Where to begin your search for work?
So, you are at the stage where your CV is ready and you are keen to explore career opportunities.
Here are some of the best ways to focus your efforts.
The Internet is brimming with sites that can give you a better idea of what is available in the market. Start off with a general search in your area of expertise, as well as exploring leading employment websites.
Many websites will require you to input information from your CV in a specific format. It’s time consuming, but usually once your details are uploaded, they will be registered until you delete them.
Beware of any sites that request a payment for an interview or similar.
It is also worth regularly checking the corporate websites of companies you are interested in, as many will have a section detailing vacancies.
* Useful Links: www.bayt.com, www.gulftalent.com, www.indeed.com
- SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
Professional networking sites such as LinkedIn have become an important way for recruiters to find suitable employees, so use this to your advantage.
However, always keep in mind that a professional social media platform is a very different medium than one for personal use. Use a professional sounding email address and be aware that whatever you post could be viewed by an employer. If your social media accounts are linked, consider that employers could also be checking out your posts to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
- WORD OF MOUTH
Networking is the most traditional way of finding a new position, and still the most effective. Talk to family members, friends, university tutors and people already in the kind of role you are aspiring to. Do not be too pushy, but it doesn’t hurt to get the word out.
- CAREER-RELATED EVENTSThere are many events held in Qatar where you can find out more information about careers, study paths or training programs:
- For middle and high school students, Qatar Career Development Center holds annual career camps which provide the opportunity to visit leading workplaces in Doha as well as attend a variety of workshops to boost skills.
- The Discover Education City event caters for high school students, recent graduates and professionals, providing an insight into courses from undergraduate to PhD level offered across Education City’s nine universities.
- Recruitment days are held by several of Doha’s big employers. For example, the Hamad Medical Corporation Career Fair offers parents and students the chance to engage with HMC staff across a range of specialties.
* Useful links: www.qatarcareerfair.com.qa, www.hbku.edu.qa, www.healthcarejobs.hamad.qa
- MEDIA ADVERTS
Vacancies are usually advertised across a variety of mediums – in newspapers, other print publications and online. Check classified sections across several sources on a regular basis, so you are up to date with the latest offerings.
- NETWORKING AND SOCIAL GROUPSWhile online networking has become the norm, getting together with like-minded people for a real life chat can substantially boost your chances of hearing about suitable positions.High schools and universities typically have plenty of groups catering to the athletic, bookish, creative, and socially minded – try searching the online bulletin board.
The Qatar Career Club, an initiative of Qatar Career Development Center, provides another avenue to connect with other young people and find out about events that could help your career.
There are also networking groups such as AIESEC, an international organization that helps students develop leadership skills and pursue overseas internships, and the Qatar Professional Women’s Network, an informal networking group for Qatari and expatriate professional women.