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Tips on job hunting during the economic slowdown

Bayt.com experts offer top tips for GCC construction professionals who are job hunting during the economic slowdown

Suhail Masri (above) is vice president of employer solutions at Bayt.com.
Suhail Masri (above) is vice president of employer solutions at Bayt.com.

Are the daunting shadows of an economic downturn derailing your best professional efforts? Are you finding that job hunting is a demoralising and frustrating task?

At Bayt.com, we believe that it doesn’t have to be. You can still land your dream job in spite of the receding economy, waning sentiment, and reports of rising unemployment. All you need is a proactive – and perhaps more aggressive – job hunting strategy.

In the following article, the career experts at Bayt.com offer four tips to help you find the job of your dreams in the economic slowdown.

Understand the market
Grab the opportunity that is offered to you at this stage to reassess your career goals and preferences. Keep an eye on market trends and consult research reports on a regular basis.

This could be the right time for you to transition to the career that you’ve always wanted. If necessary, seek career coaching as this will help to guide you in the right direction. You can find career advice, courses, and tests on Bayt.com to help assess your existing skills.

Be active online
Bear in mind that, in difficult times, not all companies advertise their vacancies online. As such, you should make a point of visiting your targeted company’s website on a regular basis. Call them up and try to network with people who work there. Professional networking platforms will help you to establish a presence as an expert in your field.

Get noticed by employers by asking relevant questions and giving intelligent replies to questions posted by other forum members. Your attitude and expertise can make all the difference, so foster an attitude of excellence amongst your peers. Show passion, persistence, and focus on what you can bring to your targeted employer.

Write a great CV
The trick to gaining an interview amongst a large pool of qualified candidates is to personalise your CV for your desired job roles.

It is not advisable to formulate a standardised CV and send it to all targeted companies. Instead, take the time to shed light on the qualifications that you have, and that are required by the firm in question.

Get professional assistance if needed, as this will improve your chances of triumphing over other candidates.

Follow the companies that matter to you
Do not wait around to hear from your favoured employer. Instead, drop your interviewer a thank-you note the same night, and follow up until you get a final response.

Bayt.com has a directory of over 40,000 well-known companies registered on its site. These firms regularly share job vacancies and information about their work cultures, so make sure you check out their latest news.

The above article was written by Suhail Masri, vice president of employer solutions at Bayt.com.

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