Monday, 8 September 2014


Continuing from previous part
Start early; you might not end up the last.
When I was relaxing back home whining about the hard college days, some of my friends with foresight packed their bags and went straight to Mumbai and started hunting for job right away.Guess where the select few ended up? Being young third officers and fourth engineers earning 6 digit salary while I m still doing the chipping and far worse getting imprisoned in some Belapur hostel with nothing to do like some unfortunate friends of ours.So the thing is do not waste a second.Relax for a week or so and head to Mumbai.The first thing to do is submit your CV in person to the select few companies who actually conduct the tests.About an year ago I had posted the list.Click here to go to the page.The competition is very tough outside.So make sure you don’t lag behind.The hiring process of all good companies span over a period of 6 to 8 months.The longer you wait back home, higher is the probability of you losing patience to look for the time consuming genuine placements.An agent would spring up out of the blue and convince you of a jobs where you could join in under 15 days and you will be like ‘here, take these lakhs of rupees’.There is no 15 day job I am telling you especially if it comes from an agent.In short the longer you delay you are gonna lose your enthusiasm and hope along with the openings.  
Find a temp job.
This is one decision that you would always feel great about when you look into the past.The stuff most necessary to remain positive are something to get yourself engaged with and money.A temporary job would give you both.You can go for a night shift call center job so that you will get the day time for job hunting.With money in your pocket, you wont feel miserable all the time, having overcome the ‘have to trouble parents’ part.There are plenty of catering jobs on the offer for those who don’t wanna work everyday.Here is the guide to finding such a job, click this link.Two years of agony and unrest makes me tell you that you wont regret this.Ironically when I decided about finding a call centre job after my source of income dried up a bit, it took almost two years.Looking back I couldn’t forgive myself for this.Foolishly I did some silly part time jobs in kerala with no outcome whatsoever for sums like 3000 bucks a month.Given a chance to time travel, this would be among the very first thing I would change from my past.If you want help finding a job in Mumbai, contact me.
                                                                                                                 To be continued

Saturday, 6 September 2014


Continuing from previous part

Wanted the easy way through.

Instead of revising the subjects & attending interviews I was trying for a reference from relatives and friends of friends working in the field and wasted more than 10 months in the process.Cant remember how many million times I had to call Mr.Mark and Mr.Nair for the reference that so & so told them about.Its really ironic for they took so long to deliver the cliché ‘see Anand, the market situation is pretty bad right now as you know with the recession and all, We don’t have anything at the moment.Will let you know if something comes up’ after giving much hope for the past one year with words like ‘Call me back on Friday, I am trying to line you up for a ship’, or ‘Please attach a photo on your CV and send it to this address’ or ‘right now I am in a meeting, I will call u back’.The only person you can rely on is yourself.I had approached almost 30  people for the same starting from masters, long term second engineers to second officers all of whom promised to do something but couldn’t.The saddest thing is even after getting rejected everywhere I still thought Santa would come any day with gifts.

Biggest mistake of all – fell for agents.

Ship  recruiting agents is one of those communities whom you could blindly accuse of cheating and fraud without any prior info.These guys have made a irremovable stain on their credibility that its virtually impossible to trust any of them.Consider a sane guy being driven from fake agency to fake agency for a period of an year and a half by a couple of unknown individuals, risking 3 lakh rupees with not even a glimmer of hope of getting a job and him still believing they are his last chance.How sad is that?Let me tell you straight away that it doesn’t matter how big the agents office is and how sweet his words are or even if he is a known person.An agent is aways an agent, crooked and trying to cheat.Maybe 0.001% of my friends(Sulabha bhagat is one such reliable person who placed four of my batch mates eventhough in gulf ships) who did get jobs through agents would disagree to this completely.There are some people who keep their words.But look at the percentage.There is this guy (whose name I would not rather disclose as he gave back my money under certain conditions.If you wanna confirm that your agent is not this same guy contact me personally) who made a complete jackass of myself for  an unbelievably long time.He boasted of placing 135 cadets all in foreign ships, till date and told me about this opening in Maersk line.600 dollar stipend, 4 lakhs service charge post joining.Thats what I fell for, the no advance part.Apart from that I know people who knew him for a very long time.After couple of months of inaction he convinced me to giving him half the amount in advance.Well my friends once the Washington is out of your pocket you are doomed.Later all his promises turned out to be well made up blatant lies and one after another all the petty companies where he took me to revealed themselves to be complete fraud.After countless days and months of waiting in vain I asked him to stop.He was very reluctant to give back the money and even threatened my dad.At one point he wasn’t ready to give back a penny and told us to go to court.Later after much pressure he did give back the money.But did I learn my lesson? Not at all.Went straight to another agent is what I did.It was like I needed an agent all the time, like some fatal addiction.This other guy turned out to be a complete ruffian and still has a lakh rupees of my dad’s with him.The union people are no different.They are so influential with police etc that you have absolutely no chance of getting back your money.If you have stronghold in the region like a friend of mine, you could demolish the sicko’s office, beat the hell outta him and sell his computers to reimburse.
                                                                                                      To be continued

Friday, 5 September 2014


How I got the job:- A friend told me about this interview in Tolani which he came to know because some of his room mates forgot to wear a neck tie and were asked to come later.I gave it a half hearted try & guess where I am now? Just a month of training left.
NB: No agents, no reference.
Meteorite: I m extremely proud of helping a friend who was in the verge of a mental breakdown resulting from him getting cheated by an agent, having lost 3 lakhs and his good health.Right now he is running around on deck taking soundings and eating Bamboo from his Chief
When I Passed out in 2011 with better than average results & three quarters of a Nautical degree, not even in my worst nightmares could I vision being forced to waste two years of this small precious life roaming in the streets, shipping companies,agents & union offices and more often pinned between four walls somewhere in Mumbai resembling an ugly dog who disgusted everyone including himself .Boy! it was pathetic.Cant even imagine what would have become of me if not for this late bloomer job courtesy Tolani shipping.I did a lot of mistakes right from day one.I was over confident,lazy, lacked determination and wanted things to work out the easy way.Well I am sharing every bit of that life altering phase so that none of my brothers would suffer from the same fate.People who read Harry potter would know how a death eater sucks all happiness out of you.The agony that my parents had to go through is the most devastating part.
As a preamble let me group the stuff in to Dos & Don’ts of job hunting(cadetship)
                          DO’S                                                                    DON’T’S

Read this post & follow Cowsegg.This                         Think this is bullshit & close the window
cow gives milk among other goods.

Find a temporary job asap once u land                        Relying on parents money.
 in Mumbai

Be in touch with whats happening where,                    Sulking away waiting for a miracle to
Which company is conducting job interview,                happen, blaming fate for your
when and where.                                                           misfortune

Don’t lose your grip on the subject.Always                Trusting agents and party unions for an
Be ready for a written test or an interview.In               easy way through jeopardizing parents’
Other words read your text books.                              hard earned money.

These are the main stuff.Rest is about                      Become a saddist. Whining every milli-
Confidence, self-belief and positive attitude.              Second and making life virtual hell.
The most difficult emotions to muster.

As you guys now have a rough image of what’s what I’ll now proceed to the elaborate list of follies that I committed so that I ended up being a complete wreck for 2 years.

1. I messed up interviews

The thing that comes in handy the most while hunting for cadetship is your knowledge on the subject.When I attended Fleet Mgmt’s interview I couldn’t answer a simple question about sounding involving hand lead.The thing was I took it for granted.Didnt give the job any vale at that time.Not until all those batchmates who got placed started sailing, LOL.It was in 2009 and I was at the peak of my over confidence and wanted a better company.I can only laugh at my own plight when later I had to make up my mind for joining ghost ships and pirate ships even.In my next interview I was rejected in the final stage because I didn’t know how to navigate in restricted visibility, even though I by hearted every bit of radar’s theory and practice.There will be a hundred people saying ‘companies no longer hire directly, they have setting with agents.Interviews some once a year, so just forget it’.My sincere request is to not to buy this.Always remember, your best bet of getting a job is through direct company placements.
2.Lack of enthusiasm
After hardly 6 months of passing out, I lost all hope of getting a job.I didn’t even took the pain of submitting my resume to companies.I was like ‘Its not gonna work, just waste of time Daddy.I m coming home’.Being the loving father he would say ‘Its OK son, you don’t roam around like a lowlife.I m there no, we will do something about it’. I love u Dad.I wouldn’t have survived without you.You guys kindly restrain yourself from sending CVs online.Even if you do, that should be secondary to directly leaving your resume at the respective offices.Several companies like Seateam Mgmt does not consider online submissions at all.
                                                                                                                                 (To be continued)