Job searching in the Middle East? How to maximise the recruitment relationship

Written by
Changeboard Team

17 Mar 2015

17 Mar 2015 • by Changeboard Team

Demand for candidates

Recruiters are led by client demand, which means we’re paid by our clients to find the best candidate(s) for their roles. Client demand fluctuates in the Middle East as it does in other regions, but particularly during the Ramadan and Eid period and again into the New Year, so you might find it harder to find employment during quiet times.

During your job search, keep in mind that many organisations can afford to be picky in who they choose to work for them in locations where supply outweighs demand, like Dubai. Unless your expertise is in a niche area, such as reward where there is a shortage of candidates, chances are employers will have plenty of choice in who they recruit. If you’re based in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, however, you might find employers more flexible as there’s a smaller talent pool.

Meeting your recruiter

You may initially have a phone interview with your recruiter but it’s likely they’ll also set up a face-to-face meeting. Treat this meeting like you would a job interview, the more information you can give your recruiter about your previous work experience, skills etc the better idea they will have of your capabilities.

Take the time at the end of the meeting to agree on methods of contact. It’s important you both have the right details and set up a time for your next conversation. Try to ensure you’re in contact at least once a week, even if it’s just to check in with your recruiter. If you arrange future meetings, make sure you keep all your appointments. Making a good impression on your recruiter will transfer itself to potential employers in time.

Inform your recruiter if you’re registered with any other agencies or if your CV has already been sent to a particular organisation. You should also think about the likelihood of your current employer counter-offering, if you haven’t already left your job. Notify your recruiter; armed with these details, they’ll be in a better position to help you.

If your recruiter believes they can’t help you, they should tell you, but don’t take offence! The reason is likely to be because they don’t have any roles that match your skill set.

Top tips for success

  • Recruitment consultants know their field, so if you need any career advice they should be able to help. Likewise, they can offer you interview advice, their own knowledge and can negotiate salary on your behalf.
  • When choosing which agency you’d like to sign up to, make sure they deal with the types of roles you’re after. It’s also worth finding out if they have offices local to you, because some meetings will take place face-to-face. We have offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.
  • Having a tailored CV will also help you in your job search. If you’re unsure how to do this your recruiter can help you.