On one hand there are opportunities, On the other hand there are a number of people who do not get jobs. It is also sad to see a lot of people not very happy and successful with decisions that they have taken early on in their career. When there are platforms like social media available, information divide is actually non-existent. However the onus is on every individual to harness the power of this platform. In an effort to help, the Fresh out of college, it is my endeavor to publish relevant insights in an FAQ format:
Why does a student study?
The objective is to get a job.
What purpose does a job serve?1.
Helps the student to earn a livelihood, thereby making them independent and also execute responsibilities to take care of the near and dear.2.
An avenue for the student to express themselves as a professional, giving vent to their creative and intellectual needs.3.
Facilitates the student to lay the foundations for a career, which helps them evolve continuously until the end of their professional lives.
Distractions while choosing your company1.
Work Place close to home4.
Glamour associated with the company as perceived by the people at large5.
Position involving Overseas Travel6.
Five Day Week7.
Great Office Address8.
Work from Home10.
Your close friends or relatives are working in the company
Components of a Job1.
Irrespective of the different kinds of jobs available and the choices available, any decision to choose a job or a career has to be a function of an individual’s1.
Basic level of Knowledge, Skills and Attributes required to perform a job in the chosen area2.
Flair, Ability to easily understand, assimilate and learn Knowledge and Skills in the chosen area3.
Temperament to execute the job4.
Necessary attributes to do the job5.
Enjoy doing the job in the chosen area(one could easily do the job but still may not enjoy doing the job).
Recognizing Employer’s perspective before the Job Hunt
1. Who would pay your salary?
Please remember, always it is your prospective employer’s customers who will pay your salary.
2. Why would she/he pay your salary?
For the services rendered by your prospective employer, who in turn passes a portion of the money realized to you as a salary.
3. How competitive is it for your prospective employer to run a business?
Acquiring business can be very demanding and your prospective employer has to be extremely well organized and have a very efficient and knowledgeable work force to stay ahead of competition.
4. What would the expectation of the prospective employers be from his employees?
To be competent, skilful, knowledgeable and efficient so that the employer may serve the employer’s customers well and earn a profit to sustain and scale the business. Remember, there can be no free lunches.
What could be the impact of being hired from the colleges directly?1.
While being hired from a college, you are hired for your potential. There is an initial learning curve.2.
We are all aware that there is a gap between what the academia offers and what the Industry needs.3.
In the case of Software service organizations, it is common knowledge that Software majors, conduct training program for nearly three months, before they deploy their engineers on projects. Clearly this represents a cost for the Software service organizations which eat into their profits and profitability.4.
Irrespective of the organizations, there is a learning curve before an employee becomes productive after joining fresh from college.
Equipping yourself for your job hunt1.
Recognize emerging world order2.
Recognize technology trends and its impact on markets and culture3.
Recognize emerging markets and market trends4.
Recognize job trends5.
Recognize best business practices
Overcoming the Industry Academia disconnect
Information about technology, markets, business best practices and jobs need to be available to make informed choices
Who will provide you with Industry connect?1.
Alumni Connect, Alumni who work far and wide are the first natural choice for the industry connect and information2.
Professionals working in the respective industries3.
Human Resource professionals4.
Industry bodies like CII5.
Events and Conferences which will again allow you to network with professionals
How will you set the boundaries of your job hunt?
It is important that you identify companies which can employ you based on
The companies that you can identify is a finite set. It is imperative that you draw the list of companies
Based on your capability and expertise, after having chosen a target set of companies, what are the parameters you will try to understand about the target companies?1.
Role, which offers professional growth and means to express oneself2.
Area of work which can have an impact on the future growth3.
Growth potential of the chosen companies and prospect of the industry4.
Core values of the organization5.
Compensation and benefits6.
Location & brand
Point no. 1 through 4 are very critical, 5 and 6 are less significant
How do you think LinkedIn can help you ascertain this information?1.
Follow company: Company information gives information about the company, the employees, employee insights and their followers2.
Show Case Pages: Gives information about the company’s product and services and also about the customer experiences3.
Groups: Participation and conducting them enhances your social media experience and gives you a greater visibility and reach.4.
Sharing Updates can help you foster an ecosystem around you.
What Purpose does your LinkedIn Profile Serve?1.
You create an identity for yourself with the Linked In profile. You create a reputation and social media presence for yourself by participating in groups, sharing updates and conversing intelligently.2.
The process of creating a reputation and social media presence helps you to develop relationships through connections.3.
By developing relationships with professionals in other companies you can get a reality connect about
If a lot of associated information is already available on the Internet, how is the information available on Linked In different from the one available on Internet?
In Linked In, the information can be validated with reliable trusted contacts.
What are the basic hygiene factors that you will adopt before deciding to connect?
You must set up proper LinkedIn profile which showcases your capabilities well.
How does a connection get converted to a relationship?
You need to reach out to the connection and start interacting with the connection; only then seeds of relationships are sown.
As a job Seeker, what are the things that you will do to increase your social media presence?1.
Social Media presence is an activity that requires considerable application and gets established over a period of time.2.
You may write blogs, effectively participate in groups, share valuable information consistently, and converse intelligently to acquire appreciable Social media presence.
What could be the ideal network size? At what rate should it increase? Is there any specific LinkedIn regimen that you should arrive?
One cannot determine an ideal network size. However it is the quality that matters. It is important to connect with trusted sources. Your connections must happen on a regular basis. The whole world is your playing ground.
Keeping your needs and future needs in mind, you will benefit by a robust LinkedIn regimen. The regimen could include writing blogs, participating actively in groups, sharing updates, improving your connections and converting them into relationships.