Dubai is an incredibly popular place for job seekers with around 85% of the population consisting of expatriates. Its popularity also means that when it comes to getting hired, competition can be fierce and sending off application after application without making any progress gets very disheartening pretty quickly.
Fear not, our structured approach to getting hired in Dubai will have your inbox filling up with recruitment enquiries in no time at all!
1. Use the right tools
Job seeking can take up a huge amount of time and effort, especially if you’re looking in the wrong places. Don’t use every single job site known to mankind. Focus on the most relevant recruitment tools for your industry; for example if you are a registered nurse then there’s no point in signing up to a recruitment platform that specialises in the financial sector.
2. Provide assurance around your credentials
There are a number of risks that hiring managers face when it comes to recruiting talent from overseas – not to mention the costs associated with international recruitment. To make the hiring process a little easier, verifying your documents ahead of time will help you to establish trust when you apply for a new job. The HR team has added assurance that you have the right qualifications for the role and that your progress won’t be halted when it comes to conducting a routine background check.
3. Build your professional portfolio
Employers don’t want to have to read every word of your CV. In fact, the CV itself is falling out of favour with employers and is being replaced by more visual online portfolios or digital resume’s which help recruiters see the important information at a glance.
If you haven’t checked out the myTrueProfile page that we provide for each and every one of our members free of charge – now is the time! You can sign up here.
Our members can build their own online CV, add their career information, verified documents, and job preferences to their myTrueProfile page. Members can then manage their permission settings so that their profiles are visible to employers. Members can also choose if they wish to be contacted by employers to discuss career opportunities in the future.
If you are an existing member of TrueProfile.io, we recommend that you revisit your myTrueProfile to take advantage of these new career tools!
4. Make your objectives clear
Don’t waste time applying to every single job in every single region. It’s highly unlikely that (regardless of how qualified you are) you are eligible for every available job opportunity. Spend your time wisely by applying for jobs which are relevant to your qualifications and experience.
When you approach recruiters, get focused and make it clear the regions that you are open to working in and the job roles you’d like to explore in these areas. If you’re a TrueProfile.io member, you can specify this on your myTrueProfile page so that employers will only contact you with relevant roles in these regions.
You can also update your LinkedIn introduction to reflect your career goals. For example, ‘Qualified Registered Nurse with four years of experience who is open to new opportunities in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.’
5. Use LinkedIn to your advantage
Building your network on LinkedIn can really help to boost your employability. Not only can you network with your peers and gain valuable in to own career opportunities within the industry – but you also have the chance to present your own personal brand.
If you’ve had your documents verified, share these on LinkedIn to establish trust with those in your network. You can share content and start discussions with your network to further set the scene that you are knowledgeable within your area of expertise. Your posts will help recruiters understand who you are as well as your qualifications and experience so that they can assist you in finding a role that’s the right fit.
6. Don’t lose faith
These things take time – especially due to the seasonality of the job market in Dubai. Busy times (meaning lots of vacancies!) tend to fall between Jan-March and September-December. The hot summer months and the holy month of Ramadan tend to be quieter in terms of the number of available vacancies. This means that it’s not uncommon for it to take six to twelve months to secure a role in Dubai.
Make sure you work smart by focusing your efforts on the right recruitment platforms and applying for relevant roles!