Dubai University organizes its annual Career Fair


The Career Services Office at The American University in Dubai (AUD) is organizing its annual Career Fair  at the AUD Knights Arena in the university’s Center building on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Career Services Manager Ms. Stella Mandehou comments: “This eagerly-awaited event has grown again this year with almost 60 regional and international employers registered to attend…

As in previous years, the AUD Career Fair 2013 will see the participation of major companies specializing in Finance and Banking, Marketing, Advertising, Media, Recruitment, Engineering, Visual Communication, Graphic Design and Information Technology.

You can read the full press release here.


6 Interview Questions Dubai Job seekers Should Be Ready For


The Dubai job market continues to grow healthily, which is good news for job seekers as there are plenty of opportunities. But, where there are opportunities there will of course be fierce competition and candidates will need to up their game in 2013 if they are to land their dream job.

One area that candidates should focus on is their interview preparation and their readiness to answer any questions that may be thrown at them. Of course, while it is not possible to know the exact questions that employers may ask, most employers will ask questions which come from 1 of the following 6 categories of question, which means you can and should prepare to answer these. Below, I have outlined the 6 main types of interview question you may face and suggested how you should answer them.Continue Reading »

UAE Jobs on the Increase as Projects Get Underway


According to a press release from marketwire, recruitment in the United Arab Emirates is expected to boom in 2013 as the local economy enjoys a significant boost in investment.

An increasing number of large-scale projects have been announced by both the government and the private sector, and recruitment agencies are reporting that up to 15% more jobs are being advertised compared to a year ago.

Traditional areas of the economy such as oil, gas and petrochemicals are predicted to generate the most number of new jobs, but sectors that have been slow in the recent economic climate, including banking, construction and real estate, are also showing very positive signs.

Recruitment experts in the region are in no doubt that this year will represent a great time for those looking to work in the UAE.

A spokesperson for Middle East specialist Mackenzie Jones said: “Dubai and the UAE as a whole has not stopped being a popular place to come and work, but we have definitely seen a significant upturn in the employment market recently.

Holidays boost to make private sector jobs more appealing to Emiratis


Private sector weekends and public holidays may soon be brought in line with those of government employees, suggests a report in the National.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, announced the move to adjust the holidays last week. Speaking on the second day of a Government Summit in Dubai, he said this was part of efforts to make private sector employment more appealing to Emiratis – a sector in which he said 30,000 new positions were available.

The Minister of Labour has been assigned to adjust the working hours and days of the private sector to be more compatible with those of the public sector,” said Sheikh Mansour.

Private sector employees work up to 57 extra days a year

The current law only grants a day a week of mandatory rest for private sector workers, whereas government employees have two days off and are also allotted longer public holidays. As a result, many private sector employees work an extra 57 days a year.

Sheikh Mansour added, “There is a 57 working day gap each year between the two sectors. These issues need to be addressed and we are working on finding suitable solutions for it.”

How to Make a Great First Impression in Your Dubai Job Interview


A recent study from Harvard University tells us that  interviewers  make up their mind about you within 30 seconds of meeting you, yes just 30 seconds!

Think about that when you next attend an interview in Dubai, that by the time, you have greeted the interview, shaken hands, exchanged pleasantries and sat down, the interviewer could already have decided if you are a good or bad fit for the job.

This is why it is so important that you make a strong first impression on your interviewer and below, I have set out several steps to help you do this.

1.Build a strong on-line brand

Research tells us that 92% of employers are checking social media profiles before they even lay their eyes on a candidate, which means your interviewer will be developing an impression of you long before you enter the interview room. Continue Reading »

UAE to align public-private sector pay; does this affect you?


According to a report in, The Emirates is considering changes to the existing Labour Law.

Focusing on its effort to increase the number of local nationals working in the private sector, the UAE is considering changes to the existing Labour Law, which will ensure that those working in private companies will receive salaries equivalent to ones being paid by the government in similar positions.

Many Emiratis prefer to work in the public sector as some private companies have longer working hours, shorter holidays, and lower pay scales, thus increasing the pressure on government jobs.

UAE Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash is likely to present the government with a review of the current labour law shortly, it has been reported in Al Khaleej daily. The review will include proposals to bring private and public sector salaries in line, as well as increasing private sector holidays.