Emotional Intelligence a Missing Part

Going through my emails and this seminar catches my attention “Emotional Intelligence for Leaders” this is what I was wishing for a long time ago. I hope that emotional intelligence is part of the curriculum from Senior High school to College. Curriculum mainly focuses on theory, technical skills, communication skills, personality development and career development. I don’t remember we had something for emotional intelligence when I was studying, I am not so sure in the current curriculum. I had some behavioral subjects that are because I was taking up Psychology, but still, it is not specifically about emotional intelligence.

What normally happens is we learn “emotional intelligence” through experience, through other’s lives, and from our failures. Then we realized that adult world is not all about intelligence, we need to be emotionally prepared as well. We are lucky if our parents prepared us to be emotionally strong in facing obstacles in life, but what if not.

Lately, it has been realized that Leaders must have this very important competency which is the right level of emotional intelligence to be a more effective leader.

It is an important characteristic of anyone at any level of an organization. A leader with the right emotional intelligence can have a far-reaching influence over their relationships, how they will manage their team, and overall how they will interact with individuals in their workplace.

I would suggest let’s have some time to learn and understand the emotional intelligence and how it will help us improves our level of communication and productivity. How we see things from the perspective of others to increase our interpersonal skills. How we recognize own and others emotions and use this to improve their performance and our relationship with them. How we use our emotions to solve some issues. Understand emotions and how emotions change and why. How to manage our own emotion and others emotion and many more.

I hope you enjoy my introduction to emotional intelligence, it is helpful if you will read more about this subject and try to apply what you will learn to your work and even to your personal life.

Cheers xoxo


Flags that may reveal applicants performance without interview yet

What really recruiters looking for when reviewing candidate’s profile?

We usually look for the flags or sign that may allude to high performers, culture fit, loyalty, and flexibility.

Well experienced recruiters are experts in reviewing profile. I can say we can shortlist one CV in just a few seconds. Just one look! So CV or profile presentation is very important to catch the attention of the recruiters.

Here are some of the ideas how we judge a profile.

High Performer Flags

Complete profile – A candidate who has taken time to complete his/her profile may demonstrate being detail oriented and a serious job seeker.

Results & data driven – Inclusion of numbers in profile descriptions like growth percentage, sales development etc can provide evidence of being analytical and result driven.

Group & community involvement – Profile that shows membership to some groups or volunteer organizations alludes greater interest/connection to certain industries and their community.



Red Flags

Mistakes & typos – profile that have typos, grammatical errors, and poor formatting demonstrate lack of attention to detail.

Short job tenure – profile that shows frequent job hopping could indicate poor relationships and quick burn out.

Vague wording – Use of ambiguous language, such as “familiar with’ and “participated in” could imply you didn’t actually work on the project; you simply assisted in a way.

Unprofessional photo – it is a big NO. It imply that you are not aware of how to present yourself in a Professional environment.

I have seen so many CVs with inappropriate photos and it is irritating to the eyes of a recruiter like me. If I am going to use only a gut feeling when choosing a profile I will 100% ignore that kind of CV. I have seen photo on CV in full body holding a bouquet of flowers, pets photo, wearing a t-shirt and recently an ugly duck! The CV looks so promising and technically qualified but I had this second thought if I shall shortlist this candidate because of the “ugly duck” photo in it. I was wondering and until now I really don’t know the answer why an Engineer in a senior level profile will put an “ugly duck photo” as a representation of himself. Anyway, the bottom line here is to take time in preparing your CV and your online profile. This is the key for you to get a chance to be selected and called for an interview.

Good luck 🙂


When is the best time to look for work in Dubai?

Not during Ramadan/ Eid – work hours are shorter than normal, enthusiasm and motivation is at a low and business slow in general; many business owners/ managers (as well as UAE nationals) leave the country during this time. Find out when Ramadan and the two Eid’s fall, the Islamic calendar is lunar based and differs by approximately 11 days each year to that of the Gregorian calendar – the net effect is that Muslim (Holy) holidays tend migrate forward (earlier) by about 11 days every year.
Not during the mid-summer months (June, July, August), schools close for three months over the mid-summer and many expats simply pack their families off home on a long vacation. Most companies prefer their employees to take their vacations over this time for logistical reasons. There are normally very few people available at this time to make decisions! Best time is the beginning of autumn going into the winter season (October/ November), this is also the best time to arrive in Dubai and acclimatise rather than arrive in the middle of summer. Business in general also picks up after the summer.

How Recruiters Find You Online

My CVs are online why haven’t got any call?
Have you experienced uploading your profile to multiple job portals online and still not getting any calls?
I would like to share what I have noticed when searching for CVs online. I have been wanting to share this long time and I hope this information could be of assistance.
When uploading your profile on any of the recruitment portals like bayt.com, monstergulf etc. make sure you have completed all the details required online; do not assume that it is enough that you have attached your CV. For your profile to be easily seen or search by recruiters you need to complete all the necessary information on their online application. It is more important than just attaching your CV.
Recruiter like me is using “keywords” to find a candidate.
Example Keywords such as:
Technical skills: procurement, logistics, administration, CAD, splicing, secretarial…..
Personal status: notice period, current location, age, nationality, visa status, target salary, education, marital status, language….
And of course, upload a proper photograph – imagine that you are the recruiter and you need to review hundreds of CVs for just one position that you need to close off. When scrolling all the profiles would you be interested to open a profile without a photo or unacceptable photo? I don’t think so! I most of the time skipped them! Unless I can see some interesting skills showing in the summary of your profile – this is how important that you have completed all the details online. You need to be searched and visible to the researcher to get the chance of viewing your profile.
When it comes to your CV, simple and precise is pleasant to the eyes of the recruiters. Avoid unwanted information and big fonts. I can say 1 to 3 pages CV is ideal.
Good luck!

Dress Properly for Your Job Interview

This afternoon we are interviewing a candidate for Receptionist. She is wearing a long white skirt paired with a body fit sleeveless tops with a big bling necklace. My colleague and I spoke first before we start the interview, doe’s she knows that she is going for an interview? Does she know how to use google and be prepared for the interview? I can see from my colleague’s face that he is disappointed and almost not interested to start the interview, which any HR would feel the same.

So please, whenever you will attend an interview present yourself appropriately because it can play a large part in the first impression you give off.
When you’re going to a job interview, your appearance is extremely important. Whether or not you look professional or sloppy could play a huge role in whether your interview feels that you are suitable for the job.

Present yourself neatly:

Make sure your clothes are clean and neatly ironed. Select clothing that fits properly, it will help you to feel comfortable and relax in your interview.
Good grooming and hygiene are essential, so make sure you have clean hair, fingernails, fresh breath, deodorant, etc. Hair should be styled in a neat but manageable style. I recommend you keep it pulled back from your face. Men, if you have facial hair, be sure to give it a trim/comb through ahead of the interview, so that you look as neat and tidy as possible.
Perfume and aftershave should be used sparingly so that it is not overpowering and the same goes for makeup, that should be kept subtle. Don’t wear flashy jewelry, as it may become distracting and you’ll want the interviewer to pay attention to you, not your bling