were taken into account while scanning for information.

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    Note

    The information presented here is collected from several sources. The reference section above lists the sources that were taken into account while scanning for information.

    What are ‘Swim Caps’ and why do we need to use them?

    I am learning swimming. It’s a revitalizing experience!

    On the first day of the swimming course, though I had purchased the ‘Swim suite’ as a precautionary measure, the coach asked me to purchase a ‘Swim Cap‘.

    I was perplexed! I had a series of unanswered questions zipping through my brain – Why on earth should I purchase a Swim Cap? What advantage does it have? Is it one of those marketing strategy to augment the sales of Swim Caps?

    This post is meant to answer few of the above listed questions and provide insight into why a swim cap plays a noticeable role in swimming.

    What are Swim Caps?

    The Free Dictionary – Encyclopedia defines the term ‘Swim Cap’ as – “A swim cap, or bathing cap, is a silicone, latex or lycra cap worn on the head by recreational and competitive swimmers.”

    The basic advantage of a ‘Swim Cap’ is to relatively keep the human hair dry and ears free from chlorinated water and avoid filters in swimming pool being clogged with human hair.

    Swim caps were invented in late 1900s and the initial ones were made out of rubber. By 1920, latex based caps appeared followed by silicone ones.

    In India, the typical cost of  a swim cap varies between INR 60/- and INR 130/- depending on the quality of the cap and the material it’s made out of.

    Types of Swim Caps

    There are roughly four types of swim caps:

    • The usual silicone swim cap
    Image source: Amazon.com

    Image source: Amazon.com

    • Long hair swim cap
    Image source: Amazon.com

    Image source: Amazon.com

    • Neoprene swim cap
    Image source: Amazon.com

    Image source: Amazon.com

    • Flower swim cap
    Image source: Headcovers.com

    Image source: Headcovers.com

    Advantages of Swim Caps

    1. Swim caps protect the hair from chlorine which is known to cause decoloration or damage to human hair over a period of time.
    2. Wearing a cap provides what is know as ‘Hydro dynamic effect‘, meaning the swimmer will be able to move through the water more rapidly with less resistance.
    3. Swim caps tend to reduce drag that is usually caused by free-flowing hair.
    4. Long hair also results in visibility problems when in the pool. Swim caps help avoid such a situation.
    5. For swimmers with closely cropped hair, a swim cap can help maintain body warmth.

    Tips on usage and maintaining Swim Caps

    The below listed tips will be useful when using swim caps (borrowed from Swim-Caps.net)

    Always rinse and hang dry after use. Otherwise the swimming cap will wear down much more quickly.
    Put it on carefully. No matter what the material, swim caps can tear if handled roughly.
    The fit should be snug and comfortable.
    You may want to wet your hair before putting the swim cap on if possible. This makes sure no air is trapped between the cap and your head. Otherwise the cap could come off in the pool.
    • It is better to rinse and hang dry after every use, else swim caps are prone to wear down quickly.
    • Make sure that your nails do not damage the swim caps when you wear them.
    • Always be sure that the cap fits comfortably.
    • Wearing the cap on wet hair ascertains that no air is trapped inside and makes sure that the cap sticks to it’s location during it’s usage.

    References

    1. The Free Dictionary Encyclopedia: http://encyclopedia.tfd.com/Swim+cap
    2. Headcovers.com (Men->Swimming caps): http://www.headcovers.com/t/men/swimming-caps/196/187/
    3. Swim Cap.net: http://www.swim-cap.net/
    4. Swim Cap (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swim_cap
    5. Human Swimming (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_swimming
    6. Why people use swim caps to keep their hair dry: http://www.helium.com/items/1107413-why-people-use-swim-caps-to-keep-their-hair-dry
    7. Advantage of Swim Cap by Chris Josephhttp://www.ehow.com/about_5180634_advantages-swim-caps.html
    8. Advantage of Swim Caps: http://www.answerbag.com/articles/The-Advantages-of-Swim-Caps/5550e7f8-e7d4-e2f5-eb31-8e7d47248894
    9. Advantage of Swim Caps by L. Maloney: http://www.trails.com/list_3304_advantages-swim-caps.html

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    Note

    The information presented here is collected from several sources. The reference section above lists the sources that were taken into account while scanning for information.

    -Santhosh.

    How to find the ‘Page ID’ in your WordPress.com blog?

    Sometimes you may want to hide your page in the ‘Pages’ widget. To do it, you require the ‘Page ID’. But how do you find out the ‘Page ID’ of a page in your WordPress.com blog?

    Well, it’s simple:

    • Log into your WordPress blog.
    • Choose Posts->Edit option.
    How to find the 'Page ID' of a WordPress.com page? - Page Edit Link

    Image displaying the location of the 'Edit' link for pages in the WordPress blog

    • Hover your mouse over the post title and the ID will appear on the status bar.
    How to find the 'Page ID' of a WordPress.com page? - Page ID

    Image showing the page-id of the 'About Me' page displayed on the status bar of the browser

    Isn’t that simple?

    -Santhosh.

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    How do I add the Copyright, Registered and Trademark characters in my WordPress blog?

    When I was scribbling my previous post, I stumbled upon the need to add the Registered Trademark symbol (®). It took me some time to figure out how to add special symbols such as Copyright (©) in a WordPress blog.

    To make life simpler for other blog writers, here is the method I use to add special symbols.

    • Choose ‘HTML’ on the right hand top corner of the blog editor as shown below.
    HTML tab displayed on the right hand top corner of the blog editor.

    HTML tab displayed on the right hand top corner of the blog editor.

    • Move the cursor to the position where the required symbol is to be inserted.
    • Taking into reference the table (ISO 8859-1 Symbols) listed below, add ‘HTML Tag’ that corresponds to the symbol in question.

    Symbol

    Number

    HTML Tag

    Description

    ©

    ©

    &copy;

    Copyright

    ®

    ®

    &reg;

    Registered Trademark

    The reference section below, lists links to webpages where you can find HTML tags for additional symbols.

    References:

    1. HTML ISO-8859-1 Reference: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_entities.asp
    2. ISO8859-1 Table: http://arnspub.com/QuickRef/ISO8859.html
    3. HTML Codes – Characters and symbols: http://www.ascii.cl/htmlcodes.htm
    4. ISO/IEC 8859-1: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO/IEC_8859-1
    5. ISO-8859-1 Characters Set for HTML: http://www.csgnetwork.com/htmlchrset.html
    6. ISO 8859-1 Symbols: http://hypertextcode.com/Symbols_Supported_by_HTML_and_ISO_8859-1_Symbols.html
    7. ISO 8859-1 National Character Set FAQ: http://faqs.cs.uu.nl/na-dir/internationalization/iso-8859-1-charset.html

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