What corporates look for in fresher – soft skills decoded

Below are the Q-A sessions in Rediff chat answered by Amit Bansal, the founder and CEO of PurpleLeap.

ujjwal asked, dear sir i am 29 years of age working as manager in SBI.i am a engg graudate n mba marketing finance.i am not liking this bank job.is it right for me to switch back to engineering job.
Amit Bansal answers, Well think through first. How are you sure that you will enjoy the engineering job as well. I suggest please analyse what about the current job that is not exciting only then look for other options.

karthikchandran asked, Hello Mr. Amit, I am a C.A Final appeared student. I am looking forward for some prospects in finance but hardly could find any for freshers. How to improve my chances to get a start with finance as my profile. Moreover, how can I improve my chances to get in to work before my result.
Amit Bansal answers, I suggest till you find a suitable job profile, why don’t you look at doing some independent projects. This will help you enhance your skills as well highlight that in your resume.

rana asked, hi I am 4 yrs experience I am currently working in my third company Is I am shifting company too often please say what is the better way of approach of changing company
Amit Bansal answers, Well currently more than anything else you need to show stability on your resume. I suggest please stick to the current job for at least 2 years.

Muthukumar asked, i am working in pvt concern…i hav around 2 years exp in IT..is that possible to switch over the comapany?
Amit Bansal answers, yes, if you have identified a particular job profile that interests you.

ben asked, What skills are corporates looking for in a fresher to be industry ready?
Amit Bansal answers, Corporate India looks for strong problem solving skills, communication skills and domain specific skills in freshers.

mudit asked, Mr. Bansal, I am a student from IIT Kanpur with a very technology oriented profile. But I want to explore my options in consulting and finance industry. My question is whether my technical knowledge will be of any use in such an industry?
Amit Bansal answers, Well most non IT industries have IT specific requirements unless you also want to change your domain along with the industry. I suggest keep looking for options. Additionally you can take up some certification courses in your choice of domain to get an added advantage. However, if you really look at it, a lot of people are changing domains after completing their higher education in a specific area.

venugopal asked, Dear sir presently I am operating my own recruitment firm in visakhaptn I do have some trianing exp to MBs stufetns I want to vetnur that optin as well I ahve teaching exp of 10 yeras zcan I choose that area and what would be my cahnce to flourish in that
Amit Bansal answers, I think you should try taking freelance assignments to start with. Since you have your own recruitment firm, you can test your skills in a classroom by taking up some training assignments.

Kalyan asked, Mr.Bansal, how r the opportunities for Ex-servicemen possessing HR degree?
Amit Bansal answers, Ex-servicemen with HR degree are the most preferred in many organization. Good luck.

khansahab asked, Thank you for your answer. One more ques…a friend of mine, a fresher, appeared for an interview and had a good one. Two days later he was contacted by an HR manager of tht pvt ltd company (on a landline phone)asking for some favours (in terms of money) in return of issuing offer letter…My frnd was in dilemna that it is tactic to check his ethics Or is is really a case of bribery to HR manager. He said he will get back to him…so plssss suggest what my frnd do?
Amit Bansal answers, Whatever the reason maybe, I think its unethical to bribe to get a job. I am sure your friend will find better opportunities.

xc asked, hi, I had my own mktng firm for computers for 14 yrs. 4 years of pre-school running exp. now i want a job. my qualification is undergraduation. my age 43 which industry shall i try for a job
Amit Bansal answers, Most companies require a minimum of graduate degree. However, I suggest you look for jobs for undergraduates on job portals. Additionally you can start doing your graduation through distance learning.

yu asked, Hi Sir, I am working as Branch Head in reputed Security oranisation. I am having 5+ yrs experience and looking after sales, operation, HR, etc. I am not satisfied with the current job as there is very less scope of increment. I would like to prefer HR, Admin or QA releted job. Can I opt for that kind of job with good salary package?
Amit Bansal answers, All the job profiles you have mentioned are specialized domains and need experience or some certifications related to it. My suggestion is to try moving into the HR of your security organization. Internal movements are much easier while changing domains compared to external.

bhawu asked, I am from the IT background and now i am interested to got for non-IT domain like sales, but being from IT domain and non MBA, its getting hard for me to get the same, should i go for MBA?
Amit Bansal answers, MBA would be a good option.

prathmesh asked, hello sir i completed be it with one year drop at first year.now whne i go for interview people ask me why didi u wasted one year n then reject me.
Amit Bansal answers, Was there a specific reason why you dropped out after your first year? If it was a good reason it’s okay to tell the interviewer about it.

ahdg asked, If i wann change my domain says from sales to other….where will my exp get counted
Amit Bansal answers, Sales gives you an advantage in people’s skills. I guess any job requires some amount of sales and a lot of PR. If you switch over you must highlight this aspect of your experience.

ranjan asked, Hi ,I have 5 years of exp…and recently i changed the company…but still i m struggling with my careers …I have exp on Software development…My question is Is it mandatory to have certification course for better career.
Amit Bansal answers, Certifications are always an added advantage.

khansahab asked, Sir, would the freshers with 4 yr bachelors degree and freshers with 3 yrs bachelor plus one year masters degree be treated same?? or any difference?
Amit Bansal answers, Except for the degree and the various advantages it brings in both the cases the candidate will be considered as a fresher.

bhawu asked, Hi Amit, though i am experienced person and that too exp. of more then 6 yrs, but i want to start my career again , is it possible for me to get a Fresher Job?
Amit Bansal answers, After 6 years of experience I am not sure why you want to start as a fresher. I suggest, if its a change of industry you are looking at then you can take the change and highlight your existing experience as well.

refresher asked, Mr. Bansal, will the person be treated as a fresher is he or she swithes the industry and join the new one, say at a age of 33?
Amit Bansal answers, No switching industries does not mean your will be treated as a fresher.


Source: Rediff

Chat date: December 7, 2011



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