By Devika Arora
American employers have been outsourcing jobs to India for decades now. In 2011, US companies outsourced as many as 2,273,392 jobs , may of them to India.
However, with the US economy slowing down this trend is soon going to change. In fact, there is a reverse brain-drain situation precipitating. While American companies are busy giving pink slips, “India, Inc.” is still rife with job opportunities. Thus, a large number of US employees are contemplating working in India. Until now…
U.S. companies sent jobs overseas to capitalize on cheap labor in India.
These were primarily technical support and customer service jobs-- and not just business process outsourcing (BPO), but also jobs like web programming and designing, human resources, and tax preparation was contracted out.
Even though the system resulted in the outflow of funds, there was still plenty of money saved due to the cheaper resources and not many realized that the process was also creating jobs for the superpower.
In order to bridge the language, time zone and culture barriers, there needed to be a middleman to coordinate and transfer knowledge from New York to New Delhi.
Consulting agencies stepped in to streamline this divide between the Western employers and Eastern employees for clearer understanding of the processes.
The Current Scenario
Today, American companies are undergoing huge cost-cutting measures and are laying off employees in order to maintain their margins.
While there are still many small-time employers who will continue to thrive on the Indian pool of talent for cheaper services, the laid-off workers are those who will end up suffering.
Even when India continues to remain among the biggest offshore destinations, the country itself has many in-house jobs to offer to its population. And these jobs are not just for the Indians; the obligated Indian job market is also welcoming international resources with open arms – so only as the candidate has the skills.
Perhaps, the ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ philosophy applies in this case. How to Apply It may not be flourishing, but the Indian job market is still less distressed than the current US market. There are well-paying and comfortable jobs available.
Those professionals who wish to apply for work with Indian employers can start by researching about the different sectors of employment in India.
You may realize that even though there are lucrative opportunities, the queue of applicants seeking the same position that you desire may be quite long. The underlying principle is simple – survival of the fittest.
So to get hired for a job that is regular and rewarding, there are a few things that you need to know.
Here are a few tips for those applying to jobs in India:
Refine Your Expectations Gone are the days when being a foreigner would intimidate an Indian and you could get your own way. Just flaunting international experience will not automatically land you a plum job.
There is immense competition for Indian jobs and firms are focused on recruiting the best. You can apply for sales and marketing positions if it involves dealing with international clients.
Try not to aim for those profiles that you will require you to cater to Indian clients, as that is likely not your forte and you may not even be considered a candidate.
Get realistic and aim for work that demands universal skills like managerial, HR or generic software skills. Those professionals with specialized or niche skills should expect smooth sailing.
Professionals from sectors like retail, telecom, research and science need not have area-specific knowledge and can easily prosper in India. If you are from such a background and can offer your expertise sitting in a different geographical location, you’re in business.
Such proficiency is high in demand and also commands higher compensation in India.
Understand The Culture
If you have never lived in India, it is probably a good idea to visit the country first to see the ground reality. There is a difference between how people paint a place they visited for a few days and what it is like to actually settle there.
Even the professional norms and culture is different from the American work culture.
The processes are not always followed and you will sometimes need to wear different hats and multi-task. Every individual is expected to bring entrepreneurial qualities to work. Ask yourself whether you can handle this before you make a move.
Market Yourself on Job Portals
The internet is a major domain that will help you find jobs in India while sitting in your Louisville apartment. You can start your job search with the help of job search sites by simply registering and uploading your CV.
Job sites such as Naukri.com are highly popular among the Indian workforce and a large number of head hunters and multi-nationals poach skilled professionals there. There are ways by which you can promote your resume and skim through the openings to find an appropriate job based on your desired location, industry, salary package and experience.
Surf Company Websites
You may also apply to a company directly by exploring the Careers section on its official website. Once you spot an opening that matches your experience and skill set, you can forward your CV to the mentioned email address.
But make sure the form accepts international phone numbers as some Indian company websites may not have an effective interface for online application.
Look out for Indian career fairs organized around you. Many Indian job portals and consultants organize fairs for the international job seekers in regions including California and New Jersey during summer. Accelerate your job hunt by meeting potential employers there and handing out your resume in person.
Expand your Social Network
Use social networking sites like LinkedIn to connect with the right people in your domain. Contact professionals from the same industry as yours, but based in India. They will help you better understand their requirements and eligibility.
This will also allow you to make connections and promote your candidature to the right places.
The Safest Bet
If and when you decide against physically relocating, you also have the option of working remotely. There are many online jobs available based out of India, such as writing and editing or specialized research projects.
You can work as a consultant or freelancer on regular or contract basis, and receive payment through PayPal. Virtual marketplaces such as Elance, oDesk and Freelancer.com offer a plethora of job opportunities created by the Indian markets.