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Chrm Message From: janaki Total Posts: 32 Join Date: 14/07/2008
Rank: Executive Post Date: 27/03/2009 10:50:31 Points: 160 Location: India

Dear All

This may probably be an inappropriate forum for me to discuss this , but I am a little disillusioned by the HR fraternity I belong to and the irony it has to offer.

Having worked for two years in Bangalore , I moved to Mumbai post marriage , joined an organization but had to leave because of uncertainties on the personal front. I have had a gap of almost 6 month now and now with matters settled I am ready to get back to work.

For the past 2 months , I have been trying to break out of this gap but I am unable to do so because recruiters overplay the effects a professional gap could cause to ones ability to spring back to regular activity.This has now turned out to be a vicious circle where the increase in gap is just going to hamper the probability of getting a job.

I am disillusioned and disappointed by the very fundamentals of this fraternity.


Chrm Message From: senthil.m Total Posts: 43 Join Date: 14/07/2008  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 27/03/2009 10:51:39 Points: 215 Location: India

You are right janaki. Most recruiters are lazy and risk averse. So they go by easy formulas. Mnc, no break, salary, referals, etc etc. These choices often times are so bad even the rank and file talk about it. Don't you worry with persistance you will find a recruiter who is willing to swift wheat from chaff. Working in such an organisation will be rewarding.

Best wishes & Regards,


Chrm Message From: sonal chouhan Total Posts: 7 Join Date: 14/07/2008  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 27/03/2009 10:53:54 Points: 35 Location: India

Hi Janaki,

You seem to be getting very disillusioned by a gap of 6 months. Before rushing to give you advice let me ask a question. I assume you have a professional qualification of some sort. Part of education is intended to give you confidence as a fundamental measure. So first, rediscover it. You have not also mentioned which function you are in and I assume it is HR. If so rest assured there is no decline in the demand for HR professionals in the country.

Second, please look around. I can assure you there are people who have had longer gaps than you and have bounced back none the worse for it. Let's get smart and let me suggest some tips to manage this process.

1. What's the reason you're giving for a break? Generally recruiters are not interested in your personal problems in life. They've got a job to do and would like to know that if you get a job, you would be 100% eady for it - mentally, emotionally and physically. A satisfying asnwer would be that you got married, moved and are now ready to look at a job again.

2. Emphasise your strengths. This may sound mundane, but what you need to do is to be clear about what you are very good at - and talk of these right from the beginning of the interview.

3. Be matter of fact about the break. Yes, it happened - and it is behind you. Don't get too hassled about it and don't seek to berate it too much. Marriage is a part of life - for both men and women - and can cause exceptional calls- so why overplay it's significance?

4.Demonstrate your strengths, if possible, through past achievements. Talk of things done tangibly and which can readily be evidenced through google searches, net access etc.

5. If the challenge is thrown to you, that the break may have caused your professional abilities to suffer, seek the opportunity to demonstrate. (see point 4 above). Ask the interviewer to throw you a live problem to demo your ability to tackle.

6. If you have been doing any sort of work during the break - whether paid or unpaid - explain the same. When I was once fresh out of b school and competing with experienced guys, I used the argument of the official student union positions I held in college to demonstrate that my experiences were equally valuable. There are things you would have learnt during your break that were euqally valuable. List these out.

7. If the company you have applied to is known to be a campus recruiter, emphasise that you are not worried about (dis)parity with your batchmates. this could be an unspoken concern about re-entry careers at times.

Above all keep at it. Any organisation that is stupid enough to believe that a break of 6 months reduces your value as a professional is probably not worth joining. Assess your strengths, assess the merits of the organisation and then decide how far you want to compromise.

I wish you the very best!!

Sonal Chouhan