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Beware of job racketeers

By Tensing Rodrigues

One of the prime goals of a person’s investment is children’s education. A middle class family has to really struggle to give a ‘good’ education to the children. But often, in spite of all good intentions the family can face disappointment. It is not only because the unemployment is rampant but also because we do not go about it properly. From the point we choose on the type of education to the point of getting a job, there are many pitfalls in the process and we need to be extremely cautious not to slip and get fooled by job racketeers.

The most important factor which makes us vulnerable to it is the psychological pressure under which we tend to go about capturing a job. Perhaps what weighs the most on our minds is the common perception that there is a shortage of jobs. Ask yourself a simple question, is that really true? Not on the basis of the unemployment figures released by CMIE or some other organization.

I know, by now you may have begun to suspect my political motivation. But check the truth yourself. If your tap is giving trouble how long does it take to get a plumber? Or to get a carpenter to fix your door which is sagging? These are ground realities. And once you have managed to get one how much do you end up paying for a fifteen minute job?

The whole purpose of this soul searching is to get you to understand that there is something wrong with our definition of employment and unemployment. And it is that which makes us paranoid about shortage of jobs and makes us walk into traps that leave us worse off. The most important device to keep out of job rackets is therefore to be cool.

 Can I earn my living somehow till I get a job of my choice? If yes, I do not need to fall victim to the evil designs of the racketeers. From this follows another wrong attitude that the job seekers and their parents often take: There is an El-Dorado across the mountains where jobs pay in gold. Well, no such thing exists except in dreams. Well-paying jobs require hard work. The rupee per drop of sweat remains the same everywhere.

I spend a lot of my time in one of the job havens in the country. I know the price that our young boys and girls are paying for those plush jobs that let them frequent the best of the malls and the watering holes. I talk to them with their guards down as they travel to Goa for a ‘break’. Simple moral: There is no free meal and ‘durun ddongar sazre.’ I also meet those who have not gone chasing jobs but decided to do something for themselves; not that they have met with a great success; they are also struggling. Not more, not less but they have not fallen prey to somebody else’s evil design.

If we can keep clear of these two myths, we are likely to save ourselves from many of the traps. Now some practical tips. If anyone approaches you with a job offer, be wary of it. With the current demand for such formal jobs, as against the supply, nobody needs to go hunting for workers. The job offer may come by mail or a phone call or in person. Check and cross check the credentials. If possible visit the office. If you find it dubious, just forget about it; do not take a chance; and in no case pay anything. If someone needs you to work, why do you need to pay to get the job? Does the plumber you call, pay you to give him the work?

Check for openings only on trustworthy job portals you are familiar with. If you have not heard of the portal before ask your friends and Google it. Only when you are sure of its genuineness, proceed to the next step; but take care with every step. Do not be in a hurry, do not be carried away by the attractiveness of the job. If it looks too good to be true, be sure it is not true. Unusually high salaries, too simple and quick interview and vague job requirements are some of the indicators of a possible fake job.

Research the agency/company offering the job. Check the address of the company. Can you locate it? Google for the name of the company; does that address tally with the address given in the offer. Be very particular about the spellings. Even the smallest spelling error should ring bells. Check the email address given the same way. You can also type in the word ‘scam’ after the email address to see if someone else has reported the company. If a phone number is given, try ringing. What response do you get? If a name of a contact person is given, ask for that person. These are some ways you can make sure you are not being taken for a ride. Keep cool and confident; do not be desperate for a job.

*The author is an investment consultant. Readers can send their comments and queries to investment.ideas.shop@gmail.com

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