Mr. Nabeel Safdar: Systems Limited was established in 1977 as the first software house and computer services bureau of Pakistan. Since then, Systems Limited has successfully marked itself as a reputed and reliable name in the IT sector of Pakistan.
It is primarily the professional and technical challenges that we can, by virtue of being a partner of choice for government and corporate sector clients in Pakistan and in the USA, offer our employees that attracts bright and ambitious young individuals to our organization. When this is combined with a welcoming environment, personnel friendly policies and processes that have evolved over thirty years Systems Limited becomes an attractive employer for job seekers.
Q. 2. How would you rate the success and importance of online recruitment firms such as ROZEE.PK?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: Such portals in today’s corporate world are of paramount importance. The independence of searching for the resources that ROZEE.PK provides a distinct advantage over other recruitment solutions. More than six million applicants and around twenty five thousand employers at the website is in itself a tribute to ROZEE.PK.
Q. 3. How has ROZEE.PK helped your firm regarding recruitment i.e. Have you tried any recruitment tools provided by ROZEE.PK e.g. Job Fairs/Job Postings/CV Search?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: ROZEE.PK has been quite helpful in satisfying our recruitment needs. We have been using hot jobs and CV Search Engine tools quite frequently and found it very helpful. ROZEE.PK is a time-tested recruitment tool. When I say that it’s time-tested, we say so on the basis of the reasonably long standing business relationship with ROZEE.PK.
Q. 4. What is your strategy on work-life balance and how do you achieve this balance yourself?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: To me, work-life balance is all about time management and prioritizing. Try not to find life at work and identify those activities of yours that are your biggest time wasters. Do not have unrealistic goals for yourself because that would lead to getting married to work and still not being productive enough. You don’t have to prove what you are not.
At Systems Limited, we encourage participation of employee’s families in recreational events organized by the company or by the Employees Recreational Club.
Q. 5. Do you believe that Pakistani universities are creating an effective talent pool and what is your company’s strategy to attract the best talent in Pakistan?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: In a rapidly changing industry such as IT, there has always been and always will be a void between what is expected today and what is produced by universities whose syllabi understandably evolve at a pace that is unable to match the immediate needs of industry. Industry requires not only graduates with higher CGPAs, but also broad exposure, confidence, communication and well versed analytical skills. Nonetheless, all universities cannot be bracketed in one category. There are a few universities who are doing well in instigating the qualities essential to become sound business knowledgeable professionals and potential leaders and/or entrepreneurs.
I strongly feel that the nexus between the industry and academia will create synergies which will produce a win-win relationship between the two, and Systems Limited is already working with some universities for mutual benefit through industry academia collaboration
Q. 6. Due to rough economic situation and soaring price rise, how does your company deal with keeping itself cost effective and attractive for job seekers?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: We are fortunate that a large part of our portfolio is based on export projects and this helps us to offset to some extent the fallout of inflation and the prevalent economic conditions. Traditionally Systems Limited has been the pace setter when it comes to setting wage levels for the industry and our salaries are normally higher than market. This ensures that we continue to be attractive to job seekers.
Q. 7. What are, in your views, the basic principles of success in a professional life?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: There is no single recipe for success but there is a certain recipe for failure and that is not trying hard enough.
In a nutshell, one has to have sincerity of purpose, honesty, commitment, work ethics and balance. For those who wish to be competitive in today’s job market, there is an imperative for continuing education.
Systems Limited encourages its professional staff to upgrade their qualifications constantly and contributes to the cost of post graduation and to the cost of professional certification in addition to the internal and external training that is an ongoing feature of a career at Systems Limited.
Q. 8. What is the scope of Human Resource Management in Pakistan?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: I believe that the future of Human Resource Management is very rewarding and yet challenging; this stands true especially in third world countries where cost of production is relatively lower. Subject to the economic and political stability, I strongly believe that more multi-national companies and international brands would continue churning in this part of the world. In such companies, HRM plays a pivotal role in the organizational structuring.
Q. 9. Tell us about your educational life?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: I did my Masters in Computer Science followed by MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineering) and worked as an IT professional for few years. In the field of IT, I realized that there is tremendous scope of Human Resource development/management in this particular niche hence, I did my masters in Human Resources from Punjab University and continued my association with IT enabled companies.
I am actually an IT turned HR professional who is doing his bit for the betterment of IT professionals/industry.
Q. 10. What is your formula of success in life?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: “We are all broken and wounded in this world. Some choose to grow strong at the broken places.” ~ Harold J. Duarte-Bernhardt
“The only thing that stands between you and what you want from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.”~ Richard M. DeVos
Q. 11. What are the biggest turn-offs in an interview of a job applicant?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: Interviews are rare opportunities that actually decide your fate and your future course of action; consequently it should be taken as such.
I won’t say turn-offs but certainly I would like to give my advice to the applicants on things to do before the interview.
• Be well dressed and do not smoke just before the interview. Wear properly ironed clothes. Choose white, blue or black colors- which are considered to be business colors.
• Come well prepared for the interview; always do your research about the company like browsing its web sites etc. Things like these give you an edge.
• Be honest in communication and always be a good listener, because at the end of the day it’s all about selling but not over-selling yourself.
• Be in time.
And in the end, always remember, smile is the curve which straightens everything.
Q. 12. What do you look for in a candidate during a hiring interview session? Name 4 key things?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: Following are the things I look for in a candidate during an interview session:
• Communication skills – knowledgeable talker and a good listener
• Academic achievements – which will depict commitment level
• Clarity of goals baked with positive attitude
• Self-confidence (‘I Can Do’ attitude)
Q. 13. Any good advice you want to give for the job seekers who want to enter and/ or prosper in the professional field?
Mr. Nabeel Safdar: Identify the reason to work, do not carry unrealistic expectations from yourself. Ask questions and understand what is expected of you. Don’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders – Delegate. In the contemporary world in which we live, the order of the day is change, henceforth one has to be a good manager of ambiguity resulting from change. Last but certainly not the least, put perseverance into action.