Write a CV that will help you stand out, and land your dream job in Dubai
Working in Dubai recruitment agencies, we looked at literally thousands of CVs.
I can tell you that many of the CVs submitted to recruiters in Dubai are not even close to the standard that Dubai recruiters are looking for, this is often the reason that people don’t get interviews.
In this article, I’m going to explain step-by-step what recruiters in Dubai look for when they read a CV.
By the end, you’ll be able to create a CV that will impress both Dubai recruiters and hiring managers at first glance.
This is what recruiters in Dubai look for on a CV
A standard top to bottom format
Remember, recruiters and hiring managers look at thousands of CVs and typically have just seconds to quickly scan each document in order to determine if it’s worth taking a closer look.
Recruiters will expect to read your CV from top to bottom, quickly identifying all of the information that they need. A CV template that follows a standard format prevents the most important information from being hidden.
For this reason, you should avoid using CV templates that use sidebars or irregular text boxes that would force a recruiter to have to search for the information that they need.
You should also start by listing your most recent role and work backwards through your career.
The template below is a standard top to bottom design that's perfect for the Dubai market, you can access it here.
This may sound obvious, but your name should be clearly written right at the top of your CV. A large font size will help you to remain memorable, it will also help the recruiter when they are calling or emailing you.
Make sure that the name on your CV matches your name on your LinkedIn profile, this will avoid confusion. A recruiter will often look at your LinkedIn profile for additional detail.
Using just your first and last name and maybe one middle name is standard practice.
Address and contact information
Recruiters in Dubai want to know where you are located. Job seekers that are already located in Dubai are often preferred as they won’t need to relocate for the role.
If you are located overseas, a recruiter needs to know as this information is relevant to the hiring company.
A recruiter will look for this information right at the top of your CV, just below your name. They will not expect to have to search through your CV for it.
Recruitment in Dubai moves very quickly, if you are a good fit for a role a recruiter will want to contact you as quickly as possible. Ensuring that your contact information is up-to-date and right at the top of your CV will prevent you from missing out on opportunities.
When applying for jobs in Dubai, simply include your city, country, email address, telephone number and a hyperlink to your LinkedIn profile. It is also best to include only one contact number and one email address to avoid confusion. If you are based outside the UAE, make sure to include the country dialling code in your telephone number to make it easier to contact you.
The template below is designed to include all of your contact details all on one line so that they do not take up valuable space. You can access this CV template here.
A professional profile section
Dubai recruiters want to read a short paragraph that instantly gives them a very clear picture of who you are, what you do and why you are a perfect fit for the role you are applying for.
This sits right below your contact information and should be adapted for each job application. The key here is to show the recruiter why you are a great fit for the role.
This is one of the most important sections on your CV, recruitment in Dubai is highly competitive and what you write in this section can ensure that you stand out.
This should not be a career objective statement (that states why you want the job); these are outdated and quite irrelevant to your application. Your opening summary should be about why they should hire you and should also make clear what role you are suited to.
Think of this section of one of the ways in which you market yourself in your job search.