7 Tips to land up a good Job

Given below are 7 important tips to land up a job of your liking in 3 months. The tips are based on my own experience of several years in corporate world and they are not in any specific order.

  • First and foremost create an account and your profile in top job portals such as Naukri, TimesJobs, Monster, Naukri Hub, Carrerjet, Clickjobs, Recruit.net, etc.. You can create multiple profiles with a decent covering letter on most of the sites. This helps in applying by choosing an appropriate profile based on the job requirements.
  • Search for relevant jobs (you can save your searches and also create job alerts) and start applying. Initially you may apply for all positions which are closer /similar to the opportunity that you are looking for. Even though they are not an exact match for your requirement, it would nevertheless bring your resume to the notice of the potential recruiters. Sometimes they may have another requirement which matches your background and experience but not advertised. It also gets your CV into circulation.
  • It is important to make little changes to your resume often. You can make very in-significant changes to your resume like a minor change in resume headlines or add a new skill set or anything else you feel relevant. Any change is useful because resumes which are most recently updated always come on top of the searches by recruiters. They always have higher chance of getting noticed and shortlisted.
  • Your resume should be long enough to cover your major achievements but short enough to evoke interest. Ideally it should not be more than two pages. Present key facts and highlight your achievements in these two pages but keep elaborations for personal meetings. Your first target should be to get shortlisted and be called for a preliminary interview. Once shortlisted, you get a much needed chance to impress the recruiters/ employers in a face to face meeting. Long resumes are boring and are often not read. Recruiters invariably have very limited time for each candidate. Your resume should be crisp and interesting.
  • In parallel, please contact your network of friends and acquaintances in similar industries. Many companies offer good referral incentives to employees for referring candidates. This way companies save a lot of money on advertisement and it’s a win-win situation for employer & employee. You stand a good chance of being recommended by your friend.
  • Create your profile on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn and expand your network. Get noticed by posting articles, taking part in discussions, joining interest groups, etc..   Talent acquisition teams of many companies scout for talent on these sites. Also being an international platform, your chances of being noticed and selected by multinational and transnational firms goes up significantly.
  • It is always a good idea to leave some things open in your resume for negotiation such as salary expectations and joining time. It gives you a better chance to negotiate the salary and benefits you desire once company finds you suitable for a particular post. It also allows you to settle for a lower salary in case you find the company and job prospects much better that what you anticipated. Demanding a particular salary right in the beginning, may block your chances of being shortlisted in the first place. Some companies also offer handsome joining bonus in case you can join them quickly. This will more than compensate for your loss of notice period salary.

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Management Education in India – Seeking New Directions

Management education started in India immediately after independence. The first Management institute, Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI) was set up in 1949 at Jamshedpur. It was focused mainly on training working professionals. Mr. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India had a vision of setting up Technical and Management education institutes in India on the lines of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School (HBS) in United States. The IITs and IIMs were born out of this vision. The first IIT was set up in 1950 at Kharagpur and The first two IIMs were set up in 1962 at Ahmedabad and Kolkata. With the openings of IIMs, full time Management Education started in India.

With the economic liberalization in 1990 under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. P V Narsimha Rao and simultaneous boom in IT industry with removing of controls led to tremendous increase in demand for Management Professionals. New specializations were also added to cater to new demands.

The number of management institutes went up from mere 87 in 1990 to 774 in 2000 (9 times increase). In the second phase of growth the numbers went up from 774 to nearly 3900 in 2013, a 5 times increase. The number of management seats in these institutes also went up from nearly 100 thousand to nearly 400 thousand over the last 7-8 years.
However this unbridled growth came with its own set of problems. With no regulatory mechanism for quality in place, these institutes are facing numerous problems –
1. No Globalization which means

  • a. No accreditation by any top world organization
    b. Poor research and publications record
    c. Poor rankings
    d. Very little intake of foreign students
    e. Vanilla curriculum
  • 2. Insufficient strength and quality of faculty
    3. Disconnect between Industry and Academia
    4. Poor placement record

India has one of the largest number of B-Schools in the world followed by USA and Philippines. The top tier business schools lack other business schools in terms of ‘Globalization’ which means poor research, no accreditations, low rankings and negligible foreign students intake. The mid tier B-Schools are facing demand crunch. They are struggling to fill their capacity and many B-Schools have closed down in the last 5 years. The lower end B-Schools, which are mostly the management departments of public universities are directionless and contribute little to management education. With no control over quality, majority of these programs have failed to impress industry. Industry experts say that only 25 to 30 % of management graduates are employable.
The question is, where do we go from here ? What needs to be done to improve the situation. There are no easy answers. The regulator, academia and industry needs to sit together and come up with workable solutions. The requirement would be –

– Govt. to become enabler and facilitator instead of regulator
– Focus on global trends & changes
– Develop a world class faculty
– More emphasis on research & publications
– Capacity to be determined by Demand and Supply

The changing work place and impact of technology need to be factored in designing new curriculum.

However the mute question remains, can all the qualities required for a successful corporate career, be taught in class room. I am referring to qualities such as stress handling, managing conflict, inter-personal relationship, etc. In my opinion, if topics such as meditation, yoga, anger management, Buddhism, etc. are included in curriculum, it would help to some extent in imbibing these qualities and ensure a more healthy and successful career.

What do you think ? Please write to me at mmanohar@illuminatedpathwayz.com. I would be happy to receive your feedback.