In recent years, Dubai has seen an economic transformation.
This city-state has diversified its economy, transforming itself from a global oil exporter to a tech start-up hub for entrepreneurs and innovators. This change has attracted many young job seekers and professionals to Dubai shores.
This economic transformation is bolstered by a positive outlook for the job market in Dubai. This continuation of a strong job market is supported by Dubai’s desire to retain a competitive advantage other the rest of the Gulf region.
If you’re an aspirant looking for greener pastures in Dubai, but are unsure of where to start, this article is for you. Here’s what you need to do to get that dream job in the City of Gold.
- Complete your online certifications
In a recent article, Gulf News revealed the hiring trends expected to impact Dubai’s job market in the upcoming years. The introduction of a new tax system in 2018, alongside Dubai’s digital transformation, means that those in IT and accounting and finance will be in high demand.
Job seekers looking to stand out against the competition in these fields will do well to strengthen their skill sets through training and certification courses.
Attending one of the many training programs in Dubai enables job seekers to learn from subject matter experts, improving their skills and keeping their knowledge relevant to emerging trends.
- Build your online persona
In today’s digital world, having a strong online presence is key to standing out and being recognized by hiring managers and recruiters.
What you post online can positively or negatively affect your job search. It’s important that the online persona you portray puts you in the best light.
To build a professional online persona, start with a personal blog or website. Focus on career interests and other information that may attract a future employer. From there, branch out to key social channels like LinkedIn and Twitter.
- Be active on social media
Today’s job search has gone fully digital. The power of social requires job seekers today to be active on social platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter.
Actively participating through social channels by publishing content or sharing material will make it easier for recruiters and hiring managers to find you.
Social media is also great for networking as you’re able to initiate conversations with individuals and companies related to your industry. Be careful of what you post online and how you engage with communities, as inappropriate content can be detrimental to your job search.
- Register on job boards
While social media has attracted a lot of attention in recent years, job boards are still crucial for your job search. Job boards or job sites allow you to discover the latest opportunities, research your ideal job, and check out the latest career advice.
By registering on Dubai-based job boards, you increase your chances of being selected by recruiters and hiring managers.
- Work with a recruiter
Many businesses in Dubai fill permanent positions through headhunters and recruiters. With Dubai’s job market becoming extremely competitive, having one of the top recruitment agencies in Dubai by your side can be the advantage you need to stand out. Their large network, excellent knowledge of the labor market, and access to the “hidden job market,” will give you a decided advantage over the competition.
But do be cautious when working with a recruitment agency. Do your thorough research before approaching and working with one.
Fake recruiter scams are prevalent and can cost you both time and money. If a recruiter charges you high fees to help you land a job, that’s a sign that it may be a scam.
Other tips to consider
Despite Dubai’s greener pastures, finding a job in this city can be a challenge. To better improve your chances of landing your dream job, focus on your job search. Don’t apply for jobs you’re not qualified for as that effectively wastes time and money.
But most importantly, be patient and don’t lose heart. A great job opportunity could be waiting just around the corner.
David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.