It's an unprecedented trend and a far cry from the days when B-schools students would change jobs a mere six months after being placed by their institutes.
The graduates of the 2009 batch from top B-schools, including the premier Indian Institutes of Management and even the Indian School of Business, have a different story to tell this year as they continue to upload their resumes on portals even after they have secured jobs during the recently-concluded placements. Not happy with the placements they got this year, they are looking for better opportunities.
Job portals have recently been flooded with resumes, which comes as a surprise even for those who run those portals. Take for instance, iimjobs.com, which received over 300 resumes of 2009 graduates of premier B-schools recently.
"Surprisingly, resumes are still pouring in after the placements have been declared over. This is unprecedented and shows that the students are not satisfied with the jobs they have received through the placement process. This trend can be observed across all business schools from across IIMs and ISB to XLRI, FMS and MDI," said Tarun Matta, founder of iimjobs.com and an IIM Indore graduate.
A student of IIM, Ahmedabad, said: "Usually most students from IIMs get good job offers and they take them up to move on to even better ones within six months' time. But in the current meltdown scenario, many students from the institute have seen a dearth of good offers and taken up whatever average jobs offered. There is a feeling of insecurity and dissatisfaction, which has prompted most to rely on job portals like naukri.com, iimjobs.com and others and given the hope of procuring better offers."
For the students of the ISB, the plan B of posting resumes on job portals seems to be the ideal choice.
"Our placements are still on and I have posted my resume on various job portals as a last resort with the hope that I would get at least something out of these portals. Although some students are getting foreign offers, they are shying away from foreign placements as it only gives more insecurity and raises anxiety," said an ISB student on conditions of anonymity.
Job seekers, who pursued a management degree from universities in the US or UK, are also looking for jobs in India. Job portals are said to be getting at least 15-20 per cent traffic from outside India.
A student of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, who wished anonymity, said: "There are many students who have got interesting offers from foreign companies but have turned them down because there is a growing insecurity among the students about foreign placements. Also, gone are the days when big shot recruiters fat pay packets queued up at the institutes."