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June - 2006 - issue > Protocol@Work

Job Hunting Ethics

Sridhar Jayanthi
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Sridhar Jayanthi
In the very wild Indian software job market, the IT companies have been looking for dependable professionals quickly and in large numbers. Needless to say that has been a challenging task, made more so by a disregard for professionalism and job huntingjob-hunting ethics by a larger-than-acceptable segment of the job seekers. It is almost an asset in this market to show sensitivity to this issue for a smart techie.

For those good software pros whothat want to differentiate in this market, there are many characteristics to focus on, but showing an awareness of job huntingjob-hunting ethics will help in your job search process. I am not really talking about punctuality or dress code, although those aspects are important. The more pressing issues are related to keeping commitments, communicating decisions, and being professional both at the time of interviews and joining. The most blatant violations of these ethics are embellished resumes, “no shows” at interviews and worse, “no shows” by candidates on joining day.

While everyone has a right to pick the interviews and the jobs they please, doing it professionally by understanding the employer’s challenges will give you an edge in being considered “dependable” and will result a higher success rate in your search. Here are some tips:
When you start your search, try to figure out how the next job fits in your career plan.

· Tailor your resume to suit that position, but stick to facts; you are always better off looking good on what you have actually experienced.

· List the companies or category of companies where you would like to work, and try to stack rank these companies based on your preference as an employer.

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