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Few tips to find jobs in Saudi Arabia and UAE

Few tips to find jobs in Saudi Arabia and UAE

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For many aspirants, landing a job in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates marks their initial foray into international work experience.

Platforms like LinkedIn can be highly beneficial in this pursuit, but there are additional steps aspiring candidates should take.

Both countries host multinational companies and offer a conducive environment with attractive salaries. There is a diverse array of job opportunities in sectors like energy and healthcare.

Notably, popular job search websites such as Bayt.com, Naukri.com, and GulfTalent indicate that jobs are also available in the real estate and finance sectors in these countries.

Below are steps to secure a job in the Middle East.

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Networking:

In every profession, it’s important for experts to be skilled at networking to expand connections and foster better work relationships. Attending industry events and connecting with colleagues through in-person gatherings or online platforms like LinkedIn can assist individuals in building robust networks.

Being part of industry-specific groups enables individuals to stay informed about the latest job trends in the region.

For those employed in multinational companies with offices in Gulf countries, requesting a transfer to the region can be explored by contacting the human resources department or relevant supervisors.

Recruitment agencies, websites:

Many people are aware that numerous companies in Gulf countries rely on recruitment agencies to handle their hiring needs.

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Companies regularly communicate their job requirements to these agencies, which then advertise the positions on online platforms to find suitable candidates.

To increase their chances, individuals should research reputable agencies and submit their resumes or CVs to those specializing in their specific fields.

It’s worth noting that job websites like Bayt.com, Naukri.com, GulfTalent, and LinkedIn are valuable resources for job seekers.

Aspiring candidates can also register with recruitment agencies operating in Saudi Arabia, such as Holden Knight and Regent Personnel, particularly for healthcare jobs in the Middle East. The Saudi Yellow Pages provide a list of recruitment agencies.

For most jobs, applicants need to complete an application form along with submitting a CV. Some positions may also require a tailored cover letter based on the job’s requirements.

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Interviews:

Video interviews have converted more common since the coronavirus virus when most of the world was at a full stop due to the lockdown. The tool is the same as for the in-person interview.

Job searchers should organize themselves, dress professionally, study about the company and desired role, and make attentive answers after receiving the call for an interview.

In some cases, applicants are asked to take a test that is supervised by them.

Securing a visa:

The demand for quickly issuing work visas has risen due to the rapid progress of projects aligned with Vision 2030.

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In Saudi Arabia, employers – whether commercial, merchant, or a company branch – need to sponsor a temporary work visa. This can be done online, and the visa is valid for a year, allowing entry into the kingdom for up to 90 days at a time.

In the UAE, employers sponsor visas for candidates from outside the country. It’s important to note that working on a visit or tourist visa is not allowed.

After accepting a job offer, the employer applies for a residency visa on the candidate’s behalf. Later, the candidate can obtain a work permit from the Ministry of Labor.

Work permits and employment visas in the UAE can have durations ranging from one to 10 years.

Language requirements:

In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Arabic is the primary language, but English, Hindi, Persian, and Urdu are also commonly spoken due to a important expatriate population from India and Pakistan.

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While locals often use English for everyday conversations and business dealings, having a grasp of Arabic can provide a deeper understanding of the countries’ environment and enhance your ability to navigate day-to-day situations.

 

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