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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Difference Between OPT and CPT

International students on F-1 visa have two options to work in the US. They are:
1.Optional PracticalTraining (OPT)
2.Curricular PracticalTraining (CPT)

However, there are some differences between OPT and CPT , which a student on F1 visa must know before getting started.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Vs Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

       Optional Practical Training (OPT)
      Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
OPT is a temporary authorization offered to students on F-1 visa to work on their related field for a period of total 12 months.
CPT is a temporary work authorization provided to the students on F-1 visa, which is directly related to their majors for period of total 12 months.  
OPT Eligibility Requirement: The students must have been pursuing their course full-time for at least one full academic year.
CPT Eligibility Requirement: If the students complete their full-time CPT for a period of 12 months then they would be no longer eligible for OPT. Besides, the students must have been enrolled full time for at least one academic year.
OPT in order to receive OPT authorization, students do not require any employment or job offer.
CPT: While applying for CPT, students require a job or employment offer.
OPT program  has two variants— Pre-completion OPT and Post-completion OPT. Students can pursue OPT while there still on their academics with Pre-completion OPT. And, with Post-completion OPT students can start their OPT after their graduation.
CPT is for total 12 months and it can be either full-time or part time.
Students require OPT to work for a total period of 12 months (Pre or Post Completion OPT). Yet, students have an option to extend their OPT for another 17 months with STEM OPT extension; this is only applicable to certain majors.
Having CPT to workstudents can be on job for a total period of 12 months. But, students will not have option to work on OPT once they complete their 12 month CPT.
With OPT, students’ employment experience must be related to their majors or field of study and it doesn’t have to be a part of their academic curriculum.
With CPT, students’ employment experience must be directly related to their major or field of study. Plus, it must be a part of students’ curriculum; this implies, students’ employment experience must offer credits in their curriculum. 
OPT students can work part-time when University/ college is in term; during vacation students can work full-time.
CPT students can work part-time when University/College is in term; during off-session, students can work full-time.
Students on OPT can work with any employer across the US as long as their OPT jobs are related to their field of study. 
Students on CPT can work only with employers those are on Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and I-20 list.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Search using Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators

Search engines can be considered as a cluttered resume database. Using detailed searches with Boolean search operators can drill down and find the information you are looking for faster. These operators are used to weed out irrelevant pages thereby narrowing your search results to find exactly what you are looking for.
Each search engine is unique and we recommend to review the help section on each of the search engines to determine what Boolean operators are supported.

Boolean Key

AND - The AND operator delivers results with the terms you requested. For example, searching resume and oracle will return pages with both terms - resume and oracle.

OR - The OR operator delivers results with either of the terms you requested. For example, MCSE OR M.C.S.E.

The NOT operator will not deliver certain words in your search results. For example, Java NOT coffee will deliver closer results for JAVA Programmers and not Java Coffee.

NEAR - The NEAR operator locates words that are located in close proximity to other words. For example, Java NEAR Programmer. Not every search engine supports this operator.

( ) Parentheses -
The ( ) operator allows you to group terms and build longer search strings. For example, NOT (submit AND employer) will avoid pages with both names.

* - The * operator is a wild card. Adding a wild card will find words contain the wild card. For example program* will help so you do not have to run separate searches for words similar like: programmer, programming, program
Example of Complex Search String
resume AND (java or JavaScript) AND program* AND (New York or NY or 212) AND NOT (coffee or submit)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Business Analyst(BA) Questionnaire

 Interview Questions for Business Analyst (BA) Consultants

1.       Who is accountable when you manage a project? 
2.       What technologies and business area’s have you interfaced with?

3.       How do you get an understanding of the technology so you can effectively manage a project?
4.       What size projects have you managed directly?  (Hours / Dollars/Resources/Duration).
5.       What number of projects simultaneously have you worked on?  What was your role in each? 
6.       Have you worked in an onshore – offshore delivery model?  If yes, please describe the engagement structure and your specific role. 
7.       How have you measured project success in the past?   

8.       What number of projects have completed on time and on budget?  What were the top 2 lessons learned from projects that did not come in on time or on budget? 

9.       How do you plan/arrive at your budget? 
10.    How have you dealt with scope changes? 
11.    How have you dealt with risk management? 
12.    Give an example of a time when you had to escalate an issue to the customer?  
13.    What was your role in the creation of SOW’s, contracts, proposals? What are the key areas covered in SOWs? 

14.    What is the difference between issue and risk? 

15.    What tools have you used to manage various aspects of a project?(e.g. Planning, Resource Utilization, Tracking, etc). 

16.    How do you create & maintain the project plan for projects with multiple dependencies from start to completion? 
17.    How frequently do you manage project burn (Planned vs Actual)? 

18.    By phase/step, please list out the top two deliverables/artifacts in the SDLC and what your hands-on involvement with them were.
19.    MS Project related questions:  
  • Describe the difference between Duration and Work; which one do you find for valuable for fixed-cost projects? 
  • In a fixed cost environment, what is the “task type” you would use in MS Project?
  • Is % complete a useful metric?
  • How could you easily, in as few steps as possible, reschedule incomplete work, using the options available in MS Project? 
  • How do you manage resource utilization/allocation using MS-project?  
20.    Please describe the last three projects you have personally managed using the following criteria:

  • Name of Project:
  • Budget of Project: 
  • Size of project team:
  • Duration of Project:
  • Man Hours (Work) of Project:
  • What was the unique product, service, or result of the project?
  • What technology, if any, was utilized? 
  • Was the project environment functional, matrix, or projectized?
  • Did the project finish on time?  On Budget?  Satisfy Requirements?
  • What were the major issues in the project? 
  • What aspect of your leadership assisted the project to complete successfully? 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sample Rate Conformation Mail Format

Hi Peter

It was nice talking to you.

As per our discussion the rate has to be finalized for your consultant (Consultant Name here)  for SQL Server DBA  position located at  East Hanover, NJ is $90/hr On Corp-Corp Basis (All inclusive). Please send me a confirmation mail to confirm the rate.


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