Nov 05, 2008
Hey all. Great info! It's really appreciated...
I did have a question about my situation that I did not see addressed in previous posts.
What is the best course of action for someone looking for a job in Dubai, but that is unable to move without an offer on the table?
My situation is a financial professional with 3 years experience and advanced degrees, born and raised in the USA. I've been over to visit and have no reservations about relocating long term / permanently. I require little to no relocation assistance, and plan on learning Arabic as soon as I have an offer to relocate.
However, I find myself in a paradox. To find work in Dubai, I need to move there, but to move there, I need money, but to get money, I need to find work in Dubai.
My current position is very demanding, and I am unable to take a 30 to 60 day vacation to find an opportunity locally.
I have been doing the internet and phone search to network as much as possible, but am having trouble getting beyond general inquiries to actual interviews. I am able to fly over at a moments notice for a face-to-face interview, but am unable to get that far.
How should I proceed? Is there a recruitment agency based here in the US that I could work with, so that the preliminary interview process goes smoother? Should I be targeting companies that have a presence both here and there, so that they may be more willing to interview me locally? Is there a website that caters specifically to people based outside of Dubai to help them market themselves to the correct opportunities?
Sorry about 1 question running into about 10, but I really appreciate all the help!