CHENNAI: Gone are the days when knowledge, skill and aptitude were the only factors that would determine one’s status in the job market.
Thanks to globalisation, now an employee’s ability to mingle with culturally diverse groups is also on the agenda of corporate recruiters, said professor C Vasudevan, a corporate trainer, at the curtain raiser event for QNEX Job Fair, on Saturday.
“Today you have a situation where a Korean company based out of Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu employs staff from across the world. The advent of globalisation and breaking down of global barriers have meant that there are no obstacles in recruiting employees from anywhere in the world. As such, it is crucial for companies to employ people who will be able to mingle in culturally diverse teams and produce results,” he said.
The ability to work in teams is another skill that ranks high on the agenda. “You might be extremely intelligent, but if you cannot work in a team, you are of no use to the company. Just having a high IQ or a top rank will hardly be of any use. Emotional quotient, social, cultural and even spiritual skills are important qualities that corporates are seeking among employees,” he said.
These skills were a prerequisite for all the employees, from the ground level staff to the topmost, he said. He added that with the service industry taking over, the focus was on human interaction, much in contrast with the manufacturing industry, where machines are the focus. The QNEX Job Fair will be held on June 14 and 15 at Saveetha Engineering College, Thandalam. Over 35 companies are expected to participate in the event.