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Old 7th April 2013, 02:08 PM
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So out of curiosity how did all you expats land jobs in the UAE? What was the whole process like? What companies hired you and what avenue did you take I.E. job websites ..transfers...etc....?
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My case was like this. And was weird.

1. Had some fellas back in Ottawa telling me about Dubai. I thought Dubai was a country because they never mentioned about being an Emirate or that Emirate belonged to a co federation like we have in Canada. I had never heard about Dubai til then. Had no clue about the Middle East.

2. Learned more about it on my own and had a chat with another fella who lived here. Made my mind.

3. Applied to one job through the website (government)

4. 3 months later was short listed and had my interview in London UK . It was all by email. They did not cover the travel costs or hotel accommodation. Sounded dodgy and I called them. They confirmed the whole thing. Still weird nevertheless

I was short listed because I had all the requirements. No other reason.

5 had the interview and they reimbursed me on the spot was carrying 2k gbp in my pocket. Pretty weird. Some Questions were weird. " why do you want to move to Dubai, there is hardship here?"; my answer was: i understand there is hardship in the UAE due to weather conditions. In Canada where I live there is hardship too. The Temp can reach - 40C and the coldest months jan/ feb average -25c.

work questions were fine.

6. got the offer 3 months later. I honestly thought that I was not selected. I refused the first offer, though

7. got a second one a month later and sounded reasonable

8. The whole thing took 6/7 months
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oh wow im looking for a job in health care administration. I have a masters in health care administration and only 2 years in that field but a total of 8 years work experience. what credentials did you have ?

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A month ago started applying for hotel jobs. I registered with hotel chains and applied for a few weeks for jobs through their web sites. I think I sent around 150 apps and I got a few interviews. At the end I had two job offers to choose from. Declined the one in Dubai, and took the one at a hotel in Abu Dhabi. I am still relatively new on the job market, with only 2 years of experience in the hospitality industry, so this will be my first job at a fancy hotel chain corporation. Leaving in a few weeks, very excited about that
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oh wow im looking for a job in health care administration. I have a masters in health care administration and only 2 years in that field but a total of 8 years work experience. what credentials did you have ?
These were requirements of the post if I remember correctly:

A. Must be from a G7 Economy (may be that's why I got it)
B. Reputable GVT institution (may be that's why I got it)
C. 7-10 years of experience
D. Masters, Ph. D. or certificates like CFA

Had it all, but A and B left a whole bunch of pretty good qualified people out.

Your career choice is quite booming or about to boom in the US why do you want to come here ?

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You have to be proactive. It may be simply googling health care jobs in the UAE. Or find a list of hospitals and contact their HR departments. There's a burgeoning health care industry out here. Usually Bayt and other associated sites are useless but look at Linkedin job postings as well as career jet. And the usual recruitment agencies which are listed somewhere on this forum

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oh wow im looking for a job in health care administration. I have a masters in health care administration and only 2 years in that field but a total of 8 years work experience. what credentials did you have ?
My first job in the UAE was an internal transfer with an international company. Hadn't heard much of Dubai or considered it prior to then. But the money was good.

Second job was headhunted.

Companies in Dubai are used to hiring people from overseas (that's how we all ended up here in the first place). But it does take effort and patience if you're cold calling firms. Lucky people find job offers quickly, others take a few years till the right one comes along. Just don't be afraid to persist if it's your goal to come out here.

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My parents were already in the UAE. They saw an advert in one of the papers for a position similar to mine. I applied, got the job, been here 10 years.

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I find the recruitment agents in UAE utterly incompetent and useless.
I have called several (before giving my cv) numerous times just to get someone to call me back!

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My story is bit different, Actually i came to Dubai for a seminar in Internet marketing funded and sponsored by one of my best friend living in Dubai. I met few company owners and saw they needs still not achieved and there are plenty of opportunities to get some works from them and earn. As that i started my career there then these days i am going to establish a small company in Dubai.

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I find the recruitment agents in UAE utterly incompetent and useless.
I have called several (before giving my cv) numerous times just to get someone to call me back!
No different than anywhere else... recruiters will only be interested in you if they have immediate placements with your exact skill set... with the volume of people looking for work, developing long term relationships with job seekers is not really a priority for them... they are in the business to make money...

An individual job seeker is just one more in a line of a thousand others... unless you happen to be a CxO or other senior management professional, from a recruiters point of view each time someone wants to meet with them, that's a half hour wasted...

To be fair, you have to understand, recruiters spend a lot of time and effort building relationships with their employer clients, and that is where they typically end up focusing on...

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