Thursday, February 19, 2009

2009 - A year of fake resumes

Every time there is a downturn(or a steep upward swing) in the job market, the number of fake resumes increase. Happened in 1998-2000 during the Y2K boom and again in 2004 during the DotCom bust. Inevitable that it will happen again this year.

Here's why:

First reason is obvious - there are more candidates than there are job openings. So more competition and hence more desperation and consequently more faking.

The second reason is less obvious.
Many of the college graduates passing out this year(2009) will not find employment because of the prevalent conditions. Let us follow the life of one such student, say S and see what may happen.

S passes out of college in the top ten percentile of his class. He is also one of the handful of students to have got an offer while in Campus, though the joining date has not been specified yet. He waits for a couple of months hoping for the confirmation letter, but nothing materializes. Enquiries with the company result in standard and vague responses such as "Wait, we will get back to you" or "Call back in 2 weeks". A few more months go by and after losing hope of ever getting into his "dream" company, S starts looking out for other opportunities.
But the market is still down and there are no takers for freshers. His resume drowns in those of thousands of others in the same boat. Tension starts building up at home.

Nearly a year goes by. Market shows signs of recovery. There is renewed hope. Companies start looking for freshers again. The campus recruitment begins for the new batches. The 2010 students pass out. Now the 2009 batch and 2010 batch start competing for the same jobs. As always, companies looking for fresh graduates show a bias towards freshly passed out candidates. They prefer the 2010 freshers over the 2009 freshers. After all, if he has not found a job for over a year, maybe he is not good enough, they think.

S still has not found his job and it is nearly two years since he passed out. The longer his employment record remains empty, the more remote his chances of landing a job. Problems about conflicts in seniority in age vs. experience, imagined or otherwise, crop up during the few interview he manages to wrangle.

Pressure at home is intolerable. Parents think S is just lazy and make sure they tell him at every opportunity. S, in desperation, is driven to a company in Hyderabad that promises to give him an employment record for a fee. He coughs up the money and buys two years of experience and a matching set of documents including a well crafted resume, an offer letter, a service letter, a relieving letter and even a last payslip.

Now he no longer has to compete with the freshers. S has got 2 years of experience now. He hopes that nobody will find out that the company he is supposed to have worked for doesn't even exist. He is a fugitive for the rest of his life, not knowing when justice will catch up.

The people who fake their resumes because of the first reason are just plain criminals. They probably would have done it anyway! I hope companies find out in time and avoid recruiting them.

However, the second set is driven to crime (and faking a resume is a crime, whatever you may say!) and some of my sympathies, I must confess, are with them.

If, as companies, we all decide, it will be quite easy to make sure that the the story I have told does not end that way. All we have to do is make sure we give the 2009 batch candidates at least the same priority as those in the 2010 batch. After all, it is not their fault that the market tanked now!

If there are company heads reading this, please, please, please, don't forget the 2009 batch. They are every bit as smart as the other batches and deserve all the chances we can give them.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot , as i m also a 2009 fresher and i got satyam which is no more. worried what will happen!!!

thanks for trying to help 2009 passouts

Sanjay Dattatri said...

Satyam is still very much there. Don't lose heart, you may still hear from them.

Don't stop looking for a job, though!

Anonymous said...

ur information is very useful !!!!!!!!
thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!
im also 2009 fresher got placed in cts !!!
they are mailing me often !!
im in eager to join the company !!
which month they will call us!!!!!!!?????????????

Sanjay Dattatri said...

It is good to hear that they are in touch with you regularly.
All the best.

Anonymous said...

ur information is very useful !!!!!!!!
thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!
im also 2009 fresher got placed in cts !!!

i am waiting for them to call in due course i want to do some valuable certification courses ..
can u suggest some courses which are useful in current scenario..

Anonymous said...

Sir thankyou for encouraging all 2009 passouts!!!!
Sir could you help me in finding out the date of joining in SATYAM for 2009 batch.

Anonymous said...

Sir thankyou for encouraging all 2009 passouts!!!!
Sir could you help me in finding out the date of joining in SATYAM for 2009 batch.

Anonymous said...

in india there is a funny situation for managers. if you have good records, the interviewer might think you could be a career competitor if you join and will reject you. IT IS IMPORTANT TO VIDEO TAPE INTERVIEWS. otherwise, managers who have very good experience will have to fake resumes to show themselves as less competent and then succeed in getting a job. in india it wont be a surprise to see many competent people sitting at home. that is the fate of our country. there is no respect for merit. there are only fake people and tricksters who have no concern for the growth of this country.

Anonymous said...

i am also a 2009 fresher.and i got syntel which has not given jobs for 2008 recruited persons also more. worried what will happen!!!will they call us?

Anonymous said...

i am also a 2009 fresher placed in ctsaaa plz tell me(approx) wen vll get r date of joining???

atco said...

Any news from syntel for the selected candidates of 2008 passout.Are they cheating the students by making recruitment .

kaushik said...

I am 2009 pass out batch & a selected candidate of satyam..they gave me my Id & password for there site - esupport.satyam.com .but its is showing invalid now.Is there any change of site name?or i am sacked? Is there any way to get exact information ? plz help me..
sun.personal07@gmail.com

kaushik said...

I am 2009 pass out batch & a selected candidate of satyam..they gave me my Id & password for there site - esupport.satyam.com .but its is showing invalid now.Is there any change of site name?or i am sacked? Is there any way to get exact information ? plz help me..
sun.personal07@gmail.com

hari said...

I am a btech 2009 passout i don't have a job i think my time is over. Even though companies started hiring they only go to campus its time for 2010..

Sanjay Dattatri said...

@hari,
It is important not to lose hope. Things are looking up in the market and there are many companies that are recruiting from the 2009 batch.

I am sure things will turn around quickly.

All the best.
Sanjay

Anonymous said...

80% Indians get jobs in US with FAKE resumes!!!!

Anita said...

hi..dis is Anita. am 2009 passout didn't search a job after B tech. n now looking for a job but cudn't find any...relevant openings....can any1 suggest something...... pls