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Seeking a job in the Middle East? Start here

Are you seeking a job in the Middle East or the fast-developing (oil-rich) Gulf States? There are many online jobs searching engines and recruitment websites that can help you achieve that. Based on my personal experience, gathered over a decade spent working in Dubai, UAE, I found the following websites worth spending time posting your CV to:

It’s whom you know

Forget online job boards, it’s whom you know when you want to land a good job in the Middle East. Companies get dumped with a torrents of CVs of desperate people asking to have any job (I know, I’ve been there on the other side). So, any HR personnel will prefer to have some of his / her employees / colleagues refer him / her a good candidate then having to sip through endless feed of CVs. Try to befriend people working in the GCC, Middle East, let him inform you whenever there is an opening available. This is how I got my first job in Dubai while I was working in Alexandria, Egypt. My dear friend Rami happened to know that his previous company is looking for an editor, he knew me before over the internet, he saw my work, and he recommended me for this job. Rest is history.

Finding a job in the Middle East requires some thinking outside the box, like here.

Finding a job in the Middle East requires some thinking outside the box, like here.From FLickr

My Personal Best Job Search website Gulftalent.com

A respected recruitment site that offers decent job posts, and claims to have millions of CVs, and to deal with over 2,000 reputed employers. Dealing mainly with “White-Collar” jobs, Gulftalent is usually referred by international media sources for its periodic reports about the job market in the Middle East. Gulftalent was launched in 2002, and covers many Middle Eastern and Gulf countries.

Bayt.com

Bayt is one of the first recruitment websites completely devoted to the MENA (Middle East and Africa) region. Bayt has a good reputation in the region, and many employers trust them. It’s a good starting point to get a feeling for what kind of jobs are wanted and well paid in the part of the world. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE, Bayt is sometimes notorious for emailing its users advising them to tweak their CVs, and offering their services for this matter, indirectly implying that this will increase their chances to land a job, which is not necessarily true. Oh, and if you were wondering, Bayt in Arabic language means Home.

Linkedin

It’s useless, I know! Getting a job from Linked is like finding a needle in a haystack. Still, you need to be on Linkedin with a good-looking profile, so when your future employer wants to check you out, he / she has a Linked profile to start with. I’ve read many stories about ‘few’ people who managed to land a job because of LI, but I’ve personally failed to repeat this success story. I have a hell of a profile on Linked as well, but to date it never got me even a freelance gig :(

Monstergulf.com

Monster.com claims to be the largest job search engine. Monstergulf is its sub site solely devoted to the Middle East region. Operating from India, many registered users have reported Monstergulf’s personnel contacting them over the phone with offers to push their CVs to job advertisers in return for a varying premium. Users who opted for such services did not witness any solid benefits, while others asked for a refund but never got it. Still, MonsterGulf.com acts as an indicator for what jobs are currently required in the Middle East region, and what salaries are being offered.

Naukrigulf.com

Naukri.com is basically a job site operating in India, in 2006 it launched a subsidiary (Naukrigulf) devoted mainly to the Arabian Gulf States market. It claims to have millions of CVs and thousands of fresh job offers. Some registered users reported they did not get any benefits from the site’s online services. With many job sites going out of business lately, it’s worth your time to check it out though I would not register there unless I was desperate!

At the moment, MiddleEastJob account on Twitter is actively posting openings in the Middle East, you might want to keep an eye on it.

[Update:] To avoid being duped out of your money, better read those horrible stories about fake agencies.