Be a Badass Person and Don’t Talk Shit About Your Employer

I know you are wondering what kind of Title is this – Be a Badass Person and Don’t Talk Shit About Your Employer.

Well, let me be very clear.

That’s not my own words, but it was written by a Hiring Manager to 900+ Job Applicants who were not rejected.

Apparently hiring manager had time to write 3000+ words rejection letter to 900+ job applicants.

In that rejection letter was couple of advice that was framed as the title.

Gawker published the full email, which it received from a rejected applicant.

Here are some excerpts from the email:

Do be a badass.
I actually hired one of the 900+ applicants within minutes of reading his application. He writes for a popular site that I’m a huge fan of and is a terrifically talented writer. After I first read his email, I looked up his writing and found a lot of articles that I have enjoyed over the years. I replied back asking if he’d like to work for us. Later that day, his friend and colleague applied and was similarly insta-hired. These two guys are dream hires for us (don’t tell them that though, don’t want them to get cocky around the virtual office) and it was easy to pull the trigger and bring them on board quickly.

A lot of those applicants who passed into the second round have experience writing for outlets like the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, CNN, MNN, and Mashable. When I saw a portfolio link from sites like that, I quickly added the writer to the second round list and moved on to the next new application. A prominent portfolio link won’t get you hired by us, but it will earn you a closer consideration.

Don’t start every sentence in your application with ‘I’.
A few of you were guilty of this one. Switch up your words.

Don’t email me a novella.
One of you sent me an 11-page resume with a 2,500+ word email. For a moment I thought Dwight Schrute was applying for a job. Short is best. A resume should be no more than two pages, the application email itself no more than a few paragraphs.

Reaction to above Email was outrage and people bashing at Shea Gunther.

Apparently, he wrote a response

The email that I sent to those applicants included a list of 42 job application dos-and-don’ts that I wrote after seeing so many different people make the same mistakes. It was frustrating to see people unknowingly sabotage their chances of finding work by making easily avoidable errors. So I wrote my email and sent it to all of the applicants. My list contains mostly common sense things like “check your spelling” and “don’t talk badly about your current or past employer.”

My Take

Here is my take – I kinda agree to the 41 point checklist.  Few folks might not agree on the tone and language, but I can certainly relate to the experience based on emails and questions that are submitted in this blog.

What do you think?

What do you think about 42 point email and outrage among others reading that 42 points checklist?

Study in USA or Job in India with 15 Months Bond?

Darshan wants to know, higher education in USA or Job in India?

Higher Studies in USA or job in India

I’m applying for USA Fall 2012, but I was placed this year and if I do join the company, I will have to sign a bond for 15months. So, I was wondering if you could suggest me what to do. Please do help me. Eagerly waiting for your reply. – Darshan

Higher Studies in USA vs Job in India

You are not the first person to ask this question.

Lets look at options available for you and my thoughts.

  • Take this job and quit next August (still short of 15 months contract)
  • Return on investments for MS in US is much more than what you I would have gain 15 months work experience.
  • Value of Higher Education from USA is not comparable to working for IT consulting company (and for some  client).
  • If you don’t want to break the contract then apply for Spring 2014.
  • Find another job without  bond.

I don’t know about your family’s financial need. Also, you haven’t mentioned about your ability to pay for Higher Education in USA.

I know several families struggle to even pay for college expenses for BE in India. For such students, Rs15,000 monthly pay check is huge.

You have  had plans to apply for Fall 2012, then I assume you are financially capable of paying the expenses for education in USA.

At end of the day, you have to do what is best for you and once you make a decision, don’t feel bad about it.

I know, its late to apply for Fall 2012 (if you haven’t taken GRE by now).

Education will pay dividends in long run.

But, you have to ask some tough questions.

Will you have interest for higher studies in USA after working for 15 months?

If I were you, I would keep my  aim towards completing Graduate School in USA.

From my experience, knowledge gain in one semester from Grad school in USA is  equivalent 15 months of work experience.

Even then your problems solving and analytical skills gained  from Grad School will be way higher.

Read the following 2 articles.

Why International Students in USA are Unique

My Father Proudly Declared “My Son is Going to USA”

Experiences like  above shows the value of higher education from USA.

Try your best to study in USA. If it doesn’t work out, then take the job in India.

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Best Graduate Schools Rankings 2013

Every year US News publishes Best Graduate Schools Rankings 2013.

Don’t ask me why Best Graduate Schools Rankings for 2013 is published in March of 2012.

Fortunately I have access to Premium Membership of US News, which displays Average GRE, GMAT, LSAT  scores of  Graduate Schools.

Lets focus on Graduate Schools Engineering Rankings in this blog post.

Best Engineering  Rankings are classified into following specialties.

  •     Aerospace / Aeronautical / Astronautical
  •     Biological / Agricultural
  •     Biomedical / Bioengineering
  •     Chemical
  •     Civil
  •     Computer
  •     Electrical / Electronic / Communications
  •     Environmental / Environmental Health
  •     Industrial / Manufacturing
  •     Materials
  •     Mechanical
  •     Nuclear Engineering

Best Engineering Schools Rankings

Here are top Engineering Schools Rankings

  • #1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • #2 Stanford University
  • #3 University of California–Berkeley
  • #4 Georgia Institute of Technology
  • #5 California Institute of Technology
  • #5 University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
  • #7 Carnegie Mellon University
  • #8 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
  • #8 University of Texas–Austin (Cockrell)
  • #10 Cornell University
  • #10 Purdue University–West Lafayette

Click the Pages Below to find the Average GRE quantitative scores for  Top Engineering Schools.

Bonus Rankings with Average GRE quantitative score

  • #31 North Carolina State University (Average GRE quantitative score – 755)
  • #54 University at Buffalo–SUNY (Average GRE quantitative score – 758)
  • #102 Florida A&M University – Florida State University (Average GRE quantitative score – 726)
  • #126 New Mexico State University (Average GRE quantitative score – 718)

#1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


  • Student population: 10,566 (4,299 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 8 to 1
  • Tuition and Living Under Graduate – 55,270
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MIT Dome – Campus
  • Tuition – Graduate Student – 42,500
  • Average GRE quantitative score -  783

#2 Stanford University

  • Student population: 19,535 (6,940 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10 to 1
Stanford University
Stanford University Campus
  • Tuition and Living Under Graduate – $57,755
  • Tuition – Graduate Student -$40,800
  • Average GRE quantitative score -  785

 #3 University of California, Berkeley


  • Type:      4-year, Public
  • Campus setting:      City: Midsize
  • Campus housing:      Yes
University of California Berkeley
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  • Student population:      35,833 (25,540 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      16 to 1
  • Graduate Fees – 26,322 (Out of State), 11,220 (In-State)
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 782

#4 Georgia Institute of Technology


  • Type:      4-year, Public
  • Campus setting:      City: Large
  • Campus housing:      Yes
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  • Student population:      20,720 (13,750 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      19 to 1
  • Graduate Fees: Out of State ( 26,860), In Sate Fees (9,986)
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 771

#5 California Institute of Technology


  • Type:      4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Campus setting:      City: Midsize
  • Campus housing:      Yes
  • Student population:      2,175 (967 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      3 to 1
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 800
  • Graduate Fees – $36,387

#5 University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  •  Type:      4-year, Public
  • Campus setting:      City: Small
  • Campus housing:      Yes
  • Student population:      43,862 (31,540 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      19 to 1
  • Graduate Fees: Out of State (25,221), In Sate Fees (12,993)
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 774

#7 Carnegie Mellon University

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  • Type:      4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Campus setting:      City: Large
  • Campus housing:      Yes
  • Student population:      11,340 (5,830 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      12 to 1
  • Graduate Fees: $36,900
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 777

#8 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

  • Type:      4-year, Public
  • Campus setting:      City: Midsize
  • Campus housing:      Yes
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  • Student population:      41,924 (27,027 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      12 to 1
  • Average GRE quantitative score – 778

#8 University of Texas–Austin (Cockrell)

  • Students, Fall 2011: 51,112 for the main Austin campus
  • Type:      4-year, Public
  • Campus setting:      City: Large
  • Campus housing:      Yes
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  • Student population:      51,195 (38,420 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      18 to 1
  • Average GRE quantitative score – 774

#10 Cornell University

  • Type:      4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Campus setting:      City: Small
  • Campus housing:      Yes
Cornell University
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  • Student population:      20,939 (13,935 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      12 to 1
  • Graduate Fees: $29,500
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 774

#10 Purdue University, West Lafayette

  • Type:      4-year, Public
  • Campus setting:      Suburb: Midsize
  • Campus housing:      Yes
  • Student population:      41,063 (32,173 undergraduate)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio:      14 to 1
  • Graduate Fees: Out of State (27,061), In-State Fees (8,893)
  • Average GRE quantitative score  – 763

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Why UK is No Longer an Attractive Option for Higher Education

Guest Blog Post by Jessica Guiver.

Many of you will have heard that from April 5 this year, the Post-Study Work visa (or PSW) will no longer be available to recent international graduates in the UK.

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The UK government are ending this type of visa, and all international students in the UK who wish to stay on and work after their studies will have to find another way of doing so.

Why did so many international students (including Indian students) apply for this type of visa?

Simple, it allowed them to stay on in the UK for up to two years after graduation to work or look for work.

PSW was so popular with international students because it was relatively easy to apply for and because it allowed students to spend two further years in the UK, even if they didn’t have a job at the time of applying for the visa.

Effectively, students could graduate from their programme, apply for the PSW and then stay in the country and look for work, any type of work.

The PSW was an opportunity for some international students to earn a bit of money to help pay back loans and gain valuable international work and living experience.

For many international students, having the opportunity to work at the end of their degree programme (even if it was in a job unrelated to their studies) is very important and an integral part of the whole overseas study experience.

UK : No Longer Attractive

Now that the PSW is being removed, the UK is no longer an attractive study option for many students because those students cannot stay in the UK and will have to go home.

Some Indian students are saying that if they cannot stay in the UK to work, they won’t be able to pay back their student loans.  So the UK is no longer a study destination of choice.

What will replace the PSW?

Well, the short answer is ‘not much’.

The only option open now to recently graduated international students who want to stay in the UK and work is the Tier 2 visa route, but it isn’t much of an option for most students.

The Tier 2 visa rules state that in order to qualify, students must “have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed sponsor and be paid at least £20,000 [per year]”.  This will be virtually impossible for most students.

Indian students who were previously considering studying the UK might rethink their plans now that the PSW is no longer available.

Where else can they study?  Anywhere.

The USA is of course an option, but a whole wide world of opportunity is waiting to be discovered.

Throughout Europe there are fantastic universities, many of which offer degree programmes in English.

Universities across Asia are vying for the international student market and would be happy to host Indian students.  And Canada is always in attractive option.  Take a chance, open your eyes to the possibilities and go!

Next – Study Abroad – USA vs Canada

Jessica Guiver is an American Higher Education Consultant and International student recruiter from the UK, She was born in Switzerland and lived in Canada, USA  and taught English in China. She has Master’s degree in International Education from New York University (NYU) and a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas in Austin.

H1B Visa Sponsors and Consultants for PhD

I have got my Ph.D. In Molecular Biology in 2011 from India.

I am currently looking for consultants willing to sponsor H1B visa.

Presently I live in America with my husband who is on H1B visa.

I don’t understand why someone with PhD is looking for H1B Visa sponsors.  You have to be looking for a full time job.

There are a lot of people looking for H1B Visa sponsors. But, looks like very few of them have good understanding about H1B Visa process.

Gone are the days where consulting companies will sponsor H1B visa 6 months in advance.

Please learn about  measures taken by USCIS and Department of Homeland Security to prevent H1B fraud.

Instead looking for consulting companies to sponsor H1B visa. Try to find a full-time employment.

H1B Visa Sponsors for PhD

With PhD, you should look for jobs in Universities.

H1B Visa from Non-Profit companies will not count under quota. They are available year round, one doesn’t have to wait for October quota to open.

Non-Profit H1B are Cap Exempt.

For instance, you can get job as research associate, and get H1B through an university.

Also, you can apply for for Post-doc positions.

When you have PhD in Molecular Biology, then you start looking for jobs within Colleges and Universities near your place. Several professors hire full-time research associates with Biotechnology, Molecular Biology background.

Salary will not be high as similar role from a private company, but alteast you will have a job.