Traveling to Dubai on a visit visa to secure a job is very common. It’s a strategy that works, we know this as we did it ourselves. In 2013, when we were a little younger and a little braver, we arrived in Dubai airport on a 30-day visit visa, ready to embrace all that the city had to offer. We were successful, and enjoyed eight great years in the city. We became recruiters and over the years have helped, and continue to help, many people from all over the world begin great careers in Dubai.
So, if you’re thinking of going to Dubai in order to look for work, here are four tips that we think will help you.
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Set a clear and specific goal
When you arrive on a visit visa, you only have a limited amount of time to find a job. One of the main reasons that people are unsuccessful is that they do not have a clear and specific target, they don’t know what industries they are targeting, what job roles they are open to, or a good fit for, or what companies they would ideally like to work in.
When you are open to anything, you often end up with nothing.
Deciding exactly what role you want and which kind of organisation you wish to work for will enable you to perform a targeted job search, and a targeted job search is much more likely to result in a job offer.
Many of the clients that we work with become frustrated when they apply for huge numbers of roles and hear nothing back. This typically happens when they haven’t decided on exactly what role they want and instead believe that applying for more jobs will increase their chances. Unfortunately, this approach rarely works and is often one of the major reasons that people seem to get stuck in their job search, here’s why:
It leaves recruiters confused as to how they can help you.
Recruiters are tasked to source candidates that meet very specific requirements, this is particularly true in Dubai where most organisations are quite inflexible in regards to their requirements. If your CV, LinkedIn profile or applications are too generic, recruiters will be unclear about what roles they should approach you for and whether or not you will be a good fit for the role for which they are recruiting.
It can show you lack intention and focus.
Many people don’t realise that a single recruiter will likely be handling multiple roles at any given time and when they see the same candidate applying for lots of roles, even roles that they are not suitable for, it can undermine the candidate’s credibility, giving the impression that this candidate does not really know what job they want or what role they would excel in.
Your applications will be low quality.
It’s very easy to quickly click ‘apply’ on job boards and recruitment platforms, but this typically results in lots of low-quality applications, applications that have not been given enough thought or attention. Generally, fewer, high-quality applications yield a greater degree of success than many low-quality applications.
Deciding on exactly what kind of role you want will enable you to conduct some thorough research and to begin communicating the value that you can add to specific organisations on your CV and LinkedIn. It will also provide you with more time to follow up on your applications with high-quality and personalised communication.