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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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.

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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.

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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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