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How I landed my first job…

That was 1992. Landed up in Chennai after my Engg graduation.

Took up a Scholarship exam conducted by NIIT. Those days, if you were not studying at NIIT, you were missing something.

Got 50% scholarship for 1 year course.

Paying them back with this post now. 🙂

NIIT didn’t sell software courses then. They sold dreams. You visualized your future.

Little did I know then that I was going to land my first job through them.

Also, underwent a course in Sales at NIS, National Institute of Sales, a div of NIIT then.

Loved my Sales course more. We had role plays & our tutor at times even recorded the call & played it back. Life rolled by.

One day, saw an Ad in the NIIT notice board for Mktg Exec at Sonata. My classes were between 7-9 pm & the student service center was always closed by then.

Went before 5 pm one day. Met them. They said it’s closed. First rejection.

Told them my name & that I’m doing a course at NIS as well. That’s it.

I went to my classes.

Later, after few days, they located me.

I got my first job.

Enjoyed my work so well that I could write a story now for every deal I closed, even after so many years.

Learning:

1. Branding can take you places.

2. Love your job / choose one that you love.

3. Strike while the iron is hot!

4. Marketing is nothing but weaving stories.

5. Product is a given. It’s marketing that makes all the difference.

#HappySelling

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My advice to a Job Seeker!!

Recently received a connection request on LinkedIn. He wanted help with his job search. My response:

Hi,

There are a number of companies that are hiring SAP BW.

A sample list: Fractal, SAP, CGI, Infosys, IBM, Intel, Siemens Healthineers, CapGemini, Novo Nordisk, Atos Syntel & Bosch are looking at hiring people like you.

I suggest you to get in touch with your friends who work in the above companies & send your CV as an employee referral. There are plenty of jobs out there.

Some tips:

1. Get your CV written professionally. Many of us have the skills but do not know how to write it in a CV.
2. Create a contact list – of your friends, ex-colleagues, ex-bosses, neighbours, relatives or anyone you can think of, who is in IT.
3. Get updated in your field of work. What’s the latest in SAP HANA, BW?
4. What kind of projects are there in the market?
5. What work you would like to do and why?
6 What are you good at or expert at?
7. Ups and downs are common in career. How far we can bounce back will show our strength. Being in the trenches will teach us more than being in the high pedestal. All of us are constantly learning.

Action is the antidote to fear. I read that somewhere.
Best Wishes to you.

Keep me updated after you get your first offer letter. That will be my fuel.

Happy Job Hunting!!

Happy Selling!!

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