INTRODUCTION: We all have one life makes it the best ; for the betterment of life education is important but placement planning is also important for young professionals who got the degree OR Getting degree from various Institution and University around the world. In this context we are writing a Snapshot Article for the benefits of Young professionals with reference to placement and planning. This article will show you what do or do not at crucial phase of career planning. In this article first we introduced cause and effect In absence of Placement Planning then its remedies in terms of PPYP Stages.
II.POINT TO BE PONDER: In absence of a proper career plan, people waste their irreversible time and qualification, waiting endlessly for an unknown “good” opportunity and later on either blames their fate or make excuses. One of the nationwide surveys of students, adults and job seekers, it was found that:
- 97% people first finish their journey (education) and then think about the destination (career).
- 92% of School students, when asked about their career choice have “let’s see what happens” attitude and most of them are either having unrealistic career ambitions or they follow the crowd.
- 65% of school students and 88% of college students were busy doing everything except their studies.
- 94% people are either in the wrong career or under-employed. They had not imagined during their school or college days that they’ll do the work which they are currently engaged in to earn money.
- 82% of adults are not getting “good” jobs because they have degrees but not the employability skills. Also they are NOT willing to gain experience or enhance their career competencies. If an employer gives an appointment letter in hand with free training, 89% young people refuse the offer – “if I am getting a job then why to go for training” and prefer to sit at home for more than 6 months.
- 90% of jobseeker don’t sign a bond even for 3 months and prefer to remain unemployed for more than 1 year.
Most of young people first disparately search jobs and once they get, 57% start finding faults with the employers or the working facilities and leave their jobs on trivial issues, only to remain unemployed again with negativity and frustration in mind. 71% of jobseekers are wise enough to remain unemployed or under-employed and change their jobs 2 times in a year. 76% of BTech and MBA degree holding engineers and managers are doing nocturnal jobs (awaking in night and sleeping during day time) in Call Centers sharing seats with their undergraduate colleagues trapped in a quagmire without any career or future prospects.
- 8% of jobseekers are not aware that posting resumes on jobsites is not helpful because all such websites collect millions of resumes free of cost and sell the data which is classified on city, education, gender, age wise to marketing/advertising/insurance/ placement agencies at very exorbitant price (ranging from Rs 1,80,000 to pa 3,20,000 pa) which is not cost effective for employers and they don’t have access to your resume. This is why, you wait for 2-3 months and rarely get direct interview calls from real employers.
Due to wrong and casual approach towards job search, most people simply waste the best years of their career doing petty jobs. At the career building stage of life, if a person remains unemployed for a long period, frustration starts griping the mind, which is biggest enemy of a person’s creativity and acts like rust. Job seekers refuse to give 40 minutes for career planning and prefer to suffer and struggle for 40 years in their working lives. Remember even the best player requires a coach/Better Plan!
III.IMPORTANCE OF PLACEMENT PLANNING FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: PPYP : Whether you’re currently studying somewhere or looking for a job or want a career change, this article will support you to take control of your career. Planning to Placement is for people who are looking for their first job or under employed or have been unemployed for a long time. Get the job which is most suited to your qualification, knowledge and life style in just 7 simple PPYP Stages. This will save your time, energy and money which are wasted in experimentation. I have done the research for PPYP and will guide you PPYP Stages to get an immediate job in MNCs and good corporate with best salary and benefits offered in the industry. PPYP stages (in figure 1) are not for reading but for action.
PPYP STAGE 1. IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS : Your domain knowledge and functional skills (like English, IT, Interpersonal) decide whether you have to run after a job, or a job will come to you. Why an HR should hire you? Your employable skills are more important than your degrees. Degree is just a gate pass it opens the door for you. But if you don’t have career competencies you’ll not get a job. Being a fresher is not bad but not having knowledge is too bad and shameful. It you are not confident that you possess right job skills then instead of changing your job field or doing any job, consider the possibility of accepting temporary or part-time work, or doing project work on a contract basis for some time to gain real job experience and enhance your career competencies. We have seen thousands of MBAs who cannot communicate effectively for 2 minutes and cannot write 5 lines of correct sentences either in Hindi or English. Above all their attitude is “I have done MBA; sooner or later I will get a job”. Well, if someone has to do a tele-caller job in a placement agency or selling insurance policies after doing MBA, then why not to do the same job after passing 12th. Unskilled jobs are not for Master’s degree holders, it is for semi-literates or undergrads. Remember, no one gives job to a paper bearing the degree it is given to a right person holding the degree. Degree is a label on the box, but if the box is empty who will pay for it? If you have the real knowledge and skills, employers are ready to bid for you and can pay you any amount you ask. Salary is not a problem for a deserving candidate. If you don’t have skills then you have to beg for a job and beggars can’t be choosers
PPYP STAGE 2. DECIDE REALISTIC JOB FIELDS AS PER YOUR JOB SKILLS + ATTITUDE + DEGREE : Take help of career assessment to know your real aptitude and work preferences. If you are doing a job which you like most then it is a hobby which you never feel doing but enjoy and get happiness. It has double benefits at one hand the employee gets job satisfaction and on the other hand employers get increased productivity. Next prepare a list of possible job fields as per the skills you possess + work interests and life styles + educational qualification. Differentiate between just doing a job and making a career.
Caution: Don’t follow the crowd blindly. There is a trend among B.Tech students, when they fail to get a suitable job they try to Enroll in MTech or MBA programmes. This over qualification seldom helps. BTech is a professional qualification to start a good career.
PPYP STAGE 3. WRITE YOUR RESUMES AND COVERING LETTERS : Your distinct resume: You are a deserving candidate but not getting interview calls, because the HR Manager has not read your resume. Why? Subject line of your email is the magic wand. Out of hundreds of resumes, which the recruiters and HR departments receive, they glance it for 8-10 seconds and move ahead. In this fraction of time, if your resume caught the attention then only you receive an interview mail otherwise you are one among the crowd. This is a very crucial factor and most of the applicants are simply ignorant about preparing a resume and covering email/letter (an integral part of your resume). If you don’t know the techniques to present yourself, then you are bound to face rejection in spite of having better qualification. The objective part of the resume should avoid words like “I want to excel in my career” rather write “I want to turn your vision into a reality”. Give prominence to what you have to offer – real examples of the skills you possess (1-10 scale) and assignments where you have used them. Sending resume with personalized mail body (cover letter) keeps you stand apart from the crowd and are given preference over other candidates.
Restrain yourself: No fake experience or degree – it is a crime and one day you’ll be caught. Also don’t give false information about your skills or experience. Chances are on the basis of your statements in the resume, HR person may “Hire a fish to climb the tree”. But it will not work, ultimately either you’ll leave the job or company will show you the exit gate. This will create unnecessary tension and frustration in your mind. The one-to-one interaction in the workshop helps you to showcase your resume in a distinct manner, increasing the chances of getting good job.
PPYP STAGE 4. MAKE A LIST OF YOUR PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS AND DEVELOP NETWORK : Most of the good opportunities are never advertised. You might be aware that 80% of the selections are made without advertising. Generally, you apply for only 20% of the vacant positions after perusing newspaper ads and postings on jobsites. This reduces your chance of success. To overcome this barrier, you should consider or deliver your personalized resume to recruiters of the MNCs and reputed organizations, you wish to work. When your resume reaches directly in the hands of HR managers, you get immediate attention and interview offers. Wrong way of networking: People generally forward their resume with a request – “Please find a job, you think which is suitable for me “. How I or anyone else can know which job is right for you if you don’t know about yourself.
PPYP STAGE 5. USE CONTEMPORARY AND EFFECTIVE JOB SEARCH METHOD :Why it is so difficult to get our dream job? The simple reason is most of the jobseekers imitate each other and don’t know how to search a good job. After spending lakhs of rupees and their precious time to get degrees, they adopt very casual approach towards searching jobs. Their job search is influenced by rumours among peer groups and some myths inherited from seniors.
A common mistake: Most of the job-seekers upload their resume on 4-5 jobsites and start waiting for some unknown opportunity. They have a wrong notion that just posting their resumes on jobsites will bring good offers automatically. Uploading your resume on websites helps the jobsite owners more than you. After collecting millions of resumes free of cost, they put a lid on the box and start selling the resumes at such an exorbitant price which is beyond the reach of 99% of the employers. You can verify this fact yourself from these websites, who sell your resume database for a premium price ranging from Rs 1,60,000 to Rs 2,80,000 pa. Just imagine how many employers are ready to pay this amount for searching your resume on jobsite and then calling you for the interview?
So who is purchasing your resume?
- Marketing and advertising agencies: who get very systematically arranged data like gender wise, qualification-wise, city-wise, age-wise, income-wise and accordingly promote their products and services.
- Insurance companies: who generate leads of working people through these data.
- Management and other institutes: who send emails to jobseekers to Enroll in various training programmes.
- Placement consultants: who contact all the jobseekers and ask them to pay from Rs 100 to Rs 1000 or even more.
This is why after updating your resume on these jobsites; you are not getting interview calls from real and good employers because they are not able to access your resume. In the last months how many real calls or emails you have received from genuine employers? Don’t count the fake interviews.
PPYP STAGE 6. PREPARE YOURSELF FOR INTERVIEWS, STAY POSITIVE AND HANDLE REJECTION: Your performance in the interview is a decisive factor to get an appointment letter. Most of the candidates are unaware about the basic facts of the interview. They face it unrehearsed and in a casual manner only to get rejection.
CTC v/s ROI: Try to convey in simple manner what you can do to bring more business and income for the organization. Don’t count your problems or make a list of your expenses or start negotiating the salary at the time of interview. The HR person is not going to put the company’s resources to solve your problems or to meet your cost of living and repay your loans. HR job is to hire the best person for growth of the organization. The key to effectively answer a question is to understand the purpose of the question. Your dressing sense, body language and etiquettes give a lasting impression and help in the decision making process. Never attend any interview just for time pass. Never try to find faults with the interviewer and don’t forget to send a “Thank you email or message” after the interview – it matters most and has far reaching consequences.
PPYP STAGE 7. TECHNICAL TESTS, INTERNSHIP AND PROJECT EXPERIENCE:Some of the jobs, especially in IT sector, require testing of your technical skills. Due to fast changing domain knowledge and vast scope of the field, candidates get confused. It is an obvious fact that candidates who mention some job experience are given priority in selection process. To boost your career try to get real work experience and involve yourself with genuine assignments. This way, you’ll get a valid experience certificate of reputed companies, which can be authentically mentioned in your resume. Instead of sitting idle, passing time with friends and keeping yourself busy on Facebook, do some work and gain real work experience and appreciation. Working on a project will give a chance to show employer what you can do. Later on, if your employer creates a permanent position, you will have a big advantage over other applicants because the employer already knows you. The internships may or may not be paid but will open a new chapter of success in your career.
CONCLUSION: In this article we just focus Some Important Factor about Placement Planning for Young Professionals (PPYP) and Also discuss PPYP Stage should be consider before planning for path of Success because ONE LIFE MAKES IT THE BEST. This article is helpful to all young professionals who like to excel in life with reference to your knowledge, interests, work preferences and educational qualification. It will also helpful in complete job search process. In addition with its shows you how to assess your aptitude and skills, target your work search, develop resumes with application letters and practice interview techniques.
“Don’t be a parasite! With degrees in hand and still being dependent on family is a shame; having negativity in mind, not working and not earning is a curse” – Dr. Ripu Ranjan Sinha