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My Salary?? Sorry, it's none of your business

I would like to advocate for 'salary-history privacy', which is the number 1 question every employer is keen to understand. Each interview, irrespective of the position/level demands to know the current salary of the individual who is keen on a job change

I fail to understand why is it given critical importance. What rights does an employer have to know the current salary status of an applicant before he could convert to an employee of the hiring firm. Every company has a strict policy towards their employees who discuss their compensation plan with each other. They discourage employees from sharing their salary information amongst their own employees. So why this unfair term while just interviewing an new applicant?


Your past salaries are nobody's business but yours. Your compensation rate at previous jobs should play no part in the process of deciding whether to interview you, whether to hire you or how much to pay you.

Employers have no reason to require a job-seeker…
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#NoTalentCrunch - It's a fact

Every research, every recruiter, every employer stand ground on one fact - There is intense talent shortage and we are unable to hire on time

My question - Seriously?? Are you so lost that you somehow manage to drift away from reality? Have you lost your touch with the Market? Have you been blinded by the fact that everyone around you is saying that, so even i'm supposed to?

Whatever maybe your reason to outline that there is intense shortage of talents, here is the bummer - There are huge talents pools out there waiting for you to tap. Just because your strategies & plans failed doesn't mean it's not there. Either change your approach or be struck with your illusion of Talent Crunch.
There are a few Smart Firms who exactly do what others don't. These firms employ the Best Brains. Few such firms have never complained, cribbed nor whined about any kind of shortages.They have always got their fill rates on time, everytime. It is ridiculous for employers to whine…

Leader? Who's that...

I'm sure you would have read a zillion blog posts on how to become a successful leader. Many of you would agree with me that these so called 'How To's' bore us to death with each of the authors listing out qualitites according to their wish & will. While a few of these may work for some but not everyobe. A simple google search for 'Leadership Qualitites' pops out 5,56,00,000 results. Add to that a thousand other books which claims to be true stories of leaders around the world writtent by self proclaimed best Selling Authors (sometimes i wonder who isn't one) With all the hype around the web & corporate inc about what makes a true leader, i have collated a few vital pointers that hold's good for just about everyone who wishes to be an effective leader.
This bring us to the question Are leaders born or made? As cliche as it may sound leaders are sure made. If you are aware abot the Ice berg model, then you bet i'm right.
The iceberg model for…

Sales as a Career!! Are you Game ?

Although debatable, Sales is the single most critical function of an organization. Be it a fortune 500, Series funded or a startup. Sales guys are the front-runners who face clients head on. The heart & soul of a business entity lies with the Sales/marketing Team. In one liner - Sales is like oxygen without which a business entity suffocates and slowly fades away.
As much as we would like to think that we're living a the 4th revolution (Aka Digital World), one where all sales happen on line and there is no need for us to pick up the phone, but unfortunately that's not true.
Although sales does happen through the web, there are still many sales strategies that need us to pick up the phone, or have face to face meetings, where building relationships is still the key to closing the sale, especially if you're in a services business.
To me, job titles don't matter. Everyone is in sales. It's the only way we stay in business. - Harvey Mackay
Sales appears as the top…

Ridiculously Insane Interviews - Part 1

It's been a while since we published something new here. The time was well invested in gaining more experience and insights on the Recruitment System.

Recently i happened to view an amazing piece of article and something stood out. Let me share it with you:

Assume you are recruiting for a few positions and ypu have been presented with 3 choices. Which one would you bet on

Candidate 1: Sleeps till noon, was kicked out from public office twice, used opium in college, drinks a quart of vodka daily. 

Candidate 2: has 2 mistresses, drinks 10 martinis a day, consults an astrologist for his decisions, chain smoker. 

Candidate 3: Decorated war hero, does not smoke nor drinks, never cheated on his wife. 

If you chose Candidate 3, here is more information...

Candidate 1: Winston Churchill 
Candidate 2: Franklin D. Roosevelt 
Candidate 3: Adolf Hitler 

We are too quick to make snap judgments about people, particularly on interviews. Do not you agree?

What a classic example!! Not always do we get a …

The Broken Recruitment System

It is ridiculously easy for a job-seeker, no matter how qualified, talented & competent, to get beaten down and to start to think there's something wrong with him or her. Its easy to bog down the finest of talents & shatter their dreams.

Hundreds & thousands of amazingly well polished Talents are running haywire because of useless recruitment methods. These processes are insane and sucks out our energies. The recruiting process is broken. Qualified people can't get job interviews and if they do manage to get them it will drive them away.

Many Talents feel frustrated and sucked out that they discount themselves. They think they do not have what it takes to grab that Offer. In reality, YOU are not alone. You are not defective! You are talented, smart and creative but the recruiting process is designed to beat your confidence out of you and grind you down to mush.

The recruiting process is broken from start to finish. The way companies write job ads is ridiculou…

Brand Identity:The Power of "YOU"

What's common between Coca Cola, Nike, McKinsey, Narendra Modi, Angela Merkel and YOU?

For argument sake lets not differentiate companies & individuals. Because, it's all about how powerful a Brand is irrespective of Brand being a product, company or person.


Many people think that personal branding is just for celebrities & corporates yet each and every one of us is a brand. Personal branding, by definition, is the process by which we market ourselves to others. As a brand, we can leverage the same strategies that make these celebrities or corporate brands appeal to others. We can build brand equity just like them.

People want to do business with other people, not with companies. Putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of your sales process can dramatically improve conversion rates.
Personal branding is becoming increasingly important because modern audiences tend to trust people more than corporations. Audiences are used to seeing advertising everywher…