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Convert Your Percentage to GPA

2 years back I was in a situation of searching for different ways to use the GPA Calculator. Applying to U.S. Universities require you to enter GPA. But if transcripts have grades in percentage (especially Indian Universities) then students need convert it into GPA.

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What an employer looks for in an employee

Basic qualities

As a small business owner, I think these are the basic qualities an employer looks for in an employee:

  • They generally know how to do their job. (The level of supervision they need can vary depending on their experience.)
  • They show up for work every day.
  • There are no important problems with their personalities.
  • They have a good work ethic, and will do what their boss asks of them.

Problem employees

On the other end of the spectrum there are the “problem employees”. These are the attributes that I see in problem employees, i.e., the things that will get you fired without much notice, or will make you the first person to be laid off in a bad economy:

  • Some part of their personality is a problem. They don’t fit in, they are anti-social, constantly argumentative, they lead the gossip pool, they have a “can’t-do, sky is falling” attitude, etc.
  • They don’t give you an eight-hour workday. They either take a lot of breaks, spend a lot of time socializing, or sneaking around doing personal things that don’t pertain to work while they’re being paid to work, or have other issues in their personal lives.
  • They don’t know how to do their job.

Employees who get big raises and promotions

My final list shows the attributes of employees that get better raises and promotions than everyone else:

  • They have a positive, can-do, team-oriented personality and work ethic.
  • They get their work done with little or no supervision.
  • They offer ways to improve the way things are done.
  • They may be the best at what they do.
  • They are capable of leading or managing other people.

Where this comes from

I’m motivated to write this for several reasons. First, I’ve run into several people lately who either

(a) don’t know what they’re doing

(b) don’t put in full days

(c) have poor attitudes, what Zig Ziglar calls “a hardening of the attitude”.

While I’m in this neighborhood, this discussion reminds me of my ex-business partner. As a consultant, I worked with a small team of developers at a client site, and my partner would often say “If D, or R, or N have to come back to the office we’re going to have to lay them off”. He was extremely pessimistic for someone in a “leadership” position, and these people had done nothing to deserve to be laid off asap. They were all good people and good workers.

Alvin Alexander have worked in the programming field for 20 years now, starting with languages like Fortran and C, then moving to Java, Perl, PHP, and Ruby and he  also founded a consulting company named Mission Data

Web Tools for the Job Hunt

As an outgoing college student with zero interest in actually going to grad school immediately, I’m on the job hunt. Unfortunately, that puts me in league with a crazy number of other people, both students and non-students, in a time when there are fewer and fewer jobs to be had.

It really is a scary time to be looking for a job (or even a summer internship), but thankfully, there are some great tools on the Web designed to help you not only find, but land, the job of your dreams.

There are tools for sprucing up your resume, for making connections to people you should know, and for actually hunting down jobs in any field you can think of. Out of the many (just Google it), these are five of the best tools helping you with your job search.



LinkedIn is one of the biggest and best places to both network and get a job available to us. It’s a huge social network, full of millions of people in every stage of life, every profession, and with all kinds of interesting experience and advice to share.

Building a profile is easy – you can update all your information, or even just import your resume, and LinkedIn fills in all the information for you. Once you’ve got a profile, the best thing to do is start connecting. Find people you know, people you’ve worked with, and people doing things that interest you (the Groups feature is great for that). They’ll be an invaluable resource as you look – and you’ll keep yourself on their mind when they’re looking for a colleague.



Razume isn’t just a super-cool way to spell résumé; it’s an awesome place for building yours. Razume lets you upload your resume to its site, or build it online using its simple tools. Then, Razume has a community of people, mostly professionals, who will critique and improve your resume.

Little things like wording and order in your resume can make a huge difference, and having people with experience look at your resume can help it a lot. You get to have the online community build your resume, and they do an awfully good job.



Magntize is a great place to create your hub online. Instead of always uploading and attaching your resume, it’s pretty cool to be able to just point people to a link, with all your

relevant information in one place. Magntize lets you store all your contact information, all your various links – to your Facebook page, online version of your resume, etc.) – a bio, and more, in an attractive and easy-to-read way.

Magntize serves as your digital dashboard, and your home on the Web where you can store and share all the important information about you. Being Web-savvy’s an impressive thing to show an employer, and even if you’re not Web-savvy, Magntize makes you look like you’ve got game.



Unless you just moved here from Mars, you’ve heard of Craigslist before. But what you might not have thought about is that Craigslist is widely considered the best job search tool in existence. Because it’s so easy and cheap to use, tons of employers are putting their jobs onto Craigslist before they go anywhere else.

Regardless of your field, Craigslist is probably the place to start looking for jobs – there’s no sign-up necessary, no fee to pay. Just start searching.


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