Are you looking for a job in Dubai? Have you applied for jobs and never had a response? Have you sent your CV to recruitment agencies and never received any feedback? If that is the case, this article might be interesting for you. The reason for not getting any response might have to do something with the way you have set up your CV. It can also have to do with the way you have sent it in. In this article we will give you some tips on how to increase the changes of getting noticed.
1) Add your photo
For your Dubai CV to be effective, you have to include a photo of yourself. The photo tells the employers many of the things that they would want to know about you. Like, does this person look presentable or trustworthy? Try to match the picture with your profession. If you are a Chef, add a picture of yourself in kitchen uniform. Are you a Front Office Manager? Then wear a suit. Try to spend time on making a good picture. Please avoid adding pictures taken on holiday where you are lying on the beach and having a drink. And ladies? Try not to overdo it with make-up.
2) Mention your nationality
Don’t make companies guess your nationality, just mention it in your CV. In case you are dual-citizen, then always start with the nationality, which you have received by birth. You have to keep in mind that most companies are striving for a certain nationality mix and therefore it speeds up the process if the nationality is mentioned in the CV.
3) Include your date of birth
It’s common practice for employers to want to filter-out candidates based on their age. So mention your DOB on your CV.
4) Describe your tasks / responsibilities
Not every job is the same. Some might have more or less responsibilities depending on the company they work for or the situation they are in. Don’t let potential employers or recruitment agencies guess your tasks and responsibilities. So write down what you are doing and keep it short and simple.
5) Use a professional lay-out
Of course everybody has different opinions of what is a nice lay-out so we will leave this decision to the candidates themselves. The only thing we want to point out is that good lay-outs tend to get more attention of recruiters. It tells them that you have taken the time and energy to make something nice of your CV. It is an indication that you take the application process seriously and that you are professional.
6) Make a personal cover letter
The most important aspect of a cover letter is how relevant it is. When you write your cover letter, you are much more likely to get results if the cover letter is addressed directly to the person who will be reading it. If you decide to send a cover letter than at least make sure it is tailor-made, meaning made for a specific position. Don’t copy-paste from previous applications.
7) Only apply for jobs where you fit the requirements
Does the advertisement say ‘more than 5 years experience in the same industry’ then don’t apply if you for example have 3 years experience but in a different industry. Nothing is more frustrating for companies than having to go through CV’s, which are absolutely not relevant for a certain position. Suppose the requirement is someone who speaks Arabic, then don’t apply if you don’t speak this language.
We hope to have given you some guidelines for setting up and submitting your CV and we look forward to receiving your CV via our website. You can upload it via our Candidate Services.