First job at MNC or startup: A perspective

First job at MNC or startup, this is a question that rattles many young fresh graduates. With India becoming the new startup hub, after ranking third in terms of number of startups reaching over 4,000+ each year, the opportunities to join one are also on the rise. As per NASSCOM, the Indian startup technology landscape […]

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Entrepreneurs – Pay attention to Statutory Compliance

One of the areas budding entrepreneurs or start-ups do not pay much attention to in the initial years, is statutory compliance. It happens more out of ignorance / ill advice rather than intent. To get an identity to the business idea, the company is registered and from there on, the requirements of the statute are […]

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How do finishing school programs help students and colleges?

A finishing school program bridges the gap between fresh graduates and corporate fraternity. The program intends to help student graduates become aware of the practical tools and techniques that are required to make it to the corporate world. It aims at helping students to adapt to the company’s culture, understand the expectations of corporates and […]

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Ten Founding Principles Start-up promoters should pay attention to

India has the third largest community of start-ups and with the announcements made on Start-up India by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2016, the movement has gained further impetus and every young mind is working on some innovative idea or the other with young India embracing Entrepreneurship in a big way. Many start-up […]

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Why is it Difficult to Hire Senior Executives in Growing SMEs?

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Hiring for senior level positions in growing SMEs, like any other hiring, is a Herculean task. When hiring a high-rank employee, it is just not employing someone for completing a job, but choosing a future leader who could lead business to greater heights. A single wrong hire could prove to be fatal, more so for […]

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Five Ways and Means to Cope up Without an In-house HR for SMEs

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In my previous blog, I discussed whether and when an HR is really required for an SME (http://hrpro.co.in/is-hr-really-required-for-smes/). As promised, in this column, I would like to discuss the five ways and means to cope up without an in-house HR for SMEs. Depending upon the nature of business requirements and industry structure, companies can choose […]

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Feedback to Feedforward

When was the last time you received a feedback? Was it “All izz well” or “All in Well”? If it is the latter, than you are definitely not happy with the feedback you received. Don’t worry you are not alone. Remember numerous articles on the performance of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar whenever he missed scoring his […]

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Is HR Really Required for SMEs?

It is a general premise that HR has no or very less role to play in Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) owing to their small size, simpler operations and procedures compared to the larger ones, flatter organization structures, lesser employee activities etc. In my opinion, HR is as required or sometimes more required to an […]

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Job Interview Tips for Fresh Graduates

Recently, while hiring for our internal requirement and our client talent needs for ‘Sales and Marketing’ and ‘Market Research’ positions, I was interviewing a lot of candidates aspiring to secure jobs in these areas. During the interviews, I met some fresh graduates who were not competent enough for the positions we were trying to fill […]

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Developing Effective Communication Skills

In my previous Mistakes to Avoid in Early Career column, I have highlighted the importance of communication skills. In this post, I would like to discuss the various ways and means of developing effective communication and interact clearly with others. Effective communication skills form key to success, be it for a job-seeker at an entry […]

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