A young Electrical Engineer posted at his LinkedIn:
“5 months completed as a jobless engineer. This is engineer’s future in Pakistan. #Thank_You_Pakistan, #Thank_You_Government”.
Someone tagged me at my LinkedIn account and I thought to guide all those young engineers who are struggling to find jobs.
The easiest thing in the world is to evade responsibility and blame someone else for one’s own failures. Job market is driven by simple rule of Economics, that is, Supply and Demand. Right now, Pakistan is facing glut of engineers as private or semi-government universities are producing engineers in large batches, mostly of low quality. In this cut-throat competition, only the fittest engineers will survive. Jobless engineers must know that Job-hunting and Selling process is same. You need to learn The Craft of Selling “YOURSELF”.
I visited LinkedIn profile of this complaining jobless engineer and found that he has set the tightest privacy on his profile. No recruiter and headhunter can contact him because his contact details are not visible to anybody. It tantamounts to the situation that you close the door from inside and complain that nobody visits you. What is the fun to be at LinkedIn if you are not reachable? Be LinkedIn Open Networker (LION). Trust me, nobody will hurt you. Check my LinkedIn profile and you will see that anybody can contact me even if he/she is not my first degree of contact.
Lesson: Be accessible at social forums or don’t use.
Let me share an interesting story with you. Three years back, I announced at Facebook that I will coach 4 jobless engineers for one month FREE OF CHARGE on how to get your first job. The only commitment was that after getting job, they will coach at least 4 jobless engineers without charging. I enrolled 4 engineers, one from each province. I made WhatsApp group and gave threm assignments.
The timeline was one week. One engineer left the group immediately after getting the assignment. Rest of the three engineers did not bother to read my book beyond few pages and none of the engineers could make list of potential employers as I advised them. Their whole focus was on providing them REFERENCE. I closed the group after 2 weeks. Master appears when disciples are ready to learn. Be coachable. Be teachable. Losers look for references. Winners become references. Become reference worth quoting for.
Follow the following steps and you will have cutting-edge advantage over your peers.
I was working for Caltex. I wanted to apply in another company but I was not sure of name of CEO. I called at their UAN and asked the operator what was name of her CEO. First thing she asked was: Who are you and why you need it? I said, “I am student of IBA Karachi and we want to invite your CEO at our seminar and we have to send him letter of invitation. So, I need his name”. The receptionist immediately shared name of his CEO. Now, everything is available at internet. Be smart.
Associate with positive people. Sit with winners and your conversation will be different. For bootstrapping, join freelancing sites to win projects and teach juniors at Skype. I know many young engineers who earn in 6 figures while working at freelancing sites.
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