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How to find a job in Dubai ?

Posted on: April 29, 2012

Before we begin , here is a word of caution .The Dubai job market is VERY competitive. The demand for performance is a constant pressure here & you should be prepared to take this. It is excellent for employers, but makes it difficult for employees! Although it’s booming the whole world seems to want to move here, so competition for jobs is severe. Last year over 800 people moved to Dubai each day! That’s a big number & you should keep this in mind.

1. Before you arrive in #Dubai there are couple of things you can do while you are still in your home country. All these can be done while you are still in your home country so that you don’t lose ur valuable time when you arrive here and you can start applying for jobs from day one

a. Modify your present CV to suit the Middle east requirements such as adding photo to ur CV , mentioning your EXP in the first few line itself etc. In ME your GCC experience counts more than your educational qualification

b. Register yourself with leading recruitment agencies as listed below before you arrive:
http://www.charterhouseme.ae
http://www.bacme.com
http://www.kershawleonard.net
http://www.clarendonparker.com
http://www.budgerecruitment.com
http://www.sosrecruitment.net
http://www.nadia-me.com
Manpower ME
Gulf Talent
Of course, there are many more, but these have the better reputation.

If  yours is a experienced role , suggest to contact reputed agents. 

DEPARTER FZE –http://departer.de/?lang=en

BAC Recrutiment- https://www.bacme.com/

HAYS- http://www.hays.ae/

MICHAEL PAGE- http://www.michaelpage.ae/

MORGAN McKinley- http://www.morganmckinley.ae/

c. Create profiles in the following ME job sites:
i. Bayt.com
ii. Naukrigulf.com
iii. Monstergulf.com

d. Do random search on job search engines such as ‘Indeed.ae’ for a particular key word or the designation you are looking for. Among the search results you will email Ids of contact persons who have posted ads. Email your cv to them mentioning the source reference .Follow up with them after you send it and try to fix up an appointment so that you can attend the interview when you arrive.

e. Get your educational certificates attested prior to heading to Dubai. We strongly recommend to authenticate their documents (especially educational, marriage or birth) in the home country before coming to the United Arab Emirates.
Your degree needs to get attested from University, ministry of higher education of the state, & UAE embassy. There are several agents who do this for a fee and free you from all the hassle. You can even get this done after you arrive here, but they will be very expensive.

2. You need to have an updated CV and a good presentation letter and be ready to send your CV online to companies and recruitment agencies and you have to also go and hand a hard copy of your CV to prospective employers in Dubai and recruitment agencies in Dubai free zones like Dubai Internet city and Jebel Ali free Zone

3. Scan through the Job section in Gulf news daily news paper & apply for jobs

4. For every CV you send out, confirm the receipt and do the necessary follows after a week or so. This will show that you are genuinely interested in obtaining a position with that firm.They will be receiving hundreds of Cv daily .This follow up will help you to draw their attention to your CV

5. Do as much research as you can about the companies in your field. Find out whether those companies have Dubai office.

6. Check out the local newspapers online, such as http://www.gulfnews.com and http://www.khaleejtimes.com Check out which companies from your country are operating in Dubai – maybe you can get an interview in your own country and ask for a Dubai posting.

7. Sitting in your home country & looking for a job sounds easy but if you are serious about getting a job here, you should come here and do the search.

8. Ideally come to Dubai on holiday, see as many relevant employment agencies and companies as you can while you’re here. Thousands of people are coming here on visit visas looking for jobs. You are much more likely to be offered a job if they can interview you in person.

9. Go to Dubai in cooler months – Expect a lot of walking around town for interviews and some companies are far from bus/train stations so you are required to walk. Bear in mind though that jobs in the cooler months are competitive as Dubai welcomes a deluge of job seekers.

10. Remember there is Nothing that beats networking. Network often, and network well. Getting a job in Dubai is competitive because everyone wants one. Build relationships and establish your credibility and enthusiasm in advance and often. This will assure you will have interviews lined up when you visit.

11. Special note to Females: be alert of the danger signs – There are those employers that take advantage of desperate female job seekers, be sharp and alert to read the signs.

12. There are a number of really good recruitment agencies (as listed above) depending on what line of work you fall into. Look them up, visit their sites, register, post your CV etc

In fact there are many that you should avoid. If you hear of any company guaranteeing you a job in return for an upfront charge, you know it’s too good to be true. Stay clear of these .Your money will end up in a black hole.

13. Many of the agencies and companies will advertise daily in the Appointments Sections of the Gulf News and the Khaleej Times, so be sure to pick up your copies, if you are in town.

14. Don’t just fax your CV to potential employers – it’ll get binned. Get the resources and call them instead. Request for an appointment.

15. If you are serious about looking for a job, then get your degree certificates, marriage certificate etc attested in your own country. These are essential for processing your & your spouse’s visa. Its very expensive & difficult to get it done from here. This would be a good start off point.

16. Positions in the freezones (internet city, media city, Jebel ali etc) are usually easier to get than others

17. Beware of scams – NEVER pay any amount for those ‘consultancy’ companies offering to receive your CV and finding a job on your behalf – in exchange for any amount .Here is the Thumb rule: never trust any firms that require you to pay cash in exchange for a job, no matter how small the amount!

18. Here are some Good agencies / firms that accept online applications for jobs:
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/jobs
http://dubai.dubizzle.com/jobs/ (Proceed with caution, there are lots of jobs posted by a consultancy in Sharjah & Ajman, which is a scam)
http://gnads4u.com/home/jobs
http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/english/

19. Create a single line description that tells about your current profile. Post this as an Ad in free classified sites mentioning your contact number and email ID in the description for eg: “Project Engineer with 4 years of exp in Project management , Procurement & expediting seeing a suitable job. call :050 ***** . Email : XXXX @gmail.com”. This will help you to promote yourself on job boards & search engines and will give a heads up .

20. And once you are here in Dubai you should also explore the option of giving “Situation /Job wanted ads in local newspapers for a nominal rates in the classified sections” of leading news papers such as gulf news, Khaleej times etc

21. Follow local news and updates and keep yourself informed at all times. You can follow twitter feeds such as @hashDubai (twitter.com/hashdubai)for latest news & current events in Dubai

22. Use online Resume creating tools such as – Remurse.com to create a copy of you resume online.You can promote this personal resume page on social media sites such as your facbook wall, your twitter page etc to get increased visibility for your CV. Always ensure that you give your contact details, most importantly your Direct phone number/ mobile number & email Id so that prospective recruiters can reach you without any difficulty.

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