What is a Resume?

A resume has traditionally meant a brief account of your professional work experience and qualifications. However, in today’s job market, your resume must be much more. In order to stand out, your resume needs to be a demonstration of your ability to fulfill a certain role and achieve results that will make a positive impact on the bottom line of a company. Before writing your resume it is essential that you know the career field you are seeking and understand the skills, abilities, and experience required. You must analyze your professional experience and determine which elements best demonstrate your qualifications for the position. Your resume must communicate your accomplishments, achievements, skills, abilities, and talents in a way that sets you apart from other candidates in your field.

A resume is often the first formal communication with prospective employers. Its purpose is to demonstrate the value you can add to the company, and convince them to invite you for an interview. A resume is also a demonstration of the quality of your work. Be sure your writing is clear and succinct and that your resume has a professional presentation.

A resume will do two things for you during your job search. First, it will be a sales brochure, advertising the best reasons to consider you for a position. Remember that, on average, a hiring professional will spend about 30 seconds reviewing your resume; so you have a very limited amount of time to convince a prospective employer that it’s worth his or her time to add you to the interview list.

Second, your resume will provide a guide for the interview. Employers often base their interview questions on the skills and experience listed in your resume. Use your resume to lead interviewers to ask questions about your most impressive and relevant qualifications or achievements. Prioritize the most relevant information at the top of your resume.


Sony Ericsson and its Fall from Grace

My journey of using cell phones began in 2001, when I bought the Ericsson R600. Soon after, Ericsson partnered up with Sony, and Sony Ericsson was born. Although a vast majority of the people in India used Nokia phones (heck, they still do), I used Sony Ericsson phones for nearly 6 years. After using 4 different phone models from the company, I bought my 5th and final SE phone – M600i. This was the first time I owned a Smartphone, and that too with a touchscreen.

M600i ran on the UIQ3 platform, based on the Symbian operating system. The feeling of using this phone was great. There was so much I could do with it, and touchscreen was the cherry on top! However, after a few days of normal usage, shortcomings started to appear. The phone was buggy, and could not multitask very well. It was clear the phone had not been properly tested before release.

I, like many other loyal users of SE, had faith that they would soon release firmware upgrades and resolve the issues. To our unpleasent surprise, SE did little to address the problems. Firmware upgrades were few and far in between, and while they would fix some holes, they would also introduce several new bugs with every subsequent release! Informed powerusers of the platform gave regular feedback to SE through various channels, but it fell on deaf ears. SE’s customer support service is a bad joke!

Still, the adorers of SE (like me and thousands others) did not lose faith – we knew something was coming. Much to our horror, in less than 9 months of launching the phone and issuing 4 buggy firmware upgrades, SE dropped support for all UIQ3 models present at that time. Apart from M600i, it also included W950i, and their much-hyped flagship P990i. Not only this, SE also modified their white papers to delete some of the stuff they had falsely claimed their phones could do!

This created an uproar amongst users. Online protests followed, and angry users threatened to sue the company. After a struggle of 3 months, SE announced that it would issue one final upgrade for only the P990i. The users of other first generation UIQ3 models were abandoned. Soon after, peeved users of the platform came together and drafted a letter addressed to the new CEO of SE. This was a diplomatic business letter signed by more than 500 users. A hard copy of the letter was couriered to the CEO’s office, a soft copy was emailed. Till date, the letter has not even been acknowledged by SE!

More than having a buggy phone, what really pisses me off about the whole situation is SE’s attitude towards its customers. I have decided to voice my opinion with my wallet. I will never use Sony Ericsson phones again!

My Cell Phone Journey

If you have wasted 2 minutes of your life reading my “About Me” post, you would know that I am a gadget freak! In my opinion (that’s what this blog is about anyway!), in a list of all the smart gadgets one can own, cell phones top the list! They are your style statement, an integral part of most of our lives – organiser, information manager, gaming console, internet kiosk, camera…uh…and a phone too! Everybody has one these days.

I bought my first cell phone in 2001 – Ericsson R600. Can you believe a phone like that was one of the coolest things people had seen at that time.? I can’t…not anymore! And the reason for that is the amazing advancement that has taken place in past few years in cell phone technology – both in terms of functionality and form factor.

Soon after I bought my first phone, Ericsson partnered up with Sony, and Sony Ericsson was born. Although a vast majority of the people in India used Nokia phones (heck, they still do), I used Sony Ericsson phones for nearly 6 years. I adored the phones from SE – features, design, everything.

From the original R600, I moved to T610, my first camera phone. Then I moved on to K700i, which similar to T610, only with a better camera and FM radio, and a poorer build quality. After it aged out (which was pretty soon), the obvious upgrade was the K750i – one of the better phones I’ve ever used! I liked it so much that after somebody flicked it out of my pocket on a train, I bought myself another piece. After using 4 different phone models from the company, I bought my 5th and final SE phone – M600i. This was the first time I owned a Smartphone, and that too with a touchscreen. For the technically inclined, it ran on the UIQ3 platform, based on the Symbian operating system.

The phone had a brilliant interface, and was good with normal use. But pretty soon, some very annoying bugs started to show. SE never corrected the issues and abondened its users with an unfinished product. I swore never to buy from SE again! After the M600i lived out its life, I bought myself the HTC S710 in September 2007, and am using it till date. The phone runs on Windows Mobile Standard, and has a slideout QWERTY keyboard. I can say with assurance that this is the best phone I have ever used. When this phone eventually wears out, I will surely be staying with Windows Mobile platform – I’ve got my eyes on the HTC Touch Pro and the HTC S740 now. Drool 🙂

Mysterious Corporate Language

You will hear a lot of official sounding terms and sentences in the corporate world. Here’s a brief snapshot of what people say and what they really mean…

  • “It has long been known” … I didn’t look up the original reference.
  • “A definite trend is evident” … These data are practically meaningless.
  • “While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the questions” … An unsuccessful experiment but I still hope to get it published.
  • “Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study” … The other results didn’t make any sense.
  • “Typical results are shown” … This is the prettiest graph.
  • “These results will be in a subsequent report” … I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.
  • “In my experience” … Once.
  • “In case after case” … Twice.
  • “In a series of cases” … Thrice.
  • “It is believed that” … I think.
  • “It is generally believed that” … A couple of others think so, too.
  • “Correct within an order of magnitude” … Wrong.
  • “According to statistical analysis” … Rumor has it.
  • “A statistically-oriented projection of the significance of these findings” … A wild guess.
  • “A careful analysis of obtainable data” … Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over my beer mug.
  • “It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs” … I don’t understand it.
  • “After additional study by my colleagues” … They don’t understand it either.
  • “Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to Cindy Adams for valuable discussions” … Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.
  • “A highly significant area for exploratory study” … A totally useless topic selected by my committee.
  • “It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation in this field” … I quit.

You know you are addicted to coffee if …

  • You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
  • You sleep with your eyes open.
  • You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
  • The only time you’re standing still is during an earthquake.
  • You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer.
  • You’ve worn out your third pair of tennis shoes this week.
  • Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
  • You chew on other people’s fingernails.
  • The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
  • You’re so jittery that people use your handsto blend their margaritas.
  • You can type sixty words per minute with your feet.
  • You can jump-start your car without cables.
  • You don’t sweat, you percolate.
  • You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s not plugged in.
  • You forget to unwrap candy bars before eating them.
  • You’ve built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
  • People get dizzy just watching you.
  • Instant coffee takes too long.
  • You channel surf faster without a remote.
  • You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
  • You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
  • You short out motion detectors.
  • You don’t even wait for the water to boil anymore.
  • Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
  • You help your dog chase its tail.
  • You soak your dentures in coffee overnight.
  • Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee.
  • You ski uphill.
  • You get a speeding ticket even when you’re parked.
  • You answer the door before people knock.
  • You haven’t blinked since the last lunar eclipse.

About This Blog

Okay, so what in the world is this blog about?

I am going to primarily use this blog to share my experiences and thoughts on literally anything that crosses my mind. As a blog reader, I hope you will do the same, that you will have your perspective to share with us as well.

Yeah, whatever! This blog is about nothing, and it is about everything. So stop reading this useless post and find (or create) something more interesting on the blog.

About Me

Hello all,

Welcome to Insightlopedia! My name is Gyani…Swapnil Gyani.

My hobbies include listening to a variety of music, reading selective books (no, not Debonair), console gaming, biking and telling bad jokes. And ah, yes of course – the computer is my lifeline! I’m a gizmo freak. Now that doesn’t mean that I own all the gizmos I’d like to, but I do have a few, and totally drool over ’em!

Professionally, I am a management consultant based in Mumbai, India. I have extensive experience in managing Organizational Learning and Development, Project Management and Account Implementation in the IT-Enabled Services industry. After years of practically employing various management, leadership and training development techniques, I have only just started to give words to my thoughts and ideas.

Life’s good, touchwood!