Sunday, April 23, 2017



Being in the HR field Internationally as a recruiter I hope these tips will help you land your dream job and increase the chances of you getting an interview call & further!

A well written CV does not guarantee you a job in the Emirates however it can increase your chances of getting an interview call.  In my experience if you are honest and the recruiter finds that what is written on paper is what is in front of them in an interview then your chances will definitely increase!


  1. Make a Brief to the point CV for each company you are applying to – yes make some effort and research the company and if your skill set matches their requirements by even 60% then make a CV unique for that company!
  2. In the UAE the HR heads get an overwhelming volume of people looking for jobs – so be to the point and make sure you can fit it all in on one page – nobody cares about your religion or what your marital status is so please ensure you give information that will be relevant to the employer to you!
  3. Ensure you take a professional photo and embed that in your CV like you do for a passport – looks matter
  4. Make sure you highlight the main points in your covering email that are in your CV – your email should not be more than 6 – 7 sentences as time is the most precious commodity here not you demonstrating your ability to manipulate the English Language
  5. Ensure you put down the correct information and mention the best times to call you – do not give multiple numbers only one which is on all the time and you can answer immediately – this way if an employer likes what they read they can impulsively call you so make it easy for them
  6. Make sure you are in the Emirates and not outside fishing for an opportunity as people normally do – these will be pushed down the pile of emails
  7. Do not ramble on about what you have done at your last job and having a professionally written to the point LinkedIn Profile that matches your CV will help you
  8. Clean up your life on social media – Social media will always hurt you and your past will come back to haunt you if you have posted compromising pictures about your personal life online.  If the company in the UAE is a conservative bank then pictures of you at a casino will definitely weaken your chances once the recruiters research you.

Once you get called for an interview here are a few do’s and don’ts you should consider

  1. Time will be your best friend to avoid stressful situations so respecting time should be your utmost priority be there early and compose your self mentally and emotionally
  2. Keep it professionally personal and stick to what you can do for the company – be focused as the recruiters have heavy schedules and are normally hiring for 3rd parties just the fact you are called mean they found something interesting and you should focus on that alone as to them you are only a number as a candidate in a massive pool of applicant
  3. Trying to befriend a recruiter and trying to win them over on emotions will not work – they are not the end client and working for money like you want to do so be to the point and warm yet avoid the fuzzy you and save that for your life partner
  4. Interviewers like to see how you can handle situations so if they throw a curveball at you like why you are leaving your job it is futile to blame other people for what failures you are having – personally I always dismiss a candidate who just goes on about the fact how their colleagues are the reason they have had to leave the job.  I respect those who tell me what progress they have made and how that learning will help them in the new job – so focus on being positive and being a solution for them not someone who carries a briefcase of past problems they want to abandon
After your interview is over before you exit you have every right to ask

  1. if the job is direct or a third party hire
  2. about the compensation structure – this is not to haggle about it as no offer has been made but to give you an idea of what your market worth will be – whatever is stated is a generic rate for your tier of hiring so quietly accept that and walk out as no offer has been made
  3. about the benefits involved – again just listen don’t start bargaining
  4. about the visa structure and insurance coverage for you and your family
  5. by when should you expect to hear back from the recruiter


  1. sound desperate by saying you have to exit the country and need to know immediately as that is always taken negatively
  2. try to make after interview plans with the recruiter – some recruiters will try to do that with you only to check your levels of desperation but from all my years of HR experience job offers are only made in the offices during office timings and not at a restaurant or a bar where you are paying the bill – be professional at all times


  1. Nobody helped me ever get a job despite any relationship value with or to them or my family's standing - i did what i had to on my own with more enemies within my friends than i ever needed - in fact my oldest friends tried to benefit from getting me a job
  2. It did not matter what i was in my home country here i was nothing as the horizon is so huge you are a tiny fish in a big ocean of sharks 
  3. In the Emirates people can not and will not help you land a job despite the years you have known them
  4. If they do help you land a job in their company (which nobody helped me ever) then try to think 6 months ahead what the cost will be emotionally and financially
  5. If you want a job then the best listings are found not online but at networking events which you can find on the Emirati Business groups and also on social media – these events are all about networking and one gets to know about good opportunities that are happening NOW – here in the Emirates news gets old within the blink of an eye so you need to work smart as well as hard – these networking events cost anywhere from AED 50/- to AED 150/- to attend and the money is worth the investment
  6. Even with my connections and a budget of AED 20,000/-  for 3 months I never landed an interview but was able to build enough contacts to start my own company with zero capital – so the money you will spend is a risk but the risk factor becomes significantly lower if you network smart
In short if you are to the point can prove your professional principles and come across as a pragmatic and sensible human being with the ability to manage time then you would have proven your self as a professional and definitely increase your chances of getting a job in the Emirates

If you still want me to help you get a job – then please note that despite what I charge you I cannot help you at all in fact nobody can because you will not land a job as in life depending upon people - you must do things on your own and have confidence in yourself!

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Will Gawadar Real Estate Investments be Pakistan's FIRST next bubble to pop soon?

Dear Friends,

I mean no disrespect but as you are in Real Estate I need to ask you these questions, which I feel, will benefit all our people in this group related to Gawadar.  I have gotten some negative feed back about investors security from people and potential buyers here in Dubai about our own projects which I cannot seem to answer. 

I hope you can answer these questions for our investors and me to assure them about security with some solid proof from the Government of Pakistan NOT the Government of Baluchistan!

The situations presented below along with questions that are asked have all been in the public press which government supports via related emails – press releases or news paper adverts

In the past few months investors have seen activity in the Gawadar market more erratic than the stock exchange where people have bought a piece of property (or file) in the morning and by the evening sold the same file or property for a ridiculous profit – this is ok for the average trader but the serious investor blames this erratic non-regularized trade also for the authenticity of the plots of land for which there might be more than one file floating around.  How can one assure serious investors who would like to do bulk buying of a steady and stable Return on investment without the complications from the government?

About three weeks ago it was declared that the Gawadar Development Authority scrapped all deals and demarcations only to come up with a further better system.  The traders built up the hype and trading became rapid with everyone focused on secure trading? But when it came to transfers of files and ownership documented by the government a lot of disputes took place and a reality is that Gawadar is technologically not as advanced with Internet or mobile communications so the Government system files were not in place or a provision for the government was not there!  How can we ensure to our end customer (not trader) that there is enough technical support in the market to insure purchases are approved and supported by some form of Government system?

Then about 3 – 4 days ago it was shared in the press and everyone approved even your selves that the Chinese Government had now yet again decided to build a new and revised better master plan for the GDA and all old demarcations would be held in question until this plan?  How can the Gawadar authority be so erratic where it scrapped the previous GDA approved town planning and went ahead with this new plan led by the Chinese?  Ho many people suffered a loss or problems due to this infrastructural change (I am talking about investors not traders like you or me) as no body is talking about bad news only about how great Gawadar investments are?

Then TWO days ago WhatsApp and social Media and news groups shared news about a Kafeel system (just as the same in Dubai) – this may seem impressive to some people (the words just like Dubai) but the negative feedback where the focus has been shifted from has been “KAFEEL” as we all know how a KAFEEL can behave – further to that when there is a federal democratic government of Pakistan the Baluchi’s have always stood in opposition to this and we all know the history of how they have behaved with regard to Sui Gas so this leaves our investors even more insecure with regard to the facts that
a.     Again a system change has happened
b.     People trust the Government of Pakistan with whom the CPEC agreement is and not the Government of Baluchistan who has been known to be erratic in its behavior
c.      People are not at all comfortable in having some “KAFEEL” in Pakistan where the law is convenient to the fact of might is right and not like Dubai where the Shariah Laws applies to ALL especially the KAFEEL

All my potential clients in Dubai are now holding decisions to ensure there will be stability within the system and not just a benefit for the traders as there is a cost to everything which so far is only being borne by the client and the only people benefitting are the traders and supposed government of Gawadar which seems to be acting like an erratic law unto its self?

Every investor seems to want stability and for that a solid stable and consisted platform of government and regulations needs to be there which so far do not seem to exist due to such rapid changing of policies! 

My question to all is that “is Gawadar going to inevitably be Pakistan’s next  but FIRST real estate financial bubble that will pop” as we all should learn from the Middle East bubbles that have popped many a recent few years ago?

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Thursday, January 5, 2017



Everyone at some point in their life has at some point thought out how they would die.  All human beings except for an exceptional few get a cold shiver running down their spine when they think of “death” and almost everyone forgets about all their religious beliefs.  Most of my pious friends keep proclaiming that they want to end up in heaven or paradise yet none of them are willing to die for it!

To me personally as a Muslim I fear my own Aakhirat (The Day of Reckoning) & not death its self.  If you look at a bitter harsh reality, then from the minute you are conceived in the womb you start a process that will eventually end up in the grave any ways.  People spend their entire lives trying to accumulate material possessions yet always unhappy and in the end their bodies are just buried, cremated or treated the way their religion wants them to be treated.

With us Muslims when we hear about a death we all say “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un” (Arabic: إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎) which is a part of a verse from the Holy Qur'an which translates to "We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return."  However, if you belong to the Christian, Hindu or whatever faith then you surely must have your own rituals & prayers.

“In order to appreciate life, you need to understand death!”  It’s the same as when someone tells you that you cannot appreciate love until you have had your heart broken!  People are too busy trying to exist and not live.  Living & existing are two different things which people often confuse.  Death does not scare me and honestly neither does the thought of what will happen after I die.  I guess it’s because I have come to terms with life and what it has thrown at me.

I guess I am sick and tired actually exhausted of trying to keep everyone happy…  Maybe it’s the fact that I was an only problem child with no friends, maybe it’s the fact that the world has expectations and I cannot live up to them… No matter what you do sometimes you get that feeling that life just does not cut you any slack.  It’s exhausting being in a situation where you are never good enough.  Seriously no matter what you do will truly never be appreciated because everyone will have their own interest at heart as long as they benefit then the approach of “what is good for the goose is good for the gander” is what is to be socially accepted as a norm.

People are so wrapped up in their own lives and their own interests and their own little bubbles that they forget to be sensitive to others.  Everyone is quick to judge others yet nobody takes a moment to listen with the intent of understanding.  On a completely different note the same people want the world to not only forgive them but forget their own past sins.

The minute you stop adding any form or value to anyone’s life just watch them cower and run from you – the day a person feels that they have a better option elsewhere they stop acknowledging you!  However, the minute you can add any value to their own lives from you then like parasites they shamelessly come knocking at your door ready to bleed you dry yet once again…

The world has lost its values that existed in the 80’s when music was real and people actually had conversations rather than stare at a screen and pass opinions via text messages.  The moral break down of society has led to a dysfunction where everyone is desperately “trying” to outdo one another!  All friendships today are a matter of convenience and loyalty has a heavy price.  If you actually wind up advising a friend today on how to do something or refer a friend to someone for work or you even, try to help then insecurities kick in and surely lead a person to think “where’s the catch to all this?”

It is so terribly sad that in order to be forgiven today for anything one has to die.   Just consider this that in a country like Pakistan the Late Benazir Bhutto who was its prime minister had a lot of things said about her until she died.  After her demise a consolidation prize of forgiveness what bestowed upon her “Shaheed” which means Martyr looking at the globe elsewhere the same can be said for Idi Amin.

As per my statements above I refer to the Holy Quran (Surat al-Ma’ida, 48) “We have appointed a law and a practice for every one of you. Had God willed, He would have made you a single community, but He wanted to test you regarding what has come to you. So compete with each other in doing good. Every one of you will return to God and He will inform you regarding the things about which you differed.”

Us humans in trying to simplify “life” its self we have complicated it painfully beyond relief. When was the last time that we as humans appreciated any cause truly.  The last time I watched the world come together was when the entire world raised funds for Ethiopia in the form of Live Aid in the early 80’s .  After that all we get to see are horrific pictures by people who use social media to impress people for likes and do not use it in the correct way to impact people positively.

The sheer greatness of a being is when they do something good for and to someone who cannot give anything back in return and they just do it because it’s the right thing to do. (everyone just wants to get a benefit, even out of charity)  I was in a horrible place emotionally, mentally, physically, financially due to the enemies within my friends and nobody wanted to help me.  I was broken beyond belief and the struggle and the strife I went through along with all the tension and drama in my life made me think about just giving up and I lost hope on a lot of fronts but then Allah himself has told us through the Holy Quran 14:7 And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, 'If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.' "  One acquaintance whom I had no social interaction with but was a friend on Facebook out of the blue came to my rescue and helped me in ways unimaginable!

“So which of the favors of your lord would you deny?” – The Holy Quran -Surah ar-Rehman’s verse kept on ringing in my head when this person just stood by my side.  My own friends abandoned me, years of laughter joy happy moments were forgotten and I was all alone but then “He” (Allah) sent someone and then I was not alone.   What tears a man apart is “loneliness” not daily stress what values does society have today that it perpetually creates people who are selfish and unimaginably cruel.

No matter what you do stop being scared about death and start living in whatever way you can!  Also, start appreciating those who think you are something and value you in whatever way they can!  It does not matter how much money you have in your wallet if you don’t have a soul!

A lot of you must have thought that this is perhaps a suicide note!  Well think what you want but if you’re on that negative emotional tangent then please note that I refer to “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear – The Holy Quran, Surah Baqarah – V 286” 

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Understanding the rising divorce rate in Pakistan

Today the divorce rate in Pakistan is rising and the number of divorcee women is rising!  Every one find their convenient reason to blame and absolve themselves of being the root cause but the inevitable truth often ignored is that it takes two hands to clap.

Being a female that has survived childhood and continues to live in Pakistan as an adult is something that is quite an achievement from my perspective.  From the minute you are born it is instilled into your brain by your relatives that your sole purpose in life is to say yes to anything the family elders tell you and then to prepare yourself to say yes to marriage to a man who will dominate you for the rest of your life.

Right from the start of being a girl child one realizes that life can become quite unfair.  It does not matter whether you live in a village and walk to your fields or you live in the big cities and have a chauffeur driven vehicle that takes you to the office because irrespective of what your social status is society and your family will always have an inconvenient reality check there to suppress you somehow!

Females have always been at the receiving end of criticism somehow and from someone from the minute they are born and society wants to inconveniently liberate them.  Irrespective of the generation Pakistan’s younger females have an immense amount of enemies hidden in their friends that are a catalyst to them having more problems even before they enter into the saas bahu relationship stage of their lives. 

The way I see it most Pakistani women are trophies to men who parade them in society trying to depict a lifestyle publicly that simply does not exist.  Women might not admit it but they are constantly under societies critical eye waiting for them to mess up. It’s exactly like having a pedigreed show dog with papers on a very tight leash.

In the past fifteen years more women have divorced their spouses and decided to live on their own and the reason for that is very simple.  “The men they were involved with were simply not good enough for them when they got married helplessly!”  People think that a woman is being emotional or erratic when she decides to divorce a man but little do they ever try to listen to her with an open emotional mind.  Divorce be it in in any setting personal or professional only happens when a woman has had enough and simply refuses to compromise on the core values she stands for herself.

If one asks any man who is divorced what exactly happened – seldom will you get a befitting answer that is close to the truth.  Most men will often give shoddy reasons for the split which one can expect to be that the spouse was cheating and or anything except for the reality of the here and the now.
Men find women to be extremely complicated creatures and feel comfortable that in a country like Pakistan a woman’s identity is linked to the man she is hitched to.  Therefore, I feel that most husbands take their wives for granted quite a lot thinking that they would crumble if the relationship were to end.

If you look at another paradigm I think that women are quite simple creatures because they base their entire existence on two principles which are honesty and respect.  With any one element missing in the picture any relationship in life cannot exist.  Further to that I feel that women are more resilient to handling pain and have the ability to inwardly digest and ignore social stigmas and agony that is created all around them because they have been raised to be perfect.

Today women are armed and in the work force and women know their rights which is an awesome and amazing thing.  If one looks at society today one will notice the balance of power has shifted because women have the unique ability to be a stabilizing force for the people in their lives and their partners. 

Another thing that Pakistani society has come to realize is that with education being the driving force now men actually have to work hard to keep up with their spouses because most families now need a dual income to survive.  So with the wife also being the bread earner no longer does it make business sense to try to bully the other source of income into a situation that will be stressful for all!

As time goes on and more and more western influence seems to infiltrate our lives the only thing left for men to do would be to start listening to their spouses with the intent to understand where they come from and just be honest to themselves with a reality that they would not do as well as they are if their spouses left them.  Today no longer does a woman have to be good enough and come with a massive dowry to be accepted by her in laws.  Men need to be very different cowboys worthy enough to be suitors for any woman.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Here is some advice on how you can find internal happiness & overcome depression!

I have lived with depression for many years and was treated by the worst and the best of them in many countries and eventually I got over it so here’s how I overcame it!  In this blog I would like to tell you what depression is and how to overcome it!

Today’s humans are just bodies that wake up every day and then eventually fall asleep to wake up another day until the time has come to answer to a higher calling.  Almost all of us are trapped in a world where we just exist terrified of the inevitable death that will befall us at one time or another.  If you look around you or even within you a harsh epiphany will happen and you will notice that a lot of people are unhappy for some reason or the other maybe even yourself?  

Every decade is known for something or another and this decade is known for bringing out a lot of depression related issues out into the open which were a taboo to discuss in public to avoid being stigmatized.  Today depression is a more comfortable issue to discuss and running wild and whilst your go to therapist gets rich or your psychiatrist dopes you up with every chemical he gets a kick back for prescribing there are many other solutions to overcoming depression.

Other than chemical solutions people have turned to religion and whatnot to try to cure this phenomenon classified as a disease (which I believe it is not) but rather a state of mind.  Depression when it hits you can manifest its self in many forms or ways unknown to the person it affects.  The first responders or the first people to get affected or notice this is in the persona behavior change.  People affected by depression can take on many behavior traits that often might get your relatives to think you need a shrink and the shrink going on what everyone else will tell them will juice or dope you up accordingly. 

On a completely different plateau people suffering from depression also resort to alcohol and drug abuse to try to get away from the situation and eventually fall victim to addictions and other issues to add to the main problem.  So in short depression I believe that depression cannot be categorized as there are many variances of it and how it will evolve in a person and neither can it be cured by taking a pill or speaking to a therapist alone.

What qualifies me to make such statements are a few facts about me that I chose to accept!  I was born in Pakistan and I suffered the wrath of society's ability to judge a human being before it accepted it into the social wolf pack.  I had problems with the world and myself and I spent the better half of my youth being taken from doctor to soothsayer to be cured.  Eventually in 2012 I ended my depression and broke free from all the chains around me as I discovered that only I could liberate myself from these invisible chains.

First, you need to understand that depression is something that affects every human being today.  The reason is that time is of the essence and whilst we try to do the most in the minimum amount of time what humors social media today is someone else being ridiculed more than our selves.  The world is a brutal child’s playground where one finds more enemies hidden within their friends and then a whole lot of people in their homes who listen with the intent to rebuttal rather than understand.  So most people feel extremely lonely and to be honest in this civilization that is a forest of people swaying where the social tide goes nobody really has time to understand other people’s issues yet get really upset when they don’t get the attention they want,

Some of us have auto response mechanisms within our minds to deal with it.  Those that don’t allow this state of mind to overtake their true personas and portray its self in way unimaginable to the human mind or conscience.  To defeat depression, you need to know that the only person who can do it is “yourself”.

When you are looking to defeat “depression” basically what you are looking for is freedom from the person you are and have a need to evolve into a better human being.  To do that you need to change your lifestyle completely and you need to surround yourself with positivity. 

Toxic relationships are also a root cause for depression because we rely on societies approval to simply fit in.  I know so many people out there who go to work and do fancy jobs yet are the most miserable people inside.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself in a healthy way that is not offensive from maybe a parent or a sibling or a spouse to get that emotional freedom you need.  As it takes two hands to clap one needs to be honest with themselves and get a firm grip on the reality of why they are depressed.  Since you are self-evaluating yourself you also need to discover what makes you happy!

Overcoming depression is not an easy task because one of the main ingredients you need to change in life is who you truly love?  You need to be completely selfish when it comes to “love” as the most honest relationship you will ever have in your existence will be with yourself.  Loving yourself means ensuring you are comfortable with the person you are or want to be and that is emotionally and internally.  Once you have decided that only then should you focus on your exterior. 

Your exterior development or re-designing will depict how secure you are as a human being.  You might want to change the job you do and rather than going to work to pay the bills and then coming home to hit the bottle you might just want to change what you do by making a structured plan on how to do something you would love to do every day!   Curing depression also about how you spend your time so one of the skills you need to develop is self-time management. 

A huge part of curing depression or overcoming it is to train your most powerful weapon against it which is your mind.  You need to train your mind to ignore and block out anything that affects you as a human being.  So basically, think with your brains and not your hearts when it comes to this and define boundaries in all your relationships.  This is easy to do at work and everywhere else but almost next to impossible to do with your family.  Your family has their own set personalities and whilst you know they will not accept any form of criticism and expect you to change you need to change this balance of emotional control in a way that will leave you happy.

Most depression related problems occur when person is in their adolescence.  Family structures, especially from countries like China, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that are used to be extremely close knitted have a hierarchy system that they believe is right and extremely narrow minded when it comes to change.  Eventually the young, frustrated for not being understood as an individual might act out and then automatically written off permanently as a problem child!  

When a parent takes a child to be cured for depression or any psychological problems little do they realize that they too need to bring about a change within them.  If a flower does not bloom in a certain environment, then one needs to change the environment and not the flower.  So, if you have a child who might be suffering from God knows what your medical practitioner tells you just sit down and think everything out about the environment your child lives in before you decide to label the child.

Only you can cure depression and only you can decide how to take control of your life.  To me anyone who is in depression is allowing it to happen.  There is no fixed cure to handle depression because there are so many different types of it.  Maybe changing your environment might help you and maybe.  Depression is not hard to cure if you can discipline your life.  Also, self-help books never helped me only common sense did.  I found a purpose for myself, I set some big goals and then many small ones to help me attain that big goal (I still have not attained it yet) and then life suddenly became worth living!

Material possessions do not help you overcoming depression.  They only distract you away for a brief momentary lapse of reason and shift your focus from the core issues.  I spent years trying to buy my emotional freedom only to realize that it left me lonelier than ever and feeling empty inside.  When I started working on myself and making sure that everything I did was centered around my emotional and personal happiness my journey to recovery started. 

If you choose to liberate yourself from depression, then please understand that it will be extremely difficult and you need to stay strong to yourself as you are to your religion.  Once you fall in love with yourself and want to better yourself you need to know that there will be hurdles, obstacles and hiccups from within your own family and friends but you should never compromise your happiness and the commitment you have made to being a happier person by reverting to your old “normal” self the way people liked you to be or wanted you to be.

Depression is easily cured by living in a self-structured positive environment, believing in self-motivation and having ambition as well as having a purpose in life and then surrounding yourself with people who can emotionally appreciate your life with positivity.  The hardest thing in overcoming depression is to emotionally disconnect with those who will constantly trigger your negativity.  Only you can be the change that you want to be so why not try.  If you are suffering from depression, please know that you are in control and only you can make it stop. Unless you have a child suffering from depression then you need to know that you are also in control and you need to be the change you want to see in your child!

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