While there is no shortage of job openings in the UAE, it’s important to be aware of the best practices for job seekers in the UAE. There are positions available across diverse domains.
We’re sharing some tips and tricks to help you get a job in the UAE that suits your experience, qualifications and academic credentials.
1. Understand Your Market Well
the UAE has an extremely competitive market and expatriates constituting the major working population. However, after the introduction of the Emiratization policy, most companies have started giving preference to local candidates who are looking for work opportunities in the UAE. This may or may not have an impact on your job search. Having said that, it is quite surprising that you will find companies and industries that you may never have heard of.
Before you begin your hunt, it’s essential to do some homework and learn as much as you can about the economy, demographics, living standards, labour laws and the corporate culture of the emirate. Look at reliable reviews to understand average salaries, basic living expenses and other financial requirements, so that you are in a better position to negotiate reasonable remunerations.
2. Prepare Well Before Applying for Jobs
Apart from being aware of the current economic conditions and the job market, it’s important for you to stay updated with the employment and visa policies for workers in the UAE.
Alterations in employment and labour laws in the UAE make a huge impact on the overall job market. It also affects other employment-related matters such as the demand for workforce, remuneration and compensation packages.
Create a crisp and competitive resume as per UAE standards. If required, you can acquire professional resume writing services or find CV templates online.
3. Online Application once your CV/Resume is Updated
With recent changes in technologies, recruitment process has changed entirely. Companies still do depend on MS Word / PDF format CVs. But, they are slowly losing their edge to your Online Job Profile. Here’s how the modern day recruitment takes place:
– The recruiter receives the job openings;
– The recruiter logs into the website’s recruiter portal;
– If the recruiter is looking for, let’s say a ‘Sales Manager for Logistics industry with 10 years of experience’, the recruiter area inputs in the search box :
– ‘Sales Manager’, Years of experience ‘7 to 12’, qualification ‘Graduate’;
– Once she clicks on search, the system gives relevant results on various profiles that are listed;
– Recruiter selects the most relevant profiles and shortlists them for further interview;
– The recruiter may also call them for their updated profile.
Hence, it is necessary that your resume is ATS compliant and includes all the necessary keywords related to your job position and industry.
4. Documents Required to Land a Job in the UAE
Here is a list of mandatory documents required to improve your chances to get a job.
– Identity card or any other photo ID relative to your country of residence
– Copies of your parents’ identity card or photo IDs
– Passport-sized photos not older than 3 months
– Driving License (not mandatory)
– A passport with a validity of more than 6 months
– Academic certificates and relative degrees preferably attested from the UAE embassy or consulate
5. Get Recommendations and Converse with Everyone You Know in the UAE
Thinking that employers do not care about referrals is wrong. The majority of the employers do contact the referee even before they call the candidate for a job interview. Also, keep this in mind that employers also perform a proper reference check. So ensure that the skills and things you are recommended for are all accurate and appropriate.
People are usually helpful and you asking them will definitely prove that you are serious about the job search. However, don’t make them feel that you are desperate for a job in any case.