Helping 1000 employees “misfired” and “massfired” by Flipkart

In an unfortunate turn of events, Flipkart announced last week that it is “firing” 800 to 100 employees.

I wrote a LinkedIn post on this topic and was overwhelmed to see 100+ comments from people who have expressed their shock on the way Flipkart has handled this entire event.

Looking ahead: Connecting Flipkart employees with new employers

Criticization doesn’t help anyone. In the above LinkedIn post, I proposed an initiative to easily connect these employees with future employers. The response was overwhelming – 60+ companies (including Amazon, FabFurnish, HackerEarth, GoJek etc) have so far showed interest in hiring these employees.

Encouraged, we have planned a 3 day online event called “Flipkart Connect” to connect the outgoing employees with new employers. A 100% free event, this will give these employees a chance to connect the right future employers, quickly and privately.

Register for Flipkart Connect

FAQs:

  • Where is this event?

This event is completely online. No need to travel anywhere. Just connect with the right employers discretely.

  • Is there a pricing?

No. This is completely free for both employers and employees.

  • What kind of employers will I find at this event?

All the employers will be verified. We will not give access to third party recruitment agencies.

  • What kind of candidates will I find at this event?

All the candidates currently working/having worked at Flipkart.

The event starts on Tuesday (9th Aug) at 11 am. If you are a Flipkart employee or an employer looking to hire them, please register here.

Let us know if you have any suggestions or comments.

MyNoticePeriod.com (Hiree) reviews: Love it or hate it, but you can’t ignore it

(Update: This post was written before MyNoticePeriod was rebranded to Hiree.com. Although the name has changed, finding people on “notice period”, which is the theme of this post, remains one of their core USPs.)

So after creating a lot of awareness with its unique solution recently, MyNoticePeriod has stirred up some hot reactions online. Some call it “unethical”, some “a new hiring nuisance” and some go to the extent of calling it a “scam”. Strong emotions!

Here are our comments on these reviews:

  • MyNoticePeriod actually makes sense: It promises solutions to a real problem. Employers can find serious job seekers who’re ready to join within the right time and budget limits. Job seekers too can find better job offers while serving their long and boring notice periods. Smells like a win-win!
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  • Ethical or not? It is debatable : Are candidates “required” to join an employer if they accept the employment offers? Whatever be the theory, it’s an open secret that many candidates today keep searching until they actually join the employer. Many employers, in turn, plan for this situation and roll out multiple offers to candidates thus making the problem worse. So the concern really is that MyNoticePeriod is aiming to make this practice much more organized and will encourage more candidates to “betray” employers they have accepted offers from.

To those employers concerned with this – the real problem is with long notice periods in first place. Forcing leaving employees to work for 60, sometimes even 90, days is a plain terrible idea. It doesn’t help you, it doesn’t help the employee and it definitely doesn’t help the industry as a whole. Until you change that, services like MyNoticePeriod will try to plug in the gap in the market.

BTW, are you hiring or looking for job? Experience a fresh way to find jobs via your trusted network – http://socialhelpouts.com.

Planning your next job? Here are top 3 technology trends you should know!

As Linkedin did in 2013, they just released a list of 25 popular job skills employers are searching for.

We tried to compare these to spot some higher level trends for software professionals.

(TL;DR: note the green items below – they are red hot right now!)

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So, here are the trends:

  1. Cloud+Data juggernaut keeps rolling: Cloud is growing and the data deluge continues, firing up the demand for skilll in storage systems, data mining and data analytics areas.
  2. Web/Mobile development stays in high demand: The skills that make the web functional, accessible and beautiful remain in the top 15. No surprises there. 
  3. Programming languages witnessing a demand shuffle: Traditional languages such a C/C++ and Java are NOT growing at all. On the other hand, web oriented languages such as Ruby, PHP, JavaScript continue going strong.

We tried to verify this with HasJob, a startup oriented job platform in India and found the trends to be very much in line:

  • Cloud, data science, machine learning remain popular job themes.
  • The demand for web related technology skills (such as Django, WordPress, Magento, Node.JS) is strong.
  • In terms of programming languages, out of all the jobs shared in last 6 weeks on HasJob, we found 367 matching jobs for JavaScript versus just 17 for driver, 0 for C++, 8 for ASP. As a whole, web stack jobs outnumber the system programming jobs by 5 to 8 times.

So, how do you think it affects you? Would love to know your thoughts!

P.S Are you hiring or looking for job? Easily use your trusted network, visit http://socialhelpouts.com.

5 places to find the best tech jobs in Pune

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Whether it’s discovering new food or exciting jobs, every city has its own favorites. For Pune techies in startup/produce firms, here are places that we’ve found useful:

1. HasJob: http://hasjob.co

Good for finding jobs that startups are aggressively hiring for. Very popular in Bangalore and NCR, but many emerging startups from Pune such as Praxify, MangoReader, Vaultize list their jobs here too.

2. Angelist: http://angel.co/jobs

More than the jobs, Angelist is an excellent place to find new startups that interest you. This is the biggest “startups only” place.

Pro tip: Don’t just expect employers to contact you. Be proactive – find startups that look good and reach out to them with a tailor made message.

3. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/job/home

The elephant in the room is LinkedIn. In Pune, it is very popular across different product companies- big (Symantec, VMWare, Persistent, GS Labs) mid (Pubmatic, AllScript) and small (Webonize Labs and Screen-Magic) alike. 

Pro tip: A LinkedIn job attracts wayyy-toooo-many applicants. Don’t lose out in the crowd-  see if there is am alternate way of applying. Explore referrals or applying via other “less crowded” places such as HasJob/SocialHelpouts may work out better.

4. SocialHelpouts: http://socialhelpouts.com

We are certainly biased, but this is a great place to discover real jobs directly from your networks.  It is relatively small, but growing fast.

Pro tip:  You can show your anonymous profile. You reply to companies that express interest in you and you find interesting.

5. Social media:

PuneStartupJobs google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/punestartupjobs 

With 2000+ members, mostly seasoned startuppers, this is a group you should definitely join. The volume of jobs has gone down recently – those with less work experience might find it more useful.

Pro tip: Join the sister group PuneStartups and even FB Group Pune Techies discover new people there. Don’t refrain from reaching out with a brief note on what you bring to the table. Many startuppers are always hiring passively and would be open to listen to someone who belongs to these groups. 

Have we missed something? Let us know in comments!