Getting your dream Job – Keep trying

For most of the young students, the dreams are pretty basic. Most of them look for just getting a job irrespective of the fact that they like it or not. Nothing wrong in this as well because most of the passions get built only after you land up with some work where either you develop your passion or if lucky, you get what you really wanted.

Unfortunately, for most of the students and young professionals, finding a good job is always an uphill task. I agree, it is a grim situation and not an easy feat to land up with a job itself, left alone a dream job.
You should understand that every company offering a job are not looking to satisfy your dreams but looking to get the best out of you to fulfill their business needs. The cardinal rule always remains; they want the best value for money out of you.

“You should understand that every company offering a job is not looking at satisfying your dreams but looking at getting the best out of you to fulfill their business needs “

Larger and profitable organizations do have really good people practices to keep their employees happy, but it does not mean that all of them are perfect. You will have to research and understand weather the company you are looking for to work can really provide you with the right platform to learn and grow.

Unlike two decades back where only established and known companies gave the needed resume weight, the current times are almost as good for small and startup companies as well. In some sectors like information technology, startup companies are more sought after because of the learning opportunities and the benefits they might give later if they do well is becoming very appealing to young crowd.

Before you hunt for a new job, you must ensure that you are fully aware of the challenges and the opportunities your current job is giving you. Let the move not be a casual decision based on the peer pressure or your desire to earn more money without knowing your own worth.

Some quick helpful considerations can be :
a. Is your boss a good person and is genuine with respect to your growth and learning?
b. Is your company giving you right opportunity and role to maximize your potential?
c. Is your company looking ahead and growing?
d. How your company management manage the challenges of growth and issues of economic uncertainties?
e. The people practices of your company are good enough for you to feel good in the company.
f. Are your colleagues good, transparent and helpful to you?
g. Is the salary and benefits you get in line with industry?
h. The location of the work location is conducive to you and your family?

If the answers for more than half of these questions were positive, it would be better to invest in the current job unless you get a really good offer. However if you have decided to hunt for a new job, the best way in general is to build your resume. With changing times, it might just not be enough to have a resume, but should have good professional online presence too. Contributing to blogs, technical discussions, social contribution and extracurricular activities matter a lot in getting jobs, which look for higher level of profile.

You have to just remember few golden rules when you hunt for a good job:
a. Be sure, you fit in the profile the company is wanting.
b. Never be desperate, this impairs your ability to show good results to the interviewers.
c. Seek professional help in creating a resume
d. Never, never, never fake your resume or credentials. If caught in any background check, your future might get ruined.
e. Practice group discussion, elocution and presentation techniques.
Most people fail here.

I will continue to provide some good tips on a great interview in my blogs.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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2 Responses

  1. Shailesh says:

    Hi Alok Sir,

    This is really helpful.

    Landing in a good company really matters a lot considering the long term growth; I would rather say one should also think of mental peace.

  2. Narendra Joshi says:

    Good Article…Good Directions…

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