Most of us, if not all go to the UAE on a visit or tourist visa for Job Hunting! And majority of us have no guarantee to find a satisfying job. But here are some tips and suggestions to maximize your probability to find a suitable job within short span of time and resources in UAE.
It takes time to research and locate your ideal position in UAE. If you are unemployed, make this task your full-time job; if you’re employed, set aside some time every day after work for job search.
UAE is a highly competitive job market where 83.5% expatriates are working. Due to #Emiratization policy, preference is given to local candidates than comes western and Arab citizens followed by western educated candidates. Asians are in high supply and low demand; thus receiving comparatively lesser salaries. Therefore, it is strongly suggested first to develop competitive advantage, create sound forward linkages and take calculated risk and informed decisions on the basis of market realities to qualify for any well-paid job in UAE.
It is recommended that you secure employment before #travelling to the UAE. Speculative visits are occasionally successful, but rarely lead to an offer of employment unless you are extremely lucky or have good networks in the country. Therefore, it is strongly suggested to start your job search from your #home country that too at least one to three month before your plan visit because most of the jobs-especially white collar jobs-in UAE advertise at least 20 to 30 days before starting screening, shortlisting and interviewing process. This way you will better be able to gauge your market potential besides streamlining some interviews while entering UAE. If you receive any kind of positive response than it is suggested to move ahead otherwise do not take risk. If you start applying after entering UAE, this means you will be wasting at least 20-30 days out of your 30-90 days visit visa.
Narrow your focus with reference to sectors and potential positions that you want to apply for. That means look for only those opportunities that match your core competencies, career goals, personal priorities and experience to secure your targeted job within limited time and resources.
Research job opportunities and potential employers and create forward linkages besides continuously updating your knowledge, skills and expertise. According to my observation and findings it is highly likely to find a job in #education, #healthcare, #tourism, #hospitality, #logistics, #export, #construction and #retail sectors as they are booming in UAE. While production, manufacturing and automotive sector are showing sluggish sentiments. Petroleum and petrochemicals; fishing, aluminum, cement, fertilizers, banking, commercial ship repair, construction materials, boat building, handicrafts and textiles are major industries in UAE. Therefore, pertinent professionals are suggested to take informed decisions accordingly.
Before applying for visa confirm whether it is extendable or not. From #January1st, 2015 visit visa extension policy have been finished in UAE. One can get nonexpendable visit visa for one month or three months at an average cost of 800 AED and 2100 AED respectively depending with where you get the visa.
Initially, it is very much difficult to land in job market of UAE. Therefore, it is suggested not to expect high #salaries in the short run. Therefore, if one get an offer having more than equal to his real salary in his/her own country along with accommodation and transportation, then s/he should accept the offer as it is very much easy to grow within organization besides jumping from one opportunity to other after getting a little bit experience in local market. Especially well qualified and competent individual have better chances to get a better opportunity once landed in local market. There is no bounding or ban for skipping jobs even before the end of contract if one get better opportunity in Free Zones or Government Organizations in UAE.