Ernest Hemingway once said, “To make war all you need is intelligence. But to win, you need talent and material.”
Today, we are all trying to win a war against a global pandemic that has disrupted almost every aspect of our lives, especially work.
The year 2020 was the year that actually made sense of what disruption really means and why agility and adaptability will be the key to surviving any disruption. One of the biggest impacts this crisis brought was on employment across the geographies. According to the recent update by the International Labor Organization (ILO), between April-June 2020, almost 400 MN full-time jobs were affected due to the pandemic.
Hiring and getting hired now isn’t easy and has become frustrating and discouraging.
To help people in these difficult times, Indeed and People Matters recently conducted “Top Jobs in India" - A Hiring Week, from November 2 to November 6, 2020, an initiative to help people get jobs and a learning platform for recruitment professionals to apprise them on how some of the leading organizations in India are hiring in the current times.
The initiative brought together 11 leading Indian organizations across industries to build a dialogue and action change. We saw 54,000+ registrations coming for participating in this initiative that aimed to register a large talent pool that needs a job, to know and meet the employers wanting to hire.
Commenting on the initiative, Sashi Kumar, Managing Director, Indeed.com, said, "The COVID-19 pandemic caused a serious disruption in the job market. While our data indicate improvement in hiring activity as lockdown restrictions eased across the country, there are large numbers of worthy candidates waiting for job opportunities. Our hiring week was an effort to connect jobseekers with reputed companies in India. We are proud that this initiative has helped people get the job of their choice."
Here is a quick glimpse from the session:
Talking about the jobs outlook for the next 6-9 months, Prashant Bhatnagar, CHRO, Credit Suisse shares, “If you look at the industry that we have, look at the mature markets, look at the economies like ours, when you see the results announced by the banks particularly, BFSI, there is a return to strength to both revenue and profitability across the banks. And when you begin to look at that, consequently the jobs will follow. Now, depending upon the nature of the industry, for example, Insurance, there is a tremendous opportunity in hiring right now because the insurance rates have gone up in certain cases, and in certain types of insurance categories. But when you look at banking, the need for people to bank continues to rise. There was a dip in jobs and the people at their current levels experienced a sort of pay cuts, etc. Over a period of 6=9 months, we expect jobs to go back to their original level.”
During the session, Prashant takes the audience through the work culture at Credit Suisse and some of the key tech roles that Credit Suisse is hiring for.
Talking about seamless onboarding, Ashish Goyal, Director-Talent Acquisition India, VMware shares, “We pivoted quite sharply to be a more (completely) virtual organization when the pandemic started, our entire interview process shifted overnight and even the way we brought new hires onboard is completely virtual. Our technology played a crucial role in making sure the new hires are ready to perform their job irrespective of being remote.”
During the session, Ashish also shares some of the key tech roles that VMware is hiring for, and their initiative "Taara" which aims at upskilling women in the workforce.
The companies that participated in the hiring were GSK, UST Global, CSS Corp, Hitachi ABB, Jubilant Foodworks, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Capgemini, 7.ai, and Lowe’s.
Click here to access all the sessions and open positions for which these companies are hiring.