Getting the Right Job and Succeeding within that Job by Nasha Fitter

  • Date: March 4, 2011, 11:00 am - March 4, 2011, 12:00 pm
  • Duration: 1 Hours, 0 Minutes
  • Type of Event: Knowledge Session
  • Who Should Attend: Freshers
  • Net-Engage session with Nasha Fitter, Expert on soft-skills.
    Clear your doubts on
    how to grow up the career ladder once you land your first job.

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Expert on soft-skills
Nasha Fitter is the author of the bestselling book, You’re Hired! How to Get That Job and Keep it Too. This book focuses on language, soft-skills, and job placement skills for those hoping to land their dream job and be successful within the corporate world. Nasha currently works for Microsoft Corp. in the US and is responsible for launching and managing new, groundbreaking technologies. Previously, Nasha founded and was the CEO of Fitter Solutions, a Mumbai training firm that groomed thousands of people for companies like Wipro, ICICI Bank and Hindustan Lever. Nasha has also worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and is an MBA graduate of the Harvard Business School.

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  • Firstnaukri: Hi All, We welcome you to live chat session with Ms. Nasha Fitter from Microsoft.
  • Firstnaukri: Previously, Nasha founded and was the CEO of Fitter Solutions, a Mumbai training firm that groomed thousands of people for companies like Wipro, ICICI Bank and Hindustan Lever.
  • Firstnaukri: Nasha has also worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and is an MBA graduate of the Harvard Business School.
  • Firstnaukri: Today's Topic is : Topic: 'Getting the Right Job and Succeeding within that Job'.
  • Firstnaukri: So Let's begin the session now. You guys can pour in the questions.
  • Nasha: :
  • Shitiz Taneja: College is not providing us any kind of on campus placements,& being From BTech(Electronics),chances in core electronics companies are less as they dont conduct walkins.So how should i get a job?
  • Nasha: Shitiz, that is a good question - many times companies don't come to your school to recruit. Here, you must think out of the box and show initiative. For example, I really wanted to work in an investment bank out of university but none came to my college. So what I did was call the HR departments in various investment banks every day for 5 months, until finally I got one interview, and then got that job. Don't always depend on your university, you must use your own means as well
  • saurabh: i am a student , having finished my civil engineering. i am working as a trainee in one of the reputed company as i am a question is that hw can i grow more and more within the organzation
  • Nasha: So I believe there are 3 important factors to being successful in an organization - clever work, hard work and soul work. Clever work is using business insight and logic and being "smart" at your job, hard work is working harder than the average person, rolling up your sleeves. Soul work is showing passion and conviction for your work. Soul work only tends to be possible if you are doing something you really love.
  • Ashutosh Mishra: Hello mam! Soon within a week i have Infosys written test through JKC(,which would be participated by whole telangana 2011 engg. graduates.
  • Ashutosh Mishra: I need your valuable suggestion to crack Infosys written and HR. Thank you.
  • Nasha: Ashutosh I don't exactly know what is on the Infosys written test, but I do know one important thing will be making sure your writing skills and English skills are good. I always suggest before going in for a writing test to read some good texts - I suggest the FT, the Economist or the International Herald Tribune.
  • Teja Swaroop: I've Placed in TCS. What are best things to be practiced to get attention of co-workers and my superiors in positive way! And how to adjust to new environment as i'm a fresher.
  • Nasha: Hi Teja, I just answered Saurabh that the 3 most important things are clever work, hard work and soul work. In addition to this, relationships are crucial. It is very important to try and build close relationships with everyone you work with. You do this by being genuine, helping people, and keeping in touch if any of your colleagues or bosses leave your group or company.
  • jignesh pandav: what are the tips for getting success in job interview for marketing manager ? it's really work ?
  • Nasha: Whether it is marketing or any interview - the most important thing is to prepare. Read, research and learn about the company and the position in detail before the interview. Do a Bing search on the CEO of the company, try and find out what you can so you can reference these things in your interview. Next, make sure you have answers ready for questions like "what are your strengths and weaknesses", "tell me about yourself", etc. For these answers, make sure you always have an example to share
  • Jigar Rathod: What is the best way to find that in which area i can perform well? many times i felt that i like something but when i actually start working on it, it looks different.
  • Jigar Rathod: so, what i can do to avoid this situation while starting my career?
  • Nasha: This is a very good question! It is important to find what you love, what you are passionate about, because you will always do better than others and excel in that career choice. When thinking of what job to do, I ask my self the following questions: 1) Who am I as a person; 2) What is unique about myself, 3) What job couldbring out my uniqueness
  • atulesh chaubey: what to do if i am thinking that i have just getting started and realize that competition is merciless and the only jobs I've found are not meeting my expectations?
  • Nasha: Sometimes it is good to be humble, get your foot in the door, and then demonstrate why you are good. At times it is good to take a step back, start at the bottom and learn
  • vivek kumar singh: is it good to join less paying NGOs than high paying jobs? are they better job satisfaction wise?
  • Nasha: It completely depends on the NGO, and what your role would be. But you have asked the right question - the #1 mistake people make is to go for jobs only for the money or because they feel that is what society or their parents expect them to do. It is good you are looking for satisfaction, because in the end that will drive you to succeed. I worked at an NGO for one year and found the experience very satisfying, and the experience helped me move forward and think of the idea to start my company.
  • Rajasekar: i need ur guideliness and then how to developcommunication skill
  • saurabh: my another question is that i am poor at my sometimes it may happen that i couldnt convience my superioors so plz tell me that hw should i overcome this problem ?
  • Nasha: The foundation of good communication is English. So first and foremost practice improving your English language skills. In my book, "You're Hired", I spend 50% of the book just showing how you can do this. Next, how you intonate when you speak, how you listen, how you get to the point when speaking are all crucial. Again, I talk about how to improve all these skills in detail in my book
  • Shafiulla: Hello Nasha Fitter, I am currently pursuing my MBA 4th Semester from SDM Mangalore. Could you please tell me what would be the best source of getting into a job beside the campus placements & walk-in.
  • Shafiulla: I have one year experience in the recruiting field and I m specialising in the field of Marketing and H.R
  • Nasha: Shafiulla, I answered a question to Shitz that may help you on ways you can get a job if the company you want to work for doesn't come to your campus. In addition, the power of social networking is important. Do you have a linkedIn profile? LinkedIn is a good place to search for people who may be in the industry you are interested in and a good way to get informational interviews
  • Oindrila De: What should one do if one wants to climb the corporate ladder without silencing one's conscience?
  • Nasha: Don't silence your conscience, that will come back to bite you! Only join a corporation where you believe in their mission, purpose and products
  • Ishwar Singh: Why good industry don't hire freshers candidate?
  • Nasha: Some organizations, like Microsoft, have special programs for freshers. We have a program called "MACH". Increasingly orgnanizations are doing this, I would suggest looking on company websites to see if they have such programs
  • Rajasekar: i got frustrated..can u help me or give some tips to get in to core company i cant get any information about the interview in core company.
  • Nasha: Rajasekar, I'm not sure why you are not getting selected in your interviews - one reason may be your overall etiquette. When you walk into your interview, shake your interviewer's hand firmly. Keep your posture straight and your head up throughout the interview. Remember to keep smiling and remain confident. End the interview with another handshake and say something like, "Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing from you."
  • saurabh: is it good to join less paying comany, if the comany reputation is high ??
  • Nasha: Yes, especially early in your career, getting a good name on your resume will really help you, and make you more attractive to other employers. However, be careful, don't undersell yourself - make sure you are getting paid the average salary in your industry.
  • Rishi Luthra: Getting Dream Job is like having high packages in lakhs or just getting a suitable profile with brand name associated with you with a low package,
  • Rishi Luthra: which can take years to reach at package u always dream ? What is the 'Satisfaction Limit' in a run for Dream Job.
  • Nasha: Well first off, if the only criteria for your dream job is a high package, I don't think you will ever be truly happy! It is really important to create a career for yourself that is based on what your true purpose is in life. You will do better in jobs where you are passionate; and it is hard to be passionate just because you are getting paid well. Remember to look for jobs that bring out your uniqueness
  • Saikrishna Gogula: Hello mam! i got placed in Syntel and the organisation is getting tie up with one of the univesity for higher studies i.e M.TECH or M.B.A.
  • Saikrishna Gogula: so what do you sugge4st mam go for degree parallely working in the company or come out of the company and study?
  • Nasha: You should only go for a degree if you think you need it to fullfill your future career goals. I wouldn't do it just because it is being offered to you. If you get an MBA or another masters degree, and you do it full time, it is a huge opportunity cost as you are taking yourself out of the workplace for a number of years. Again, this is why I only recommend doing it if you really feel it fits in your long term plan.
  • sumita: I have the query....of job sustainability..!! As I am about to finish my MCA and doing internship I want to one can remain happy...if he gets his/her type of..job.....??
  • sumita: whether he should go for the highpay...package.....or the job environment(quality)....??assometimes compromising on one or the other....we have to choose....between the two?
  • sumita: I need your...advice for the same...THANKS
  • Nasha: Always take jobs based on what you are passionate about! And it is ok to change jobs as well, as you don't know early in your career what will exactly make you happy. I did investment banking out of college because I was passionate about finance. I then realized I was interested in the NGO world, so I worked for an NGO for a year. I've done various things and am now at Microsoft. I think I've been successful only because I always tried to fullfill my passions, rather than going for higher pay
  • Shafiulla: and also which would be the ideal industry to enter apart from the recruitment for the long term prospect.Hope to get an eye opening reply.
  • Nasha: The industry you choose should be based on what you are most interested in. Your long term prospect will be good if excel in what you are doing. You could become the CEO of a technology company, or an agricultural company - both have long term career prospects so the question comes down to where is your passion? That is where you will most succeed.
  • Prince Jain: I have been selected in infosys so what to prepare before going to infosys training at mysore?
  • Nasha: I would research everything you can about Infosys, the business model, where it sells to, its customers, its internal leaders, etc. Have an opinion about the challenges and opportunities of the business. So when you go to your training, you will demonstrate your value above and beyond others
  • Avishek Chakraborty: What are the things we should do and not do,during the first year in an I.T. company,to succeed within the job and make a good impression?
  • Nasha: Avishek, I've answered a similar question already; in addition to what I said earlier, my advice is try not to say no. When asked to do a project, even if you are really stretched, say yes. In your first year, take on as much work as you can, work hard, be smart, and show passion.
  • Ashutosh Kumar: Right now i m doing B.Tech in Computer Science discipline and its my 6th semester.I would like to have advice from u that from now only how can i prepare for the campus recruitment
  • Nasha: The best thing you can do is try to differentiate yourself from your classmates. All your classmates will have a similar degree to you. So what can you show on your resume and during your interviews that will make you stand out? Did you ever take on a leadership role in a student club, or sports team? Did you solve a conflict during an internship or even during a university project? Think about what could set you apart as your classmates are your competition
  • Ishwar Singh: what should be the qualities developed in mechanical engineer to get a good job?
  • Nasha: Mechanical engineers should be analytical, process oriented, good project leaders, and of course, be passionate about engineering!
  • saurabh: i had given many interviews in many companies like L&T, Essar, DLF....but i was not succeeded in the what kind of preparation i should do to become successful ?
  • Nasha: One important question to make sure you know the answer to is "what are your strenths and weaknesses". The key is to make sure your strengths and weaknesses link together and make your weaknesses really sound like strengths. For instance, an example I gave in a former article is: let's say your strengths are that you are hardworking and personable (friendly). Your weaknesses should relate to these strengths.
  • Nasha: . In this case then, you could say your weaknesses are that you are a workaholic and are easily trusting.

    Notice, how being a workaholic is similar to being hardworking, and easily trusting people can be a side-effect of being very friendly.

    Notice that while you have listed attributes that can in fact be seen as weaknesses, they do not actually make you look bad; instead they make your strengths sound even stronger.
  • Nasha: . In this case then, you could say your weaknesses are that you are a workaholic and are easily trusting.

    Notice, how being a workaholic is similar to being hardworking, and easily trusting people can be a side-effect of being very friendly.

    Notice that while you have listed attributes that can in fact be seen as weaknesses, they do not actually make you look bad; instead they make your strengths sound even stronger.
  • Sreekant S: With today's money-oriented outlook, is it really possible to get complete job satisfaction?
  • Nasha: I think it is up to you what you want your life to be. It is possible, I believe, to find work that both pays you well and that makes you satisfied. It may take you awhile to find this job, but the goal should always be to make sure you are enjoying your career. After all, you will spend most of your waking hours at work. What is the point of your life if you are unhappy during this time?
  • Rajasekar: Hi mam i am rajasekar. I am an engineering graduate 2010 passed out in the stream of ece department..i went to some software company interviewsbut not getting selected.
  • Nasha: There are 7 rules I follow when looking for a job: 1) keep your resume short and sweet; 2) Research the company thoroughly; 3) Have an opinion about the company and role; 4) Have examples for generic interview questions (I cover this in detail in my book, "You're Hired!"
  • Nasha: 5) Get to the point when you are answering a question; 6) Don't get defensive and argue with your interviewer; 7) Always speak and be positive
  • shankar: Hi .. Students of every branch of engineering are taking up IT jobs. What s your take on this..?
  • Nasha: I think that's great! It is important that IT companies have a variety of talent, as the challenges IT companies face are multi-faceted
  • shilpi: Is it give a bad impression to start carrier with call center job
  • Nasha: It depends what you want to do in the future. Call center jobs may be good if you want to use the experience to develop your English skills, customer service or sales skills. That may be useful if you want to develop a career where those skills will be of use. But if you for example want to be in marketing, I would suggest trying for a marketing job in an MNC or well known company before joining a call center
  • pavan: hi maam,i am from rural backgrond, i think i have good enough communication skills for job but de problem is whenever i attended forinterview i ll get tense n unable to respond correctly
  • pavan: how can i overcome this
  • Nasha: I understand! We tend to get tense when we feel nervous. The best way to overcome nervousness is to prepare. Do you read English newspapers before your interviews? That will really help you. I suggest reading an English newspaper or book every day if you really want to improve your language skills. Next, try speaking in front of a mirror. Speaking OUT LOUD is the best preparation for an interview or speech.
  • sumit: Hi nasha. I am not a fresher, but have arnd 8 yrs exp. I have moved from technical (software) to a managerial role. How do i communicate this shift to my interviewers.
  • Nasha: That is great! Having a technical background will always help you. I would communicate that your technical backgrond provides you with the technical foundation and analytical skills that many others without a technical background will lakc, and now you would like to build your management skills -building teams and growing people. The dynamite combination for success at a technical company is technical skills + management skills + speaking skills.
  • Nasha: Thank you everyone for coming to the chat. I hope the responses were useful. For more details on communicatin skills and job placement skills, be sure to reference my book - "You're Hired!". Goodbye and good luck to you all! I wish you all career success!
  • Firstnaukri: I think it is time to close the session now
  • Firstnaukri: Thank you Nasha for spending time with students through
  • Nasha: :