(Note: English is not my mother language, I would like to apologize if there are expected mistake, and will appreciate your corrections and suggestions. Thank you)
So many young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia , and many more east-European countries looking for a job outside of their countries. In the following steps, I’ll try to explain in a simple way how to find a job in Dubai, Abu Dhabi – in, in Qatar or wherever you want . And not just to find a job, but by time to progress and develop your career as well.
It’s “working” 100 %. I’ll take myself as an example. I graduated from Mechanical Engineering School ( Not really important ) , arrived in Dubai as an assistant waiter , in 18 months I have progressed , passing all positions regularly, learning and developing experience , to the position of manager.
Currently I’m Asst. Front Office Manager in most popular part of Dubai, the Jumeirah Beach Residence, a 43 floors hotel , 356 apartments (total 700 units ) , three restaurants , a bar , a lounge … nice place to be and to work.
The company provides a visa, accommodation, transportation, once per year airline ticket to home country, insurance, and food at work…
Also my wife got a job in the biggest shopping center in the world, Dubai Mall, working in Sales & Marketing team for a popular Italian company that represents all the popular brands like Armani, Prada, D & G , Versace …
Then I would like to mention my friend Alem , known in Sarajevo as Cicko , DJ from night club “Sloga” , who will come to UAE in next few days. He got a job in one 5* hotel as a residence DJ in hotels night club.
Then my lil’ brother who works in Abu Dhabi Ferrari World more than a year already…
And there’s still plenty other ppl who came to UAE and find good jobs, developed career…
What is difference between UAE and other countries? For example, in my origin country, company owners and manager are not looking at your experience.
They will look in to the papers “diplomas” you’ve got, who is your connection (cousin who recommended you) and similar. But they really forget important thing. In most of the cases, Experience is more important than diploma you hold. In school you will learn so many things, but in the real “Action” you will get experience and learn the things they don’t teach in school.
In UAE is different story. Company owners and managers, they first look at your experience, then education. For sure I can say that you will get job before with good experience and not that much education than if you have good education but no experience
The city is totally open for the opportunities from the auto industry, hospitality, sales, real estate and much more. You can do everything you want and whatever you think you are capable to do, you just have to be persistent.
So let’s get job!
Let’s say, you wake up one morning, you are not happy with life you live, it’s very cold winter morning, (Dubai +30 at same time J )you don’t want to go out even and you decide to change sometning in your life, to try something new, so you want to move .
Knowledge of the English language is Prerequisite (doesn’t have to be perfect, for some positions you need just to be able to understand and communicate to pass Skype interview, one you are in UAE you will develop your language in few months)
Make a good means a GOOD CV.
I’ll advise you do not download some prepared CV and just fill up the info. Make your own. Be creative and professional. Include all experience you’ve got. I mean ALL. Attach all diplomas and certificates which can back up your experience. Make professional photo (passport photo, a bit bigger profile photo)
Make sure you wear nice shirt, put a tie and be professional. Don’t upload you FB photo with Hawaii t-shirt J
Just go to Google and search “good CV sample”, there is so many different ways to make a good one.
Do not forget to include accurate contact details, e-mail ,address and phone number
It’s also important to make a good “cover letter”
One you have prepared good CV, start researching.
Research about position you are applying for, about company’s profiles, about people who are already working there. Find out what the companies are looking for so you can prepare yourself better. How much is salary, what companies of your profile provide, what other people say about particular companies etc. It’s all about being ready.
You’ve done a CV , you have researched the market , decide what you want to do in Dubai (or somewhere else) , means it’s time to start to apply for a job .
There are hundreds of sites where you can apply.
I’ll always suggest applying directly to employer, without any agencies and “bridges” who promise this and that and take commission. (there are some very good agencies to whom you can trust, but first you have to research about it and see what other people say about particular agencies)
As a first page where you can look for a job, I would to mention dubizzle.com
Open the page. On the left side you will find “drop” menu.
Choose option all cities and to in “drop” option choose line JOBS.
Then at the next “drop” choose what kind of work. Example: Sales, Hospitality, Automotive…
Create a profile, Log in using e-mail , one time required to upload a CV and then you can apply for all suitable positions
Next one I would point out catererglobal.com and hospitality.com
Catererglobal and hozpitality would recommend to people who are looking for a job in hospitality industry. There you can find jobs in Dubai, Thailand, Maldives…all over the world…
The pages are very clear and easy to use. Create a profile, upload your CV and then apply, apply, apply…J
Next one I would recommend indeed.com ( indeed.ae for Emirates ) page that offers absolutely all the kind of businesses around the world . For example, if you type the indeed.co.uk you will be able to check offer for the UK. indeed.ae for Emirates etc. ..
There is a hundred other online sites where you can look for a job. Another good way is if you go to any company web site and click career. There you will find job offers from that company.
It is very important to be persistent. You may send 30 , 50 , 100 CV – s, and you may not get a positive response , but maybe just the next one you send is a “bingo”
Do not give up.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Next post will be about interview (Skype interview) where I’ll explain how that’s look like and what questions generally recruiters ask. Basically how to prepare yourself for that moment when you receive positive answer from company and when they set up “online meeting” (Skype interview) with you
It’s not difficult; you just need to be persistent.
So what are you waiting for, Sign out from FB and get a job! J
Thank you for reading