I HAVE NEVER CHANGED MY JOB.


             Myself serving in a Swedish transnational company for the last 23 years, currently designated as Chief Marketing Officer governing Asia Pacific geolocations. Here is an awe-inspiring piece of my career saga to share with….

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          As any other MBA professional I had joined the above company as sales officer and shown my dedicated, childlike innocence efforts, absolutely new world for me where one target breeds other, tasting sweet taste of success in the hunt of next success, job pressure not a bad word but counted as a push for motivation. Flying with high hope as miles to go.

          By travelling extra mile, several applauds, out of turn promotions poured on my platter oh what a life, roaring on ninth cloud, blue eyed boy or apple of my eye also called as right hand of my boss throughout. HR put me in fact for fast track growth trajectory for leadership succession planning. I was so much engrossed into it that never had a second thought for so called better career alternative or job switch.

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          But O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? I started encountering company politics, personal bickering, blamed for nepotism and favouritism, Dealt with good pedigree candidates, I’m asking you being promoted consistently in the same company takes hell of guts isn’t it.

 

                       I vehemently avoided the calls from recruitment firms and even got into the tenterhooks of head-hunters. To be frank I got all the interview calls from competition brands, never dared to ditch my present company by joining them and people called me stupid, on a personal note I was very much satisfied in my current job, name, fame & money everything at my disposal, compensation was never a challenge for me, drawn first salary of Rs. 3000 and today me board of director in the company. I was getting what I cherished.

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                       Is it that job hopping is a bad thing, is it a sinful act which creates guilt, I can’t be judgmental for it. Why do people look for change to have growth, to get rid of monster boss?

          But today I have come to the pyramid or the zenith of my career graph in this company, how can I stop the momentum of my career growth, I have to look for job outside the company and to rise further in my career ladder I have to come out from the cocoon of sales function to delve into business head role which is not possible in this present company.

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                       I do visit leading B-schools as a keynote speaker to address budding professionals and my message to them is simple, devour consistency, have passion for exemplary results and set to fulfill one goal at a time for robust career growth. Because today I proudly say that I grew with the company.

 

DSC03000  Devdat is a thought Leader in the realm of Career Coaching & mentoring. He is having expertise in unearthing & highlighting professional strength areas in CVs & Linkedin profiles. I can be reached through devdat23@gmail.com .

 

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Looking for new Job roles rewrite your CV.


analytics-3291738_1920Top ranker promising MBA student, grabbed covetous campus offer from an MNC bank but after induction & orientation delved into Sales profile. In her own words…..

I am facing monotony in job roles, seeing no personal growth and industry growth as well, even after two-three years would be having same job nature, I am on my saturation point.

I am a Metropolitan girl, have to change two metro trains to reach office, hate travelling, clients are differently located, not my cup of tea anymore, it’s my internal struggle, struggle between me and my self,  harbouring lots of confusion, am I too ambitious, can’t say.

It’s not that I don’t like my job, have been stellar performer, difficult assignments always entice me and winning over them gives me kick, my boss feels proud to being in his team, but he also knows what’s going in the back of my mind.

Out of this utter confusion one thing is sure; me not going to pursue the same role.

It’s advisable also if the current job profile is not in sync with personal growth objectives then better to switch for enhanced career alternatives ASAP.

But then what should I write in my CV beside sales…

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It’s a perfect case of  “CAREER TRANSITION” and to succeed you have to brutal honest to you and to the recruiter as well, because you don’t like your job but you are good at it.

Important suggestions to revamp your new CV in such critical cases:

  • Your approach of new resume should be have “PROFILE BLENDING”, means no confinement, ready to tread different walks of business at this formative years of career.

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  • At the top of your CV try to mention generic sentences but do not show any specific inclination towards sales or HR etc.

  • Try your best to delve into REVENUE RECOGNITION i.e. Bottom-line Contribution, Profitability optimization initiative and aggressive Growth targets attained.

  • Directly come to your Job experience along with name of the present company; mention its official URL and logo as well.

  • Mention your official designation and date of joining and below it mention good amount of your domain concerned keywords in at least two lines and put them into italics to make it clearly distinguishable.

 

  • Next line of action would be mentioning your job roles in absolute detail means “FINE DETAILING” you have to encompass even non-sales roles like operations, HR, admin etc. enlarge your bouquet of job in the job basket, show them you are a multitasker having ample score of wealth of knowledge; so that recruiter will have a balance picture of yours.

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  • Talk explicitly about your accomplishments, attainments, awards, applauds by the boss, personal initiatives and value adds for each and every assignment taken in to account so far.

  • Give a separate heading for additional accountabilities; as you have to have clear edge over others.

  • At any cost show that even in a small team you have been assigned to lead through proper delegation and you are showing your worth through yielding substantial results.

  • You are a “SOLUTION ARCHITECT”, have embraced challenges, convinced the customer by conviction, it shows your aggressive attitude. Faced complexities without being complicated.

  • Try to use words like selected, chosen, handpicked, cherry-picked etc. means portray your career growth or “ROLE ELEVATION” within the team.

  • Show them you hate working in Silos but ardent advocate of “CROSS FUNCTIONAL TEAM COLLABORATION”.

  • Last but not least point for really ambitious candidates, do not play safe i.e. do not just write nice & goody goody stuff but have guts to mention “FAILED BUT BOUNCED BACK” and steered to high growth exponential business Turnaround.

I am definitely sure by applying above mentioned thoughtful points you will come up with flying colours in your job search. Cheers.

“It’s not the men but the MAN who makes the difference.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

 

 

Myself Devdat, a prolific CV writer & thought stimulating Linkedin Profile Writer. My id is devdat23@gmail.com and Mobile no. is 9811664625.

 

FROM CIO TO COO, A STRATEGIC CAREER MOVE!


Recently I came across a quite interesting profile; a smooth career transition from CIO role to the mantle of COO profile. In a crude sense evolution from service manager to business leader. And this orchestration of the transition can’t be just fluke, its sheer observation by the employer  and you just need to come up to the level i.e. breed to that tribe and it would come out of the blue because mostly this kind of roles are situation  based. I just grabbed the opportunity to have word with the candidate and indeed it was wealth of knowledge on why and How’s.

He started with this axiom. “Successful firms need great vision; the crux is how fast it’s gelling with your personal vision”,

A small step for him a giant leap towards the success journey, He chose to pick “CIO-plus” roles; options galore for gaining operations-focused business experience.

As businesses adapt to the digital economy, IT leadership skills provide a strong footing for ambitious COOs but only to those who are looking to build on their influence and advance their careers, aspire to the office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

By 2020 and it will be at its peak when we aspire for CEO or COO role  there is an IDC study done across the globe , the emerging mandate is that since technology has become  a frontrunner so any aspiring candidate for CEO /COO must have spent at least 10 years in IT leadership role as CIO in any company.

He excelled on honing his Operational and strategic execution skills; Key to delivering successfully on those outcomes was the ability to manage both performance and change. This also involved managing resources and talent, and having a solid understanding of supply chains, value networks and internal processes.

As per his personal feelings being a COO naturally requires that you look at the business holistically. But a CIO is inherently focused on using technology to move the company forward. As COO, he weighed the value of many levers. He needed to be self-aware so that he does not let his knowledge of technology bias him toward thinking technology was the solution to every challenge.

In today’s scenario as businesses adapt to the digital economy, IT leadership skills provide a strong foundation for wannabe COOs. Scrambling to digitize their legacy business models and leverage data to improve operations and customer experiences and accruing experiences leading such initiatives, both operationally and strategically.

No wonder the very best COOs define the character of companies and get to that position because of their drive, vision, passion and fire and above all being entrepreneurial in nature.

Winning a Corporate Board Seat by a CFO from a Promoter-driven Company


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Through this blog I want to help those candidates, having rich & prolific experiences from Promoter- driven company in the realm of Finance and who aspire to become CFO in coming times. In this compelling & value proposition article you would come to know that how right “personal skills” and pursuing opportunities assiduously, can be a powerful way to accelerate your career and make a critical contribution towards a credible candidate for a corporate board seat.

Here I would share a living example of a candidate who carved a niche through embracing one after tough challenges and came up with flying colours.

As usual he started the career journey with an Audit firm as Internal Auditor, Landed in the land of unlimited promises called African continent.

Welcomed by a third generation Asian business family driven company, encountered with Operation problem, Man Management Problem, Finance Problem beside culture shock on the platter.

Strategically the first attack was on mitigating the ageing Finance problem because previously 3 GMs couldn’t tackle it. Based on the above success Operation handling was offered to him but he preferred to handle administration & HR issues as he was keen to gel with local people mindset, and ultimately Operation became his new baby. Within six months he geared-up the growth engine of production and touched new high. As a prize for this litmus test he was promoted from Finance Controller to General Manager – Operation, F&A with a gift of liberty to take strategic corporate decisions absolutely independently and singlehandedly to reckon with.

Amplified the funding through Bank borrowings, minimized the credit period, utilized the large inventory pool, purchased the raw materials, augmented the 100% capacity utilization of the factory and thus automatically production capacity level up surged. Resolved labour concerned IR issues i.e. strikes, terminations, local politicians liasioning, threats etc.

And as the luck would have it, he parted ways for greener pastures but stayed in touch with his ex-boss through these days. And one fine day his ex-boss mustered up courage and asked for help, as they say a “friend in need is friend indeed”, he came back and re-joined for a year, just to help him in fund allocation management and commissioning of the new plant.

Noticeable aspect has been his steadfast commitment to get lured by new challenges and in next career switch he emphasized on import purchases by scouting strategic geographies, motivated local suppliers to cut cost & time, also delved as sales turnaround architect and marketing functions as it was a bespoke cash rich company. Recommended for purchase of a new plant exclusively on self – sustainable mode.

Turbocharging the owns burning ambitious growth plans provoked him for another job hop and here he excelled in Govt tender Business, International Trade Finance (Letter of Credit, Bid securities, Performance and Advance Bank Guarantees, Back to back LC transactions, Tax Compliance (Customs duty/VAT).

Effecting in cherry picked as Board Member and selected as Director for 3 Companies.

He has been deft in determining the company’s strategy and accountable for its performance. Possessed relevant industry experience, strategic and problem-solving skills, strong interpersonal and negotiation skills as critical skills, especially when discussing sensitive or controversial topics. Also garnered ability to voice a knowledgeable opinion to the rest of the group in a diplomatic manner.

I think his financial acumen coupled with quality of entrepreneurial leadership style and creating sovereign integrity towards the management in each organization has led him to zenith of his career path.

“Attitude is a magnet. What you think is what you attract.” Anonymous

 

Myself Devdat, a Resume & Linkedin Profile Writer,M: +91 9811664625, Email: devdat23@gmail.com

 

ACTIVE JOB SEEKER? INCREASE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE VISIBILITY.


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Today we are living in the era of footfalls, eyeballs, hits, likes, Digital wizards, Data addiction and blah blah etc. Naturally Recruitment and Resumes are not spared form it.

Today Linkedin profile has become a powerful tool of Recruitment in fact a Resume has indeed taken a backstage and reckoned as a document only to be used across the table during the interview.

For most of the people Linkedin is all total a different ball game, the most obvious statement I come across is what I am supposed to do in Linkedin profile so often, I am not a social media crazy. Alas, Linkedin profile gets reminded only at the time of job switch.

When the companies start a 100 meters sprint by staging a talent-scouting race everybody boils down to Linkedin profile as it’s the biggest talent databank on earth today

Get Found or Be Found:

LinkedIn offers a perfect avenue as it has its own advanced search engine to hunt candidates from but are you ready to get spotted for that great moment.

A LinkedIn profile is about creating professional online personal brand credibility for a career-minded executive for the presence to be felt through online entity.

It gives you added opportunities to post your thoughts and comment on others’ posts.

LinkedIn profile can serve as a flagship for your brand you need to make sure you’re highly visible person.

Enhance the Visibility

Devise a LinkedIn strategy-This means having a complete profile that’s chock-full with the Profession-specific key words – related to your thought-leadership

Few Handy Tips:

Marketing Strategy Enthusiast || HR Value Creator || Strategic Global Alliance || Valued Finance Business partner || Strategic Transformation Champion || Start-up & Turnaround Architect || Scale-up Strategies || Growth Catalyst || Tactical Initiatives|

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Create your independence Charisma & Confidence coupled with a whiff of optimism as a compelling Tagline, write something glowing.

Just to defy the misnomer Linkedin profile can’t be a carbon copy of your Resume, Never write your designation and company name just underneath your name, it’s meant to create an amazing picture of your career profile, which entails flavour and essence of your candidature.

Happy Linkedin Profiling!!

 

Myself Devdat Professional Resume  Linkedin Profile Writer. Email: devdat23@gmail.com,M: +91 9811664625.

WHY YOU SHOULD BE READY WITH ONE PAGER EXECUTIVE BIOS CV.


Suddenly a Recruitment Consultant called up and asked for one pager profile for Mr. MD. OMG, All hell breaks loose in such a chaotic or disruptive situation, running from pillar to post.

Getting through structured and head breaking Resume is a passe and one pager CV is an in thing today.

It’s a severely challenged market and through one pager CV you design your vision that echoes true to you. Yours is undoubtedly an unchallenged legacy that has time and again reinvented itself. Every upgrade brought a fresh wave of intuitiveness isn’t it?

You can’t just buy everything you lay your eyes on but explaining the big picture through encapsulates your captivating attainments in a single spread sheet is a challenge. But also give the much-needed elbow room to depict the career growth at a scorching pace.

You will be given close to 440 words and merely 32 lines to be precise.

Quick bytes for you:

  •  Extremely crisp introduction about self with reference to current profile, comprise it with designation or business volume with generous spray of I & me usage to give personal touch. In the very next sentence talk about your best accomplishment, your personal initiative or matchless value-adds for an initial punch.

 

  • To put across your statement with substantiality take the help of digits/ figures vigorously.

 

  • After the initial punch now bank upon your professional forte, enlist them audaciously.

 

  • Time has come to be little bit personal at this juncture; be intimate by sharing about Personal Credo | Personal traits | Core Values | Mission Statement or Mission Mandate etc.

 

  • Draw a linear line of career growth trajectory showing that indeed you have grown up with company’s growth.

 

  •  Start telling about your well-crafted stories like your area of command, about your strategic brainchild, efforts like Conceptualized, incorporated and it did wonders.

 

  • Have you been value creator as a Turnaround architect, scaling up business Challenges, Growth Catalyst, embedding new value propositions open your cards with a winning smile.

 

  • Are you the proud owner of any of covetous applause or accolade flash it here.

 

  •  By covering above points you must be realizing that wow it is absolutely unique version of your profile, showing that you are and always have been Worlds Ahead of the rest. A statement in a higher league; superlatively bespoke.

TEAM EXCELLENCE IN RESUME


One of the crucial qualifications for CXO position or leadership hiring is having excellent Team management proficiency. And interestingly we all mention about Team management in our Resumes without failing but that’s not sufficient. An employer today wants to have assurance, conviction and proof from your end, prior to reach at any hiring decision.

Leadership is becoming a team sport.

At this juncture employer is comfortable with your all kinds of functional accomplishments but having a history of superb team management; is he hunting for in your profile.

Team Management doesn’t entail always to the subordinate but also to the Top Management Teams and their lies the issues of fitment or gelling with the peer group.

Similarly you might have pedagogy of managing huge consumer base and large team from industries like ecommerce and Mfg sectors or from discerning small team; all falls under the segment of relevant stakeholders.

Accolade

How have your team fetched a trophy for the company for their exemplary performance mention it superlatively.

Your contribution in leadership hiring through talent spotting, grooming them and conceiving them for leadership pipeline is worth stating.

Membership in Strategic core team as a “Company Think Tank” is another magnificent example to show your eligibility.

In a Matrix environment it is also advantageous to share the story about managing remotely located virtual team or Real Team.

 A note of caution

The team at the top may be the most difficult to manage and lead. Rivalries, strong personalities and different notions of the future make it a tough job indeed. Hence avid optimism, bit of a daredevil, quick witted, determined temperament will mould you into a strong team person.

Leadership Challenges

Most of the employees work pretty well at the beginning. But after the “honeymoon” period, staffs become sloppy and unmotivated. Eventually, some resign or let go. Keeping them motivated through value of planning and by taking advantage of circumstances is a core tenet.

You’re embarking on new adventures and remember an informed decision has a higher chance of being correct therefore a leader or even team leader is also of team builder which makes Leadership skills a priority.

But if the teams are structured and directed right, they can be of immense value to the company.

Myself Devdat, Professional Resume  & Linkedin Profile writer.My Email: devdat23@gmail.com and M: +91 9811664625.