With the economy growing at a robust pace, employment opportunities are multiplying. Mint presents a column on job prospects.
I am a food technologist and have worked for seven years in the production department of a dairy. I feel that I have tremendous aptitude for sales. For two years I have been applying for a sales position with a brief on my general personality, but no organization has ever called me for a personal interview. How can I change my line?
A resume reader tends to look for information sought by him. For example, for a business development role, s/he will look for education, company, designation, etc. The moment s/he discovers that the profile being looked at has typical details of a “production” background, such a resume may no longer be read for further details. We as individuals are designed to competently undertake a variety of jobs, yet an employer tends to tag us based on what one has done in the recent past.
In order to make a shift from production to sales, one of the first efforts could be to pick up at least some minor role related to business development within your existing organization. You may already have a rapport with your immediate superiors and can request for a small role, maybe as additional work to be done beyond office hours. Simultaneously, you may register yourself for a part-time diploma on sales management. Following this investment of a year or two, you could start highlighting in your resume your newly acquired education as well as achievements in the assignments handled in the sales domain. A complete shift may take two-three years and you may have to compromise on the hierarchical positioning in the short term. Considering that this shift could lead to fulfilment on the personal front, the effort is likely to be worth it.
I have recently been offered a job in one of the commodity exchanges. However, I could not report on the date of joining due to family circumstances. I handed over my phone to a friend each time the company tried to contact me and did not take the call. How can I approach them again?
The behaviour exhibited by you is quite common, but at the same time it is highly undesirable. One of the most important characteristic of an officer is integrity, meaning a high level of commitment to keep all promises.
Having accepted the job offer and thereafter not reporting on the specific date without information is in itself a very unprofessional attitude. On top of that, if you have not taken their calls, it raises doubts on your integrity and seriousness towards the job. It has been seen that employees who bear this trait are unable to communicate in some of the more demanding circumstances. Lack of communication can sometimes disturb plans in a big way and above all, the one at the receiving end can consider this as extremely disrespectful behaviour. You may like to call them up to express regret for your behaviour, for not informing them and also for not taking their calls.
Also, you may now communicate the reasons that did not permit you to join. Lastly, you could convey a high desire to join while letting them know that it will be a big favour if they choose to accept you now. It would take a few minutes and you may be able to undo the damage. At least the call will create a cushion to approach them again in the future.
Ajay Gupta is CEO of ruralnaukri.com. Comments and feedback are welcome at email@example.com