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Old 15th August 2012, 01:32 PM
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Hi Guys
Probably not a new question and I have seen some answers from a few weeks / months ago
My husband is reluctant to resign from the bank in the UK he works for and join me in UAE until he has a solid offer

But from looking on this forum it looks like recruiters and agents only take you seriously if you are physically in Dubai?

Hes going to be looking for Banking roles in Credit Risk / Product Control / Investment Banking trade support

I know this is a bit of a 'how long is a piece of string question'

But how did people go about it

Does he just rock up at the offices of recruitment agencies and pester them with a CV?

Are there many roles in Dubai right now?

Has anyone been through this (both applying from UK or biting the bullet and moving over jobless)

The main stresssy questions is 'how long' does it take

Does it take 3 months / 6 / a year?

Are agents more helpful if they see although he is in UK his wife in the UAE already so he has a dependents visa and secure foot and intention to get over?

Any tips / experiences / advice would be very helpful

Thanks

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My husband is reluctant to resign from the bank in the UK he works for and join me in UAE until he has a solid offer.
I wouldn't as well

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But from looking on this forum it looks like recruiters and agents only take you seriously if you are physically in Dubai?
If it's an high profile job, I don't think so

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I agree with ziokendo. Banking is undergoing a crisis, more so in UAE where a lot of international banks are scaling down their operations. In any case, for the roles that your husband is involved in, the best bet would be regional banks here ( not international banks which probaby run these roles out of other geographies)

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But how did people go about it

Does he just rock up at the offices of recruitment agencies and pester them with a CV?

Are agents more helpful if they see although he is in UK his wife in the UAE already so he has a dependents visa and secure foot and intention to get over?


There is something I really don't get when I read a post like this. Do people in the UK not look for jobs themselves? Is everything always done 100% through recruitment agencies? [I am asking a serious question, not trying to be insulting]

I see threads over and over about what agency to use and the like, and it seems like the idea of researching companies in one's field and contacting those companies is a completely foreign idea.

I was taught that the best jobs are usually not advertised, you research companies. Find the decision makers and make your case why they need you. Circumventing the HR process whenever possible

I do know that in this country if camping out in front of recruitment agencies and pestering them with CVs is your approach it is going to be a long wait.

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Have asked this before about recruitment agencies... It pops up a lot.

All countries are the same is what most people have said, even the uk. Recruitment agencies overall are not used anywhere unless niche jobs.




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A friend of mine is in banking & he says it's the case where you are better to be in the country for them to take you seriously but I'm not in banking & don't know the current crisis so if he's ok to wait in the uk then wait & see. If he can afford to get up & out the uk & hound agencies then do it.

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Hi,

Yes in banking services (Investment Banking, Wealth, Private Banking) they are much more higher payer than your typical role and there is almost ALWAYS an agent that will represent you.

They post on websites but ultimately to get an interview they will put your CV to their HR contact. Applying online directly to the bank is a complete waste of time and much slower. You end up filling these long questionnaires about rubbish and competency tests whereas an agent can get you a 1st round interview straight away. Face to face without the system in the way its a better conversation about your skills and experience rather than your school results and academia which is what a lot of online apps will use to immediately filter out non 'red brick' (ivy brick) university candidates

Also a lot of the top tier investment banks here have completely outsourced their HR function and payroll. The local HR rarely sits there matching jobs and candidates. Its the team manager or your future boss who is sitting their with a job spec that he dishes out to his agents

Its a far better way to search, quicker results and better for negotiation when you are having that uncomfortable back and forth about wanting more money etc.

So no offence taken by your post but for UK Banking candidates certainly, agents are your best bet not some laborious online app or any hope of somehow cold calling a 'HR rep' directly at the bank.

Before linked in it was impossible to even find a HR rep at a bank / organisation

Can I ask, how do you 'find' the details and contact companies directly?

Another perhaps dumb question, but how do you even know what the local organisations are and where on their website does it hold a non generic 'info' email address that is effectively just a black hold dumping ground for CVs?

Many thanks for everyones input

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There is something I really don't get when I read a post like this. Do people in the UK not look for jobs themselves? Is everything always done 100% through recruitment agencies? [I am asking a serious question, not trying to be insulting]

I see threads over and over about what agency to use and the like, and it seems like the idea of researching companies in one's field and contacting those companies is a completely foreign idea.

I was taught that the best jobs are usually not advertised, you research companies. Find the decision makers and make your case why they need you. Circumventing the HR process whenever possible

I do know that in this country if camping out in front of recruitment agencies and pestering them with CVs is your approach it is going to be a long wait.

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