Here's something About 'Me'...
I am Shabbir Kagalwala, and am a Professional CV Writer. I earned an MBA in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from XLRI (Xavier's Labour Relations Institute), Jamshedpur (India), which is a prestigious management school in India. It is here that I got inspired by the school's single vision of "MAGIS", which means, 'pursuit of excellence', in all aspects of one's life.
I began my career with Hindustan Unilever Ltd., the Indian subsidiary of Unilever PLC. As an HR Manager, I quickly learnt the tricks of the trade of the entire recruitment life-cycle, from candidate sourcing, screening, evaluating, conducting interviews to the final negotiation.
Then lady luck smiled on me, and I got the opportunity to work for one of the most dynamic oil and gas majors in the United Arab Emirates, and the world. Takreer.
Based in Abu Dhabi, I was fortunate to work with more than 72+ nationalities that, completely changed my perception about life and work. I had struggled really hard to reach where I was; and I had my family, (my wife and 2 daughters) living with me in the UAE. However, seeing the sacrifices that some people had made, by living and working here all alone, so that they could feed their families back in their home country, moved me to a great degree.
Having seen a number of CV's and Résumés, I knew exactly how a good one needed to be written, in order to be noticed by a recruiter. I knew what information was needed and what was not. I quickly learnt that many talented and deserving candidates were either getting rejected or were settling for jobs (and salaries) a step or two lower than what they were actually capable of, and deserved. If given a chance to an interview, they would easily be able to convince the recruiter of their skills.
The combination of a Bachelor's in English, and an MBA in Human Resources, gave me the natural flair to write CV's (Curriculum Vitae) and Résumés. I began writing for a few friends initially, but I soon started receiving more and more requests from friends of friends and their colleagues.
Eventually, I started writing CV's professionally, initially part-time and then, I quit my job in Abu Dhabi in April 2009 to successfully launch my company 'House of Writing L.L.C.', and my website www.Dubai-Forever.Com. Tasneem (my wife) and I, are Directors in this Sharjah Media City (SHAMS) registered company, Trade License No. 1906303.01.
We've chosen to keep a virtual office in the UAE, and operate from our office in Pune, India. Why? You might ask...
Well, for one, since we are a service business, we do not deal in products, and technology has made it easy to communicate and deliver the creative services that we have expertise in, taking advantage of the abundant manpower available here (in India), and better operational efficiencies as compared to any other country.
Fact: Almost 70% of all creative writing globally, originates from India. Our team also has CV writing contracts with some of the leading US, UK, and Australian CV Writing firms.
Secondly, we have a well-groomed team of 8 over-achievers (10 including Tasneem and I), who strive hard in elevating House of Writing L.L.C. and Dubai-Forever.Com to newer heights each day.
That is how I took my Resume Writing Services online and other popular professional services that I then began over the years. I now offer a complete suite of services & products that includes CV
Writing, LinkedIn Profile Writing/ Makeover (Lite; PRO; and Expert), CV
Posting, Recruiting Agency Registration, Employer Registration (CV
Distribution), Customized Job Hunt, Job Applications, Online Reputation
Management, and lots more...
I have been interviewed for my expertise in CV Writing, on 2 popular FM Radio channels in Dubai, namely Radio Mango 96.2 FM and Radio ME 100.3 FM.
Failures: Of course, my journey of almost 2 decades was not without roadblocks. I've had my fair share of setbacks and failures. I believe that my failures have given me a better understanding of life and work and 'I am what I am' today because of these. Failures helped me grow. I want to share my failures with you, so you can feel motivated and strive harder for success.
Before I got a job in the UAE, I joined hands with a colleague, back in India, to set up a back-office contact center to handle customer calls for various MNC's in USA, Canada, and Europe. Which never took off. I lost a lot of money in there.
Next, I invested my time and money to develop a mobile app and a portal on an idea that I had. However, I soon ran into a lot of technical problems, due to which I had to stop that project.
On the advice of a friend who was a broker in the stock exchange, I invested a sum of US$ 25,000 into stocks in India which got wiped out, when the market turned bad.
However, I am a risk-taker, and bounced back...
My Vision: On a trip to Tanzania in 2016, I came across a slogan given by the then Prime Minister of Tanzania, "Hapa Ni Kazi Tu", which literally means, "Work Gets Done Here". I guess this slogan signifies House of Writing and Dubai-Forever.com's passion and work culture very well...
Here are 2 sayings that I came across recently. Needless to say, I feel they were specially written for me. I thank the writers from my heart:
1. 'PAY THE PRICE' Today, So You Can 'PAY ANY PRICE' Tomorrow.
2. Today, I'll Do What Others Won't, So Tomorrow, I Can Do What Others Can't.
Thanks for reading a few things about me, I wish you all the very best in life!
Shabbir Kagalwala (email@example.com)
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