Bayt’s top tips on advancing your career in 2016

Tips on how to advance your GCC construction career during the coming year, from the experts at's experts explain how you can fast-track your construction career in 2016.'s experts explain how you can fast-track your construction career in 2016.

If you’re looking for a new job in the GCC’s construction sector, there should be plenty of opportunities available to you in 2016.’s ‘Top Industries in the Middle East and North Africa Survey’ (January 2016) found that despite challenging economic circumstances, the region’s construction industry was one of the strongest-performing sectors last year.

But there’s no point in waiting for the ideal job to come to you. With this in mind, the career experts at have put together some top tips to help you advance your construction career in 2016.

Create an online presence
The best way to create your own presence online is to build a public profile, and complete it with full details of your professional experience and key specialties.

To shine even more as a thought leader in your field, we encourage you to join ‘Specialties’, where specialists meet to network, get ranked, and share valuable knowledge and insights.

Have a CV that matches the job
Research the company you’re targeting. Tailor your CV to show that you know everything about your potential employer’s organisation.

More importantly, use keywords in your CV that will catch the recruiter’s attention. For example, if the job ad says that the firm is looking for a ‘team player’, make sure you add ‘team player’ somewhere near the top of your CV. The higher up you are in the rankings, the sooner the employers can check your CV.

To this end, you can either create an amazing CV that will make you stand out from the crowd, or employ a CV writing expert to do it for you. And don’t forget that cover letters tailored for specific jobs make all the difference.

Contact employers directly
Be it a recruiter who viewed your public profile or a manager in a company where you would like to work, you can now find the right people to contact from the pool of 40,000 Middle East-based recruiters and managers who use

And don’t forget that the largest employers have company pages where they share their updates, display stories about their corporate cultures, and list their latest news. Company pages on also show the job vacancies available at specific firms, and are a great way to research the company before going for a job interview.

Don’t forget to apply for jobs
Lastly, the most obvious way to advance your career is to apply for jobs. 75% of companies in the Middle East are either definitely or probably hiring this year, according to’s ‘Middle East Job Index’ (August 2015), so now is the time to apply.

Thousands of jobs are available, so to keep track of all the latest relevant positions, set up a job alert. Choose the criteria that matters to you, such as your target job’s location, role, company, and career level.

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