Nirupama V.G. Associate Director, TeamLease Services, in an interview to Chitra Deepa A., talks about HR trends, scope for fresh graduates and the concept of 'temping' that is fast catching on in India.
Being one of the leading staffing companies in India, could you explain the concept of 'temping'?TeamLease has about 45,000 'temps' working in various organisation across India. Contract employees are also referred to as 'temps'. It is a contingency staff solution adopted by many companies. For freshers, this kind of temporary job provides job experience. In reality, it is the road to permanent staffing. Attrition is another reason why this system is getting popular. I do not think there is any stigma attached to this kind of offers. In fact, the cost to company and other benefits are almost the same as that of the permanent staff. It is the in-thing today. Do you concentrate only IT sector?We have vertical specialisation. We recruit candidates for manufacturing companies, IT, IteS, banking, pharma and biotech. Our service specialisation includes temps, executive search, recruitment and turnkey solutions. Candidates can log on to our website: www.teamlease.com and submit their resume.What is the scope of employment for fresh graduates?Today, there is job for all. Whatever may be your qualification and area of specialisation, there is a job to suit your qualification. Ten years ago, a graduate had to apply and wait. But it is not so any longer. Fresh graduates with the skills required for the job are recruited before they complete their course. You know, getting a job is not at all difficult. The most difficult part is equipping yourself with the skill, honing talent or knowledge that an individual may possess. How do freshers find out what their potential is and what the market requires?Soon after the completion of their course or while at college, I suggest that the students meet people at a HR consultancy or take up counselling sessions with career consultants. This will definitely help them figure out the market requirements and qualify themselves accordingly and take the plunge. Also, colleges should conduct at least 10 sessions on various topics such as how to tackle GD, importance of soft skills and so on. Why the stress on extra-curricular activity by recruiters of late?Yes, absolutely. Recruiters prefer candidates who have good extra-curricular activity record. The reason being that their overall personality development is excellent in most cases, they are team people with good managerial skills and most importantly, as they have other hobbies and activities, they do not get stressed out easily. They know how to unwind. On the other hand, toppers or gold medallists have certain characteristics such as being highly ambitious and competitive, and individualistic. These may not make them a great team person. Remember, your marks are important only for your first job. What plays a major role after that is your personality and soft skills. Do you track changes in the HR trends?As I told you earlier, there are enough jobs. Whether you are Class X passed or an MBA from a premier institute, there is a job waiting for you. Scope is wide in the field of retailing, with so many shopping complexes and malls coming up in all metros. This is especially most suitable for Class X or Plus-Two passed candidates. There are great opportunities overseas. At the CEO level, there are excellent openings in counties such as Singapore, Dubai and Nepal. Also I notice that it is not only Indians who take up overseas jobs. Foreigners show enormous amount of interest in taking up a job in India. The cost of living, the luxury of having a chauffeur driven car and other comforts, huge saving of money are some reason for the increasing interest. Your tips for building CV or resume?In the U.S and other foreign countries, they have a standardised format for resume. Over there, age and marital details do not find a place in resume, as they stress on equal opportunity for everyone. In the Indian context, there is no such format available. I suggest that your resume should not be more than three pages at the most (who has the time to read your 20- page CV?) and a one-page covering letter. Writing a precise CV is an art; you need to write it skilfully. The idea of sending a CV to the recruiters is to tell them about your competency, experience and why they should select you and employ you. It is used only for selection and short listing. Other details about yourself can be obtained at the time of interview. Keep this in mind and prepare your resume.