Dubai is one of the most sought-after places to live, work, and play — which means that finding your dream job there can take a significant amount of energy. After all, you are competing with a lot of other people who also want to call the city-state home.
In order to assist you in designing the life you want, here are three ways to find your dream job in Dubai.
- Build a strong network.
You have heard it before, and you will hear it again: Networking is crucial for finding your dream job or career. Networking should be seen as a long-term strategy, something that you should always be doing no matter how you currently feel about your situation or position.
Maybe you already have your dream job, but you should still always be looking to network and connect with others, as you never know when your circumstances may change. The more people you know, the more chances you have to learn about new opportunities.
The worst thing that anyone can do in their career (and even in their life) is to settle and become complacent. Never stop working towards your dream job. Never stop building your network.
One day, when you are looking to make a change in your job or career, you can tap into the network you have been creating. In addition to your personal system, utilize your professional one.
Another chain to take advantage of is the alumni network from your university alma mater. Most universities have alumni databases that record where graduates are living and working. This is an often overlooked way of finding contacts in the industry that you are interested in joining.
Speak with your university’s career center about connecting with other alumni, as well as asking whether they have any professional relationships that can help you find an entrance point to the industry.
- Work with a recruiter.
Even if you have spent years curating a professional network, it still may not reach the areas that you are looking to move to. For example, you may know a million people in the United Kingdom, but if you are looking for your dream job in Dubai, they may not be of too much help.
In this situation, reaching out to and opting to work with the top recruitment agency in the UAE can make the search a lot more approachable and efficient.
What benefit does working with a recruitment agency bring you? Well, a professional agency is up-to-date on open positions, they have deep relationships with firms and contacts in a variety of industries, and they know how employment works in that specific part of the world.
While it may very well be an overwhelming undertaking for you, a top recruitment agency will know how to get you the introduction at the firm of your dreams, as well as inform you of other similar companies that may be a better fit.
- Take advantage of the Internet.
In 2018, the world runs through the Internet, and this is especially true when it comes to finding a job. From online forums to LinkedIn, social media platforms to job posting websites, the Internet is where you can see a wide variety of opportunities, hear about the latest jobs in Dubai, and further investigate a potential company.
If you already have some ideas of firms that you would be interested in working for, use the Internet to keep track of any job opportunities, as many companies will post these openings on their websites and present information on the application requirements.
Additionally, make sure that you are joining online forums and that you are keeping your LinkedIn profile up-to-date with all your talents, results, and interests. There is no denying that LinkedIn is the best social media platform when it comes to career and job search networking.
LinkedIn is so powerful because you can search for positions that are in the exact location and industry that you desire. Moreover, companies can also search for you. That is why it is essential to keep your profile updated.
Are you considering moving to Dubai, or somewhere else? What are some of the biggest challenges you are facing concerning finding a job? Let us know in the comments below!
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.