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Seeking a job in the Middle East or the oil-rich Gulf States? There are many job websites that can help you achieve that. Based on my personal experience, gathered over a decade I spent working in Dubai, UAE, I found 4 websites worth spending time posting your CV to:
1 – 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.
2 – Monstergulf.com
Monster.com is well known for being the largest job search engine, and 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 a good indicator for what jobs are currently required in the Middle East region, and what salaries are being offered.
3 – Gulftalent.com
A respected recruitment site that offers decent job posts, and claims to have over one million 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 over 8 years ago, and covers 9 Middle East and Gulf countries.
4 – 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!
You should also register your CV with Linkedin.com, which is gaining a lot of publicity in the Middle East and whole of Asia. You can search and get in contact with key users from the Middle East who can help you land a job. At the moment, MiddleEastJob account on Twitter is actively posting job openings in the Middle East, you might want to keep an eye on it.
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