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How to Succeed on UAE’s Career Market and Get a High-Paying Job?

How to Succeed on UAE’s Career Market and Get a High-Paying Job?

The bad news is that there is not an easy way to the big salary check. The good news, though, is that – actually – there is a way. Here are the milestones of a successful career hunting strategy in the UAE:

Milestone #1: Know Exactly What You Want?

With tens, even hundreds, of thousands of candidates on the market that are applying like crazy, you need to be focused in order to be efficient. You cannot afford to apply for all the jobs available, as many of the applicants do.

Define what you really want, what would be your dream job. Then identify the companies (or industries) which you would be happy to work for. When those two are checked, you can go to the job market with an open heart. 

Milestone #2: Know What Value You can Offer?

When looking for a job, actually you are selling yourself as a product. Your future employer does not care to much about your education or experience, but for the results you can achieve for him/her. 

The education and experience are important as indicators of what you are capable of, but they are not enough.

You have to think well and master your offer. Yes, this is an offer. What is the real value you can offer to your future employer. Sum it up and make it prominent in your CV and LinkedIn profile.

Milestone #3: Setup Your Stunning Presentation

The best case scenario would be if you prepare and get ready all the weapons for the career hunting war. This means that you should have at least: a perfect CV/Resume, a polished LinkedIn profile, a website with a professional blog and several good references.

To make it look even better, it would matter if you have a track record of expert certifications, as well as a prominent social media activity and publications, related to your industry.

This is the way to differentiate from the rest 99% of the candidates.

Milestone #4: Pull the Right Strings

As I said before, there are some strategies for job hunting that are not working anymore. It is crucial for your success to pick the right strategies and apply them the right way, pitching the right people. 

The idea here is to achieve measurable results (interviews, offers) with as little as possible efforts. You don’t want to search for a job 10 hour per day for 6+ months, right?

Milestone #5: Win the Numbers Game

Efficient or not, you need to do the heavy lifting. You need to find positions, companies and recruiters and apply, pitch, message, call, hustle.

You need to do it enough times in order to reach the tipping point and receive a feedback and, hopefully, the desired interview invitation.

Milestone #6: Beware of Scammers

My experience shows that if something sounds too good to be true it usually stinks. I have faced a lot of recruitment scams while searching for a job in UAE.

You need to be very careful and instantly become very-very suspicious when somebody – a company or recruitment agency – starts chasing you, being to helpful or proactive.

On a market with such vast competition nobody goes after you begging you to take the job. Believe me.

Milestone #7: Grab Only the Right Opportunity

When the first interview and the first offer come, you will be very happy. You will feel like the King go the World. 

I know that it sounds insane, but, think twice before accepting the offer. Make sure you are getting the right job for you – for your needs and skills. 

You need to be sure you can deliver what you have promised. The new employer will expect you to OVER-deliver on EVERYTHING you have promised. Keep that in mind.

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What are the Main Obstacles for Career Success in UAE?

What are the Main Obstacles for Career Success in UAE?

I assume that you are well qualified and willing to work hard while getting a high salary in a good company in the United Arab Emirates.

Why then you are still not getting there? What could be the obstacles?

Obstacle #1: It is Hard to be Noticed

There are thousands of job hunters in the UAE and even more now, during the COVID-19 crisis. Most of them are desperate to find a job and are applying everywhere. 

Most of them even apply for jobs that are not even relevant to their experience and skills. 

This causes a lot of noise and makes it incredibly hard for recruiters and employers to discover the right candidate. 

Even if you are the perfect match, they won’t notice your CV among all the hundreds of applicants. 

Obstacle #2: You are Not Winning the Numbers Game

In job hunting, success is a numbers game. If you do not submit enough amount of applications, you will not reach the critical mass needed to get through the hype.

In some of the industries, the ratio is even 500:1. That means you need to submit at least 500 application in order to receive one invitation for interview.

So, if you are not doing enough, you cannot reach the tipping point.

Obstacle #3: You are Not Remarkable Enough

If you get long-listed, another problem appears. At this, semi-final stage, you will be in the company of the best of the best candidates. Each one of you have overcame the competition of hundreds of other applicants.

If you are not remarkable in your presentation and appearance, you can get rejected on this stage as well. In this case you are not going to get the call for interview.

I can state some more obstacles, but I think those are the major ones. If you succeed to go through them, your chances for success increase dramatically.

So much with the bad news. Let’s get some positive vibes. What could be your strategy for success in UAE?

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What Is Not Working On UAE’s Job Hunting Market Anymore?

What Is Not Working On UAE’s Job Hunting Market Anymore?

I have submitted literally thousands of applications, had hundreds of discussions and messages and got tens of interviews per month. I have spoken with many recruiters and managers on UAE’s market.

It turns out that some strategies that people were using for years (even now) are not working anymore. Which ones? Read below.

Wrong Strategy #1: “Just” Submitting Your CV

It is definitely not enough to just send your CV over email or through LinkedIn. Nobody will notice your application. Nobody. Recruiters are overwhelmed and – in most cases – they use search engines and even A.I.s to shortlist the candidates. So, there is no way to stand out buy the simple act of submitting your application or – even worse – just your CV.

Wrong Strategy #2: Cold Calling/Messaging

If you go further and after submitting your application you and send a message or call the particular company or recruitment agency, in 99% of the case you will not getting any response. If you get some, usually it is about to tell you that they don’t have relevant positions or that your application haven’t got through.

Wrong Strategy #3: Sitting On Your Experience and Education Only

You can have an MBA or Ph.D. or 15 years of experience on the field. All this matters but it is not enough. You need to be noticed first and this is almost impossible on a saturated and overcrowded career market like the one in UAE. 

Obviously, it is a good idea to avoid strategies that does not work anymore.

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What are the Key Factors That are Stopping You From Getting Your Dream Job in UAE

What are the Key Factors That are Stopping You From Getting Your Dream Job in UAE

If you are looking for a job here, you should consider these factors because they will have a strong effect on your job hunting efforts.

Factor #1: Fierce Competition

UAE and Dubai in particular is a very popular destination not only for tourists but for the job seekers as well. Over the years, the competition rose to unthinkable levels. 

If you apply for any job opening today, you will see that more than 500 people also applied for the same position within the next 24 hours. 

Factor #2: The COVID-19 Pandemic

Unfortunately, this year was not very good for the businesses. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many companies closes doors and tens of thousands of employees have been sent to their homes.

Now, the business is waking up and the job market quickly turns into a boiling pot. Vast number of people are desperately looking for new jobs and this makes the competitions even more hostile and fierce.

Factor #3: Expectations Elevated Too High

Many companies now prefer to hire employees with not so perfect skills and education since they can pay them less and try to educate and train them in-house.

Also, there was time when you have got tons of benefits by accepting a job in the Middle East. Accommodation, school for the kids, huge bonuses, cars, I could get such stuff, depending on the employer. 

Not anymore. Your salary will still be better than one in a lot of other countries, but you can expect your benefits to be cut almost to zero. 

So, if you have set your expectations too high, dreaming for driving Ferraris all day long, this will stop you of getting the reality-proof jobs that may appear on your radar.

I am not saying that there are not high salaries and lots of benefits here. I am just saying that it is getting harder to catch them now.

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9 Quick Anti-Stress Techniques for Marketers and Entrepreneurs

9 Quick Anti-Stress Techniques for Marketers and Entrepreneurs

The job of the marketer is one of the most stressful in the modern business world. Not to mention the mental state of entrepreneurs and managers. Practically all of us have to react to dynamic situations, to deal with short deadlines, dissatisfied customers, too much work, problems encountered, criticism and many more.

All this creates a huge amount of stress on us. And as we know it:

  1. Stress affects ill health.
  2. Stress badly affects judgment.
  3. Stress badly affects libido.
  4. Stress leads to fatigue.
  5. Stress dramatically reduces productivity.

Stress, when you allow it to be seen, presents us as weak, not confident, and unreliable to our colleagues, clients, and partners.

Stress affects all important areas of our lives and businesses. This makes it a top priority – to fight it and get rid of it.

I wish it was so easy.

There are numerous techniques, practices, methods that promise and help to conquer stress. But we are all stressed and do not have time to read long books and go for months of psychotherapy. So I decided to give a brief overview of the techniques that personally help me deal with stress on daily basis.

I’m not saying I use them all every day. Sometimes the situation is appropriate for one of them. Sometimes one doesn’t help and I have to use another one before I get a panic attack.

So, feel free to use them and experiment freely.

Let’s start.

Technique 1: Dive Into the Present

A long time ago, I read about this technique in one of Dale Carnegie’s books. Maybe 20 years ago. But it helped me every time. Here it is:

When you have multiple problems that are bothering you all at once or are expected in the future.

Focus on the present – here and now, what you are doing now.

Think about it – what do you see as you do it? Look really at your hands, at your computer screen, at the person you’re talking to.

Think – what you hear, feel, smell at that moment. Immerse yourself in the situation.

Let there be only the present moment and what you are doing.

For a moment, forget about past anxieties and future worries.

Work and act focused and do not stop until you have completed your planned task.

This “isolation” gives you great comfort right now. There are no problems at this moment, no worries, no regrets. There is only what you do and yourself.

If you do it in focused manner, you will achieve a form of dynamic meditation, which is currently extremely popular under the name mindfulness.

Once you step out of the trance of the present, you will realize how cozy the place was while you were there. And you will remember that while you were in the magical present, you did not have any worries or stress.

Technique 2: The Worst Case Scenario

This is another popular technique found here and there in various books by personal development gurus. I personally learned it again from Dale Carnegie. Here’s what it is:

Look at the stressful situation from all sides, analyze it.

Ask yourself the question

“What is the worst that can happen if my worries come true?”

Try to accept the idea that you can handle the worst, whatever it is.

Keep calm with confidence that your worst is in your pocket.

This technique is a little difficult to implement if you do not have a philosophical view of life. The problem is that most of the “worst” situations are related to:

Exposing in public or in front of important people (friends, boss, client).

Dismissal, expulsion, living alone / on the street / without work.

Injury, mutilation – of yourself or loved ones.

Death – ours or our loved ones.

These seem to be the main worst outcomes of most.

If you approach these outcomes philosophically, and find the strength to (theoretically) overcome such situation if it happens, you can completely deal with stress and anxiety.

Technique 3: The Narrator

When we are stuck in our problem pools, we are like brainwashed. We do not see or realize that there is an outside world that is much more interesting, free and gives us many opportunities.

Here is an example:

An employee at a large corporation is late for an “important” presentation and drives at 150 km/h, risking his life and that of others. Fast, trembling, sweating, in wild fear. Arrives sweaty and worried, breathing heavily, contracting under the frown of the boss.

Relax, dude! The corporation has washed your brain! The world will not end if the presentation fails. It won’t end if you get fired. No one will die if the company goes bankrupt.

However … Your world will turn over if:

You crash and take your life, rushing to the meeting. Prison is not pleasant.

You offend a colleague, friend, or loved one by acting in a hurry and important way.

You get a heart attack, stroke, autoimmune disease, gastritis as a result of stress.

So, here’s what the technique looks like:

Feeling stressed? Stop for a minute.

Try to look at yourself and the situation from the side. Imagine that you are looking at yourself from 3 meters away.

Press the imaginary Pause button and let your image you are watching stand still.

Now reach out to an imaginary audience and start telling them about the situation, commenting on it and talking about yourself in a third party.

If possible, try to instill a sense of humor or imitate a sports commentator. Or approach it any other way that is more fun for you. I guarantee you relief within minutes.

Technique 4: Universe Contrast

I learned this approach from a book on Buddhist meditation. It consists of the following:

Think about the situation you are in.

Get up and look at yourself and the situation from the ceiling level (imagine it, don’t get on the ladder). Look at yourself and the situation from the side.

Get up on the roof level and look at yourself and the situation. Stay a bit like this.

Rise to the level of the clouds and look again at yourself and your situation, below, in the distance. How do you feel?

Rise higher in orbit. Look at Earth. You and your situation are no longer in sight.

Step back into space and see the Earth disappear into the distance and the sun is just one bright spot.

Step back and see our galaxy. Where is your problem now? How do you feel about it?

A variant of this technique is the “Man without Shoes” method, which is summed up in a quote (I forgot from whom), which states:

“I was worried I had no shoes until I saw a man without legs!”

Our problems always seem bigger to us than they really are (compared to other, bigger problems). At the same time, reducing the stress of problems is crucial for us to free our minds and solve them.

As Vadim Zealand says:

“Reduce the importance.”

Technique 5: Smile and Sigh

I read this technique in a magazine maybe 30 years ago, but I still remember it. It is very simple, but it always works instantly. And it takes 3-4 seconds. Here she is:

Take deep and slow breath.

As you inhale, smile wider.

Exhale slowly, like a sigh.

During the exhalation, relax the whole body, but focus on the shoulders.

Just try it. You can do this several times if you do not achieve the desired effect the first time.

Technique 6: Virtual Reality

This technique is borrowed from NLP and requires a little more time (4-5 min or even 10 min) but is very effective. Here it is:

Close your eyes and relax.

Imagine the situation that stresses you and your involvement in it.

Stand apart – start looking at you and the situation from the side.

Make the picture black and white.

If there are sounds, imagine that they disappear and the situation is like a silent movie.

Make the picture of the situation small so that it and you can fit into one palm.

Zoom out so that it can hardly be seen in the distance.

Now think about the solution to the problem of calm.

Try it. You will like it.

Technique 7: The Power of Remembering

Technique 7 is also from NLP and serves to quickly manage the inner state.

We assume that you are currently stressed, worried, anxious. Yes, we know that there is certainly a real problem that needs to be solved and that bothers you. But we also know that when you are anxious and stressed, you are much more likely to fail to solve the problem in the best way.

So, for now, we forget about the real problem and our goal is to feel calm, confident and creative.

How can we do that that? Very easy, simple and fast:

Close your eyes.

Relax (seated straight back in a comfortable chair).

Allow your mind to wander for a few seconds or as needed.

Recall a situation from your past when you felt great – calm, confident, creative – as if the world were yours and you were on the crest of a wave.

First, remember as much detail as you can about the situation – where you were, how you were dressed, who was with you, what you were seeing at that moment.

Next, remember the sounds of who was talking and what, was there music, wave noise or something else? Remember them clearly.

Now, try to recall the smells, if any, the touch – what did you touch, sit, shake? Think of it as if it were happening now. Feel everything as if you were there.

Notice what you are experiencing at the moment? Still worried, or has the great memory of memory already conquered you?

Open your eyes and act, remembering the condition.

Great technique. Simple and effective. It looks like stopping and recharging your internal resources (inexhaustible)‚ and it works like charm.

Technique 8: “Direct Solution Outlining”

This technique is very simple. My observations show that if I have a problem, half of the stress is generated when you don’t know how to solve it.

So, do the following:

Analyze the problem.

Find out briefly how it can be solved.

Outline 1-3-5-10 specific steps on how to solve it.

Indicate in your plan when each step will be completed.

How did you feel? It seems like the problem is half solved, right? Yes, because that’s exactly what you did – you solved half of the equation.

Technique 9: The Magic of Action

As one author says:

“The shortest answer is action!”

or as a colleague of mine once said to me:

“When finding a solution of a problem is being postponed, the problem doesn’t get smaller and it doesn’t solve itself!”

The technique is very simple:

Do something specific to solve the problem. That is. First step. Then one more, etc. The first step is the most important one.

The steps can include any concrete actions that help you move towards the solution of the problem:

Solve the problem with your hands (if something physical needs to be done).

Write an email.

Call for help from a friend.

Whatever else is needed.

You will notice that as you begin to take specific actions, you have a double effect:

You’re diving in the moment (Technique No. 1).

The problem is moving to a solution (because you are doing something about it).

I will not come to long conclusions regarding the techniques mentioned. The important takeaway is that if we don’t beat the stress, it will beat us. The latter is not a desired outcome.