Learn to “question” your interviewer


An interview is not all about getting your answers right. It is also about putting in the right questions to your interviewer. As much as your prospective employer needs to discover you, you must also discover your employer to make that decision to separate an unsatisfactory job from a good career move. We found some great questions on Inc.com and the author highlights in this guide that great candidates evaluate a company.

“Great candidates ask questions they want answered because they’re evaluating you, your company–and whether they really want to work for you.”

While this article focuses on the employers than candidates, we found these 5 questions as a surefire way of letting your potential employers know that you are a serious, competent and ambitious resource.  Check out the link below for Jeff Haden’s interesting article .

» 5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask | Inc.com

Take your Internship to the Next Level


In the old days, they used to call it apprenticeship, where a young hopeful would be taken under the wings of an expert and learn the trade. In a more advanced corporate world, the same purpose is met by internship programs.

Finding an internship can be tough in the UAE, but a new online community to be launched this autumn, should come as a boon to the students struggling to find an internship. Having found an internship opportunity, most of us want this to be converted into a real job and then embark on a successful career.

Reality can be different though. A Forbes research shows that 60% of paid internships and 37% of unpaid internships turn into a job. While these numbers are not fully discouraging,   it is important to find oneself on the right side of these statistics. Make the right moves and grooves to turn your internship into a job.

» How to Turn an Internship Into a Job | About.com

Recruiting the right “culture” can be key

Cultural Diversity

Dubai prides itself on being host to over 200 nationalities and this has been a key hallmark of making this among the leading world cities. From the days of expatriate residents dominated by the subcontinent, this has been a significant change established in very little time.

As most of the expatriates are a working population, this is best reflected in the organizations operating out of Dubai. However, diversity in staff also brings with it diversity in culture. Every organization manages this by evolving their own unique culture that helps them get their work done.

As each expatriate is required to be a sponsored a Visa by their employer, this initial recruiting does carry some costs. At times, HR are worn out on recruiting with the risk of employees not adapting to the culture of the organization and find themselves either forced or volunteering to the exit door sooner than expected.

Like any other tips of this sort, while an organizations culture may be different than the other, it’s worth taking appropriate tactics at the time of recruiting to ensure you have employed the right cultural fit.

» 5 Ways to Find Candidates Who Fit Your Culture | ere.net

Dubai’s labour policy toward guest workers: a pattern to follow?

Dubai labor working conditions

The way the Emirate grew up within a few decades seems unrealistic. Indeed, the small fishing village became one of the most appealing cities on this planet with its freshly built outrageous skyscrapers telling an uncontested success story. The 829.84 m Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, is the proof that the only limit remains the sky. According to its remarkable wealth, even though it has also been severely hit during the 2007-2010 crises, Dubai is still draining talent from all around the world.

As a consequence, in 2012, the population of about 2 million inhabitants has four times as many foreigners as locals. Most of them are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Philippines, and they work in many different fields. Indeed, Dubai provides good job opportunities for citizens from underdeveloped or developing countries. The “kafala” system allow these guest workers to obtain legal entry in the United Arab Emirates, it is to say a three years work permit with a hypothetical renewal. The willing of working in Dubai as an expat is often led by a genuine desire to improve the conditions of living of families stuck in the home country. This is why the UAE is one of the largest remittances sending country in the world (about 12% of India’s total remittances come from the UAE).

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Are Arab Women Treated Equally at Work?


Bayt.com have just published the findings of their latest survey; ‘Women in the Middle East Workplace 2012’. This report focuses on what the working women of the region want, desire, and face every day. The results of this survey show that the women of the Middle East and North Africa are breaking free of traditional moulds to carve out careers that are both gratifying and rewarding. Women are playing an increasingly integral role in the region’s workforce, motivated by the desire for personal growth and independence. Key findings were:

  • Six out of ten Arab women in the GCC choose to work to broaden their life perspectives
  • More than half of women in Saudi Arabia are trying to break away from conventional roles in their desire for financial freedom
  • 22% of women claim that they work more hours than their male colleagues
  • 41% who feel that they receive less compensation than their colleagues

This report provides some interesting insight for Women in Dubai who are interested in developing their careers in Dubai and the Middle East. You can read the full report here on Bayt.com

Nestle to build Dh500m manufacturing facility in Dubai World Central


Nestle has secured a 175,000 square meter plot for a manufacturing facility in Dubai World Central which will make nutrition, culinary and coffee products

Chairman of Nestle Middle East Yves Manghardt said: “Nestle is committed to strengthening our presence in the Middle East markets. We will continue to invest in projects that enable us to better serve consumers in the region, while leveraging the strategic advantages of DWC and the UAE in general as a distribution and manufacturing base.”

The new facility is expected to generate 800 jobs. For more information about when you can begin to apply for these jobs, please keep an eye on Nestle Middle East Careers Page