I am 47-year-old, and work as
Senior Vice President (Marketing) in a Delhi-based pharma company.
For many years I was given to understand that I would succeed my
boss as the head of the department, once he retired. My boss retired
recently, but I have come to know from reliable sources that the
search for his successor is on. In the past year, I received a couple
of very lucrative offers, which I turned down as my careers prospects
in my present company seemed extremely bright. Do you advice me
to take up the matter with the CEO?
The first thing you should do is speak to the
CEO. Find out what career plans he has outlined for you and why
you are not being considered as the head of marketing. The discussion
may give you the chance to clarify your doubts. If you are not happy
with the outcome of the meeting you can always look for other opportunities.
You can meet with some recruitment consultants too. Don't panic;
after all, your job in the present company is still secure and you
can take your time hunting for another good one.
I graduated in 1994, and am 28 years old
now. I was unable to complete my masters as I suffered from a major
depression. In 1998, after recovering completely, I went back to
my studies and did a diploma in Computer Science. Later, I worked
with a firm for six months, and for the last two years, I have been
pursuing a management degree. My problem is that I have a gap of
four years in my resume. I have started applying for jobs but don't
know how to handle this shortcoming during the interview process.
A gap of four years will reflect badly on any
resume, especially in India. Here, depression still carries a kind
of stigma, and chances are that most recruiters will react negatively
to you. My advice is that in case the topic comes up during the
interview, the best way to tackle it would be to say that you had
a personal issue to clear up and would rather not talk about it.
It won't be easy to explain the matter, but if you are confident
you will be taken at face value. If you are fortunate in getting
an employer who values absolute honesty and understands your plight,
you can be candid with him. That again would be extremely tricky.
I am a mid-level manager in a software company.
When I joined the company, the offer letter stated that I would
be confirmed after six months. But it's almost nine months now,
and I am yet to be confirmed. Although I have taken up the matter
with my superiors, both verbally and in writing, they have not responded.
How should I deal with this? Should I start looking for another
job? I was even supposed to get an increment upon confirmation.
Does this imply that the management is not happy with my work and
is waiting for me to leave the company on my own?
You first have to answer a question honestly:
has your performance been up to the mark? If you think there is
a valid reason for the delay then pull up your socks and work harder.
You can always look for other opportunities, but in the current
environment that may not be easy. If you think that the company
is just using an under-handed tactic to get rid of people, you should
find another job first. Since you don't seem to have much of an
option and still have this job, you should stay on till you are
able to find another job.
I am now 37-year-old and have been employed
for most of my working life as a secretary. I went back to college
several years ago, earned a degree in management, and now wish to
make a transition to a white-collar job. My managers have always
recognised my skills as a secretary, but sadly, none of them encourage
me to take on more responsibilities. Do I need to become more aggressive
in my career management or is it my age that is the hurdle?
I am not too clear as to why you went back
to a secretarial job after getting a management degree. What you
need to do now is to ask for a different job profile within your
company-you can speak to your boss or to the hr department. Look
out for opportunities outside your present company as well. Your
lack of experience as a manager will be a hurdle. If you have to
compromise, weigh the pros and cons and take a decision. Remember,
your new job profile will be absolutely different. Age and experience,
in this case, will be working against you. But if you are committed,
it's worth a try.
Tarun Sheth, a senior consultant
at the Mumbai-based recruitment and training consultancy firm Shilputsi,
addresses your career concerns every fortnight. Write to Help,Tarun!!!
c/o Business Today, F-26, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001.
will you earn in 2002?
The annual Hewitt survey is in and it isn't
full of good news. A quick catechism.
What's the bottomline?
Salaries could increase from between
9.7 per cent and 11.7 per cent in 2002 (depending on the management
level), as compared to from 10.2 per cent and 14.5 per cent in 2001.
Great, that means my salary will surely
increase this year?
Not so quick: 11 per cent of respondents
projected a possible salary freeze in 2002. Oops!
Is there no good news?
Actually, there is, but only if you
belong to the automobiles/ancillaries, consumer durables/electronics,
and healthcare/medical products and services domains. Salaries in
these sectors are expected to increase by more this year as compared
What's this thing about variable pay I keep
Nothing much-except that the proportion
of variable pay across levels has increased. It is the highest for
senior managers, for whom it will increase from 16.3 per cent of
their salaries in 2001 to 19.1 per cent this year.
A roster of some illustrious names shows
it may make sense to stick with one company.
jobs was popular, even fashionable, in the late nineties.
But the slowdown that has accompanied the turn of the century,
and the general retro-wave that is sweeping through the fashion
industry has seen the re-emergence of some old values. Among
them is that old thingamajig about sticking to one company
and growing with it. Here are some people who have done so,
and we think it is a list you can't argue with.
Joined as Management Trainee in 1995
Exec. VP, Treasury, Bank of America
Joined as Management Trainee in 1975
VP & Head (Travellers' Cheques Group
for India & Area Countries), American Express
Joined as Mgmt. Trainee in 1977
Chairman, Hindustan Lever Ltd
Joined as Mgmt. Trainee in 1984
Executive Director, ICICI Bank
Joined as Trainee in 1966
Managing Director, TISCO
Joined as Mgmt. Trainee in 1993
Executive Director & Head (Forensic Accounting Service),
Joined as Trainee in 1972
Joined as Mgmt. Trainee in 1986
Country Managing Director, Accenture India
Joined as Mgmt. Trainee in 1968
CEO, HSBC India