Job Loss without Shave

My grandfather used to work as an electrical engineer in government public work department. He was responsible to make sure that electrical systems are working properly so that city roads have effective and proper lighting during the night time. After thirty years of service, he finally retired without any complaint and with farewell party and great honours from his office employees. But soon after the retirement, he felt very bored at home and it was more painful situation for him. His retirement had affected him as he felt sadder and started to feel depressed. Also his daily routine changed and his life style changed. He used to talk less to everyone and decided not to shave and grow beard. His personality completely changed and now he looked like a saint with long facial hair. All the family members were worried for him as we thought grandfather is losing his interest in everything and was harming himself.

My grandmother at that time tried to bring things in control and asked him do some business or find a part time job after retirement instead of killing time. My grandfather decided to find a job again in order to keep him busy. As soon he started to look for job opportunity, his was more happy, relaxed and more positive. Finally in few weeks, while browsing in Times Ascent, he found an opportunity matching to his profile and decided to apply for the job position. I could see his excitement when he again started to prepare for the interview and took his documents from his cupboard which was biting the dust. On the day of the interview, he took out his brown jacket which he used to wear during his previous job. But this time decided not to shave as he felt it was more mature look. My grandmother also pointed him to latest to trim the extra hair and give some style to it. I dropped him for the interview and was expecting good news in the evening.

In the evening, he came back and told that he was rejected in the interview. We all could not believe the news based on his experience and knowledge. But he told us that competition was tough and all candidates who came were almost his age but with their clean shave and trimmed moustache made them look more young and fit for the job. My grandmother felt that it was his fault. Next morning, my grandfather being a fighter went straight to barber shop and got his beard remove and looked like two years younger.

I think this job missed opportunity was all due to his saint like look and his stubble which made him look old and unfit.

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette.

I would like to tag #Swarna Rao, her blog address – http://studwriting81.wordpress.com/

I would like to tag #umang bhatia, his blog address – http://umangblogs.blogspot.com/

I would like to tag #chetali khera , her blog address –http://myjourneyperception.wordpress.com/

This post is written as acknowledgement to these bloggers and inviting them to take part in this campaign.

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Results with Shave

Before completion of our final project in the college for MBA, we had to submit a project report which involved making a questionnaire or a survey and analysis of data but using Microsoft excel and other statistical tools. Our topic was influence of social media among people. After doing the basic preparation and making a questionnaire, we went to Select city walk mall as most of the young people come there on weekends. We needed at least two hundred people who could fill out the form so that we could come out with results. With support from our teacher, we got the permission from the mall authorities and went ahead to start with the project.It was sunday,I decided not to shave and be without formal uniform while I was little surprised to see Arun wardrobe as he came in formal clothes wearing tie with no stubble and looking like some company manager. I wondered if his Weill groomed look with clean face gives him some benefit or it is just to impress girls in the mall.

I and my friend Arun decided to stand at different locations near the Croma store. Around 1 pm we started with the procedure to gather the data and decided to meet after six hours. In order to push ourselves, I challenged him that at the end of the day, person who collects more data will give treat at the Pizza hut in the evening. Arun was smart and went forward to accept my challenge. I was standing next to the exit gate and whenever anyone would come out; I tried to reach to him and requested him to fill the questionnaire. Most of the time, the person were not interested and I had to request them and walk with them to fill the same. It was really hard time getting the data and at the end of the day I could capture only 70 candidates. Feeling proud of myself, I called up Arun in the evening and we met it in Pizza hurt. I found Arun full of joy and asked me about my score. I was little hesitant but told him it is sixty questionnaire filled. I was completely shocked when he told that he collected 130 samples. I was little shocked and asked his secret of this success. He just told that his charming face with clean shave and professional get up did the trick for him.Finally, I had to pay the bills for dinner and lost the contest but it was a good learning experience.

This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette.

I would like to tag #Swarna Rao, her blog address – http://studwriting81.wordpress.com/

I would like to tag #umang bhatia, his blog address – http://umangblogs.blogspot.com/

I would like to tag #chetali khera , her blog address –http://myjourneyperception.wordpress.com/

This post is written as acknowledgement to these bloggers and inviting them to take part in this campaign.

Kitna chain hota hai na sachchai mein

Honesty, Commitment and Knowledge are the primary things which every company looks before hiring a candidate. I have seen in the long run, truth prevails and win over everything. In my life, I have also felt the same in my story from my college to being hired in a company. Twenty years have passed since my first interview before I entered the corporate world. There was a time of hardship and lot of struggle for me before. My family was dependent on our agriculture land income and so being the only person to graduate from my family, I had to take the charge and responsibility. After my graduation, I shifted my base to Delhi and visited factories in order to land my first job. But most of the times I was rejected due to weak oral communication and English skills. After getting rejected from twelve interviews or more, I decided to return back to my home town and help my father in agriculture. But I continued to apply by posting letters to company and one day, I got a reply from the company and they had invited me for the interview. With blessings from my parents and motivation, I took the morning train and reached their office in Delhi.

There were three candidates for the same post and all of them looked more educated and qualified. My first thought was rejection is confirmed and another missed opportunity. We all three candidates were called together and were given some sample questions. I was good in my technical and submitted my paper first. Then the questions came based on our answer and they asked me two things. The first thing was if I had applied anywhere else and what are you chances for selection. Being honest, I told them the truth about it and also convinced them to give my hundred percent for the job. I pointed out to panel about my weakness in English language but being good in technical stuff. The interview panel was impressed with my honesty and out of three guys, I was hired.

In another instance, during my college days, I was addicted to watching new movies in cinema halls. I laid my mom that I am going to college and instead went for the movie Do Aur do Paanch.There while watching the movie, I found myself in a problem when I found my uncle and aunt sitting just in back rows. I thought they could have seen me and so to avoid to get caught, I left the movie behind and escaped during the interval. Before the situation got out of hand, I went to home and told my mom that I went to see the movie with my friends. My mother was little angry as she did not expect hiding things from thereafter few days, my mother went to her aunt place and she told about that incidence. I feel being truthful really helped me otherwise if my aunt told her the truth then it could be embarrassing for me and our family.

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Rise above Fear

Talking about present times, I would talk about common man fear. For women in Delhi-NCR, the fear would be to reach safe at home especially after the Uber car rape accident. The common man has fear against rising prices and to be able to run his home without taking loan or adulteration issue with food we consume. Sometimes people fear to lose their power or job and do things to harm others. With so much competition these days, the fear lies in getting admission in reputed college even after securing more than 90 percentile. There is fear among parents these days for getting admission seat for their four-year old kid. No matter whom you are or at what stage of life cycle, you have some or other issues in life which creates stress and fear.

This fear is sometimes good for you and gets you out in troubled situation at times. Every parent has a lot of expectation from their children. In my case, the problem with me was fear of getting scolded by my school teacher and getting punishment for fewer marks. I was a normal average student in my class but in one of my class tests, my scores were very low and I had failed. I went home and due to fear I told lie to her that results are not out. But after two days, I could not hold myself and told the truth to my father. I was crying in tears as I had realized my mistake but my father was happy that I had courage to speak up the truth and rise to study well for next exams. In another instance, when I was 11 years old, our neighbour had bought a British bulldog and every time I wanted to go to the park to play with my friends, he used to bark and shout from the gate. I was so afraid of the dog that most of the times, I avoided playing in the evening and waiting till the dog went inside. I was so frightened at times and thought at times if the gate opens, then he would run after me and bite me. My friends told me to ignore his barking and use the alternative route to go to the park. But still the fear did not go completely and the dog phobia was still on my mind. But my parents could see my fear and they rescued me from this situation by taking me to the dog owner house and helping me to have friendship with dog. The first meeting with dog helped me to rise above fear and gave me courage. I also learnt about dog barking habit when they watch strangers. The friendship with dog helped me out and solved my problem.

Another example from my life was during my first job. I rose above my fear of giving presentations in English in front of people. I was shy in nature but being a sales manager, I had to come out of my shell and be more social and able to speak in order to convince people. It was difficult for me in initial part of my career but with taking lessons and speaking in English with my friends, I gathered confidence and was able to solve this issue.

In the end, all I would say is that Fight against your fear…Do check this video and join https://www.facebook.com/mountaindewindia to get confidence and do whatever you want to do without fear.

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