What is a happy job? A Clickjobs.com ad on TV goes this way:
“Mr. Happy Kumar is SO happy with his job that he can’t see millions of opportunities around him. Don’t make the same mistake. Clickjobs.com”
In this ad, Mr. Happy Kumar is smiling throughout the ad, he is not tantalized by offers like a big car, big pay check or a big position, and therefore this ad concludes he is making a mistake.
Then there’s another ad from Timesjobs on TV which goes this way:
“Salary is making you feel smaller? For better paying jobs, log on to timesjobs.com”
Is there anything wrong with these ads? Or is it just me who find them wrong?
What is a happy job? Most of us, who have spent long enough time in the industry, would agree that a happy job is the one which keeps you challenged and which turns out to be rewarding. We all keep looking for a happy job. If Mr. Happy Kumar is happy with his job, there must be a reason why he is happy. If he is not ready to look at another opportunity, and is smiling all the way to his work and is also happy at work, the job must be quite a good one. Why is it a ‘mistake’ that he is not looking elsewhere?
I would have understood if the ad was a little different. If it was Mr. Sad Kumar who is not happy with his job, and is NOT looking at millions of opportunities, then it would have made sense.
Most of the present generation engineers are turning out to be clueless about what they want. Except for some smart ones, most engineers consider a high paying job as the best job. There is already a big problem with the Indian young engineers, they hop jobs like anything. They are ready to take up a new job even for a paltry increase in the salary. Some of them are not just concerned what kind of work as long it is a high-paying job. Some ‘smart ones’ stay at each job for six months and then hop to another. They keep doing this to keep on increasing their salaries. Added to this is job hopping attitude is their appetite for investments into real estate and automobiles which tend to keep their hunger for increase in salaries ever higher.
Such ads are adding to fuel to the fire. Or are they targeting the right customers?
Is salary the only criteria for choosing another job? Should lower salary make you feel small? Only the guys at timesjobs.com seem to understand the real pulse of the young engineers.