The beginning of any year often brings with it a movement for change. For some, it’s a healthier lifestyle, a new hobby or taking an oath to discard a life-long habit once and for all. However, for the majority, the start of the new year (and the preceding holiday period) often makes professionals resolve that this is the best time for a career change.
Unsurprisingly, the start of the year is the busiest time for recruiters and for businesses who are keen to expand their current workforce. Alongside individual candidates who are looking to the coming year to advance their careers, businesses are also keen to exceed the targets, KPIs and goals they have set for their business over the next twelve months. To do this, they need the best, qualified people on board.
For candidates with international ambitions, the GCC region is alluring; and, with year-round sunshine, a high quality of living and abundant employment opportunities, the UAE has become an attractive hub for ex-pats.
As 2020 starts, what is the best way for employers to source and review the candidates that are open to career opportunities in the United Arab Emirates?
Stop Wasting Time on the Wrong Candidates
Starting with what hasn’t worked in the past can help to create a clear strategy for the future. If a specific tactic resulted in your HR team going in circles between irrelevant candidates or candidates who looked great on paper but were unqualified in practice, then hoping that the same channel will deliver great results this time around will likely be in vain.
By working with a variety of companies on the candidate verification needs, at TrueProfile.io, we have seen the real cost of making the wrong hire. Understanding what doesn’t deliver the right candidates will help you to narrow down the search for the perfect recruitment platform.
When it comes to international recruitment, your perfect employee could be anywhere in the world. So, working with a local recruitment firm might not deliver a wide enough talent pool. Don’t be discouraged by widely dispersed talent, it’s important to find the right person instead of hiring, onboarding, training and consequently offboarding the wrong hire.
The Search for Qualified Talent
Around 53% of CVs are said to contain falsified information, it’s easy to make great claims on your professional profiles and it’s only upon the process of pre-employment verification or once the new employee fails to deliver in their new role that these untruths are unearthed. As mentioned, Dubai is an attractive place to live for international professionals and any job ads on well-known platforms result in a huge influx of applications. The small portion of relevant applications often gets swallowed up or missed due to the high volumes of interested applicants.
Alternatively, many companies turn to headhunting. While a great process for pinpointing specific individuals, it’s often expensive and there’s no guarantee that the candidates that are approached are even interested in a new role or an international move. Plus, these candidates are often approached on the basis of their CV or professional profiles – information which has not been authenticated.
The Solution for Finding and Hiring Qualified Professionals
There are two best practices for finding and hiring qualified candidates. The first is in the instance that the HR manager has already found the candidate they want to hire. To safeguard their hiring decisions, the contract should be issued on the basis that they pass pre-employment background screening in the form of primary source verification (PSV).
The second is to utilise a database of qualified, individuals who have been thoroughly verified and have indicated they are ready to be hired and are keen to make the move overseas or already are within the country that your business operates in.