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GILD - The Career Game for Serious Technologists

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Launched by Professional Aptitude Council (PAC) labs in May 2010, GILD provides a unique, one point forum where social gaming and career advancement meet under one roof.

GILD through its motto, “Connect.Compare.Advance”, provides technology professionals as well as technology enthusiasts a platform where they can:

  • Connect with peers and employers through an engaging online social community
  • Advance their career through industry-recognized certifications and global job opportunities
  • Participate in prize-winning competitions sponsored by top companies such as IBM, Harrah’s® and PayPal™. GILD has given away dozens of iPads, iPods and other desirable prizes.

Technology devotees can join as members and complete the certifications to see where they rank against the world's technology professionals. These certifications range from technology based tests that cover HTML, JAVA, Linux, MySQL, XML, Windows Server etc to software engineering aptitude tests to computer science knowledge to written communication in English.

Through GILD, technology professionals can earn industry-recognized certifications and credentials; showcase their status to leading employers, such as Sapient, Oracle and eBay at the same time identifying their worth in the market.

Simultaneously GILD proves to be a boon to companies globally by providing access to the world’s best talent and helping them to save time and money by ranking job applicants based on the skills required for the job. Employers today are weighed down with hundreds of applications for a single job opening, and have no way to quickly identify the best talent. One of the reasons why GILD was launched was to help employers bridge that gap more quickly and cost effectively than ever before.

Recently GILD was recognized as a TiE50 2011 finalist in the Internet category. The TiE50 Awards Program recognizes the hottest, most innovative startups worldwide and it helps emerging startups get exposed to one of the world’s largest networks of entrepreneurs and investors.

GILD is one of those lesser seen networking site that makes you think. Built for technologists by technologists, GILD is the future of professional advancement and personal promotion, and enables members to access career opportunities and engage with top employers. Just like in LinkedIn, professionals here too can create and edit their own profile, without any fee charges, focusing on their achievements and expertise. However, in addition to this, GILD also provides inimitable ways for members to showcase their experience, skills and certified as well as non-certified GILD competition results few of them being certification seals or a 13 step-achievements bar inclusive of being a citizen to then an apprentice to a rookie to an ambassador and many other distinctions. A members profile also spotlights his/her activity feed which helps them be aware of how much they have grown over the months and most importantly makes IT professionals stand apart from the rest. Additionally they can receive job invitations, notices of upcoming competitions and much more. The highlight of GILD is that one can become a member and avail of all their services for free.

GILD’s proprietary ranking system, makes professionals competent and they no longer have to worry about getting lost in the crowd. Members can constantly monitor their status and ranking among other job candidates and peers. GILD’s scoring and ranking system is based on the PAC Examinations, developed by PAC Labs, and trusted by leading employers worldwide. The PAC Examinations cover a broad spectrum of capabilities, including a professional’s personality, aptitude, technical and communications skills. Since its beta launch, GILD has drawn more than 500,000 registered professionals and top employers.

GILD has its own blog, which updates its members on the new features of the site, upcoming competitions and monthly GILD reports and provides advice on topics like interview preparation etc. You can sign up and become a member of this fast paced, enthusiastic networking site by logging on to

First Published: Thu, July 21 2011. 09:21 IST