Sunday, March 15, 2009

Fast Company: Top Jobs for 2009

Another Interesting read I came across on Fast Company regarding 8 Job Areas that they think will be in vogue for the year 2009. 

An Excerpt: 

In 2009, the job market will be full of contrasts: some industries will be eviscerated while others face shortages of workers. The good news is that despite the recession, there are still real jobs to be had. The bad news is that you may have to change fields to find one.

The trick to job hunting in 2009 will be to figure out how your skill-set can translate across industries, says Elaine Varelas, a managing partner at Boston-based outplacement firm Keystone Partners, so that you're not confined to searching one sector of the economy. "People are frustrated because it's taking them a while to assess the job market," she says. "They'll have to figure out other things they can Ð and want Ð to do." Successful job-seekers will be the ones who can figure out how to take skills learned in one kind of job and translate them into assets in others.

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Happy Reading!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy Diwali!!!

Wishing bloggers the world over a Happy & Prosperous Diwali!

Best Regards,


Monday, August 18, 2008

Candidate Qualities: What Are Organizations Looking For?

When you walk into an organization, what do you bring to the table?

That's the million dollar question for an organization that's considering getting you on board. While the answer to the question might be fairly clear for a middle management to senior level position, it is quite the opposite when it comes to the junior level for obvious reasons. Most big organizations have become as big as they have because of their insistence on quality talent. This quality is overall two fold: technical qualities and behavioural qualities.
Now, the technical qualities correspond to your actual job skills; the technical know-how of how to do your job based on your educational qualifications or experience or both. This obviously is the primary prerequisite to you being even normally considered for the job.
But increasingly, more and more organizations are placing a healthy premium on the 'behavioural fit' of a potential candidate as well. Google Inc is a case in point. At Google, the interview process is quite intensive and the cultural or behavioural fit component plays a role as important as the technical job skills and knowledge in the final 'yes' or no'. Globally, organizations are finding ways to better utilize the multiple rounds of interviews that potential candidates are subjected to, to access their cultural fit. This cultural fit has nothing to do with sex, caste, religion etc. It is about the candidates' ability to adopt him/herself to the organization's work culture and ethos and to seamlessly integrate him/herself into the team that he/she is part of.
I have seen and heard about numerous cases of talented individuals being fired or shunted out of organizations because they could never align themselves to the work culture. In some cases theirs was a very disruptive influence/presence and was seen to result in lowered productivity.
Any aspiring professional would be well advised to watch the 'The Apprentice' series which features the flamboyant Donald Trump, one of America's finest business minds. The series, though perhaps subtly dramatized for prime time television audiences, offers a dynamic example of how seemingly talented individuals with immense potential, can instead of being stalwarts of their teams or units, be huge liabilities for their colleagues.
It is thus imperative to put your best foot forward not just while showcasing your technical acumen, but also your ability to be a 'total fit' into the organization.
Watch out for part 2 of this article to learn more....

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Some Tips for Job Seekers

Looking out for a Job? Below are a few pointers to keep in mind and work on. The pointers will hopefully help you be more systematic and less haphazard when you go looking out for that 'just-the-right-job"

Network: Let the world know you are looking out for a job!

A high percentage of people find jobs through word-of-mouth. Talk to the people you know, including relatives, friends, professors, and former co-workers. Let them know that you are looking for work; ask their advice; seek out introductions to people in the field that interests you.

Customize: Do you think you qualify/have the expertise or experience for different kinds of jobs? Have different, job specific versions of your resume!

Create a custom version of your resume for each job or industry that interests you. Your resume is your first impression! It should highlight/stress upon specific job skills and expertise that the prospective employer is looking out for.

Know yourself !: Know your professional strengths and weaknesses. Know your level of expertise in different skill areas (For example: People Management, Stock Market Analysis, Public Speaking etc...)

Make a sincere list of your primary skills ( your true expertise) and secondary skills. Practice speaking about and articulating your skills in the best possible manner. You need to be able to lay out your skills, and explain how they relate to the job you're seeking.

Organize and Prioritize: Shortlist companies/organizations that you think you can apply to based on your experience, skills, knowledge and overall aptitude. Have a systematic approach to your job applications, it betters your chances considerably!

Make a list to help keep track of your job search efforts. Preparing a list also helps you to organize your priorities and keeps you focused on your goal -- finding your perfect job.

Do your homework !: Ask your self: Do you know about all the job options avaliable to you for the qualification/s you have? Do you know what are the best companies to work for in your line of work? Do you know what sub-skills are in demand in the market right now?

Read the newspaper and trade journals to remain current on developments in your field of interest. Knowing the latest trends and mergers will help set you apart from other candidates in an interview.

Follow up & Say Thank You! : Don't imagine that your interview process ends when you walk out the company door, a well timed followup will help the prospective employer/recruiter keep you in mind. This is especially important when there are multiple candidates being considered for the position.

Follow up on all leads as soon as possible, and be confident when you do so, do not come across as desperate.

And, following an interview, always send a thank-you note the same day.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Friday, June 13, 2008

The Top 25 Jobs for 2005-2009:

Here's an interesting and well researched article from, written by Matt Quinn. It is essentially more pertinent for the U.S Job market, but a good read nevertheless.
Here's an excerpt:
"Clearly, you want to pick a career that's in high demand. Because job growth is so important, we weighted our index 35% toward the Bureau of Labor Statistic's projected job growth data through 2012.
Money also matters. We based our salary range -- an indication of the opportunity for salary growth -- on the difference between the 10th percentile earnings and the 90th percentile earnings for a given job, also based on BLS data. This gives a picture of where you might end up in relation to where you started. The greater the divide, the better the score. Salary range was also given a 35% share of the total index score.
A great job, in our opinion, also requires a good deal of investment in education. Our education score is based on what percentage of those working in the field hold a college degree according to BLS data. We weighted this 20%.
Finally, a great job needs to give you room to run. How innovative and creative can you be? How open to new ideas are people in your profession? We turned to Dr. Kevin Stolarick to help determine how creative workers can be in a given field. We weighted this 10%."
Here's the full article:
Happy Reading!

Guest Relations Associate (Females)

An HR industry colleague of mine is looking for Female Guest Relations Executives for a major Real Estate firm she works for in Hyderabad, India.
The Details are below:

Position : Guest Relations Associate (2)

Reporting To: Marketing Manager

Educational Qualification: Any Graduate

Essential Competencies / Skills:

Good command over her communication skills required

Job Responsibilities for the Position :

1. Responsible for Inbound and outbound call
2. Customer counseling
3. Project briefing to the customers
4. Responsible for the data entry from to be filled by the customer
5. Maintaining the database of the telephonic enquire
6. Walk in with the customers
7. Real estate hospitality to the customers
8. Providing the project kit to the customers•
9. Generating & Handing over the daily report to the Marketing Manager

Send your application with your full and updated resume to

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