Monthly Archives: August 2009

Naukri says: Hiring Activity in India up in July


Interesting stuff that press release shares

Monthly Update of Naukri JobSpeak – July ‘09

§ The Naukri JobSpeak index at 727, is 1.3% up in July ‘09 over June ’09

§ Mumbai, Delhi – NCR and Hyderabad saw a marginal increase in hiring activity in July ’09 over June’09

§ Hiring activity was  up in Pharma and Auto by over 10% in July’09 as compared to June ‘09

§ Hiring activity in the IT industry went up marginally while Real Estate and Retail saw a significant increase

§ Hiring activity picked up most for professionals with over 8 years of work experience

New Delhi, Aug 18, 2009: The Naukri Job index continued to move upwards. The index edged up by 1.3% backed by a slight improvement in hiring activity in IT-Software and BPO industries. The index scaled to 727 in July’09 as compared to 718 in June ‘09. On a three monthly moving average, the index inched up from 686 in June ‘09 to 703 in July ‘09. Industries that have seen an improvement in the Three Month Moving Average for two consecutive months include Real Estate, Semiconductors, Banking, Auto and IT.

“The uptrend over consecutive months is encouraging. Improvement in hiring activity in lagging industries, such as IT, Real Estate, Retail and Auto, echoes optimism. However, continued increases in hiring activity over the next few months will indicate a turnaround in economic activity and in hiring,” said Sumeet Singh, National Head – Marketing and Communications, Info Edge.

Among cities, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad saw an improvement, while Bangalore, Chennai and Pune saw a dip, in hiring activity. Hiring was up in Pharma, Auto and IT industry. July ’09 witnessed an increase in demand for people with over 8 years of work experience.

City wise Analysis: Mumbai and Delhi saw a marginal pick up in hiring activity

Of the top 13 cities, 5 cities including Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad recorded an increase in hiring activity in July ‘09 as compared to June ’09. While most of the other cities saw a marginal drop in hiring activity. Delhi-NCR saw hiring activity move up by 7% in July ’09 as compared to June ’09. Hiring activity in Mumbai picked up for a second consecutive month, albeit marginally by 3%. Hiring activity in Bangalore, Chennai and Pune were down by 4%, 6% and 1% respectively.

Industry Analysis: Hiring activity in the IT industry remained in the green as well as Retail, Real Estate and Auto picked up

Hiring activity remained stable across most industries in July ‘09 as compared to June ‘09. IT industry remained in the green with hiring activity up by 4% in IT-Software, 7% up in IT-Hardware and Networking and 3% up in ITeS and BPO. Hiring activity continued to soar in Pharma and Biotech industry, with the index up by 10%. Indicating some revival, hiring activity in Auto and Auto Ancillary, Real Estate and Retail, went up by 11%, 16% and 10% respectively.

Hiring activity in Telecom saw a dip of 10%in July ‘09 as compared to June ‘09.

Functional Area / Department

Hiring activity was marginally affected across departments in July ‘09 as compared to June ‘09. Sales and Business Development professionals and Accountancy professionals saw hiring activity inch up by 4% and 5% respectively. Hiring went up marginally in IT – Software by 4%. There seemed some emphasis in hiring in Engineering Design: Research and Development where hiring went up by 16%.

On a continued uptrend, demand went up by 2% for hospitality professionals with the index at an all-time high at 1083.

Index of Total Jobs

On Total Jobs(this includes refreshed jobs), the index moved down by 1.8% from 818 in June‘09 to 802 in July ‘09. According to the Total Jobs Index, the index peaked in Sep’08 at 1004 and bottomed in Dec’08 at 739, so far.


The index has been calculated based on job listings added to the site month on month. July 2008 has been taken as the base month with a score of 1000 and the subsequent monthly index is compared with data for July 2008. Data has been sourced from and it reflects job listings and therefore hiring trends on the site. Jobs have been categorized by location, functional area, industry, experience bucket. The index has been analyzed across Cities/ Functional Area – Deptt / Industry verticals. The report (produced monthly) shows hiring trends across industry sectors, geography and functional areas. More than 34000 national and international clients used in 2008-2009, leading to high reliability of data.


Top Indian Blogs by Indian Eye

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The Top Indian Blogs list is a showcase of some of the most interesting blogs in the country, and was selected after much consideration.
This list is maintained by Arun Nair, who runs

This is an interesting link and has some interesting categories to discover blogs.

Survey says Networking, Social Networking Best Job Search Tools

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Forget job fairs and spamming potential employers with your résumé. If you’re looking for a new job, networking should be your primary job search strategy, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by Challenger, Gray and Christmas.

Well, job search is a complex process and this might hold true in certain industries and geographies. However, don’t rule out the third party recruiter as well as the much maligned job board as a tool for your job search.

A mix of all the approaches listed on the site is advocated, dependent on your level and experience.

For example for a recent graduate a job fair might be better to secure a job than a newspaper ad, sending unsolicited resumes or applying via the careers website. (oh, by the way, most companies’ careers sites are ‘black holes’ where resumes vanish! More on that later!), whereas, for a senior person networking might be a better option.

People whose life changed due to blogging

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Got featured in the Mail Today feature on the weblog turning 10 years old along with folks like Amit Agarwal, Rajesh Lalwani, Dina Mehta, Gaurav Mishra (here’s his post on the story), Kiruba Shankar, Twilight Fairy and Nikhil Pahwa

Feature on the Blog turning 10

Why Twitter still beats Facebook

So Facebook (my page) has acquired Friendfeed (my profile) and most people are saying Twitter should be quaking in their boots.

I agree Twitter (my account) has cause for concern. Facebook after opening its search functionality to status updates – as well as the new Facebook Lite version are worrying signs for Twitter.

But here are the reasons I think Twitter can still outsmart Facebook.

  1. All said and done facebook is the place for personal and social relationships. It’s where people connect one on one. And unlike the social media mavens – most people have a small network and use it to connect with old friends. Most people don’t “follow” pages of products and brands. That is not the case in Twitter, where you can follow people without the awkward notion of virtual friending.
  2. Twitter is malleable enough for conversations or broadcasts – and while people suggest you should be conversational, brands can use it as a broadcast medium if they are smart.
  3. Twitter’s API and ease of use via the cell phone is great for people who are increasingly spending time on the mobile web. And I suspect Facebook Lite is a method to get to those users. Will we see a spurt of dabr and slandr services for facebook? Let’s wait and watch. Tweetdeck and Seesmic Desktop however have integrated Facebook updates into them
  4. People aren’t “retweeting” stuff on Facebook status updates – you can’t @ and reply to status updates and while links are shared they don’t have the collective wisdom that is evident on twitter.
  5. Apps get in the way. Every day I have to ignore numeous apps on Facebook to really uncover what my friends are sharing. Earlier apps were fun. Now they are killing facebook. Will Lite do away with apps? Don’t know. But more and more Lite is sounding like a not so great version of Twitter.
  6. I had a Twitter account much later than a facebook account. But I have more Twitter followers than Facebook friends. The folks on Twitter are better and more savvy in social media – if I have to brainstorm and talk of new ideas I’ll go to twitter.