Amith Prabhu: Of uncomfortable situations and more

14 Mar,2016

By Amith Prabhu


Ever so often my inbox receives a CV of a former colleague or professional acquaintance. And it is hard to tell several of them I would never hire them if I had a vacant position. My personal rule of sharing a CV is that the person would have been hired by me if I had the power to do so. Of every five CVs I get, I know that four do not make the cut. But as a formality I send the CV to either a couple of companies of my choice or in certain cases companies they insist I must share the CV with. Thereafter begins my nightmare. The CEO to whom I typically send the CV will call and ask about the candidate in question.


I would love to share CVs of people who spend time and effort in doing up their CV in a style that is unique and outstanding. I would love to share such CVs if the person has done something remarkable both within and outside his or her current organisation. I would prefer people who pass the Social Barometer test – have an active blog which gets populated 3-4 times a month, have an active Twitter presence – one or two sensible tweets per day and a well-managed LinkedIn profile. More importantly, people should learn to approach jobs in a more straight forward manner. Where they are able to send the CV directly to the intended recipient than through an emissary.


The worst is when someone gets hired because the organisation is desperate to fill a vacancy and then the person ends up being either a dud or a non-performer. That is when making eye contact with the one the CV was sent to becomes hard for several weeks at a time. This year I have made a resolution that I will only send one CV a month and to people that the creator of the CV specifies as long as they much the criteria above. I’m sure you face the same dilemma so often. Another situation I find it hard to deal with is when acquaintances send request for recommendations on LinkedIn. I have made a rule that I will only endorse professionals who have directly worked with me.


Another difficult situation arises when people raise their hand to speak at the two events I organise. What many don’t get is an event is like a magazine where the editor or curator decides based on internal inputs as to who speaks without any favoritism. Proposing oneself or nominating someone is fine. But when people hanker for an opportunity to stand behind the microphone it gets messy. Well, this column is not intended at anyone in particular but was written to share a common situation many of you face. I hope people realise on their own that their comfort should not come at the cost of someone else’s discomfort.


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