7 Top Body Language Mistakes at Interview


Do you know that a failure to exhibit the right body language may be harming your chances of getting a job?

Do you know what the right body language is for interview?

Do you know which body language should be showing to the interviewer to maximise your chances of landing a job?

Is the answer to one of more of these questions, “no?”. Well, the good news is that Career-Builder completed a study of 2,500 hiring managers and asked them, “what are the top body language mistakes that would make them less likely to hire someone?” You can find the results below.

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du announces 200 Emirati jobs in 2013


During the first day of Tawdheef 2013, which du is supporting as a Gold Sponsor, the company presented more than 200 training and career development opportunities to UAE national. In parallel, the company announced that it will be recruiting 60 UAE nationals in various positions this year, for entry level jobs upward.

du’s stand at Tawdheef 2013 proved to be popular during the exhibition’s first day, with many job-seeking Emiratis expressing their interest in the positions available with the company.

Visitor’s to du’s stand at Tawdheef 2013 are invited to submit their CVs into the telecom’s online database, which is dedicated to UAE Nationals.

Once included in the database, Emiratis will be informed of relevant opportunities that suit their profile, as and when they become available at the company.

Former expats missing good life head back to Dubai

According to a report in emigrate.co.uk, former expat workers in Dubai disappointed in the lack of opportunity and salary cuts in their home countries are heading back to the good life in Dubai.

However, things may have changed since the point of leaving. Supply is now exceeding demand, and employers are becoming more selective. In addition, moves by all the Middle Eastern countries including the UAE are edging towards employing nationals in preference to expats, however well they know the region and its culture. Jobs are still out there, with finance and banking the major sector followed by the oil and gas industries, with education, industrial and health care positions on the up, but the writing is on the wall.

Dubai employers are cutting back on expat packages, and are in a better negotiating position given an oversupply of applicants, making the good life a little less good than before

How To Optimize Your CV to Beat Applicant Short-listing Software


According to a BBC survey, 18 out of the 20 of the world’s largest companies use hiring software to automatically, search rank and short-list applicant resumes. Why? Because its takes less time and money to have a computer do it rather than a human. This applicant short-listing software is known as an applicant tracking system or ATS.

Why is this important for Dubai Jobseekers to know? Well, because in Dubai – just like most other commercial cities, the local and international employers will be using ATS to shortlist resumes/CVS. And, the issue is that because an ATS and not a human is sifting your resume/CV you must develop a resume/CV that is tuned to be easily read by an ATS, that is if you want to maximise your chance of getting a job with a Dubai employer.Continue Reading »

Emirati jobseekers put career growth ahead of money


That was the message from young people attending the Emirati Youth Forum yesterday who said the opportunity to grow was the deciding factor in accepting a job – four places ahead of pay.

About 50 students and recent graduates took part in the forum held a day before the Emiratisation Summit. In a live voting session, 30 per cent of participants said the opportunity for growth and promotion was the most important factor when considering a job offer; 20 per cent said learning new skills was the top factor; while 18 per cent said work environment and culture was the main factor. Only 10 per cent said they would consider salary first. A mere 2 per cent said working hours were the most important criterion.

Everyone is always saying that Emiratis [only consider] working hours and salary,” said Sulaf Saleh Al Zu’bi, the chief executive of INJAZ UAE, an organisation that aims to build bridges between schools and colleges and the private sector.

“Employers tell me they can’t hire Emiratis because they can’t give them the salaries and working hours they demand. Hopefully this will prove them wrong.”

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UAE bucks world trend to hire by the thousands


According to a report in the National, Companies in the UAE are bucking the hiring downturn elsewhere in the world and recruiting enough Emiratis to fill more than 2,000 jobs.

Vacancies for more than 700 positions have already been advertised online by a mix of private companies and Government organisations ahead of the Tawdheef recruitment exhibition and career fair, which is set to begin on Tuesday. About 25 per cent of recruiters are private or semi-private companies this year, up from just 10 per cent a year ago, and includes banks such as HSBC, and Millennium and Copthorne Hotels. Positions posted by exhibitors range in skills requirements, from a fashion designer to an armed support vehicle mechanic, as well as paramedics and doctors.

On the spot interviews

The hope is candidates will come prepared with tailored CVs and cover letters, some of whom will be invited for interviews on the spot if they are seen as suitable. Many jobs are also expected to be available through the online career site, Bayt.com, once it launches a virtual jobs fair in the UAE next week.