Resume, Laxman, Time & Dreamers
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1. What NOT to write in your resume in 2020
Resume is a word that originated from a French word (pronounced ‘rez-you-may’, not ‘re-zume’). Education, skills & employment summarized together is called a Resume. A resume is an outline of what you are and does not list down all details of a profile, but showcases specific skills customised to the target job.
Like everything else, resume trends change. Here are two things recruiters frown upon these days:
Don’t mention hobbies. Wait for someone to bring it up during the interview. Avoid listing three generic ones I have come across in a million resumes under the hobbies section - “reading, music and sports”.
Avoid writing “references will be provided on request”. Of course, you will need to do it before the final decision is made.
Here is what you should include according to ResumeLab and here is a visual summary. Do you find the visuals useful?
2. How do Indians spend time?
Indians are social creatures. They spend two hours and ten minutes socialising, of which, they spend at least one-and-a-half hours talking or chatting. Instead of The Argumentative Indian, maybe the title should be the The Garrulous Indian. We talk while commuting, between traffic light changes and at work. It is the sign of a collectivist society.
A survey by the National Statistical Office (NSO) found that work-related travel also increases with income levels. I know several senior leaders who used their commuting time to share feedback with team members, catch up on office gossip or even interview candidates.
Who spends more time on commute - men or women? Do people in rural areas travel more than urban areas? But the one section that I was truly shocked by was the bit about reading habits. How much time do Indians spend on reading (that includes time spent reading the newspaper). Find out if you are wrong
3. RK Laxman
I learned to draw cartoons and caricatures by first copying RK Laxman’s cartoons. It was his 99th birthday on 24th October 2020.
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He is best known for his creation ‘The Common Man’ and for his daily cartoon strip, ‘You Said It’ in The Times of India, which started in 1951.
In 1954, Asian Paints, a little known company then tasked RK Laxman to create an identity for itself. The story goes on that RK Laxman was chain smoking for inspiration and through the smoke he saw the image of ‘Gattu’ (the Asian Paints Mascot he designed) take shape. Akshay Anthony shared more on his twitter timeline. Read it
Here is what I wrote when Laxman passed away on 26 Jan 2015. Read it
Who is your favourite cartoonist?
4. Nine questions on LinkedIn Live
On the Unabashed Podcast (listen here to get a drift) Neha and I discuss all things talent. The 10th episode will be streamed live here on Monday 26 Oct 2020 at 5:30pm IST Join< SHRM India LinkedIn page >
9 powerful questions we want to discuss with you (and yes, we will also share our views too), but we want to know what you think. Want to share a view about these, leave a comment:
What are some job roles that should be there today but aren’t?
If where you work from doesn’t matter, would ‘workcation’ be the new perk?
Are Millennials and Gen-Z suitable labels for Indian youth?
Does online college education create bigger skill gaps?
Does hiring freeze have a silver lining?
Can Tik-Tok style content creation accelerate skill development?
Does benchmarking limit organization’s creativity?
Why do we have fewer women CHROs despite there being more women in HR?
Do People Managers shape employee experience?
See you on 26 Oct 2020 at 5:30pm on the SHRM India LinkedIn page
5. Dreamers die young … often enough
There are Dreamers and Unicorns everywhere. Who is a #Dreamer? Someone who is riddled with uncertainty about the outcome. The method to achieve success is not known. Maybe I should say that survival is uncertain. It is like walking on a tightrope where falling down would mean certain death. Some die because they run out of funds. Some die because the founders do not have deep expertise.
On 21st Oct 2020, Quibi, a short form streaming service, shut down. It had two iconic founders - Jeffry Katzenberg and Meg Whitman and had raised $1.75 billion. Katzenberg was a chairman of Disney Studios and the cofounder and CEO of Dreamworks, while CEO Meg Whitman was the former chief executive of HP.
Why did consumers refuse to pay between $5-8 per month to watch short form videos? Katzenberg blames the death of Quibi on the pandemic. What do you think is the reason Quibi died?
I would say that Quibi (which was a Dreamer) landed up competing with the streaming service of Market Shapers like Disney, NBC, HBO etc. Each one has a bigger library of content and an established base of paying customers. Let us not forget that during the same time when Quibi struggled to find consumers, Netflix added 26 million paid new subscribers in the first two quarters of 2020. Let me not forget another #MarketShaper - TikTok that knows that consumers don’t have the patience to watch anything for 10 minutes.
“But now that we have the data, it shows that the average ad viewing time can be as low as 1.7 seconds. We stopped wasting money on 30-second ads, and we’re now designing ads to work in two seconds.”
Read this to know how 2 second ads are the standard now
That is all for this week. See you on my LinkedIn Live at 5:30pm on 26 Oct 2020 on the SHRM India page. Will wait for you. If you enjoyed this newsletter, please click the share button below to spread the word.
Good post Abhijit ! I find CV is one of the most talked about subject on social media. Every second person on social media claims to be a Linkedin expert or Growth hacker. They all have an opinion on the over-rated topic CV , eg - one expert recommends to use CV format A & next day another expert refutes format A. The poor job seeker is in a state of limbo ! Next day an expert says the length of the CV should be 1 page ,& another expert says should be 2 pages. The poor job seeker is again in a state of limbo ! These so called experts & companies are messing up with the lives & minds of an earnest job seeker. Now everyday the jobseeker spends hours to reflect those changes in his CV. Why ? Because with the hope this new CV may click. After this job seeker has to grab the attention of the modern avatar of " God " - the recruiter . This God may may be a fresher, naive or incompetent. But the poor job seeker has to please the modern day avatar of God - the recruiter. I doubt you will get darshan of this modern day God - recruiter!
These CV experts may not know : Why one shouldn't waste time applying to job openings posted by recruiters. To solve this problem. I refer to Charlie Munger's quote - " One should learn to apply probability in life or you ass will be kicked " What a powerful statement ?
So let's apply probability of getting a call from the recruiter. With 1000 -3000 applications for a job in GCC. The probability of getting a call is 1/1000 or 1/3000 or .0001 - .0003. May be in the next life time the job seeker can get a cal from the avatar of God. Thank you Charlie Munger for your wisdom. This job application is like gambling in a casino or playing a game of poker wherein; the probability to win is negligible or zero. But still people go to casino for fun & entertainment. But applying for a job is a serious matter & not gambling for sure.
I urge the so called Linkedin experts & career companies, if they are truly interested in helping people then stop talking about the CV & come up with a tangible process to get a job faster & sooner. Yes there are few selected coaches like Abhijit & Mark in UK who are truly career expert. I wish all job seekers good luck & best wishes. Also apply their wisdom. Amen !
You Said It, was part of my morning ritual. Reading TOI is not the same without The Common Man. Just yesterday my grandmother was telling us stories of how RK Laxman would visit our home on his trips to meet his brother RK Narayan who was our neighbor. He enjoyed his drink. I miss seeing cartoon strips on digital subscriptions. I have been following you since my Wipro days and like your crisp sketchnotes!