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Brilliant interview - Job Hopper (Mr JH)– mind blogging answers!
Today, Mr. JH ( 10 cos in14yrs) too is laid off along with co. loyal employee (2-3 cos in 14yrs). How JH has edge over others?
Q: Why you changed 10 jobs in 14 years?
A: To get financially sound & stable before getting laid off again.
Q: So you knew that will be laid off in the yr ‘09?
A: first time laid in ‘02 due to the first global slowdown. I had not got a full-time job before Jan’03 ( 1yr without job & with compromises).
Q: Which number of job was that?
A: 3rd job.
Q: So in 6 yrs, you have changed 8 jobs ?
A: I had no other option. In my first 8 yrs of professional life, I had worked only for 2 cos. thinking one should stay with an employer to justify the saying employer loyalty. But I was an idiot.
Q: Why do you say so?
A: My salary increase marginally in first 8 yrs. I couldn’t save enough & also not worry about what will I do if I lose my job?. I never imagined losing a job b’use of slowdown.
Q: Can you brief on what happened between Jan’03 & ‘09.
A:I learnt my lessons of being company loyal & not money earning. You can save enough only when you earn enough. So I shifted my loyalty towards money & saving. I changed 8 jobs in 6 yrs assuring all my interviewers about stability.
Q: So you lied where you had already planned to change the job for which you were being interviewed ?
A: Yes, you can change jobs only when the market is up. Can I get a job now b’use of the slowdown? No. So change jobs for higher salaries only when the market is up & expected salaries are paid.
Q: What have you gained by doing such things?
A: That's the question I was waiting for. from Jan’03 to ’09 has become Rs. X p.a to 8X ,so my salary become from Rs.3 L p.a. Rs.24L p.a. (without variable) in Jan’09. I never bothered about variable as I had no intention to stay for 1 year & go through the appraisal process to wait for the co. to give me a hike.
Q: So you decided on your own hike?
A: Yes, in 2003, I could see the slowdown coming again in future like it had happened in ‘02. Though not sure by when. I was pretty sure I wanted a debt-free life before being laid off again. So I planned my hike targets on a yrly basis without waiting for the yr to complete.
Q: So are you debt-free now?
A: Yes, I earned so much by virtue of job changes for money & spent so little that today I have a loan free 2 BR flat (1200 sq.. feet) plus a loan free big car without bothering about any EMIs. I am laid off too but I do not complain at all. If I have laid off cos for money, it is OK if a co. lays me off because of lack of money.
Q: Who is complaining?
A: All those guys who are not getting a job to pay their EMIs. They made fun of me as job hopper & don’t have any co. loyalty. Now I ask them what they gained by their co. loyalty; they too are laid off like me. They were still in the bracket of 12-14 L p.a. when they were laid off.
Q: What is your advice to professionals?
A: Like Narayan Murthy had said love your job & not your co. b’use you never know when your co. will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself & your family needs more than the co.'s needs. Cos can keep coming & going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first & simultaneously make money for the co., not the other way around.
Q: What is your biggest pain point with companies?
A: When a co. does well, its CEO will address the entire co. saying, well done guys, it is YOUR co., keep up the hard work, I am with you. But when the slowdown happens & the co. does not do so well, the same CEO will say, It is MY co. & to save the co., I have to take tough decisions including asking people to go. So think about your financial stability first; when you get laid off, your kids will complain to you & not your boss.
Q: What would you advice juniors and Seniors in IT industry?
Juniors - if you get abroad jobs, take it. It is the time to go around, free! Enjoy. Stability comes.
Seniors - as you are settled, with luck, ride the wave with others. Time the changes. Enjoy.
Both, dont forget to promise stability for yourself and company seriously at interviews.
(The above was lying in my mailbox, for 1 year - sent out by a SW Engr. The above was also dubbed in Thamizh by Singakutti some time ago.)
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