New Year – New You, as soon as the clock strikes midnight on January 1st we’re bombarded with messages on how we should improve ourselves, from our fitness and diet to our bank balances and efficiency, we are told every year that we should be concentrating on becoming that better version of ourselves. However, if you woke up on January 1st full of good intentions to take control of your career and find that role you’ve always dreamed of – 2018 could be your year to find a job in the Middle East.
A lot has been said about the slowdown of the market in the UAE, and whilst it is still somewhat subdued, the Monster Employment Index http://www.monstergulf.com/employment-index/?la=en has seen a year on year improvement in the online job demand locally with significant demand in sectors such as IT, Telecoms and Consumer Goods. Good news for those looking for jobs in Dubai.
The Gulf News recently reported that wide-scale projects such as the implementation of the new tax system, the digital transformation of many industries, such as retail and a need to diversify from the reliance on the oil industry mean that we can be positive about many more roles appearing this year. In fact, Paul Drum, head of policy at CPA Australia said, earlier this month, that around 5,000 finance and accounting vacancies will open up within the GCC as a result of VAT implementation alone.
Further afield from the UAE, other Gulf States are seeing significant growth – KSA leads the way in jobs in the Middle East with an 11% year on year growth of online vacancies.
So, if all this is music to your ears and you are looking for a new job in 2018, the recruiters at Inspire Selection are looking to hear from you – follow our top tips to success:
Find the right job not just a new job
Use every opportunity and connection you can to find out what jobs are out there – embrace digital channels, job sites, update your linked-in profile (see how here: http://www.inspireselection.com/linkedin-tips-for-job-seekers), use professional and personal networks, connect with recruiters and email organisations directly. Do your research and create an image of an ideal role and organisation, be fussy but also creative, don’t be boxed-in by where you are now – think about where you want to be in the future and plan the steps to get you there.
Changing your job can be an extremely positive and rewarding event, but it can also be stressful and scary. Remember to concentrate on the ‘pull’ factors that make a new role attractive rather than the ‘push’ factors that put your off your existing role.
At Inspire Selection, we say ‘quality over quantity’ – create your shortlist and apply to those companies and roles which reflect you, your abilities and ideals.
Applying – your CV
Tailor your CV to match the role and the organisation. Recruiters see hundreds of CVs a day so yours needs to stand out, for the right reasons. Think about the organisation’s values and culture, show how these match yours. Don’t just mention career successes; explain how they benefitted your organisation and what impact you made in your role. Demonstrate how your skills and experience match those required.
Be personal, be honest, be succinct and, we cannot stress this enough, be accurate, a CV with poor grammar and spelling mistakes will not make the shortlist.
Speak to your Inspire Selection recruiter for more tips to a winning CV, http://www.inspireselection.com/info/contact.asp
Making the right impression – the interview
This is your chance to shine, but also to find out more about the role and the organisation. Preparation is key, find out as much as you can about the organisation, even if it is just an informal chat, be prepared to demonstrate how your experience and skills can benefit the employer and show a real interest in and understanding of what the company stands for.
This may sound obvious, but be prepared to talk about yourself, what motivates you, your strengths and qualities, why you want the position and why you fit the role. Employers are not only looking to see if your experiences match the role but also if you will fit the organisation – you should use this time to do the same. Keep calm, be friendly and professional, however, allow your personality to show, a good recruiter will have an understanding of the culture of the organisation and finding the correct cultural fit in a new recruit will save them time and money in the long run. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, this will demonstrate an interest in the role but will also help you to decide if you are making the change for the right reasons.
Success – the offer
Negotiating a salary package needn’t be seen as daunting, nor should it be seen as a problem by the employer – “We found that those people who attempted to negotiate their salary in a constructive way are perceived as more favourable than those who didn't negotiate at all, because they were demonstrating the skills the company wanted to hire them for," says Robin Pinkley, co-author of Get Paid What You're Worth and an associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business.
Start preparing and finding out salary bands early on in the process – there is no point in progressing if you cannot afford to take the role – be honest, there may be room for manoeuvre. Demonstrate how you can affect the bottom line of the company and be prepared to justify why they should pay you what you need. Be mindful of all of your requirements, tell the employer what your needs are in terms of salary, benefits and opportunities rather than a final figure.
Don’t be afraid to think about an offer when one is made and give yourself time, remember, if the employer can’t offer the salary you want, think about other valuable options that might not cost as much, such education, which can make a big difference in your long-term marketability.
This is a vital part of the process and the way you and the employer behaves gives a clear demonstration of how working life will be – remember if at any stage of the process you believe that this is not the organisation for you – it is perfectly fine to walk away, the experience will help you next time round.
Ready to start finding the ‘new you’ for 2018? Browse vacancies and register your CV here http://www.inspireselection.com/jobs/ Inspire Selection recruiters are waiting to help you find your dream job.
Posted on Thursday Jan 11