Thursday, December 01, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Is it only me? As a consumer, I feel my shopping habits have changed in the past couple of years. The Big Billion day, the great Indian Sale or the unbox sales notwithstanding. The malls and stores have bargain sales almost every other month. My impulse purchases are becoming increasingly lesser. With more apps in tow, WhatsApp to get instant feedback from those that matter, window shopping and comparing online prices is less stressful- after all, I am making more informed decisions and value purchases.
We as consumers have come to accept disruption as a new normal in all ways of life, but when it comes to looking for jobs, we still tend to be in a time warp!
Did you know in the last 6 months, hiring in B2B has picked up and those in B2C are consolidating?
It pains me every day as acquaintances call me- when in between jobs..and frustrated about the pace of hiring action. "Am looking at the portals, and have reached out to pals -but nothing seems to happen. How do I find the jobs that I want"?
Almost every day, I have to educate that recruiters are in the business of finding people for jobs. We are mandated by employers looking to fill in critical positions & their specs are becoming more demanding.
And would you believe it..employers have changed their shopping habits over the past couple of decades!!
If you are looking for a change of job, change the way you are looking! Stop posting CVs on portals and hope that a recruiter from your dream company will call you.
Professional networking sites is passe as Ver. 3.0 -as companies are in Recruitment 4.0 are more focussed on 'catching the early bird' as they have been investing in big data and AI and adopting 'outbound hiring' strategy!
So how does one make oneself prepared for a new job?
-Get yourself found by employers looking for great bargains! Review your social media footprint. Invest in Personal branding. Position yourself to stand out amongst peers.
-Take stock of your inventory of skills. It is predicted that 69% of the jobs in India will be made redundant by AI. Don't despair- there will be a new set of jobs/skills that would be in demand. Can you transplant some of your competencies to leverage them in a new environment?
-Embrace change the right way. Here is a hint to manage your career better. You can choose one among the four options :
- Step up is where you use computers or artificial intelligence to step up their skills, be it decision-making or knowledge production.
- Next, you step aside by opting for jobs machines cannot do.
- By stepping in, you can act as links between the man and the machine
- Stepping narrowly is you can focus your skills so narrow and sharp that you attain great expertise in some super special areas so that automating them won’t make economic sense at all.
- Finally, stepping forward is about “creating new cognitive technology solutions for the rest of the world to use”.
Finding a job can be a full-time job in itself. I shall be glad to have your impressions.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Earlier this month, I was fortunate to be gifted an autographed copy of Abhijit Bhaduri's latest book -The digital tsunami. The book is now available at Amazon
It is simply unputdownable.Abhijit has included so many examples of how disruption has become very much a part of our daily life, that it is hazardous to ignore the changes that are being thrust all around us. And with the accelerated pace technology and globalization, we can no longer be complacent & sit back..and say it will not affect us!!
It will. The questions, therefore to be asked, are
-how soon do our jobs/skills get redundant
-what can we do to prevent ourselves from being extinct in the job market
And the book is an amazing aid for self-help. T here are a large number of examples that keep reminding us to move from an analog way of thinking to the digital way.
Appendix 1 gives us exercises to build digital appreciation. Some habits we ought to do by ourselves, and some by engaging our extended network
Appendix 2 goads us to be open to a workshop..required for boundary-less thinking!
For me, there were quite a few suspicions vindicated.
1. The digital world is about discovering the uniqueness of the human being and technology is merely the enabler..to be faster , data driven (individualized) and so one will see the repercussions in hiring the right talent.
2. He also referred to a pyramid of skills. Commoditized (that quickly taken as granted), Marketable ( that can be acquired by formal education) and Niche ( that are learnt informally by talent networks). And one must constantly be reinventing ourselves to pursue and possess the skills to navigate the career ahead!
3. If in the past one could get by, being a specialist in one domain ( referred to as"I" in the past), being a “T shaped” person (“great at this one thing and familiar with all this other stuff”), one is likely to be a handicapped in a world being taken over by “Pi” shaped thinking talent (building expertise in multiple domains)
Now its time for us to walk the talk. Do let me know what your takeaways were from the book!!
PS And yes, here is a fine summary- again from a Forbes article that Abhijit has contributed to last year!