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Annkur Agarwal
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I Quit my job in recession time - March 28th, 2009

I recently left my job and here I lie job less facing the brunt of Recession. Such that even the best brains are layedoff.... Your views might help me ...

Over the past year friends and family have been asking me what am I doing? And I always managed to escape with some excuse. Often telling things that I was doing years back. However the fact remains that I worked in a very secretive environment.

Last year I was approached by a rather unusual startup. What they did is secondary; but the point it was that none of us were ever allowed to reveal about our work, our team members or any other details. Yeah creepy, but it was the nature of business that required us to do so.

When I first heard the idea I said it to them “This wont work”! But the work they had already done and the money promised was too much to resist. It was challenging. And I sure did live up to the task. Being one of the top performers in the 17 member team; I find myself to be a changed person now. [email protected] was way too different than [email protected]! And this change prompted me to QUIT without spending even a day more working for those SICK B*&%&^*!

So what is this (evil) organization about?

Well they research people, profile them. You know that background check etc etc. They check all of it but a little in detail. Dealing with some of the rich and famous families in India (mainly based in MH and GJ) these people actually manage to make a decent sum; but just doing research on brides and grooms before their marriage is fixed… and in this fashion was CRAZY (IS CRAZY).

At first this doesn’t sound too bad. But what they do and make you (me) do is really bad. Apparently the vision that the founder (read Biggest As**h0^3) has is that the families won’t approach us; we will approach them to sell what we have! They aren’t a startup really - In operation since 5 yers now, they start profiling these rich dudes and babes right when they are graduating (we referred to them as TARGETS). With a large amount of such profiles from specific communities; they start approaching the interested ones with all the details they need.

The job required me to go to college(s); often to meet some non existent friend or attend festivals. Make friends with the TARGET; their friends and if possible family! A big part of the assignment was character profiling and I had to undergo some really big changes to fit in for the task (wonder how I lost 14Kgs in 2008). The worst part - they took my contacts and added it to their database; soon friends of friends, or classmate of friends of friends started to become the Targets. Making the approach easier for me…

The job wasn’t really simple. Following the TARGET at times took weeks. The process was always continuous and I am required to keep in touch with them till they graduate from college and are ready…

Some became really close friends and It was often harsh to break contact with them after the work was done. But I did it, took all the pain. However the ethical and moral boundaries kept stretching each day. Don’t know how I could silence my conscience for so long and keep working, doing things that I never imagined I would do.

I was made to attend funny gatherings. From some social group of some community to Bar Camps. Make new friends (often pre-decided and planned) and then reach the Target…

I am not 100% sure, but I wont be surprised if these people even extorted money from parents to hide their little ones college affairs…

Often when I meet my old friends today, they tell me you have changed. But I am not able to determine if the change if for GOOD or not. (Or I fear confessing that the change makes me feel like the worst possible criminal on planet earth)

I am in a bad fix at the moment. Did I do the right thing by leaving a well paying job in recession time??

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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - March 28th, 2009

I don't know how u took ur decision to leave a job, for risky, unknown business affair.

I personally feel this investigation job is not so good for any one.
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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - March 28th, 2009

usually i dont comment on such topic which belongs to personal affairs..
everyone has some or other responsibilities due to which we are so much forced to take up a job we actually dont want to do...

the job that u described above...i have read in newspapers sometimes...its more of detective sort of...these agencies are just trying to make money .....u said its well paying job,,,but i believe there is hardly futute in such jobs,,,cos its not so career oriented like other avenues...

i think u did right thing by leaving that job,,,no matter what...today u might face difficulty in finding a job...but who knows in future u might get a well deserving job.

such experiences are bound to happen and also it make us strong...

i wud just say dont dishearten yourself,,,it happens with everyone, not just you..
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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - March 29th, 2009

Do what makes you feel and happy, cause if you just work and have no self esteem , no matter what job you do , you will never be happy...
The world is big man, you did the right thing, Pray <-- It works... Have faith and the mist imp thing is BELIEVE in yourself..

God bless .


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HIII
I THINK IT IS ADIVSABLE TO STICK TO PRESENT JOB

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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - March 30th, 2009

Therer is no point running away by quitting a job rather u can or could have tried to supersade the problem if not eliminate it , that;s what a comman stake is , but in your case things seems a bit different as the story depicts and I hope you were right in your sences and decision. Gettinf job is no big deal is u are equip with right king of skill , which I hope u must have acquired in those working days, try to depick this strngth in your resume like makeing strong relationship and all who know tommorow u might me selling some product of XYZ company costing few laks or crores... Dont get down Keep striking High................
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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - March 31st, 2009

I agree with kavita khanvilkar.....as per the today's scenario stick to ur job....there are not jobs available in the country....
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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - March 31st, 2009

Well i think recession gives u the best oppoutunity o climb up the ladder in the company ... when people r getting fired and u can stick wiith the company and can show ur value to them ... then they will recognise u and when recession is over they will give more attention on u
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Re: I Quit my job in recession time - April 1st, 2009

why did u quit ur job...i dont understand,no one wants to loose their job but ur great quitting the job and making way for the others.
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