1. Get the right visa
If you plan to work in Dubai, you’ll need a work visa. The good news is, if you’re employed by a Dubai company, it is pretty easy to obtain.
Because a work visa is required, you have to head to Dubai after you’ve been offered a position. That being said, it’s possible to enter the emirate on a visitor or tourist visa to search for a job and then transfer your visa status once you get a job.
2. Get your health and labor cards
While your work visa is being processed, you’ll need to submit your medical records, passport copies, photo, job offer letter, and visa application to the Department of Health and Medical Services. You’ll also have to get a blood test to rule out diseases like HIV, Hepatitis C, and tuberculosis. At the moment, the UAE doesn’t allow foreign carriers of those diseases to reside in the emirates. Once you pass all the tests you’ll be issued a health card, which is mandatory for foreign workers in Dubai.
3. Know your job market
While the emirate’s overall financial health becomes stable, not all job markets are ready to bounce back. That being said, there are some areas that are expecting to blossom in preparation for Dubai’s hosting duties at expo 2020.
4. Check out the big companies
There are some companies that are well known in Dubai for their rigorous hiring an excellent standing as places to work.
5. Apply online
To get a better idea of the best hiring companies in Dubai, Dubai recruitment – http://www.dubairecruitment.org/, is a favorite among Dubai job-seekers websites to start.
6. Consider a recruiter
Many Dubai businesses hire through headhunters. Working with an agency is very common, and it is still the best way to procure a job within the emirate.
7. Work on your CV
The single most important tool in your job search will be your CV.
Dubai is known for hiring internally and among employee-referenced candidates. If you know someone inside the company, you’re up to 6.6% more likely to land the job. If you can’t get to Dubai for networking events, you can still network.
Be patient. It takes time to find a job anywhere in the world, but Dubai’s job market is particularly competitive. On top of the talent saturation, hiring in Dubai tends to be seasonal, meaning most recruitment takes place from January to March and almost completely stalls during the holy month of Ramadan and the hottest months of the summer. It’s not uncommon for your job search to take six months to a year– so hang in there!