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Seven tips for jobseekers within the Middle East

7 Steps The best way to arm yourself and achieve your goal is to invest time in some preparation.

1. Update your CV

Don’t just copy the description of your role from the document provided by your HR or from the internet; try to use your own words and make sure that you highlight the achievements you have done and key projects you have been part of and delivered.

2. Make your photograph professional

Get a fresh and updated professional photograph of yourself. A “selfie” picture of yourself in your CV or on your Linked-in profile is not ideal. Remember that your picture leaves an impression to your prospective employers.

3. Check the validity of your documents

When is your passport or visa expiring? Do you need to renew them soon and are there enough pages for future visa stamps? You don’t want to only start the process after accepting a job offer, do you?

4. Get your documents attested

Nowadays, most companies ask for attested copies of educational certificates. The attestation process can take several weeks so it’s best to start the process now. If you are unfamiliar with the process, we suggest contacting your respective embassy or speak to someone who has already done it.

5. Have a list of references

Start thinking about people you’ve worked with who you can approach or nominate as a referee. If you’re actively looking for work, let them know so that they are prepared should they receive a call from a company you’ve applied to. Ensure you get your referees’ updated contact information such as phone number, email address, current company, current job title. This becomes useful when you reach the final stage.

6. Start collecting your employment certificates

Not all companies require a copy of all your employment certificates but it is better that you have all of them in a file to save time when requested.

7. Review your contract

Last and most importantly, prior to applying for a job, you need to review your current employment contract. Are you allowed to change jobs during your contract period? Can you leave your job now? What is your notice period? What are the consequences or conditions when you leave?

With a little preparation, you can avoid hassles and headaches that you don’t want to experience when job hunting.

If you feel like you are already prepared and ready to get in touch, please call your nearest Cobalt office or register now with your CV.

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 and is filed under Interview. You can subscribe to our RSS 2.0 news feed here.