2 Jaish militants killed in gunfight in Tral, Kashmir

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first_imgTwo Jaish-e-Muhammad militants are believed dead in an ongoing encounter in Pulwama’s Tral area.An operation to flush out militants was started on Saturday morning at Gujar Basti near Wantiwen forests of Satura village. An exchange started around 7: 30 a.m.  A police official said at least two militants have been killed so far. “The operation is on as more militants are hiding in a forest cave,” said the official.last_img

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first_imgHuman resource departments across the country are dropping the ball, creating a “talent crisis” in finance, information technology, procurement and other business areas, according to a new report by The Hackett Group, the business advisory company.Through its research The Hackett Group found businesses say they are getting support from HR in managing employees less than 35% of the time on average and that HR is providing a full range of services only 13% or less of the time. The study looked at six areas of so-called talent management including workforce planning and succession; collaboration, retention, performance management, learning and development and recruiting and staffing.“Companies aren’t satisfied with the support HR is providing,” says John Cooper, Associate Principal, HR Advisory Program Leader at The Hackett Group. “HR is being squeezed. They haven’t had the budget to do these things.”  Companies are equally guilty of not engaging in long term planning and not focusing on developing employees, he says.According to the report in areas like retention and collaboration/knowledge-sharing 18% or fewer companies in the study gave HR departments credit for providing enough service and expertise. In workforce planning, performance management and learning and development 33% to 47% of companies said they were getting adequate levels of support.For companies, this lack of effort on the part of the HR department for whatever reason means that if something doesn’t change, the business will have a hard time finding the right talent and keeping them there. According to Cooper in order for companies to land lasting talent they need to have a clear idea of what skills and experience they are looking for and they have to engage in workforce planning in which they figure out what they want out of their employees in the next five years.  What’s more HR departments need to rely less on labor markets outside the company and develop the existing staff. Another option, hiring less experienced people that have the potential to be developed.Once the employee is hired the company needs to develop and invest in the talent so he or she can improve and grow. “HR has to take a more aggressive stance in spearheading this,” says Cooper. “HR departments can’t go get more money. They have to become more productive.”For the job seeker, this lack of support by HR departments means they need to be more critical of the job they take. “From the job seeker point of view it behooves them to really look beyond the immediate need to score a job and ask questions around what the company does to develop people’s career path,” says Cooper. For instance he says job candidates need to inquire about how the company integrates performance and career development and ask what the career ladder entails.“Ask for real world examples of people starting where you are and moving up and find out what happened to them,” says Cooper.  If the company can’t answer any of those questions, then it sends a clear message that not much thought is put into an employee’s future. If you do decide to take the job, take it as a way to get experience or a stepping stone to eventually getting a job where you can grow, he says.Improving the talent companies are landing not only saves it the headache of finding a replacement but it also boosts productivity, which in turn will increase revenue and net income.  “It reduces a whole heap of costs that happen because of constant turnover,” says Cooper. He pointed to a Canadian client that had turn-over rates of 50% in its call centers. It cost the company between $700,000 to $1 million a day as a result.Given the “talent crisis,” job seekers are in a unique position to stand out when it comes to landing a job as long as they possess more than the skills listed in the job description.  “It’s not enough to be the consummate IT, finance or HR professional,” says Cooper. Instead you have to have the ability to solve problems and analyze situations. “There’s big push toward those higher order skills that go well beyond just the core functions,” he says.last_img

3 Tips to Get a Recruiter’s Attention

first_imgFinding a job is a job in itself and to succeed at finding work, one thing I would HIGHLY suggest is that you release any sense of entitlement. One very hard truth that some have not learned is that recruiters do NOT work for you. They are looking out for themselves and are not being selfish in doing so. Why? If a recruiter consistently recommends unqualified people to the hiring managers they support, they will be out of a job. Such being the case, every time they receive a resume it is evaluated through the following lens (consciously and/or subconsciously), “Based on what I see on this resume, do I think they will make me look good?” Such being the case, it is in your best interest to position yourself as someone who is the best at what they do (or, among the best) and when all possible, constantly staying current with the industry. That latter point becomes increasingly relevant, the longer you are out of work. Just fyi…So, how do you give the aforementioned impression? Moreover, how do you give it when you have been out of work for a significant period of time? There are a number of strategies, but there are three I especially like:Bear gifts and hope to be appreciated.Become a lightning rod for controversy.Be a spreader of good cheer.Okay, let me clarify things.When I say, “bear gifts and hope to be appreciated,” I am suggesting that you create compelling content with the hope that it will be shared to your target audience. For example, let’s say that you have a background in aerospace technology. You could produce a whitepaper that focused on umm… “10 Things You Didn’t Know about Aerospace.” Once done, upload it to DropBox, Scribd, or a similar service and cite it on social media. You can also include a link to it in your email signature and/or post a synopsis on your blog. Oh! You could also make it a guest post on a blog focused on your topic. The end result (hopefully) is that people recognize your talent and share your content with other people in your industry. If people are buzzing about you, congratulations, you have achieved relevance which helps when recruiters are researching your background online.Secondly… what? Oh! (Sorry) I was reading someone’s mind just then and they asked me how to find guest post opportunities. This is one way to do it.intext:submit.guest.post intitle:software “cloud computing”In the search above, I am asking Google to look for the phrase “submit guest post” in the text of a webpage, the word “engineering” in the title of a webpage and the word “mechanical” mentioned somewhere on the page as mechanical engineering is my interest. (For demo purposes.) Check out some of the search results below.Here are a few more searches you can try:intitle:blog intitle:keyword “submit an article”“want to write for us” keyword“bloggers wanted” keyword“to submit a guest blog post” keywordWhere was I? (Let me scroll up a bit… Oh! Yeah.) The second thing I suggested was to “Become a lightning rod for controversy” and what I mean by that is that you should strive to become Oprah or, some variation thereof. Think about this, one reason why Oprah is so famous is because she surrounds herself with celebrities and newsmakers. By shining the light on others, there is a halo effect on her personally. Make sense? You could do the same thing! No, I am not suggesting that you start a career in broadcast journalism. I am saying that it would be worth it to reach out to VIPs in your space and interview them for your blog or (better yet) your new podcast series.So, how would you proceed? One way to move forward is to reach out to the PR teams at various companies and tell them that you are a blogger (or podcaster) and would like to a) schedule a time to interview (some VIP) in your company or b) submit a series of questions to some VIP that I can quote on my blog. Make sense? If you like this strategy, you need to find press contacts at various companies. Here are a couple of  google searches for you.“press release” “for more information contact” “company name”“press release” “for more information contact” “keyword or phrase”My third strategy was to “Be a spreader of good cheer” which is a sly way of generating buzz around some content you have produced online. Let’s say that you produced a great PowerPoint presentation on building bridges in major cities. It would be great if your work was validated by other experts in the field because such validation helps to highlight you as a leader in your field. (Remember, recruiters will research your background. Give them something good to find!) It also would be great if you used your PPT as a means to attract recruiters to your work and passively pitch your talents to them. But how to accomplish both? What else? Do a search.To passively pitch your content to recruiters, 1) find recruiters online and 2) ask them to refer technical people to your work in order to get their professional opinion. How do you find recruiters? Check out the screenshot below and take note that the results have been refined to the past year.Once you have their name and the company name, give them a call. Make sense? Another way to find recruiters is a search along these lines…intitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe) email.me.at ” keywordintitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe) calll.me.at ” keywordintitle:recruiter (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe) contact.me.at ” keywordOnce you find them, here is an email template you might want to consider:Recruiter’s name,I found you online and thought you might be someone to help me out. I posted (title of your compelling content) recently and wanted to get some feedback from other professionals in my space. As you are a recruiter, I thought you might be able to refer someone who might have an interest in my work. If so, please do pass it on?Title of your compelling content(Link to your compelling content)Thank you in advance!Your nameLink to your blog or online profileOther relevant contact info (ie. phone, email)Okay, I’ve rambled on enough. What do you think of the strategies outlined herein? Leave me a comment and let me know!last_img

Volunteering Your Way Into A Job

first_imgMaybe you’ve been selected for a job interview — or several. But you just can’t seem to get past the interview stage and get hired. It may be time to consider alternative routes to get on the inside of a company you want to work for. Sometimes, for instance, volunteering can lead to a full-time position.Volunteering can be a great way to build your skills and network, ultimately, getting your foot in the door. Here are six steps from Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community, to land a volunteer position and transform it into a paid position:1. Identify ideal organizations.If your goal is to work at a nonprofit, chances are your employer of choice works with volunteers regularly and would welcome you as a volunteer. But even if you don’t aim to land a full-time job at a nonprofit organization, volunteering at a local charity can lead to corporate jobs, as well by giving you experience in the tasks you hope to perform on the job, and by building your network.Approach finding a volunteer gig in much the same way you would go after a paying job. That means getting specific about the types of tasks you’d like to do as a volunteer and seeking out organizations that need help with those specific tasks. For instance, if you want to work in marketing or advertising, look for nonprofit organizations who need help with public relations or communications rather than bookkeeping. Finding those organizations will require Internet research and cold calling of nonprofits. Don’t focus only on the large ones; there are likely to be many small organizations in your neighborhood that would welcome the help.2. Make contact.Once you’ve identified some organizations that may be able to use your expertise, start contacting them and offering your services. Don’t fall into the trap of agreeing to do volunteer work that doesn’t fit into your skill set or the skill set you want to acquire. Your goal is to get into a company where you can use your current skills or learn new ones, while having at least some face-to-face interaction with people who can help you  transition from volunteer to employee.3. Listen, learn, integrate.Once you’ve landed a volunteer gig, focus on using the opportunity to learn as much as you can. That may mean reading up on the organization and its mission, attending board meetings, or just listening to staff members and other volunteers. Treat the experience just as you would a new job — eager to learn about the organization so you can perform to the best of your ability and become an asset to the organization. As you learn new information or skills, work to integrate those things into your skill set.Keep in mind that expanding your network is one of the most important reasons to volunteer. It’s not uncommon for unemployed workers to spend their spare time volunteering and meet other volunteers in the process who may be able to connect them with employment opportunities, writes Nancy Mann Jackson, a workplace issues writer. In addition to doing your best job at the volunteer work you’ve chosen to do, make an effort to get to know the other people you come in contact with; you never know what good things can come from expanding your network.4. Go above and beyond.Just as you would work to impress a new boss, do your best to create lasting positive impressions on those with whom you volunteer. Look for ways to make others’ jobs easier, or offer to complete tasks that you can do easily, even if they aren’t part of your volunteer job description. Be thoughtful of the staff and other volunteers you work with; remember peoples’ birthdays and make an effort to keep up with the important things happening in their lives. People who work hard and go above and beyond the call of duty are always respected, and if you become known as a person who makes extra efforts in your volunteer position, you’ll earn glowing recommendations for the next paying job that comes around.5. Track your success.After you’ve landed a volunteer gig, be sure to list it on your resume and profile it on your professional networks, such as LinkedIn. Hiring managers do consider volunteering legitimate work experience in many cases, and most importantly, it shows you’re not just sitting around, but are out there trying to keep your skills fresh.6. Keep conversations going.Even if your volunteer position is temporary, don’t lose touch with the people you meet there. Stay in touch with them via LinkedIn or other social media. And rather than only asking for their help in finding a job, look for ways to offer help to them as well. For instance, you might send links to articles that you know the nonprofit organization’s executive director would enjoy reading, or help a fellow volunteer’s child land an internship with your former employer. People will remember those who remember them.By following these tips from Glassdoor, you may just land a great volunteering position that flourishes into an even greater paying position.last_img

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