A curriculum vitae or CV is a marketing document that gives a summary of a job seekers career history, academic qualifications and also explains their future potential. Your CV is the first chance you get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost your chance of getting a face-to-face interview.
CView is India's first end-to-end ATS compliant CV curation startup that combines Artificial Intelligence and Human Expertise to help students and job seekers in profile building that helps them acquire their dream job.
We interviewed the Founder and CEO of CView, Ms Chavi Agarwal. She did her Bachelor’s in Finance from Warwick Business School, UK, and has a Masters in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Financial Technology from Imperial College London.
It was while applying for jobs that I realized my strengths and nurtured the idea of entrepreneurship. This made me pursue a degree in Innovation Entrepreneurship and Financial Technology from Imperial College, London. It was at the Imperial College that I finally honed the idea of doing something for the students and recruiters.
Tell us about your business
CView is software development, profile building, and CV curation startup that combines Artificial Intelligence and Human Expertise to help students and job seekers in profile building that helps them acquire their dream job.
CView has three main Unique Selling Points:
✦ Its first USP is an in-house Application Tracking system developed by Machine Learning and AI with a database of more than 10,000 CVS. This system is well curated and has the capabilities of an MNC's ATS system.
✦ The second USP is our personalized discussion and improvement calls with all users in order to understand their experiences and stories in depth.
✦ Our third USP is a comprehensive Profile assessment sheet, which we use to build CVs from scratch. This Profile assessment sheet becomes a bible for our client's profile building going forward in their career.
Did you always want to own your own business or is it a decision that you made later in life?
My entire childhood I was encouraged to do more, take more risks, and think out of the box. But when I started my graduation at Warwick, all that energy and the power were channelized on finding the perfect job. Influenced by everyone around, my sole aim and goal became to find a way to the 6 figure salary. During the process, I realized I was too driven by perception and was focusing on people’s goals to be mine rather than having a vision or a plan for myself. This left me demotivated, under-confident, and confused. I kept on looking for that one million dollar idea or innovation that I could possibly work on because for some reason we are constantly told to innovate something unique, be disruptors and create new markets to be called an entrepreneur. I never thought that I would find a unique value proposition to address an existing problem in the market. I would never regret my personal job application journey and struggles because that is where the idea for CView began. I noticed the issues recruiters and students all around the world face during their application process and wanted to alleviate the problem of lack of right Job-Person fit and awareness of ATS compliance. These issues leave them unsatisfied and demotivated as they settle for suboptimal opportunities, as I did. The fire to be an entrepreneur and the urge to create something tangible for people around me led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Innovation Entrepreneurship and Financial Technology from Imperial College, London. I did not know any other way to move forward to achieve my dream. It was at the Imperial College that I finally honed the idea of doing something for the students and recruits seeing the issues students face while applying for jobs globally. I went on to gain numerous offers from organizations like Deloitte, Accenture, Lloyds Bank, RBS, and Grant Thornton in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions, further validating my learning and understanding of the system.
From where did you get the inspiration to start CView?
I saw a huge gap in the market between job applicants and employers. I also observed that most of the applications globally are rejected because of a poor CV. With market research, I also realized that existing services are generic and create CVs out of prototype templates. This is why I started CView to combine my AI Knowledge and personal experience. I have always had a keen interest in mentoring and coaching and could continuously identify the issues students and recruiters face during the job application process. I was determined to alleviate the issues the Indian youth faces due to lack of right Job-Person fit and awareness of ATS compliance leaving the youth unsatisfied and demotivated as they settle for sub-optimal opportunities.
How long were you running the business before you started paying yourself? How did you live through those first few months/years?
My constant endeavour remains to put the money back into the business to upscale and grow it further. In this process, I prioritize allocating resources to hire exemplary talent and invest in making the user experience more friendly. I still do not pay myself from the business and believe in the theory of saving, investments, and circular flow of funds in the business.
How supportive is your family?
To be honest, everyone was very happy and motivating until they realized it not just a CV service but also way more than that. Everyone supported in the beginning as they did not see any potential and saw it as a “hobby” or a “freelancing/petty money-making” work. Everyone has been a supporter or a demotivating factor according to their convenience and CView’s growth. As we are growing I see strangers wishing well and close ones feeling threatened. It is all a matter of time and how we are doing.
What do you think are the social environmental factors that have increased the prospects of women entrepreneurship? And, how would you like to educate other women to take up entrepreneurship roles?
The increase in communication channels and work from home opportunities have increased the presence of women in the workforce all across the globe. In addition, an increase in women's education and a rise in the number of women leading companies, organizations, and businesses all over the world inspire others around them. CView believes that there is nothing more rewarding than making a difference in the lives of people. I am a strong believer of Women Empowerment and hence CView donates 30% of its proceeds toward Women Education in India. Along with this, I continue to host pro-bono webinars on the subject of women entrepreneurship for organizations as well as universities.
If a young girl walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
"As an entrepreneur, I cannot stress enough on the fact that you really do not need high investments, tons of experience, or a million-dollar plan. You can leverage your skills, existing platforms, and tools available to create value out of anything that you enjoy doing. We had 0 INR investment but have an 87% profit ratio at the moment through our bootstrapping efforts. You just need the will and the urge to create value for people and address existing problems in the market. We are constantly told to innovate something unique, be disruptors, and create new markets to be called an entrepreneur. That is not true, you can be innovative in the way you tackle a problem by creating a new value proposition for the market. I strongly believe that entrepreneurs really just learn on their journey, you may start at 20 or at 40, it will be an all-new experience and learning curve. "
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