Urges Fresh Graduates to Fight for Their Rights

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Fresh graduates should be prepared to negotiate a better salary and conditions when being employed for the first time.

Fresh graduates should fight for their rights in the work place to avoid discrimination, according to experts at, one of the Webs leading portals on employment matters.

One CvTips consultant said employers sometimes take advantage of freshers who are unaware of their rights and eager to land a good job.

Low salaries, lack of benefits, long hours working on large portfolios and reduced holidays are some of the ways in which employers use freshers desperate to join the workforce, said the consultant.

Freshers need to know that they have a choice and that with the right negotiation tactics they can score high even at entry level.

It definitely requires a high level of confidence from the candidate, but this is not what todays youth is lacking. What they lack is awareness and belief that it is possible to negotiate right at the beginning of a career and come up out a winner.

He said many companies acquire freshers with the intent of getting more out of their investment in the real sense.

Even big-name companies use their reputation to attract freshers and get the most mileage out of them, he said. These new graduates are so grateful and happy about working for a big-name company that they accept terms that are below industry standards.

The consultant said universities around the world produce qualified graduates, most with Masters degrees, at an increasing rate. And with the advent of the Internet, the job market is now a global phenomenon.

As a result, much of the exploitation involves graduates from under-developed countries working for big companies in developed nations at lower salaries.

Freshers have been found working longer, harder and with less remuneration and benefits in the majority of the companies, including giants of the global market, he said.

Under the head of internship, a fresher is often expected to make the rounds in a company with inadequate time to gain hands-on experience in most departments.

They are also expected to put in long hours and become multi-tasking and multi-portfolio holders. They cannot ordinarily say no to any assignment during their internship period.

He said in many cases, an internship or probation period involves the employee earning much less than what a regular full-time staff member would receive.

During this period, the fresher has almost no rights. They cannot take leave, unless sick and medically approved by company doctors, he added.

They cannot avail themselves of any benefits such as loans, housing and allowances and they cannot apply for a transfer. says many fresh graduates are willing to undergo hardship early on and consider their sacrifices as an investment in their future careers rather than exploitation.

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