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Finding a Job in Dubai

Moving from one side of the world to the other presents a number of daunting challenges. Whether its acclimating to the distinct climate, adapting to the local culture, or making new friends, sometimes the adjustment can seem overwhelming. Add finding a job to the list and the situation becomes downright stressful.

Some of us travel to Dubai with gainfully employed spouses while others come on visitor visas with the hopes of securing employment in a fixed amount of time. No matter your time frame, there are a number of different tactics and resources that can be used to help you find a job in Dubai.

If you’re looking to ease into your job search then making use of the many UAE based job posting websites (Gulf Talent, Bayt, Monster Gulf) is a good beginning. Most companies or recruitment agencies will use these sites to post any available positions. In addition, many company websites will have a “careers” section that allows you to view job openings and submit your CV. It should be noted, however, that online applications have become very popular, so standing out from the hundreds of applications submitted online can be difficult.

If you’re looking to take a more personalized approach then enlisting the help of a recruitment agency can be a valuable tool. Many companies use recruiters to sift through the hundreds of applications they receive, so if you can connect with one then your CV is more likely to be seen by the employer.

Probably the most effective method for finding a job in Dubai is networking. This can take a variety of forms, including professional networking, third-party networking, or social networking. The first type, professional networking, is probably the least effective for job seekers. These events, clubs, or councils, are usually saturated with professionals who are primarily interested in furthering their business contacts, and rarely find time to connect with those looking for work. The second type, third-party networking, can be very effective if you have the right advocate. If a friend or spouse is willing to help and can put you in touch with some of their business connections or pass along your CV then this can go a long way in finding a job. Finally, and most effectively, there is social networking. When you’re new to Dubai there are lots of opportunities to attend parties or events in a social capacity. In this relaxed and non-threatening environment you will meet lots of people who know of job openings and are willing to help, as most expats have been in similar situations themselves.

It should also be noted that for many expats the hiring practices common in Dubai can seem a bit foreign. It is not uncommon, for example, for employers to request your picture, or for positions to be restricted based on age, gender, marital status, or ethnicity. It is best to accept these practices and include a head-shot on your CV.

Finally, the best tool in finding a job is a positive attitude. Whether your job search is coming along quickly or slowly, remember Dubai is a transient place and positions open up all the time. It is important to stay positive because eventually you’ll find the right job for you.

Happy hunting!

One Response to “Finding a Job in Dubai”

  1. Emre Gulen says:

    Hi, I read your article with pleasure, thank you.
    I’d like to make a suggestion actually. There is a web site called for UAE. Basically we can look for jobs from all around the sites. This site brings all the job ads in one place. Makes it easy to seek and apply for a right position instead of going and signing up all the career sites individually.

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