Archive for July, 2008
Monday, July 28th, 2008
Employment background checks are becoming common these days. The reasons for this include the fact that negligent hiring lawsuits that result from the actions of an errant employee can damage a company’s credibility and lead to healthy fines; companies have become more selective in their choice of employees following the threat of terrorist acts; accepting a resume at face value has resulted in many companies wasting money and time due to frequent hire-and-fire situations.
Also, more Employment Agencies are now conducting employee background checks as information from databases all over the world is available online. Employers are not fully bound to conduct an employment background check in all cases; however, federal and country’s laws make employment background checks compulsory for jobs that require interacting with children, the infirm, and the aged.
Information that can be included in an employment background check includes driving records, criminal records, details of past employments, military records, educational records, character references, and drug test records. However, background check companies that provide information to employers have to abide by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which regulates the type and amount of information that an external Employment Agency can provide to an employer.
Bankruptcies that are more than 7 years old as well as civil suits and records of arrest more than 5 years old cannot be reported. FCRA regulations vary with the country areas and agencies that carry out an employment background check need to ensure that they comply with the state regulations.
Employment background checks can be conducted by Employment Agencies in-house or can be outsourced to third parties that may include private but legal investigators, H.R firms that screen all applicants and data brokers who are established online. Outsourcing an employment background check has its advantages but if a third-party is conducting a background check, consent from the applicant is required and under FCRA rules the applicant should be provided with a copy of the all investigations.
If the employment background check is conducted in-house, the employer is not bound to obtain the applicant’s consent or apprise him/her in detail of the reason for rejecting his application.
Friday, July 25th, 2008
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is essential to all walks of life. Computers are becoming more and more common, and the internet is the most popular by-product of the turn of the century.
The ICT industry in Pakistan has boomed as a result of its cost-effectiveness and the multiple benefits it provides. Computers have bridged gaps across the world, and retrieving information round the clock is now possible. Information can be stored in great amounts in a variety of storage space options. Networking has enabled information sharing within offices, resulting in seamless integration, and the cost of maintenance is very minimal. The digital world is very structured and organized, and allows multiple accesses.
Policy makers have tried to assess the industry’s impact on the economy, but are still exploring the full extent of its influence on economic growth, especially in developing countries that it has so widely diffused itself in. This is mainly because of the training in skill people require in order to operate computers, and also because joining the technology forces has resulted in a lower number of man power required. Overall, the ICT industry has benefited Pakistan in multiple ways, allowing its population to rank amongst the first world countries in this industry.
Friday, July 25th, 2008
A vibrant, expanding economic contributor, Pakistan’s IT Industry generates over 2 billion dollars each year for the country. Rapid investment is being fuelled by the mushrooming growth of exports along with the support of government organizations and policies. A global service provider, Pakistan offers multiple benefits for outsourced services including value addition, processing and back end support. With smooth regulatory procedures to ensure efficiency and on-time delivery, Pakistan has established as the world Leader in quality with over 125 ISO and CMM certified companies.
Over 100,000 trained IT professionals in country and an ever increasing number of specialized educational institutes are adding ever better trained resources to an already vibrant job market. This ensures a talent pool of exceptional skills is constantly available to the industry, while specialized low cost facilities available and friendly policies ensure IT organizations a hassle free set up and work environment. These facilities are available in the shape of IT parks, already and being established around the country. Offering state of the art IT Enabled Office Space and facilities, these parks offer ready to furnish office space to IT organizations with the aim of providing a one stop solution to set up or expand IT enterprises.
Three IT parks have been developed so far, in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. The need for IT parks has arisen given that land was required to meet tremendous unfulfilled demand for the expansion of IT companies. The existing buildings, like other retail space, do not address IT Enabled Office Space requirements such as uninterrupted year around operations, quality bandwidth, reliable power and security, accessibility, expandability and parking space.
IT Parks in Islamabad:
The first IT park was developed in Islamabad. Scenic land was purchased close to over a dozen HEC recognized universities and several world class hotels, nestled serenely just of. Islamabad has excellent quality of life including hills, green belts, parks, and superior city administrative services- the ideal location of choice for multinationals and expatriates. Islamabad has a population of 2 million with literacy rate of over 80% growing at over 3% a year. Islamabad and the sister city of Rawalpindi are emerging as the “Silicon Plateau” of Pakistan.
IT Parks in Lahore:
Lahore, the cultural and academic hub of the sub continent, is known as the “Boston of Pakistan”. It was the top choice for location by 65% of target companies as per the Lahore IT Survey. The IT Park in Lahore has 6 acres within premises of Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport. Lahore’s metropolitan area has population of over 8 million, largest concentration of software export firms, and dozens of HEC-recognized Universities and IT Departments.
IT Parks in Karachi:
Karachi, the “New York of Pakistan”, was chosen as the location for the second IT Park. Spread out on 6 acres of prime, highly secure land was purchased within Karachi city. Based on proximity to residential and commercial areas and educational institutes, availability of infrastructure, and legal status, it was unanimously chosen as the best possible location by companies in the region according to the Karachi IT Survey. Karachi’s metropolitan area has a population of over 15 million, the largest concentration of IT firms, and dozens of HEC-recognized Universities and IT Departments. Karachi is an international financial and travel hub, famous for its air and sea port, and as the economic heart beat of the country.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008
Telecommunications is one of the huge and growing industries especially in India. Opportunities of Telecom Jobs are great in a wide variety of companies that make hardware and software and provide products and services that enable communication.
It is predicted that Employment growth in the telecommunications industry is expected to increase by 7% every year. Indian engineers witness a huge demand in the International Telecommunication Industry, as they are considered to be icons of high-tech executives, telecomm technicians, mechanical engineers, installers, telecomm marketers and desk top support people in Telecomm companies all around the world.
Career Opportunities in Telecommunications
From cable television to telephone service to the Internet, we depend daily on the reliability and stability of our telecommunications network, and those who make careers in the industry can look forward to strong, steady growth. The various career options available in Telecom field are:
Engineers of various types are in great demand in Indian Telecom industry. Although the specifics of different assignments vary e.g. network engineers will plan network needs and field engineers will install equipment at a customer site.
The test engineers make sure the product works. These kinds of Telecom Jobs hold a lot of potential, since, the test cycle is often as long as the development cycle.
Software or Applications Engineers
These kind of engineers concentrate on writing codes. Most IT based companies require code to be written on Unix-based machines.
Customer Support Staff
Customer support answers customer e-mails or phone calls, helping to solve problems. This includes everything from identifying to fixing bugs. This is often a good place to start a career in Telecommunication Jobs, particularly if one lacks an engineering background.
There are many professions that are closely connected with the Telecom Jobs. These include career options as, Communication Equipment Mechanics, Repairers, installer, Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers, Power Reactor Operators, Frame Wirers, Power Distributors and Dispatchers, Radio Mechanics, Signal and Track Switch Repairers.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
Today the software industry has become the backbone of companies around the world. With technology advancing in leaps and bounds, there is no stopping IT professionals from around the world to bridge the gap between huge untapped markets and its customers, as well as creating an opportunity for innovation.
1. Tata Consultancy Services
Founded in 1968, TCS is one of India’s largest corporate houses. It is also India’s largest IT employer with a staff strength of 111,000 employees. TCS is IDC-Dataquest IT best employer in IT services in 2007. TCS also topped DataQuest DQTop 20 list of IT service providers in 2007.
Wipro is today is a $5 billion revenue generating IT, BPO and R&D services organisation with presence in over 50 countries. The company has over 72,000 employees. Wipro was the only Indian company to be ranked among the top 10 global outsourcing providers in IAOP’s 2006 Global Outsourcing 100 listing. Wipro has also won the International Institute for Software Testing’s Software Testing Best Practice Award.
3. Infosys Technologies Ltd
Infosys Technologies Ltd was started in 1981 by seven people with $250. Today, the company boasts of revenues of over $4 billion and 94,379 employees. Forbes magazine named Infosys in its list of Global High Performers. Waters magazine rated Infosys as the Best Outsourcing Partner. The Banker magazine conferred two Banker Technology Awards on Infosys to acclaim its work in wholesale and capital markets in two categories – Payments and Treasury Services, and Offshoring and Outsourcing. The International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) ranked Infosys at No. 3 in its ‘2008 Global Outsourcing 100′.
4. Satyam Computer Services
Established in 1987 by Ramalinga Raju, Satyam has a staff strength of 51,000 employees. In 2008, the company’s revenues crossed the $ 2-billion mark. Satyam is among the youngest IT service companies to reach $1 billion in annual revenues. It is ranked No. 1 in the ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) BEST Award, 2007.
5. HCL Technologies
Founded in 1976, HCL is one of ‘India’s original IT garage start ups’. The HCL team comprises 53,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, operating across 18 countries. At a time when India had a total of 250 computers, Shiv Nadar led a young team which passionately believed in the growth of the IT industry. The company has reported consolidated revenue of Rs 3017.5 crore (Rs 30.17 billion) during the quarter ended March 31, 2008. The profit after tax stood at Rs. 81.5 crore (Rs 815 million).
6. Tech Mahindra
Tech Mahindra is a global systems integrator and business transformation consulting firm focused on the communications industry. At the helm of the fast expanding organisation is Vineet Nayyar. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has worked with the government, international multilateral agencies and the corporate sector. Tech Mahindra’s net profit rose 8.57 per cent to Rs 196.4 crore (Rs 1.96 billion) on 6.09 per cent growth in net sale to Rs 911.6 crore (Rs 9.11 billion) in Q3 December 2007 over Q2 September 2007.
7. Patni Computer Systems
Patni Computer Systems Ltd one of the leading global providers of information technology services and business solutions. The company has clients across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific locations. The company headed founded by Narendra K Patni by has a staff strength of over 14,000 professionals. The revenues for the quarter ended March 2008 stood at $ 176.4 million (Rs. 7,061.2 million) up 13.1% YoY from $ 156.0 million (Rs. 6,724.1 million). The net income for the quarter at US$ 18.1 million (Rs. 724.6 million) down 35.0 per cent YoY from $ 27.8 million (Rs. 1,200.3 million).Frost & Sullivan ranked Patni 1st among ‘Top 5 Engineering Service Providers’.
8. i-flex Solutions
iflex started as a division of Citicorp (now Citigroup), wholly owned subsidiary called Citicorp Overseas Software Ltd. (COSL) in 1991. Later, a separate company Citicorp Information Technologies Industries Ltd. (CITIL) was formed and Rajesh Hukku was appointed as its head. The revenue for the full year ended March 31, 2008 stood at Rs 2,380 crore (Rs 23.80 billion), up 15 per cent as compared to the previous year.
MphasiS Limited was formed in June 2000 after the merger of the US-based IT consulting company MphasiS Corporation (founded in 1998) and the Indian IT services company BFL Software Limited (founded in 1993). Jeya Kumar is CEO of MphasiS, which has a staff strength of 27,000 people. For the year ended 31 March 2008, the MphasiS Group recorded revenues of Rs 2,423 crore (Rs 24.23 billion), a growth of Rs 662 crore, which is 38 per cent over the previous year. The net profit increased by 42 per cent from Rs 180 crore (Rs 1.8 billion) to Rs 255 crore (Rs 2.55 billion) during the year ended 31 March 2008. MphasiS was named among amongst the Top 100 Companies in Global Outsourcing.
10. L&T Infotech
L&T Infotech is a global IT services and solutions provider. It is a subsidiary company of is Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (L&T), an engineering, manufacturing and construction conglomerate, with global operations. A M Naik is the chairman of the company. Originally founded as L&T Information Technology Ltd (LTITL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), the company changed its name to L&T Infotech on 1st April, 1997. In 2004, it tied up with Fidelity Information Services, a division of Fidelity National Financial to provide banking solutions for the Indian banking industry. In 2007-08, L&T had recorded revenues of Rs 29,600 crore (Rs 296 billion).
Friday, July 18th, 2008
The average rank of India’s largest companies slipped from 1,257 to 1,276, and the median company, which happens to be Punjab National Bank in both years, fell 65 places to 1,308.
Below is the list of the largest companies in India by revenue:
Company ——————————————————— Revenue (billion US$)
Indian Oil Corporation —————————————————————— 53.77
Tata Group ———————————————————————————- 28.90
Reliance Industries ——————————————————————– 28.34
Aditya Birla Group ——————————————————————— 24.12
Hindustan Petroleum ——————————————————————- 18.10
Bharat Petroleum ———————————————————————– 17.60
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ————————————————— 16.60
State Bank of India ——————————————————————— 13.77
Sahara India Pariwar ——————————————————————- 10.87
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ——————————————————– 9.67
Steel Authority of India Limited —————————————————– 6.42
National Thermal Power Corporation ———————————————- 6.06
Essar Group —————————————————————————— 5.83
ICICI Bank ——————————————————————————- 5.79
Larsen & Toubro ———————————————————————— 5.31
Hindustan Computers Limited ——————————————————— 4.83
ITC Limited ——————————————————————————- 4.75
Bharti Enterprises ———————————————————————– 4.65
Mahindra & Mahindra Limited ——————————————————— 4.57
Reliance Communications ————————————————————- 4.49
Jindal Steel —————————————————————————- 4.38
GAIL ———————————————————————————– 4.21
Videocon —————————————————————————— 4.13
Vedanta Resources ——————————————————————– 3.71
Wipro ———————————————————————————- 3.47
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited —————————————————- 3.43
Infosys ——————————————————————————– 3.14
Indian Railways ———————————————————————— 3.10
Hero Honda —————————————————————————- 2.87
Punjab National Bank ——————————————————————- 2.63
Maruti Suzuki ————————————————————————— 2.51
Canara Bank —————————————————————————- 2.29
Bank of Baroda ————————————————————————–2.07
Thursday, July 17th, 2008
Paralegals must be familiar with computers and have technical knowledge about how to use software data effectively. The Internet and software programs are now essential in legal research. Paralegals use computer databases frequently in their research. Many paralegals work to update corporate databases with scanned images, maps, bills or other documents. If paralegals have not acquired these skills or this knowledge through experience or their previous education, they should ask their employers about additional training to keep abreast of recent advancements in information technology and database systems.
Some Paralegal Jobs require a bachelor’s degree, while some require an associate’s degree. As the duties of paralegals increase in the coming years, paralegals with more education and training will have a better chance at receiving of this position. An education is needed to work as a paralegal due to the complexity and experience needed to perform the following tasks, all of which may be required of the job. Here are some of the tasks required of paralegals to perform Paralegal Jobs;
- Coordinate the activities of law office employees and maintain financial office records.
- Help lawyers prepare for closings, trials, hearing and meetings.
- Identify relevant laws, legal articles judicial decisions and any other materials that relate to cases.
- Prepare written reports for attorneys about work.
- Assist lawyers in preparing legal arguments, motions and draft pleadings.
- Draft contracts, separation agreements, mortgages, and instruments of trust.
- Prepare estates and tax returns.
- Work in many different areas of the law, including litigation, corporate law, personal injury, criminal law, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor law, bankruptcy, immigration, family law and real estate.
- Assist attorneys with employee contracts, stock-option plans, shareholder agreements and employee benefit plans.
- Prepare and file annual financial reports, prepare forms to secure loans for the corporation and maintain corporate minutes’ record resolutions.
- Monitor and review government regulations to ensure that a corporation is aware of new requirements and is operating within the laws.
- Oversee projects and serve as a communication link between the team and the corporation.
- Analyze legal material for internal use, conduct research for attorneys, maintain reference files, and collect and analyze evidence for agency hearings.
- Prepare informative or explanatory material on laws, agency policy, agency regulations for general use by the agency and the public.
Help the aged, the poor, and others who are in need of legal assistance.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
Due to the wide range and availability of broadband Internet connections, the popularity of Clerical Jobs through telecommuting has increased among the mass. Though Clerical Jobs through telecommuting involve jobs of varied types but data entry jobs are much more prevalent. Clerical Jobs in such case involve preparation of presentations, reports and maintenance of database. Data entry jobs also include: litigation coding, legal transcription, medical coding and medical transcription. It has also been found that a number of firms and organizations are coming up with more types of telecommuting data entry Clerical Jobs.
The Clerical Jobs through telecommuting is carried with the help of a number of technical tools that include voice over IP and video conferencing. In some of the cases virtual private networks are also established by the firms in order to communicate effectively with their employees. Telecommuting jobs are not only limited to Clerical Jobs but several other types of jobs like: Consultants and sales jobs, customer service jobs are also considered as an integral part of it. It has been found that individuals seeking Clerical Jobs are more interested in trying out telecommuting.
Clerical Jobs by e-commuting has also become immensely popular in the recent years as the work arrangement saves significant amount of time and energy of the employees while wasting from their home to office. Clerical Jobs through e-commuting is enjoyed by the employees as they get to work in most flexible working hours. The employees also have the luxury and benefits of working from their home. So if an employee is having his preferred working location benefit then he can work efficiently and give more output.
Clerical Jobs through telecommuting has also drastically brought drown the cost incurred by the companies in renting offices and accommodating the huge number of staffs. In most of the developed nations like: UK, US, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea the Clerical Jobs are now a days carried through telecommuting. Even in the countries like, India, Pakistan and China the concept of Clerical Jobs by e-commuting is growing at a very fast rate.
Friday, July 11th, 2008
The rapid spread of Information Technology (IT) has generated a need for highly trained workers to design and develop new hardware and software systems. Information Technology Jobs in the job market is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies. The phenomenal growth, which the Information Technology industry is witnessing, has lead to it being recognized as one of the highly paid industry. www.bayrozgar.com is a job portal provides a vast range of Information Technology Jobs all in Dubai and Pakistan.
following are the career areas in the industry of Information Technology.
Offers vast range of employment opportunities in fields starting from computer operations, programming, system engineering and operation management,
system analysis to system designing.
The key areas, which can be taken up as career, include hardware designing, assembling, research and development, manufacturing and maintenance of computer components.
The various fields, which can be pursued as career in Information Technology Jobs, include voice processing units, telephone technology, wireless technology, cellular technology and satellite communication systems.
Sales and Marketing
Sales and marketing in IT industry are a specialist tasks and require a thorough study of products and their competitions in the growing market. A Marketing job covers selling of both hardware and software products.
E-Commerce and Web Development
The job will include consumer/buyer information and services, developing and managing Web-portals; creation of Internet market, consulting, customer management etc.
Enterprise Resource Planning
ERP is developing and planning the resources of entire network of an enterprise. Various fields like purchase, production, marketing, sales, distribution, service, inventory, finance, accounts, and human resource are integrated on single software through ERP, to facilitate better coordination.
A computer operator’s job is to run both the computer software and its peripheral equipment. The job may vary depending upon size of the organizations and its exposure to computers.
Data entry is transferring data and information into the computer and is the most basic purpose for which computers are used. Data entry operators are needed in almost every IT based organization.
Individuals with an advanced degree in computer science or computer engineering or with an MBA with a concentration in information systems should enjoy highly favorable Information Technology Jobs. College graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, computer engineering or MIS also should enjoy favorable prospects for employment, particularly if they have supplemented their formal education with practical experience.
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
It is very easy to find Customer Service Jobs in almost each and every field in the Job market. All types of offices, companies (small or big), professional’s etc. require customer service people to assist their customers and provide good services to maintain their businesses. Although Customer Service Jobs are easy to find but full of complications for people who lacks in patience and gets frustrated very fast. The disadvantage of Customer Service Jobs is that you have to serve the customers, which is not that easy as it seems to be.
Customer Service isn’t rocket science and isn’t a department. It is a simple philosophy that should be practiced by everyone in an organization, regardless of their position, and it can be broken down into four basic parts; these four points could be considered the starting point – the basics of Customer Service Jobs. By understanding these very simple techniques, you will be well on your way to creating more moments of magic for your customers.
Common sense means doing the obvious. It is a little more than treating your respected customers like you would want to be treated. It is simply treating your customers the way they want to be treated by an agent or organization. Understand that what you would expect might be different than what your customer might expect from you. Common sense is a basic technique of Customer Service Jobs.
Don’t let “company policies” stand in the way of making a customer happy. However there is possibly a point where you have to take a stand. In spite of what you may have heard, the customer is not always a right side. Let them be wrong with dignity, if they are wrong. Do what you can, within that kind of reason, to see that your customer is always happy.
There are two types of problems to solve – business and non-business problems. Business problems include taking care of meeting and complaint a customer’s needs. Non-business problems that have nothing to do with what you and your company do on the daily basis. These customers are coming to you to either satisfy a complaint or have you help them with a problem, and you should always need to be there to help them.
This is probably one of the most important techniques in Customer Service Jobs. You can have a long-term satisfied respected customer for years. You have to recover, as soon as something bad happens; it is the recovery that will be on customer’s final judgment on just how good you really are.