“Live like there is no tomorrow.” Najwan Issa – Group Talent Acquisition Manager- NFPC – UAE

Najwan Issa- Group Talent Acquisition Manager- NFPC

In this interview with Naukrigulf, Ms. Najwan Issa talks about her professional journey, employment during Covid-19 times, and a little about herself. Here’s what she had to share:

Please share your professional journey with us and how did you reach where you are.

I started my journey with NFPC in March 2013 as a Recruitment Manager, for one of the first and fast-growing food manufacturing businesses in the UAE. That year we witnessed massive increase in our hiring demand, due to the launch of Royal Bakers, a new bakery manufacturing facility and the acquirement of Gulf & Safa Dairies. It was an opportunity for us to evaluate our talent sourcing tools and maximize the usage of our online portals.

Naukrigulf came on top of our recruitment partners in terms of ROI with 45% usage across different operational levels. We collaborated with Naukrigulf throughout the past 10 years, through which our business needs and hiring focus kept on changing. The traditional way of hiring nowadays is not efficient. Change became part of our processes and finding the right recruitment partner with constant upgrade on services is more important than ever.

During my career in Talent Management, I worked with industries that focused on using high technology, advance HRMS and ATS. I believe that using the right tool for an organization is essential, not necessarily the most expensive would give the expected results, we just need to analyze business needs and evaluate our resources regularly to know what works best.

Which aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

Recruitment is the most important function to any organization; it can make or break companies if not given the right level of authority in selecting the right talent. In parallel, it can make or break someone’s career in the case of short-term focus.

We as recruiters need to take full responsibility in hiring the right person for the right organization. The right culture fit is equally important as qualification and experience.

I enjoy leading this function and believe that by hiring the right talent, we sketch the future of the business. I am also a person that likes being around people. This is not a secret, as you will never see me alone or away from people.

What is the best part about working in your company?

The best part is the Team. The hard-working people we have in the organization across all levels, from factories to sales and head office, from senior leadership team to frontline staff. The more you are engaged with the business the more you notice the efforts that everyone puts behind the scene.

Some companies consider Human Resources as administration, personnel and payroll processing. Here at NFPC, the HR department is a valued business partner, an advisor, a service champion, and that is an additional bonus.

What is your favorite way to de-stress after a long day at work?

For a working parent, the best way is to spend time with kids and family after a long day at work. This gives the right balance and meaning to the efforts we, as parents, put throughout the day. I exercise as well and highly recommend it as a daily routine, especially for working mothers, as it maintains mental and physical health between home & office stress.

Please share your favorite books or authors with our audience.

Most of my reading is books related to Human Resources. The best is- Resourcing and Talent Management, Making Work More Equal, Employee Ownership And Employee Involvement  At Work, Diversity In Organizations.

I recently started reading Simple Habits for Complex Times. A very interesting book especially for the challenges we face nowadays.

Do you live by any particular motto?

Live like there is no tomorrow. That is my motto for everything in life. Both for work and personal life. I do not believe in luck. I believe in hard work and giving your best in everything you do and live for.

What advice would you like to give to the jobseekers who are struggling to find a job during the times of COVID-19?

COVID-19 pandemic taught us to immune ourselves, and by that, I do not only mean from the virus. Employees need to think how to be unique and important during tough times, as companies focus on optimizing their human resources. Which means keeping the most effective and valuable.

My advice to jobseekers is to be the value that every company looks for. Customize your experience and highlight your strength. Add life and passion to your CV, which would impress recruiters and hiring managers, then prove that you are the value they are looking for.

Any suggestions for jobsites to help them become more relevant in the post Covid -19 world?

Adding customized features can help both employers and jobseekers find common ground and interest such as:

a. Personalized statement or video for candidates to show case their profile, career objectives and strength.

b. Label jobseekers who lost their job due to the pandemic with immediate availability.

c. Update on current location is very important due to travel limitation.

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