How To Unlock Dubai’s Hidden Job Market By Networking

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Do you know that only a small amount of job seekers find their jobs through the open jobs market, that is through: internet jobs boards, newspaper ads and ‘help wanted’ ads. While we don’t have specific figures for Dubai, some US Department of Labour figures — which I believe have universal application — suggest that only 5% of jobs are obtained through the open market and an overwhelming 95% are found through other means. These other ways of finding jobs can be broken down as follows:

  • 24 % of candidate’s get jobs by cold-calling
  • 23 % of candidates get jobs through agencies and careers services
  • A massive 48% get jobs through referrals and word of mouth.

Yes, in most cities in the world including Dubai, I believe (and research suggests) that most jobs are being filled through this secret and hidden job market via employee referrals and word of mouth. And if you rely simply on jobs boards and help wanted ads to find work you are missing a large piece of the Dubai jobs market.

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Emirates-Quantas Alliance To Increase Tourism and Hospitality Jobs

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Dubai Tourism prospects have been given a boost recently as a result of the Emirates-Quantas alliance which has been forged to give travellers a greater choice in onward connections from Dubai to Europe.

Dubai Tourism officials hope that travellers to Dubai will start to see Dubai as more than just a transit hub as the city will be more accessible, with the airlines offering 98 services a week between Australia and Dubai.

Growth in Hospitality Jobs

By year’s end, the 380-room Fairmont Palm Hotel and Resort and the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel (at 355 metres, the tallest dedicated hotel building in the world) are set to open in Dubai – and will capture the increasing flow of tourists as a result of the Emirates-Quantas deal.

This will be creating lots of hospitality job opportunities for Emirati and expatriates – so this is a good time to make enquiries to those hotels for job opportunities.

Are Your Ready For Gitex Technology Week?

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Top leaders from some of the largest information and communication technology companies in the world converge in Dubai on Sunday for a five-day showcase, which is expecting 140,000 conference attendees from 144 countries to seek innovation and redefine the future.

Now in its 32nd year, Gitex Technology Week is widely regarded as one of the world’s top three international information and communication technology (ICT) events. This year more than 625 new exhibitors are taking part from 54 countries.

According to research firm IDC, IT spending in the Middle East and Africa region will surpass $65 billion (Dh238 billion) this year, growing at nearly 12 per cent year on year.

This is a great networking opportunity for Dubai job seekers  looking to develop or progress their career in IT – as there will be representatives from over 3,500 technology companies present.

New Jobs From £655M Taj Arabia Project?

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Dubai has unveiled plans for a £665 million reproduction of the Taj Mahal that will not only be four times bigger than the 17th century original but contain a shopping centre, a 300-room five-star hotel, serviced apartments and bridal wear stores.

The Taj Arabia as it will be called is expected to be completed in two years and will be part of a a bigger project called the Falconcity of Wonders, which will also feature replicas of the Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and Leaning Tower of Pisa.

New Employment Prospects? A project of this scale is going to create immediate increased demand for construction and engineering professionals in Dubai. And also, within the next 12 to 18 months, it is likely that the Taj Arabia development will start its hiring campaign for hotels staff. So, hospitality professionals interested in working in this exciting new development should keep an eye on this project.

How to Find a Career Mentor

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There are many benefits associated with having a career mentor. A mentor is someone with more experience in their career than you, meaning that they can help you navigate through the politics, the difficulties and the ups and downs of the job. He or she can help you determine what your career goals are, and how you can reach them; help to develop your communication skills; engender more responsibility; and help you get ahead quicker. These all sound pretty good! So how do you go about finding someone to be your career mentor?

The first step is to determine what your short term career goals are. Do you want to improve your skills and knowledge, or do you want to get promoted? Knowing what your goals are will help you to clarify what you want to get out of a mentoring relationship. Do you want your mentor to help you advance in your career or do you want him or her to be a sounding board for your ideas?

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What To Expect At Interview For An International Assignment in Dubai

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The UAE economy has performed well in the first three quarters of 2012 – and surprisingly much of this has been driven by good growth in Dubai’s non oil sector, according to a recent report released by Standard Chartered Bank. The three industrial areas in Dubai which are doing particularly well are trade, tourism and retail. Figures show that Dubai Airport passengers levels are up 13.7% and Dubai hotel guest levels from the GCC increased by 45%. Demand for services and tourism staff is expected to grow and we will expect to see a continuing influx of international workers into Dubai to start up a new career.

So, for you workers who are looking to take your first step into overseas working and are perhaps looking for an overseas assignment in the UAE, particularly Dubai, what can you expect from the interview process? Well, since you are going overseas outside your native country, recruiters and employees will not just be looking at your job related skills, they will also be considering how well you can adapt to working overseas and in a new social and business culture. In fact, I have even conducted a few of these types of interviews myself.

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