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By Sunidhi Beeliya
A shift from college life to professional life demands the development of essential soft skills to a land lucrative internship or job opportunities. While recruiting graduates, interviewers emphasize more on assessing candidates’ soft skills as hard skills could be eventually developed through on-the-job training.
Freshers or inexperienced candidates are selected based on their communication skills, interpersonal skills, strengths and weaknesses, understanding of the company and job role, and interest and willingness to work, learn, and grow with the company. Freshers are bound to feel anxious during their first interview, however, through proper pre-placement preparation, guidance, and training, they can ace their interview.
Let’s talk about a few major things that one could learn through online placement training.
Resume writing –
A resume is a document that contains important personal and professional details of the candidate. A strong resume lists the candidates’ strengths, qualifications, skills, and unique qualities increasing their chances of getting selected over other applicants. Through credible online placement training, one can learn to write a professional resume that can keep the recruiters engaged and can highlight the skills that make the candidate, the right fit for the role.
One can learn about the importance and sequence of different segments such as personal details, educational qualifications, internship experience, projects, technical and soft skills, training and certifications, and extracurricular activities in the resume.
The training also helps the learners understand the important dos and don’ts such as mentioning the most recent educational qualification, work experience, or projects first, adding the name of the organization, profile, time period, and brief description of the job done in work experiences, and not adding irrelevant details such as age and gender in the personal details section. One can also begin to make a resume through the help of a step-by-step guide and can take reference from multiple resume templates available for download in the training.
Cover letter/email writing –
A cover letter is the email body copy that accompanies the attached resume while applying for internships or jobs through an email. This write-up carries details about you, why are you willing to apply for the internship/job, and what skills make you suitable for the profile. The purpose of a cover letter is to motivate the recruiters to download, open, and read your resume, thus, it must be brief but strong enough to convince the recruiter that your qualities suit their requirements.
Through online placement preparation training, one could learn about important practices such as creating a professional email ID, (for example – firstname.lastname@example.org) and avoiding grammatical mistakes and SMS language. Writing a brief and relevant subject line (for example – Application for XYZ internship – First name – College name) shows one’s sincere interest in the profile and attracts the recruiters to click, open, and read the email.
Sending a blank email without a subject line, copy-pasting the cover letter, improper greeting and signature, and sharing the cover letter as an attachment, are a few mistakes that one could learn to avoid. The step-by-step guide in the placement training helps the students in writing different segments of the cover letter through a detailed example.
Interview process –
An interview is a formal direct communication between two individuals or a panel and the candidate held, over telephonic calls, in-person, or through video calls. The different stages, questions, and tasks in interviews differ based on the organization’s requirements and the job profile. In an interview, the candidate is assessed based on multiple factors that cannot be evaluated through a resume such as their ability to communicate, confidence, interest, and excitement about working in that role, and willingness to learn and grow.
An online placement training could help an individual prepare for different stages of an interview like the pre-interview, telephonic or video interview, group discussion round, HR questions, puzzles, and guesstimates. One can also learn essential interview etiquette such as dressing professionally, proper grooming, reaching the venue at least 15-30 minutes before the interview, carrying all the important documents like a resume, college ID Card, transcripts, certificates, and practicing speaking in front of the mirror every day to gain confidence.
As interviewers usually end the discussion by asking “Do you have any questions for me?”, learners can also find the right set of questions to ask the employers through placement preparation training. Asking relevant questions could highlight a candidate’s interest and sincerity in the job or internship.
Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (training.internshala.com) – e-learning platform to learn new-age skills from Internshala.
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High drama was witnessed in Kanpur Dehat for over an hour when a man, upset over his wife's alleged affair with a local man, climbed the tower with his children and threatened to commit suicide. The incident took place on Monday near Gandhi Nagar in Akbarpur, when the man threatened to commit suicide after throwing his kids down from a height of nearly 40-feet. Chaos prevailed around the area and the locals informed the police that rushed to the spot.
After about half-an-hour of convincing, the police managed to bring him and his children down. The man told the police that his wife's affair was going on with his neighbor. He had complained to the police, but no action was taken. Police said that as per the man, his wife had developed an illicit relationship with a man, living nearby their house. "As per the man, in his absence, his neighbor visited his house often. He said that he had reprimanded his neighbor many times, but to no avail," said the police.
The man had complained to the police, but no action was taken. | Pixabay
The man had also lodged a complaint with the police but no action was taken. On the other hand, Akbarpur police said that on the basis of the complaint, action for breach of peace has been taken against the neighbor accused of luring his wife. Circle officer (CO) Akbarpur Arun Kumar said that the police are trying to sort out the issue. "Whatever action is appropriate will be taken," the official added. (IANS/SP)
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The US forces continued their bombardment of buildings and institutions in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, as part of their alleged manhunt of Islamic State (IS) fugitives, state news agency SANA reported. The US forces are shelling buildings and public institutions on Tuesday in the vicinity of the Sina'a prison in the Gweiran neighborhood in Hasakah "on the pretext of hunting down IS militants who fled the prison," said SANA.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. | Wikimedia Commons
The shelling came in tandem with waves of raids by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to homes in the surrounding areas, rounding up many civilians and taking them to unknown locations, the state news agency added. On January 20, IS inmates inside the Sina'a prison, which is controlled by the SDF, started a riot that was coordinated with IS militants from outside, who detonated the prison's gates with two booby-trapped vehicles, succeeding to free some prisoners.
The incident triggered clashes between IS and the SDF as well as US airstrikes on the areas, where the IS fugitives could have sought shelter in, Xinhua news agency reported. The clashes and airstrikes are still ongoing as the SDF has so far failed to contain the situation and storm the prison. The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. Hasakah province is largely controlled by the US-backed SDF, while certain areas, particularly in the city of Qamishli, are still under the control of the Syrian government. (IANS/ MBI)
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The circulating avian influenza outbreaks, including in India, do not seem to pose the 'high' risk but surveillance and biosecurity measures are necessary to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds, a UN-backed scientific task force said. Throughout the past autumn and current winter in the northern hemisphere, multiple avian influenza outbreaks, caused predominantly by the H5N1 HPAI virus, plus other subtypes, including H5N8, have occurred in India, the UK, the Netherlands and Israel with the ever recorded mortality of the Svalbard barnacle geese in Solway Coast.
The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, co-convened by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Monday recommended that surveillance and biosecurity measures are reinforced to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds. The Task Force has convened and produced recommendations and guidance for authorities and managers of countries affected or at risk. Wild birds, including globally threatened species, are victims of HPAI viruses causing avian influenza. Affected sites also include areas of international relevance for conservation such as protected wetlands.
More than 2,400 migratory water birds died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal last year because of avian influenza. | Unsplash
It is essential that authorities with responsibility for animal health apply the One Health approach for communicating and addressing avian influenza. That means recognising the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment and acting with a coordinated and unified approach. The Task Force reminds authorities of their international obligations to ensure their response to the pathogenic virus does not include the culling of wild birds, nor actions that would cause damage to natural ecosystems, especially wetlands.
Ruth Cromie, who coordinated the work of the Task Force and the production of the statement, said: "Avian influenza represents a One Health issue threatening health across the board. The highly pathogenic viruses are still relatively new in wild birds and this winter's high levels of mortality remind us of their vulnerability and that working to promote healthy wildlife benefits us all." H5N1 is currently the avian influenza lineage most found in Africa and Eurasia in both poultry and wild birds. The wide range of wild birds affected include wildfowl, waders, gulls, cranes, grebes, herons, pelicans, gamebirds, corvids and raptors (diurnal and nocturnal), in addition to sporadic cases in mammals such as red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) and harbor Phoca vitulina and grey seal Halichoerus grypus.
Consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations. | Unsplash
In terms of human health, the currently circulating H5N1 HPAI viruses do not seem to pose the same zoonotic risk as the 'original' Asian lineage H5N1 (clade 2.2 and their derivatives plus clade 18.104.22.168b H5N6 viruses currently in China). In general, the risk can be considered low, recognising that some agencies now consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations, as low or moderate. In India, several instances of bird flu were reported in 2021. More than 2,400 migratory water birds, and almost half of them being endangered bar-headed goose, died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal Pradesh last year and that avian influenza (H5N1) was the cause.
Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species that died were the shoveler, the river tern, the pochard and the common teal. An 11-year-old boy died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi last year due to avian influenza, country's first fatality. India reported the first outbreak of avian influenza in 2006. RSPB Scotland is calling for an emergency local moratorium restricting shooting on the Solway for the rest of the wildfowling season. It calls for urgent action to reduce the devastating impacts of avian influenza. New statistics from the most recent counts show that the UK is this winter experiencing the worst outbreak of this deadly disease on record, with migratory geese which 'over winter' on the Solway being the hardest hit.
According to RSPB Scotland, the latest population counts of the Svalbard barnacle goose show a drop in numbers from 43,703 in November last year to 27,133 in this month's count. This represents a decline of 38 per cent in the Svalbard breeding population of this species from winter 2020-21. CMS Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel said: "Through late 2021 and early 2022 there have been numerous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, with severe impacts on migratory birds. "The CMS Secretariat responded by convening the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds together with the FAO. We are pleased to share its advice and key recommendations for countries affected or at risk, and look forward to continuing our collaborative work to minimize risks to humans, poultry and wild populations of migratory birds." (IANS/SP)
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