Make Sure Your Resume Survives The Six Seconds Test

Make Sure Your Resume Survives The Six Seconds Test

Just as headlines act as filters that help us make quick decisions about which news items to spend time on, the summary of your resumé should catch the attention of a recruiter almost instantly. Recruiters must scan quickly through hundreds of resumes every day. So if your summary isn’t powerful, chances are you won’t make it into the Yes basket. You have to survive the crucial six seconds test.

Is engagement the cause or the effect

If someone has been hired to do a job, shouldn’t they just do their job? While a lot of employees will do the bare minimum they need to do to keep their jobs going, there is a small percentage of employees who hit the ball out of the park. They file for patents, contribute more and are evangelists for the brand. According to Bain and Company, companies like Apple, Netflix, Google, and Dell are 40% more productive than the average company. That amounts to a disproportionate impact on the bottom line.

The Four Jobs of a Boss

The Four Jobs of a Boss

Being the leader of people is an honor. The leader must ask every day, “Am I worthy of discharging my responsibility? Do I have what it takes to lead them today?” That means doing these 4 tasks without fail.

Who is your disruptor?

Who is your disruptor?

It may be time to heed the advice of Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” That advice certainly holds true in the digital age.

Let 2017 be about Digital Mindsets – not HR Tech

Let 2017 be about Digital Mindsets – not HR Tech

Firstly, this year, let HR take a boundary-less view of data. Go beyond structured data to unstructured data sources. Throw in data from all sources till you cannot use Excel to do analysis any more. You have to invest in Artificial Intelligence.

HR has an expertise problem to fix

HR has an expertise problem to fix

HR needs to go beyond its role as a “touchy-feely” only function. The HR team must be able to design an amazing employment experience based on research, evidence and science. The real role of HR lies in shaping the culture of the organization, finding ways to attract and develop top talent and to be a futurist for the organization. Being able to design the right experience is the real value of the function. That needs expertise.

5 signs that the good times may be over soon

5 signs that the good times may be over soon

Here are three parameters to gauge whether a job can be done by robots:

The job is driven by a clear set of rules and scenarios. That’s how robots are programmed.
Efficiency and productivity are the main measures of the job.
The role of soft skills — collaboration, influencing, negotiation etc — is limited.
Do the same rules apply to an industry? How does your industry measure up?

Would a robot boss be more effective?

Would a robot boss be more effective?

Ray believes that if only human emotions would be left out of the workplace, it would make it possible to run the place most efficiently. He is investing the brute power of his financial empire to make this dream a reality. People would be rated based on a million data points. The decision would be a foregone conclusion. But because people have difficulty (at least for now) to take orders from a machine, the role of the manager would be to simply convey the decision the machine has taken. How meaningful would that be for employees?

5 signs your job maybe at risk

5 signs your job maybe at risk

Anyone, anywhere, anytime is the new approach to work. Work can be sliced, diced and distributed across the globe based on skill and cost. Work can be done by people any time, across time zones. The workspace is anywhere. That also means that jobs are no longer what they used to be. They don’t come with a lifetime warranty any more.

Why AI Will Not Replace Teachers In The Classroom(Yet)

Why AI Will Not Replace Teachers In The Classroom(Yet)

While I don’t see AI replacing teachers anytime soon, it can certainly be used to enable students and teachers to get more out of the educational experience.

To begin with, automating rule-based and routine tasks — including grading of tests and assignments — can help improve productivity in the classroom. Such tasks tend to be tedious and time-consuming. Automating them would leave teachers free to focus on assisting students who are struggling, providing human interaction and hands-on experiences for them. AI can be used effectively to respond to queries from students — a bot will be infinitely more patient than any teacher in repeating answers and examples

How to run your career like a “Moonshot” Project?

How to run your career like a "Moonshot" Project?

Alphabet is home to a dozen innovative companies. Look at the company that is simply called X, which runs “moonshot” projects. Google X chooses to focus on the future as it chooses what problems to solve. In keeping their innovation projects in-house, they use their massive cash reserves to focus on problems that would not get venture capital funds or those that have very long time horizons.

Posters don’t shape culture – leaders do

Posters don't shape culture - leaders do

Before the founding team makes their first hire, they must ask what behaviors the candidate must display and assess against them. Assessing for values impacts the culture of the organization. Strategy is on paper, whereas culture determines how things get done.