Chapter Nine: Job Hunting in the UAE
When searching for employment in the UAE, a candidate should first consult their school or university careers guidance service for support and assistance. Another good avenue for deciding on what job to apply for can be gained by attending University career fairs. Employers will display their field of enterprise and freely discuss employment opportunities with interested students and graduates. Their advice and guidance can be invaluable in determining a candidate’s suitability and prospects in any field of interest.
A candidate’s chances of securing a good position with a desirable employer start with the preparation of an impressive C.V. Job agencies can often help guide you in preparing a C.V. that will deliver impact and capture the attention of recruiting officers and management looking for new employees. They can offer feedback on your existing C.V. and help improve its content, presentation, and digital readiness.
Not just in the UAE, a professionally written C.V. will greatly increase someone’s chances of getting an interview. An employer or recruiter may only spend 30 seconds looking over each C.V. that comes across his desk, so candidates need to ensure that theirs delivers a stand-out first impression.
Employers in the UAE are increasingly turning to digital platforms to recruit new talent. Serious job-seekers should develop their online profile and ensure that their presence is visible and appealing to online recruiters. Top employment agencies should be able to assist you in developing an online presence that will stand out and be seen in the right places to maximize your chances of landing a position in your desired field of employment.
You should thoroughly research your field of interest when searching for work. Find out how the various employers rank and what they each have to offer a new recruit compared with any other organization in that field. You need to familiarize yourself with the job opportunities in your sector, entry-level wages or salaries, and what employee working conditions and benefits each potential employer can offer.
Expatriates and foreigners planning to find work in the UAE will need to be sponsored by an employer and will need to register for a work visa. Visitor and tourist visas do not permit working in the UAE. When your job search is successful, and you have received a suitable job offer, once you accept the position your new employer will apply for a residency visa on your behalf. That is when you will be able to obtain a work permit through the Ministry of Labor.
Well-constructed, official UAE labor laws are in place that apply to the employment sector for the protection of workers’ rights. The legislation covers key areas like:
- The employment of nationals
- The employment of expatriates
- Working hours
- Leave entitlements, including sick leave and annual leave
- Employment contracts, both limited and unlimited
- Resignations and Job terminations
- Notice periods
- Calculation of Gratuity, including severance pay
The laws regulate other relevant issues as well, like employee probationary periods, termination for cause, end of service and final settlement.
For further information:
The Official Portal of the UAE Government https://u.ae/en/#/
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