CHENNAI: - You’ve got to look smart.
- It doesn’t mean that you have to spend lots of money on your attire and looks
- You can appear smarter by wearing whatever clothes you have, neatly pressed
- A proper shave and neatly combed hair go a long way
- Your sincerity in appearing for the interview will be rewarded
These are not rules put forth by some NGO representative trying to teach young men seeking jobs, but by a service-minded IPS officer coaching a group of about 20 job aspirants for an exclusive job fair organised for slum dwellers.
It was V Balakrishnan, DCP, Mylapore, donning the role of soft skills teacher for the slum dwellers who are also members of the Police Boys Club in Rotary Nagar, Royapettah. The members and volunteer Morarji Desai sought the DCP’s help when the latter visited them on Saturday to face the job interview scheduled on May 10, in Kannagi Nagar, organised by Slum Clearance Board.
Speaking to CE, Balakrishnan said that it was the idea of City Police Commissioner S George to strengthen the Police Boys Clubs across the city and to provide necessary assistance to the members of the club.
“We found that at least 20 job aspirants were willing to participate in the preparatory session. Therefore, I myself decided to conduct a session on physical appearance and how to carry themselves,” he said. The session was aimed at motivating the job aspirants besides teaching them basics in personality development.
The interested candidates were from Kuyil Thottam and Ram Nagar Police Boys Clubs, and 20 more had expressed their willingness to participate in the next round of training which will be carried out by professionals roped in by the City Police. The Rotary Nagar Police Boys Club has about 160 members, whose academic qualifications vary from school education to graduates, and has been one of the oldest active clubs.