I lost my job because of some cost cutting measures in my last company in Bangalore. As my last company was an MNC, my CTC (cost to company) was slightly on the higher side (have over 10yrs of IT Exp in Software Development).

I have posted my resume in job portals like Naukri.com and monsterindia.com and I am getting calls from IT Service consultancies for job openings for their clients. They as a routine enquire about my current CTC, total Yrs and relevent yrs of experience.

But I find that for a major of the job openings in Indian companies, the CTC range is 10 to 20% less than my current CTC. Because of this I am not getting enough interview calls (my profile is not getting shortlisted for interview. On few occasions, the consultants have told me that the budget for this position is xxx, would you still be interested, for which I promptly agree).

Though I tell them that I am OK with the company standards (and ready to take a CTC cut) as I am currently not working, this does not seem to help the cause.

Wanted to know if it was a good idea to understate/underquote my last companies CTC by say 10-15% lesser when they call me up for my availability for a job position so that I can at-least get a change to attend interview process which I would otherwise not be getting at all?

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    A common problem in India! I think I'd write an answer later today :) How much is your salary after all those tax and other cuttings in % of the CTC?
    – Dawny33
    Apr 6, 2016 at 7:33
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    Do you have proof that you are not getting enough interview calls because of the CTC, or are you just assuming? If you don't know for sure understating won't help you.
    – user8036
    Apr 6, 2016 at 10:28
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    India is amazing. How would I even get to know my CTC? If the company provides me with a parking space and desk, why would I care how much they paid for it? That's their freaking problem.
    – nvoigt
    Apr 6, 2016 at 10:45
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    You're asking if it's okay to lie on your CV?
    – Dave M
    Apr 6, 2016 at 10:57
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    Dont lie. If they insist on knowing, you can either politely insist on not saying the number ("I'd prefer to apply without divulging"), or you have to give it to them.
    – Brandin
    Apr 6, 2016 at 17:13

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I believe lying to recruiter or the HR is a bad idea. Even if your assumption is correct that you are not getting interview calls because of your old CTC being on the higher side, consider the following scenario:

You lie to the recruiter and get an interview and clear it. Now before offering you anything, the HR would need to go through proofs of your old compensation packages and salary slips. You would be caught and they may refuse to offer anything. It would be worse if they ask for the documents, post-joining.

I would suggest opening up relocation options and trying for opportunities in other cities like Pune or Hyderbad. IT salaries in Banglore are considered to be on the higher side, compared to these cities.

  • Of course I will be telling them my correct CTC during the HR round and also tell them that I am ok will a lower CTC (if the company is offering a lower amount). My question here is that will they accept the earlier lie of understating my CTC and the justification for the same?
    – Marimuthu
    Apr 6, 2016 at 12:03
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    Any lie will raise questions about how much they can trust you, even if they understand your intent. Nobody likes false advertising.
    – keshlam
    Apr 6, 2016 at 12:23
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    Agree with @keshlam. They are bound to find out the lie at one stage or the other and at any stage it is bound to raise suspicisons about your career claims.
    – Vin
    Apr 6, 2016 at 15:00

Wanted to know if it was a good idea to understate/underquote my last companies CTC by say 10-15% lesser when they call me up for my availability for a job position

Firstly, the entire concept of bloated CTC(Cost-to-company) salaries are a big problem in India. That is especially rampant for people trying to come into startups from huge companies, as startups freak out at those huge numbers. But, the truth is that the takeaway amount is not as big as they assume.

So, YES you can lie in the resume, and then cover it up somehow later by explaining yourself. And as you are okay with an amount somewhat lesser than the actual, companies would be okay with it. But, how much you want to project is completely up to you, as that should be a very calculated risk.

So, don't project very less, lest you end up dissatisfied with the money.

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