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Skill up-gradation can remove hiring obstacles: Rankwatch

One of the biggest challenges faced by the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the IT sector in the national capital region (NCR) is finding the right talent.

Gurgaon-based IT entrepreneur Sahil Kakkar said, “Even when there is no opening in the company, we will keep in touch with the labor market to ensure we are in tune with the available talent in the market, so that when the need arises we know who the perfect candidate is.”

Kakkar, founder of Rankwatch, a scalable and accurate cloud-based rank tracking and website analysis software, has been involved in Gurgaon's IT industry since he was pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science from ITM University, Gurgaon.

After their first full-fledged hiring process, Kakkar, along with Sarthak Sawhney, the senior software developer of the company, shared valuable insights with SupportBiz on the thriving industry.

IT sector in Bangalore vs. NCR

Applicants for the interview while interacting with SupportBiz opined that Bangalore, as a destination for the IT sector, was more welcoming towards freshers and was also preferred by them because of the quality of work. Agreeing with their view Kakkar said that Bangalore definitely has an ecosystem which is conducive for startups to mushroom. Hence, it is not surprising that the applicants felt it to be greener pastures. “Moreover, unlike the IT scene in the NCR, which is more of IT enabled services (ITes), Bangalore has a healthy space for product development and innovation. If you compare Gurgaon of today with the same city five years ago, product development has slowly made its niche. I hope soon the balance of scale would shift towards development companies.”

Service sector vs. product development

The applicants further pointed out that there was a lack of jobs in the market and that only those who were skilled were finding opportunities. Kakkar too felt that with Philippines and China eating into India’s share of ITes, it is only going to get difficult for software engineering aspirants to find a job here. In this changing scenario, only the talented would have market value.

Sawhney pointed out that the IT service sector has corrupted the industry. Automatons are being produced by the thousands every year. The plethora of institutes has ensured a glut of candidates in the job market. “The service sector, characteristically asks of its employees to maintain a fixed path. Although it is an essential part of running a business, it kills creativity and development,” he said.

Engineering education

There is apparently a great divide in the education being imparted to students in different institutes. Whereas top institutes are perceived to have a dynamic approach to learning, the others, according to the candidates, are only creating harping on a curriculum which has not been updated close to a decade. Kakkar said, “The two basic factors differentiating IITs and other top institutes against the other engineering colleges is that one, the students there are tackling real time market problems and two, they get exposure with industry leaders visiting campus. This makes there learning more dynamic and one can see it in their approach to problems.”

Sawhney also felt that, the curriculum being taught is outdated and does not comply with either the market or the technical languages, which have evolved phenomenally. “I myself do not have an enviable academic background, but that supposed lack was filled up by my curiosity to learn. If a person is motivated, sky is the limit in this industry. The nature of the industry is such that if you have the skill, you are bound to get noticed, despite of handicaps of a 2nd rate education.”

Lessons learnt

According to Kakkar, the hiring process at a small firm should not stop once candidates are selected since there is always requirement of optimal talent. As for the candidates, it is imperative to keep themselves updated in this dynamic world where the technical languages evolve in real time. “Willingness to learn coupled with a malleable personality is required to remain at the forefront of the hiring game,” Sawhney signed off.