Here’s a compilation of silly and stupid ways companies are hindering adoption of their products and services. I must admit, some of the companies that I came across have made these mistakes are (a) silly; (b) stupid; and (c) hinder adoption.

  1. Enforced immediate registration. Requiring a new user to register and provide a modicum of information is a reasonable request—I just think you should do it after you’ve sucked the person in. Most sites require that registration is the first step, and this puts a barrier in front of adoption. At the very least, companies could ask for name and email address but not require it until a later time. A good example of a site that does the right thing is Netvibes. It allows you to do a high level of customization without registering.
  2. The long URL. When you want to send people an URL the site generates an URL that’s seventy characters long—or more! When you copy, paste, and email this URL, a line break is added, so people cannot click on it to go to the intended location. Here’s an URL for a billiard table copied and pasted from the CostCo site.
    http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11197553&search=billiard%20table&Sp==BC&Dx CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=billiard%20table&Ntt=billiard%20table&No=0&Ntx
    The justification often goes like this: “We create a long URL because people with Crays might break our code and see private pages. Seventy characters that can be twenty-six lower case letters, twenty-six upper case letters, or ten numbers ensures that no one can break our code since the possible combinations outnumber the quantity of atoms in the universe.” This is what keeps sites like TinyUrl and SnipURL in business.
    Also, speaking of URLs, it’s good to have an easy naming convention for URLs. MySpace, for example, creates easy-to-remember URLs like www.myspace.com/chillingdk


    Test: Can people communicate your site’s URLs to others over the phone?


  3. Windows that don’t generate URLs. Have you ever wanted to point people to a page, but the page has no URL? You’ve got a window open that you want to tell someone about, but you’d have to write an essay to explain how to get that window open again. Did someone at the company decide that it didn’t want referrals, links, and additional traffic? This is the best argument I can think of for not using frames.
  4. The unsearchable web site. Some sites that don’t allow people to search. This is okay for simple sites where a site map suffices, but that’s seldom the case. If your site has a site map that goes deeper than one level, it probably needs a search box.
  5. Sites without Digg, del.icio.us, and Fark bookmarks. There’s no logic that I can think of why a company would not want its fans to bookmark its pages. And yet many companies don’t make this possible. When my blog hits the front page of Digg, page views typically increase by a factor of six or seven times. It’s true that the Digg effect wears off quickly, but some new readers stick around and that’s a good thing.
  6. Limiting contact to email. Don’t get me wrong: I love email. I live and die by email, but there are times I want to call the company. Or maybe even snail mail something to it. I’ve found many companies only allow you to send an email via a web form in the “Contact Us” page. Why don’t companies call this page “Don’t Contact Us” and at least be honest?
  7. Lack of feeds and email lists. When people are interested in your company, they will want to receive information about your products and services. This should be as easy as possible—meaning that you provide both email and RSS feeds for content and PR newsletters.
  8. Requirement to re-type email addresses. How about the patent-pending, curve-jumping, VC-funded Web 2.0 company that wants to you to share content but requires you to re-type the email addresses of your friends? I have 1400 email addresses in Outlook. I am not going to re-type them into the piece-of-shiitake, done-as-an-afterthought address book that companies build into their products. If nothing else, companies can use this cool tool from Plaxo or allow text imports into the aforementioned crappy address book. When do you suppose a standard format will emerge for transferring contacts?
  9. User names cannot contain the “@” character. In other words, a user name cannot be your email address. I am a member of hundreds of sites. I can’t remember if my user name is chillingdk, deepak.ravlani, cool_dk, or deepakr. I do know what my email address is, so just let me use that as my user name.
  10. Case sensitive user names and passwords. I know: user names and passwords that are case sensitive are more secure, but I’m more likely to type in my user name and password incorrectly. One of the funniest moments of a demo is when a company’s CEO can’t sign into her own account because she didn’t put in the proper case of her user name or password. I’ve seen it happen.
  11. Friction-full commenting. “Moderated comments” is an oxymoron. If your company is trying to be a hip, myth-busting, hypocrisy-outing joint, then it should let anyone comment. Here’s an example of one such policy:

    Q. Who can leave comments on GullyHag

    A. Anyone who has been invited, either by us or by a friend. The invite system works like Gmail. We’ve invited a bunch of our favorite execs, bloggers, and friends to comment, then given them invitations to share with their friends and colleagues. That way, the burden of inclusion, and exclusion, is shared.

    The concept that people have to be invited to post comments is pathetic—if you hold yourself out as a big cojones company, then act like it. Even the concept that one has to register to post a comment is lousy. There have been many times that I started to leave a comment on a blog but stopped when I realized that I’d have to register.

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  12. Unreadable confirmation codes. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t support spam or robots creating accounts. A visual confirmation graphic system is a good thing, but many are too difficult to read. For example, this is what I got when trying to create a Yahoo! account. Is that an uppercase “X”? Is the last character an “s,” “5,” or “S”? Maybe this only affects old people, but it seems that all one merely has to prove is that you’re not a robot so a little bit of fuzziness should be good enough. For example, if the code is “ghj1lK” and someone who enters “ghj11K” is close enough.
  13. Emails without signatures. There have been many times that I wanted to immediately call the sender or send him something, but there’s no signature. Also, when I book an appointment with a person, I like to put in his contact information in case I need to change it. Communication would be so much easier if everyone put a complete signature in their email that contains their name, company, address, phone, and email address. On a corporate level, communication would be so much easier if companies stop sending emails with a warning not to respond because the sender’s address is not monitored. I don’t mean they should not include the warning. I mean they should monitor the address.
  14. Supporting only Windows Internet Explorer. Actually, I’m not nearly as vehement about this as you might think. Supporting Macintosh, Safari, and other Windows browsers is a lot of work, so this is your call. If you define your market as only the people who use Windows IE, so be it. You may have to really invest some effort into this one, but all the other items in this list are stupidly simple.Via – How to change the World
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Hey, what a nice fake, new homepage for the Google co-founder Sergey Brin! Using slightly newer technology (frames!) than the real, old one.


All the below mentioned features can be used on a single page called Googleall.

Google Lists All the Facts
When you’re looking for hard facts, Google might be able to help. Yes, Google always returns a list of sites that match your specific query, but if you phrase your query correctly—and are searching for a fact that Google has pre-identified—you can get the precise information you need at the top of the search results page.
What types of information are we talking about? Fact-based information, such as birthdates, birthplaces, population, and so on. All you have to do is enter a query that states the fact you want to know. For example:

To find the population of San Francisco, enter population san Francisco.
To find where Mark Twain was born, enter birthplace mark twain.
To find when President Bill Clinton was born, enter birthday bill clinton.
To find when Raymond Chandler died, enter die raymond chandler.
To find who is the president of Germany, enter president germany.
The answers to these questions are displayed at the top of your search results page. You get the precise answer to your question, according to the referenced website. Click the associated link to learn more from this source. 

Google Is a Dictionary
Want to look up the definition of a particular word, but don’t want to bother pulling out the old hardcover dictionary? Not sure of a specific spelling? Then use Google as an online dictionary to look up any word you can think of. It’s easy—and there are two ways to do it.
The first approach to looking up definitions is to use a ´All you have to do is enter the keywords what is in your query, followed by the word in question. (No question mark is necessary.) For example, to look up the definition of the word “defenestrate,” enter what is defenestrate.When you use a “what is” search, Google returns a standard search results page (typically with several useful definition links in the list), as well as a definition section at the top of the page. This section includes a short definition of the word and two useful links. The first link, disguised as the result title, is actually a link to other definitions of the word on the web. The second link, Definition in Context, displays an example of the word used in a sentence.Google Knows Area Codes
It goes without saying that if Google knows phone numbers, it also knows area codes. If you have an area code and want to know which city it serves, just enter the area code; Google will return the city in which that area code resides.

Google Is a Calculator
When you can’t be troubled to reach over and pick up the handheld calculator sitting on your desk, you can use Google as a high-tech web-based calculator. All you have to do is enter your equation or formula into the standard Google search box, and then click the Google Search button. The result of the calculation is displayed on the search results page; it’s that simple.

You can use the standard algebraic operators to construct your calculations—+, -, x, and / for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, accordingly. For example, to add 2 plus 3, enter 2 + 3 and press Enter. To divide 10 by 2, enter 10 / 2, and so on.

And Google’s calculator isn’t limited to basic addition and multiplication. It can also handle more advanced calculations, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, hyperbolic functions, and logarithmic functions. Just enter the proper formula into the search box, and wait for Google to display the answer.

Google Knows Mathematical Constants
In addition to performing calculations, Google also knows a variety of mathematical and scientific constants, such as pi, Avogadro’s Number, and Planck’s Constant. It also knows the radius of the Earth, the mass of the sun, the speed of light, the gravitational constant, and a lot more.

For example, if you’re not sure what the value of pi is, just enter pi into the Search box and press Enter; Google returns 3.14159265, as it should. How about the speed of light? Enter speed of light, and Google returns 299,792,458 m/s. It’s amazing what Google knows.

Google Converts Units of Measure
Another surprise is that Google’s calculator also handles conversions. It knows miles and meters, furlongs and light years, seconds and fortnights, and even angstroms and Smoots—and can convert from one unit of measurement to another.

The key to using the Google calculator as a converter is to express your query using the proper syntax. In essence, you want to start with the first measure, followed by the word “in,” followed by the second unit of measure. A general query looks like this: x firstunits in secondunits.

For example, to find out how many feet equal a meter, enter the query 1 meter in feet. Not sure how many teaspoons are in a cup? Enter 1 cup in teaspoons. Want to convert 100 U.S. dollars into Euros? Then enter 100 usd in euros. And so on and so forth.

Google Is a Giant Phone Directory
As part of its massive database of information, Google now includes listings for millions of U.S. households in what it calls the Google PhoneBook. You search the PhoneBook listings from the main Google search box, using specific query parameters.

All you have to do is enter some combination of the following parameters: first name (or initial), last name, city, state, or Zip code. For example, to search for John Smith in Minneapolis, enter john smith minneapolis mn. As you might suspect, the more details you provide, the more targeted your results will be.

When you enter your query using one of these methods, Google returns a search result page with a PhoneBook Results item at the top of the results list. The two or three names listed here aren’t the only matches in the Google PhoneBook, however. To see the other matching names, click the PhoneBook Results link; this displays a full page of PhoneBook listings.

And here’s something even more cool—Google lets you perform reverse phone number lookups. Just enter the full phone number, including area code, into the standard Google search box. You can enter all 10 numbers in a row, without hyphens (like this: 1234567890), or use the standard hyphenated form (like this: 123-456-7890); Google accepts either method. When you click the search button, Google displays a single matching PhoneBook result.

Google Is a Glossary
Even more definitions are available when you use the Google Glossary feature. Google Glossary is what Google calls it, anyway; really, it’s just another advanced search operator that produces some very specific results.

The operator in question is define:. Use this operator before the word you want defined, with no spaces between. So, for example, if you want to define the word “defenestrate,” enter the query define:defenestrate.

When your query includes the define: operator, Google displays a special definitions page. This page includes all the definitions for the word that Google found on the web; click a link to view the full definition.

And here’s something else to know. If you want to define a phrase, use the define: operator but put the phrase in quotation marks. For example, to define the phrase “peer to peer”, enter the query define:”peer to peer”.

Google Displays Weather Reports
Did you know that Google can be used to find and display current weather conditions and forecasts? It’s a pretty easy search; all you have to do is enter the keyword weather, followed by the location. You can enter the location as a city name, city plus state, or Zip code. For example, to view the weather forecast for Minneapolis, enter weather minneapolis.

Google displays current weather conditions and a four-day forecast at the top of the search results page. And, while this is a good summary report, you may want to click through to the more detailed forecasts offered in the standard search results listings below the four-day forecast.

Google Knows Current Airport Conditions
Weather information is important to travelers, as is information about flight and airport delays. Fortunately, you can use the main Google search page to search for this information, just as you did with weather forecasts.

To search for weather conditions and delays at a particular airport, all you have to do is enter the airport’s three-letter code, followed by the word airport. For example, to view conditions at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (with the code MSP), enter msp airport. This displays a link to conditions at the chosen airport; click this link for detailed information.

Google Tracks Flight Status
Google also lets you track the status of any U.S. flight and many international flights. All you have to do is enter the flight number into the Google search box. For example, to find out the status of United Airlines flight 116, enter ua116.

Google now displays links to three sites that let you track the flight status—Travelocity, Expedia, and fboweb. Click one of these links to view real-time flight status—including maps of where the plane is in its route.

Google Tracks Packages
Airline flights aren’t the only things you can track with Google. Google also lets you track the status of package deliveries, from the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, and UPS. All you have to do is enter the package’s tracking number into the Google search box, and Google will display a link to the service’s tracking page for that package.

Google Has Movie Information
Numbers aren’t the only types of information available via a Google lookup. You can also use the standard Google search box to look up movie reviews and showtimes. All you have to do is enter the word movies followed by the name of the movie. For example, to find out when Casino Royale is showing in your neighborhood, enter movies casino royale.

Google now displays a movie information section at the top of the search results page. From here you can click to view movie reviews, showtimes for a theater near you, and so on.

And if you can’t remember the name of a given movie, you can use Google to figure it out for you. Just enter the movie: operator, followed by whatever information you do know—an actor’s name, the movie’s director, a plot detail, or whatever. Google returns a list of movies that match your search criteria, along with reviews for each movie listed. Click the movie title to view more reviews for that movie.

Google Loves Music
Google not only lets you search for movie information, it also is a great search engine for music. Google knows the names of tens of thousands of popular performers; all you have to do is enter the performer’s name in the search box, and Google returns specific information about that performer.

For example, when you search for norah jones, Google displays a Norah Jones section at the top of the search results page. This section includes a brief listing of the artist’s most recent (or most well-known) albums and songs.

And there’s more. Click the performer’s name and you see a visual listing of the artist’s albums. Click any album art or title and you see a listing of album tracks, a link to album reviews, and links to download tracks from the album from a variety of online music stores. Back on the main artist page, there are also links to websites devoted to the artist, news about the artist, photos of the artist, and mentions of the artists in Google Groups discussion forums.

Google Knows the Answer to the Ultimate Question
Let’s return to Google’s calculator for one final hidden feature. As you recall, the Google calculator has been hardwired to include the answers to some fairly complex—and fairly fanciful—calculations. For a bit of fun, try entering the query what is the answer to life the universe and everything. Google’s answer should delight long-time fans of Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. (It’s “42”, in case you were wondering.)

Source: Exploring Google search


Many of us have come to realize how useful RSS is when it comes to tracking news headlines or your favorite blogs. It’s a great way to keep up without having to visit many websites. What most people don’t know is that RSS is an incredibly flexible technology that can do all sorts of other things.
The following list is a collection of 31 alternative uses for RSS. I hope you’ll find some of them useful.

1. Track Specific News Headlines: You can keep track of news on particular topics by subscribing to specific news search results. Here’s a constantly updated news search on the Seattle Seahawks via Google. Here’s another by Yahoo! that tracks the headlines coming in on the U.S. Supreme Court. To subscribe, just do your search and find the RSS feed link.

2. New Homes: realtors can provide updated feeds of new home listings on the market.

3. Find Shopping Deals: Another cool use of RSS is the ability to get entries when a shopping deal or coupon comes along. Slickdeals (feed), Ben’s Bargains (feed) and MoreStuff4Less (feed) are just a few of the feeds out there.

4. Forum Headlines: support forums can provide a listing of new forum threads.

5. Track Packages: Nobody enjoys visiting a site & punching in a tracking number just to get shipment status on a package. Simpletracking.com allows you to create a custom feed that gets updated as your package moves along its route. UPS, Fedex, USPS & DHL are supported.

6. Schools: Schools can relay homework assignments & quickly announce school announcements. Big resource for online learners Qoolsqool.

7. Create a Calendar Feed: This is a cool way to share events with others. RSSCalendar.com allows you to create an account, add events & meetngs, and then share a feed for others to consume. They can use a standard feed reader or the RSSCalendar.com site to keep track of past or upcoming events, deadlines or holidays.

8. Law Enforcement: Let the community know of location & status of sex offenders as they move into a community.

9. TV Listings Via RSS: Track programming on your favorite TV channels via Bootleg RSS.

10. Track Weather: Get weather updates via RSSWeather. Here’s the weather in New York City as of this posting.

11. Product prices/comparison: Pricefish.com allows you to select a product and subscribe to an RSS feed featuring the latest lowest prices for that product.

12. Keep Up With Specific Emails Via RSS: Mailbucket will pump any emails into a feed that you forward to slurp@mailbucket.org. Just create an Outlook rule against whatever (e.g. emails from particular senders) and get the sent out to a feed once they come in. Just keep in mind that such feeds are unencrypted and can be consumed by others.

13. Get Some General Knowledge On A Regular Basis: Not that you need it, but you can enrich your mind and impress people at cocktail parties by subscribing to daily feeds that send along a Word Of The Day (via Wordsmith.org), Quote of the Day (via Brainy Quote), or how about a bit of wisdom with a daily fortune cookie?

14. Follow Your Favorite Comics: Tapestry Comics keeps track of a whole bunch of RSS feeds including Dilbert and Peanuts.

15. Sports Team RSS Feeds: Follow the goings-on of your favorite sports team. Yahoo! delivers feeds for professional baseball, football, hockey and basketball. Now that the 2006 World Cup is upon us, Yahoo! has you covered with a feed for every participating team.

16. Deliver Your Contacts Via RSS: If you need to keep track of your contacts on different machines or want to share your contacts with friends, RSSContact.com allows you to create a feed and upload your contact information to do just that.

17. Get Notified On Travel Deals: Looking to pounce on a good deal to a particular destination? Get notified on deals to particular cities. Travelocity let’s you build your own custom feed for tracking. Orbitz tracks a whole bunch of feeds to a many cities.

18. Track Job Openings: You can easily keep tabs on openings for particular positions in particular locales with Indeed’s simple job searching site. Or try Hotjob’s feeds through their service (any search can be delivered as a feed).

19. Log Referring Links To Your Site: Here’s a cool one for blogs. Track who’s visiting your site via Referrer Madness. Simply drop one line of code in your pages and track the link provided. No account required.

20. Be A Knowledgable Citizen: Stay on top of important government news and information with FirstGov’s RSS feeds.

21. Recipe Syndication: Track 4 and 5 star recipes or subscribe to the recipes of your favorite chef’s with Big Oven’s RSS feeds.

22. Get Your City’s Latest Traffic: Traffic.com delivers RSS feeds of traffic information for most major U.S. cities.

23. Track Movie Openings & Reviews: Find out about theatrical & DVD releases as they happen (as well as reviews and upcoming releases) with Movies.com’s feed list.

24. Keep Tabs On Medical Information: Hubmed.org delivers Pubmed (a service of the National Library of Medicine) search results in RSS.

25. Stay On Top Of Virus & Security Threats: Sophos (feeds), Trend Micro (feeds) and Viruslist.com (feeds) all provide feeds to stay on top of viruses and other security threats.

26. Download TV Shows: This is a bit more involved than just subscribing. RSS & Bittorrent make a nice match. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to subscribe to your favorite TV shows.

27. Airlines: To report flight delays, discounted fairs, special fare schemes, etc.

28. Bring Humor Into Your Life: Yes, RSS can deliver joy (maybe) into your life with a joke a day. Joke feeds are provided by Yahooligans and Comedy Central.

29. Pull In Those Video Snippets: Our ever-shortening attention spans are loving those 1-2 minute video clips flying around. Youtube provides RSS feeds of all their major categories. del.icio.us also has a popular videos feed.

30. Sticky Notes + RSS: Webnote allows you to keep notes & subscribe to a feed that delivers them.

31. Track Ebay: For person that just can’t stop buying porcelain puppies, you can track ebay auctions via RSSAuctions.com and feedback.net.

There are stilly many possibilities with RSS. I just wanted to get you up with it. If you’ve got additional sources of alternative uses, feel free to add them here in comments. All of the above are compatible with your favorite news reader or portal site (like My Yahoo!, Google’s personalized page or Netvibes and many other popular feed readers.

For basic information on RSS please find below mentioned links which will help you learn more about it.

>> RSS according to Wikipedia

>> RSS according to WebReference


Resumes could have much nicer, cleaner, more readable resumes if they would have been tweaked a bit. And none of these tweaks are hard to accomplish. So, let’s start.

1. DON’T use a general resume. You cannot successfully use the same resume to apply to several different jobs. Your resume should be custom written for each job you are targeting. When you send out something generic, it shows apathy and lack of motivation. This is NOT the impression you want to send to your potential employers.

2. Start with an attractive layout. Use bold and italics to highlight key points. Not recommended downloadable templates because they are very generic and dull. Get creative but not crazy. You can use a little touch of color if you are modest.

3. Use a bulleted style to make your resume more reader-friendly. Given that employers screen resumes for between 2.5 and 20 seconds, they will find your resume a lot more readable if you use bullet points instead of paragraph style. It’s just easier to read.

4. Justify the text instead of using left align. Most people are accustomed to reading justified text. This will make your resume easy to follow.

5. Do not use a resume to replace a job application. A resume is not a job application. The reason for leaving your last job, previous supervisors’ names, and rate of pay don’t belong on your resume. This is information can hurt you more than help you, so leave it off of your resume.

6. Eliminate “responsibilities” words from your resume vocabulary. Never use expressions like “Duties included,” “Responsibilities included,” or “Responsible for” on your resume. Why? Because your resume should be accomplishments-driven, not responsibilities-driven. Anyone (well, maybe not anyone) can perform the duties listed in a job description. Job-description language is not what sells in a resume. Accomplishments-oriented language tells employers how you’ve gone above and beyond in your jobs, what makes you special, how you’ve taken initiative and made your jobs your own.

7. Choose a common font. Times New Roman, Arial, and Verdana are some of the best fonts for a resume. Now is not the time to experiment. Most computers do not have 600 different fonts installed so the file will not read correctly if you use your decorative fonts. Do not use cutesy graphics such as candy canes or teddy bears if you want to be taken seriously. (Yes, I really saw a resume with teddy bears and candy canes on it.) It is NOT appropriate for business correspondence, and it is guaranteed your resume will be canned if you do this.

8. Do not use the word “I” in your resume. Start each sentence with a powerful verb. Portray yourself as someone who is active, uses their brain, and gets things done. For example: Organized annual student symposium by securing speakers and working closely with marketing

9. Eliminate clutter from your resume. Several elements can clutter up your resume and impede readability. Like
– Unnecessary dates.
– The line “References: Available upon request.

10. Write a proper cover letter for each position you apply to. Do not ever send out a résumé without a cover letter. This is basic business etiquette. Personalize each cover letter directly to the position you are applying to. A generic cover letter will not work to your benefit. If possible, address the letter directly to a person. If you do not know the hiring manager’s name, use “Hiring Manager.”

11. Focus on describing past job activities that highlight the skills you most like to use and want to use in your next job. Don’t spend a lot of time, for example, describing all that clerical stuff you did in a past job if you have no intention of doing clerical work again. Even if you’ve mastered skills that are in great demand, don’t emphasize them if they’re not the skills you want to use in the future.

12. When you have a degree, list only the year that you obtained your degree. When you list your dates of attendance, many résumé scanning systems will not recognize that you obtained a degree, only that you attended college for a period.

13. Be consistent! For example, don’t list one date as 1/2006 and then list another date as 5/22/2006. List software consistently, too. MS Word and Microsoft Excel are both correct, but not consistent when used together.

14. Be sure to list locations (city and state) for all your past employers. It’s resume protocol to do so, and employers expect to see that information.

15. Deactivate all e-mail links and Web addresses in your résumé and cover letter. To do this in Microsoft Word, highlight the link with your mouse, go to the “Insert” drop-down menu, scroll down to and click “Hyperlink”, and on the lower left-hand side of this screen there should be a little button that says “Remove link.” When you find it, give it a little click and voila! Alternatively, you can highlight the link with your mouse, right click on it, and scroll down to “remove link” to deactivate the link.

16. Adhere to punctuation and capitalization rules. Use a reference manual if you do not understand standard punctuation and capitalization rules. Also run a thorough spell-check on your resume. Print your résumé and read it word-for-word.


Ok, you’ve tried everything – You’re emailed your resume out, you’ve used a resume distribution company, etc….. And no one is calling you back. Its ok, you’re not alone. For every 100 resumes you mail out, statistically you should get 10 interviews and one job offer. However, these are rough averages. To stack the decks in your favor and stand out from the others, below are the top seven tips for getting your resume to stand out.

1.) Use a different color paper for mailing your resumes. Chances are, you’re using a cream, white, or gray paper color. Yes? So is everyone else. Be creative, and use a non-resume paper. Be original, and stand out. With that said, should you use hot pink? No, remember you’re applying for a professional career – but do choose something less common than white, cream, or gray.

2.) Use a different size paper for your resume. Why you ask? Have you ever shuffled a stack of papers. Do you ever have one/a few pieces of paper that your shuffling are a different size than the others. They stand out right? Of course they do, they stand out from the rest – it’s simple, but it does make your resume stand out.

3.) Inside contact – If you’re interested in a specific company, get an inside contact. This means proactively trying to meet someone from the company, or a friend of a friend situation. People hire people they know – its comfortable. Therefore, do whatever it takes to get an inside contact.

4.) Certified Letter – Have you ever sent a certified letter? All it requires is going to the post office, and paying a few dollars to send it certified with confirmation. This means that the recipient of the letter must sign for it. And I’ll bet that they’ll sign – they’re curious, and want to know what it is. By sending it certified to the hiring manager, you’re insuring that your letter has reached its destination – it has reached the hiring manager. This is a huge plus, as usually the hiring manager’s mail is filtered through a number of gate keepers.

5.) Send your resume with a gift. Yes, a gift. Head over to the local florist, pizza place, etc – get creative. Pick out a nice bouquet or lunch, and deliver it to the office with your resume. If you do the pizza, here’s a tip – put your resume in a zip lock bag and tape it to the inside of the box.

6.) Deliver the resume in person. What do you have to lose? Walk into the office, and ask for the hiring manager (by name). Just say you need to discuss the current job opening with him. Sound crazy? It works – they will see you as being determined, proactive, and outgoing.

7.) The post-it note trick. In larger companies (and sometimes in medium/smaller companies) a secretary or an office assistant will open the resumes for the employees. This person is responsible for screening for junk mail and to weed out non-qualified candidates. Therefore, here is the trick. Take a regular Post-it note, and write something like “This one looks good! – J”, and attach it to your resume. Who is “J”? Who cares! The point is that the hiring manager will get a resume with a Post-it note on it, stating that it’s good. Therefore, they are more likely to pay close attention to the resume at the direction of another employee. By the time the person realizes its not a note from their mail screener, you’ve already gotten your resume reviewed – is it deceptive? – no, its effective and innovative advertising.


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