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part eccentric ... part fun .... stubborn .. but not stuck up ... very open to different views, ideas and possibilities ... varied interests ... engineer ... mba ... trying-to-be-a-good-entrepreneur ... ex-software ... ex-quality ... ex-tobacco ... ex-alcohol ... trying-to-be-ex-cancer
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Friday, December 07, 2007

Shikaar-e-Naukari

Shikaar-e-Naukari ... sounds like the name of a complex poem ... it probably is complex ... but it definitely is not poetic ... it's more of a slaying-the-beast kind of a thing ... this Shikaar-e-Naukari (a bad translation of the word "Job-Hunt")

In all possibility "hunting" would have been an adventure thing even in the times of the early man ... only brave men (women?) would have entered the forests to slay the beast ... possibly to protect their fellow tribesmen, cattle or fields ... or maybe to kill a lunch or a dinner ...

With advances in technology (spear ... bow and arrow) and society (division of labour ... surplus produce ... specialized fighters) the odds would have tilted away from the hunted and in favour of the hunter ... fear would have come down ... and men would have started enjoying the hunts ...

Those looking for some thrills would go for the kills ... We know that Raja-Maharaajas, Nawabs and other assorted muchchads hunted for pleasure ... and the English and their (its turned ours now) language took the adventure-sport of killing a step further - it called it "Game" hunting...

Times have changed from then ... today shooting with the gun is out of fashion ...most of the shooting takes place thru the lens of a camera ... but the thrill of the kill remains ... and that is good news for me ... for I am on a Job Hunt

The fun part began with the resume ... something I last made when I was in b-school ... more than 3 years back ... in fact I had kissed my CV goodbye on the day I started on my own firm ... thankfully there was an old copy stashed somewhere in my yahoo briefcase ... so with a little copying of formats (thank you G) I could reconstruct most of the CV ...

The issues while making a CV are many

- size - one can make a five pager with intricate details of each project (technology, business domain, learnings, contributions, achievements, reporting structure blah blah blah) ...

- details - Some put a section on non-verifiable and usually cliche skills (out of box thinker,excellent communicator,team-player,eye for details etc etc) ...

- level of cow-dung (bull-shit for non-feminists) - Some people like to open with a paragraph of pompous self-boast e.g - A dynamic go-getter, with a penchant for innovation, drive for success, working as a catalytic change-agent zzzzzzz ..... others put more non-verifiable bullshit in the (believe-it-or-not) achievement's section e.g- Helped underprivileged blind children climb mount everest while carrying mother Teressa on my shoulders...

- Font - Thankfully laziness saved me the trouble of choosing fonts ... I unashamedly copied (smart worker, champion of efficiency enhancing methods like re-use) from the standard IIMB format
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There were lots of other things ... but, for your benefit, I will cut the story short (or else I lose the very few readers who have bothered to read this far).

so what did I do? ... ... you might have guessed it right -I took the shortcut ... made a one-pager (size limits the amount of bull-shit) and sent it to friends for feedback ... Oh yes - I have been a quality guy ... I know the pluses of peer-review ...

The feedbacks are in and I am into the final draft ... hopefully it will not carry too much of embellishing bull ...

as Jigar Muradabadi had said

sab hi andaaz-e-husn pyaare hain

hum magar saadgi ke maarey hain

signing-off today with thank-yous to xl, uncle, pareekh, andy and jim

4 comments:

Mayank said...

good one B. I am caught laughing in the lab, and it blew my cover (I usually keep a straight face while surfing the net, as if I am reading a research paper)
Cheers

Mayank said...

Oh, and goodluck for your shikaar...mota mile!

Raj said...

Nice post. Never thought about the connection between job hunting and hunting.

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