Sudhir Salve Associate Director – Workforce Management and Talent Acquisition, Sears India, was part of the forum at the Employability Leadership Program 2015 in Pune. A lot of interesting topics on start-ups, and ideas and passions of the ambitious audience were discussed.

"Out of the 5 million engineering graduates that pass out every year, 3 million of them are from the IT sector and only 27% of them are employable", stated Sudhir, referring to data from NASSCOM. The IT industry has achieved an impressive revenue of $123 billion with the help of a 3.3 million workforce. By effectively using resources and employees, this revenue could be doubled to reach $246 billion. This could be done by adding another 1.2 million workforce - taking the workforce to 6.6 million will not be required."

Encouraging fresh engineers to become more ambitious and determined, Sudhir suggested that each one of them must create their profiles like an “ADVERT”. Providing snapshots with numbers, metrics and business impact in the project they executed is of prime importance. He referred to the example of how we, as individuals, tend to invest in buying a product even after seeing a mere 5-second advertisement. It is all about the presentation!

Further, Sudhir said that mentioning hobbies, and how they have helped you in your professional and personal lives both will also help. Fresh engineers should develop cognitive ability, wherein they try to understand their problems in bits, brush up their grasping power along with the ability to learn a new skill and always be curious to find solutions.

"Finding out one particular USP about yourself – maybe a skill, a passion, or a particular subject on which you have researched well enough can also be used as a very strong point. Every employer is interested in this." Sudhir said.

"Another important aspect is awareness. Self-awareness as well as awareness about your surroundings will also help you understand your strengths, build on them and know what is happening outside the world of technology. If you are a person with multiple skills, or at least two, it is an added plus. For example, you may be a software generalist but you also know all the areas of SDLC. Specializing in any two skills does make you different and more employable."

Sudhir Salve has revolutionized recruitment in Sears India, and has been instrumental in adapting new age software and recruitment techniques to attract millenials into the company.

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