Chase your Career Goals for 2017

It’s been a week since we rung in 2017. If you haven’t set your career goals yet; it’s not too late.

We have listed 3 steps that can help you achieve your Career Goals for 2017

  1. DEFINE YOUR CAREER GOALS: To start, make sure you have a clear and concise career goal. Ask yourself –
  • What do I want to achieve IN 2017??
  • Where do I see myself AT THE END OF 2017?
  • Do I want a senior position in my company?
  • Do I want a new job with a new company?
  • Should I start a new business?

Once you have your goal CLARIFIED in mind, evaluate..

  • How important is this goal TO ME PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY?
  • Is MY goal realistic?
  • Is it motivating enough for me to chase it?
  • Am I willing to put in enough efforts to achieve it?

Once you have answers to these questions and you are confident about chasing and achieving your that career goal, you can then go ahead and work a plan around it

  1. PLAN TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS: Chalk out a strategy that will not only lead you to your goal but will also keep you going and push you forward especially when the going gets tough. Plan your roadmap that will help you explore multiple opportunities and will help keep you focused
  • If you’re looking for a job change, start networking with industry leaders/recruiters, start working on your resume and LinkedIn profile to make yourself more accessible and digitally visible (for tips on how to make yourself digitally visible, without looking desperate click here
  • Start following and networking with recruiters to understand what the industry hiring trends are like.
  • If you are looking for a senior position step-up, study the role you want to be promoted to or hired for, and start working towards building your skills to match the requirements for that role. Volunteer proactively for those projects which will equip you with these competences for stepping up. If you believe you are weak in an area of competence, develop yourself by reading, taking courses, asking advice from mentors and implementing those ideas at work.
  • Similarly if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, analyze and study the market to find out what kind of entrepreneurial opportunities are in store for you. Figure out what is the kind of investment of emotion, hard work and finances that will be required and how will you meet these demands. Meet other entrepreneurs to understand what life they lead as Business Owners. Contemplate on the various business options you have – whether you want to venture out alone or in partnership or you want to invest in a franchise.
  1. EXECUTION OF YOUR PLAN: This is where you put your plan to action; this is the ‘make or break’ point of your plan.
  • Prioritize and structure your plan: Give your plan a structure that needs to be followed similar to a ‘to – do’ list. A flow plan with all necessary steps that need to be taken one after another
  • Set Timelines: Create a timeline for every activity you ought to do to achieve your goal; this will help you stay on track and give you enough room to make alternate changes when needed. Keep enough time to review your plan at regular intervals (every quarter)
  • Keep a Tracker: It is very important to keep a track of your plan and review it periodically as this will help you stick to your timeline. Review will help make amendments whenever necessary.

A simple plan like the above with a little dedication, discipline and persistence can help you achieve your career aspirations for 2017. If you are looking for a nearest Niche Recruiter who will guide you or help you achieve your career goals click here


Owner Interview – Naresh Sharma, Antal Jaipur

Naresh Sharma joined Antal in 2015 and is based in Jaipur India. Naresh is a Supply Chain Management aaeaaqaaaaaaaakraaaajdnkmdfizmjiltqwnzetngi2ni05oddjltu2nzmzmzaxyzlizqprofessional with more than 24 years of experience in handling pan India supply chain and warehousing functions of leading corporates and in the Indian Army Logistics.

Having extensive network in Supply Chain and Logistics industry, he is adept in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

He is a Post Graduate and Gold Medalist in Materials Management and holds a Master of Science degree. He is also a Gold Medalist in Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources.

We caught up with Naresh to know more about his journey as an Antal Entrepreneur

  • Why did you choose recruitment franchise business? What are the good things about working in the recruitment industry?
    • After more than two decades of successful journey in the Indian Army, I decided to venture into the corporate world after taking voluntary retirement as a Colonel. It was my passion, confidence and skill sets which drove me to tread the unchartered grounds. I headed Supply Chain of a group of hospitals and have been actively engaged in providing Logistics Consultancy services to hospital chains. My specialization is in achieving lean inventory holding, process optimization and resultant savings.
    • I chose to move to Search and Selection industry to leverage my understanding of Supply Chain and utilize the extensive network to source exceptional talent.
    • Though I was unsure of the dynamics of the industry and to be honest I was even not aware of the depth and reach of this industry before I actually started working on this.
    • Working in such an industry would always keep you on edge as you have to constantly improve yourself, modify your business strategy, continuously work to get your team together and hone their skills.
    • It also provides the flexibility to work as per your own terms and pace. The fact that you exist to solve problems of the clients and you are seen as an expert in the industry always motivates me.
  • How did you hear about Antal International? And what made you pick Antal of all the choices you had?
    • Frankly speaking there were not much of choices when I was looking for a business prospect which suited my requirement.
    • Interactions with Antal team prompted me to take up this challenge as I felt I really belong to this space. I decided to go ahead with Antal as it is an international brand having very strong training methodology and processes to ensure success.
  • How were your initial days in the business? What are the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them
    • Challenging, least to say. It requires lots of dedicated efforts, hands on methods and perseverance to succeed.
    • Scaling up and building a highly motivated team has been one of my biggest challenges.
  • How is your business functioning now? When did you make your first placement?
    • The business is picking up and I see it growing month over month. Getting clients on board is not something which is difficult but closing roles certainly is! We initially worked on lots of unfillable roles, where we worked on and on without getting any revenue. I learnt the harder way where to say no. My first placement was in 4th month. The candidate accepted offer but eventually did not join. May be I was destined to learn the harder way! My next successful placement came two months later and there is no looking back since then.
  • What are your plans for the next years?
    • I intend focusing towards putting a dedicated team in place and work towards creating specialized desks.


  • What do you like most about Antal?
    • Antal has most well-meaning professionals who want to see you growing. The processes followed and training methodologies are exceptional.
  • What is the key advice you would give to other prospective franchisees that are considering this kind of self-employment?
    • If you are looking for a business where you do not intend getting yourself involved, Antal is not for you. This business requires personal efforts by the owner as you have to drive the business, mentor your team, continuously train them and motivate them. Though Antal’s support is exceptional, you need to be the driving force of this business. There is never a dull moment.
  • What’s you fitness mantra?
    • Moderation – Moderate and balanced meals. Take time out for yourself – exercise a bit. Go on walks with your wife often!
  • Tell us something about your family
    • Meenkashi, my wife is an artist and a fashion designer. She cr
      Naresh with his wife and beautiful daughters

      Naresh with his wife and beautiful daughters

      eates unique and customized paintings based on Tanjore theme which are quite in demand. We have two lovely daughters, elder one is in Std Xth and younger one is in Std IXth.

  • How do you balance your professional & personal life?
    • Even though I would be busy, I ensure that I spend time with my family. They love to pull me out of office to watch all movies – howsoever boring they might be.
  • Which is your favorite holiday destination?
    • We love to explore different places. We have been lucky to have got opportunity to travel almost all parts of the country extensively. Any place where we could drive down together would be our favourite. We would love to hit road any time on any pretext.
  • Your Hobbies
    • Spending time with family. Driving. Playing badminton.
  • Your proud Antal Moment
    • Being an expert whose opinion matters. There was a candidate of mine who was rejected at CV stage but I insisted upon my client to meet him. He was offered immediately during interview and I still have the client thanking me.
  • What keeps you motivated to do the same job every day?
    • It’s never the same job every day. You would be working on different assignments, different skill sets, and different people and in turn learning yourself. You need to keep evolving.


Naresh Sharma along with his Team of Niche Recruiters

Naresh Sharma along with his Team of Niche Recruiters

Discovery Day – Exploring what it means to be a Global Recruitment Leader with Antal

The Event was a great learning and networking opportunity which was attended by 18 Prospects. It was great platform to build professional relationships and network with Like Minded Entrepreneurs.

To recap, we started with covering Antal’s amazing journey in India in the Past Decade moving forward to understanding why Recruitment as a Business is a value proposition for Successful Professionals looking to start on their own. Looking forward in a broader perspective, Market Research through various leading sources shows that Hiring in the Indian Corporate Sector will be bullish right from the get go in FY’17-18.


You, the participants also got to understand the Antal Franchise Model and the role You will play in depth, covering how well it works in the Indian market despite various challenges. It was great to engage in a healthy discussion about the Discipline & Sector Matrix and our Detailed 30 Step Process for Delivering Top Talent to Clients! Participants also got a sneak peek of how owners collaborate in a Global Network to deliver on assignments which may not be their specialization/niche and still earn income. Lastly Vinu Nair (Chennai) and Anil Dev (Bengaluru) shared their exciting journeys on how they made the switch from corporate and business to the Antal franchise and how it has helped them.


Taking the Entrepreneurial Leap – IT Professional to Recruitment Leader

Vinu Nair, Managing Partner Antal Chennai shares his experience of being an Antal Entrepreneur


Vinu Nair sharing his success story with the Antal India Network at the Antal India Conference 2016

Vinu Nair is a graduate in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. In a career spanning over 20 years in the Sales & Marketing and IT sector, Vinu started his career as a Sales Engineer – travelling, living and working across 16 countries. He was Vice President at NTT Data, managing their business in India and Middle East region. He played key roles in the SAP delivery team for many years before moving to Sales and Business Development.

Vinu Nair joined Antal in 2010 and it happened accidently. Vinu approached Joseph Devasia (now MD Antal International India) while he was looking for a job change. Joseph however suggested that Vinu should sign-up for an Antal franchise. Vinu decided to explore the opportunity and after a few telephone calls from Doug, Liz and a training session conducted by Tony Jones ; Vinu was convinced that he could build a multi-million Dollar enterprise with strategy, dedication and effort.

We got into a conversation with Vinu to understand his transformational journey from being an IT salesperson to becoming an IT recruiter. We spoke to him about Antal, its business models, the competition within the network and how being an Antal Entrepreneur has impacted his life professionally and personally

Vinu Nair along with his Team

Vinu Nair along with his Team

  1. Has your current line of work always been your Professional aim? Yes it was for the 20 years that I worked. After a decently long stint in the IT industry, I chose a franchise model as I did not have the money to invest in creating a brand and getting professionals on board. Coming from the IT industry, I realized that setting up a brand, creating an image and living up to it are by no means a one man show, it has to be a team effort; and all of this would come in a package in the Franchise option.
  2. Why would u suggest recruitment to professionals looking to move out? India is a huge market to explore with multitudes of opportunity and volume. Very few specialist recruiters currently service the market and the best thing is ROI and revenue cycle is almost instantaneous
  3. How is the Antal Franchise Model different from others? To me a Franchisor should have clear-cut ground rules for transacting business and also there should be an effort to hear out and address problem areas and pre start jitters, Antal has helped me with both, and I also benefitted through the fee sharing for which grew my revenues by  20%.
  4. How has the collaboration with Antal & its Global Presence benefitted you? My clients are a mix of Indian Software companies, International companies having shared services centers in India (GICs) and Global End user clients of software. Being part of a Global Brand with established business in India has greatly benefited my firm when prospecting and servicing these diversified clients and helped in opening multiple doors. One such client is a large pharma major who gave us an entry only because we were an established global firm and had I been a sole entity we would not have won the business.
  5. Does Antal’s expansion in India pose a threat to your progress? In the sector I operate in most recruiters are just focused on Clients and very few go after good candidates, which mean they are reactive. My business is a mix of being reactive and proactive and I will not feel threatened by more franchisees. I see benefit in more joining as it will magnify our brand awareness and reach.
  6. What goals have you set for your business in the future? Over the next 5 years we would like to have 10 specialist desks in our office (growing from the 3 that we have currently) and work with clients to only find them top talent in those areas. In terms of numbers I would like to hit the 1 M USD mark by 2020!
  7. From your initial days as an Antal partner, how have you grown as an Individual and a Professional? I am more committed to my team than I was ever before and learning wise I tend to think of the overall business now rather than a mere transaction or meeting numbers. I am reconciled to the fact that I am not running a company where I can attract talent but certainly a place where people can come in, learn recruitment and enjoy their stint here. I am proud that I have a few members in my team who have earned more than 10 Lakhs while just being part of the system for just 2 years.
  8. If you had it to do all over again, would you choose Antal? Yes and I would have done it after 15 years of work experience rather than 20!


    Vinu Nair winning the Key Account Manager @ Antal India Conference 2016

Fintech cos make hay on cash ban, may hire more

Fintech startups are proving to be the biggest beneficiaries of the government’s demonetisation move and with the rise in business, recruitment plans of these companies are likely to see significant uptrend in coming months, experts say.

E-wallet companies like Paytm, PayU India, MobiKwik, and Freecharge have been seeing significant rise in GMV and the number of transactions since November 8 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, making these notes invalid.

Experts believe that this move is going to positively impact the workforce and hiring needs of these companies. Besides, technology roles will now open up as these companies rush to meet the surge in transactions and there is likely to be a huge opportunity in other functions such as sales and marketing as well.

“We have observed unprecedented growth. Our user base has grown to 40 million and we have added 1,50,000 merchants, which makes us directly available at 2,50,000 retailers now,” Mrinal Sinha, chief operating officer at MobiKwik, said.

“Paytm and Mobikwik have already been in the overdrive to reach out to small traders to commence transactions on their platform and we do see a large number of roles opening up in this space,” Naresh Sharma, managing partner, Antal International, Jaipur, said. agencies

adding that “a number of other e-wallet companies do see this as an opportunity to expand and surely, the requirement of hiring would increase”.

Deals marketplace Little, funded by Paytm, Tiger Global, SAIF partners and GIC, Singapore, is witnessing significant surge in transactions, post demonetisation.

“Definitely, there will be increase in demand for talent, primarily for on-boarding and digitising the payment solutions for offline businesses,” Little CEO and co-founder Manish Chopra said, adding that “we are looking forward to ramp up the team size aggressively in coming months”.
Meanwhile, pre-paid solutions company Qwikcilver has seen significant traction in the pre-paid card segment.

“With the demonetisation drive, we have seen 3 times growth in gifting through gift cards on our and Woohoo app,” Kumar Sudarshan, Co-Founder and CEO, Qwikcilver, said adding that “we are very positive about the environment and we will continue to evolve our plans around further investments in newer products”.
Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, Norton by Symantec, has a piece of advice: While e-wallets make financial transactions very easy, one must adopt best practices to avoid any phishing attacks. People should ensure websites with which they transact financial business are secure and they should create strong passwords and monitor bank statements regularly.
“While on-the-go tools such as mobile banking apps and digital wallets make managing financial tasks easy, one must also take necessary precautions and follow best practices while accessing sensitive financial information anytime, anywhere,” Chopra said. PTI DRR ARD BAL
This story appeared in Times of India on Dec 05, 2016  and carries a quote by Mr. Naresh Sharma, Antal Managing Partner Jaipur

Higher pay biggest bait for FMCG talent moving to ecommerce

Nearly 57% of HR heads and hiring managers covered in a survey on the impact of the ecommerce sector on FMCG talent have revealed that over the past three years the attrition ratio in their organisations has gone up. Around 61.2% also agreed that given the boom in the ecommerce sector, it has become a challenge to retain employees.

The survey was conducted by recruitment organisation Antal International Network India among 103 mid- and senior-level HR professionals across FMCG companies that have seen an exodus of talent to the ecommerce sector. Excerpts from the study shared exclusively with ET.


This survey has been conducted by Nishath Fathema Malvia as part of Certification requirements for Antal Certified Recruiter. This survey was published by Economic Times on Oct 28, 2016


Unleash your Entrepreneurial Potential – Meet Us In Bengaluru


You seem very settled in life, especially in your job – even if you are not very content with it. You are hanging in there just because “The Money is Good”! There’s nothing exciting or challenging left and finally one day you realise that you’ve lost that Pep for the job you do. So, what now? Most people tend to stick around just because they are in a “Comfort Zone”. You tend to live under the assumption that a Mid-Life Career Change means risking the sum earned in your entire career span, and that’s the Biggest Misconception.

Are you on an Entrepreneurial quest, looking for an opportunity that utilizes your work experience, business acumen and industry expertise to craft your own Success?

Antal International presents Discovery Day – a Half Day “Meet & Greet” Event, where we are inviting Aspiring Entrepreneurs who are exploring Opportunities to kick start their entrepreneurial journey.

Discovery Day gives you an opportunity to meet our Franchise Team who will help you explore and understand how the Antal Business Model works, advise you on financials, and detail what you get in terms of support, profits etc. Attending this session will allow you to also gain access to Valuable Insights and Resources that has helped many Aspiring Entrepreneurs such as yourself build their Ideal Enterprise.

If you are coming from a professional background, a great career graph and have accumulated years of knowledge, experience you are eligible to run a profitable recruitment business on a low cost base and making money by facilitating careers of professionals who are now on the verge of scaling the corporate ladder.

discovery-day-image-1Join us in Bengaluru on 17th December 2016 to explore just what it means to be an Antal Entrepreneur!

We are giving this unique opportunity to individuals who see themselves as successful Entrepreneur in the near future. SO WHY WAIT?? You could launch your very own recruitment business by January 2017

About Antal: Antal International is a Global Executive Recruitment Business spanning a Network of 140+ Offices (43 in India) across 33 Countries. Our Global Network consists of Professionals who chose to forgo their Corporate Careers and instead build their own successful recruitment business using the Antal Brand.  Antal allows you to use your Business Acumen, Industry Experience facilitate careers or Mid – Senior Level Management as well as advise Businesses on how to meet their Business Goals by Hiring the Right People.