What should job seekers focus on in 2021?

As the economic consequences of the pandemic continue to unfold, job seekers are finding it harder to find a job.

How should they approach the market at the start of 2021? What steps should they take to maximize their employability?

Our recruitment expert Kasheef Akram has some advice for job seekers!

Here are few practical Tips to focus on!

Modernize your CV:

Keep 2-3 pages max and make sure it is (ATS Compliant) As most companies use Application Tracking System

Avoid post & pray:

Only 10-15% of jobs are posted on LinkedIn and Job portals, applying here is not enough, your CV must be active on job boards (Be active by logging-in) as profiles get filtered out if jobseeker activity is set 3-7 days search filters.

Apply the Right Job:

Read & Understand the requirements, don’t just go with job titles. Go-through the requirements first then the JD, apply only if the profile meets at least 75% of requirements.

Do NOT send your CV to bulk email ids:

There are high chances that your CV lands in the spam box of Recruiters/HRs. It is recommended to address the receiver respectfully to seek attention.

Preparation is Key:

If invited for an interview, Learn about the company, brush up on your experiences, this will boost confidence.

Never Pay: 

Any Offer letter or Visa Fee, if a company cannot afford to hire you, they may not pay your salary on time nor they can invest in your training & development


Don’t lose hope:

Stick to your passion & profession, don’t get into the wrong job for the sake of a short-term solution, it will impact your career!

For Jobhunt coaching contact us on hello@caliberly.com

10 commandments for the job seekers in UAE

The United Arab Emirates is one of the generous countries to welcome job seekers from across the globe to hunt for the dream job in the dreamland living in the country on a visit visa.

For any potential job seeker here are the 10 commandments to hit the bull’s eye.

1.Don’t forget the purpose of your visit: The lavish, social lifestyle of this tourism hub has the charm to tempt anyone to find more ways to live here, and on the other hand, it makes many forget the purpose of the visit. hence one should solely take up the job hunt as a full-time job till he/she lands the appropriate offer.

2.Seek the expert’s advice: 100s of thousands of job seekers pour in every day to earn the bread and butter in UAE, many of those are sponsored by acquaintances or friends who are also the first source of any information as well. learning from their experience is always good but depending on professional advice only on them may cost more.” Seek the expert’s advice” LinkedIn is one of the best tools to find one. and choosing the best advisor is a task need to be started from being in your home country itself.

3.Choose to live with professionals:

 living with the family is the primary source of accommodation for many and if you are one of those lucky chaps you gonna save a lot of bugs. however, if you are left with the option to choose your accommodation “chose to live with working people and preferably from your own industry, they will not only boost your morale and esteem, they advise you better. indeed it’s a bit difficult, but if it happens it’s a silver lining.

4.Networking: Yes you read it right, get connected with the people you met in the interview drives, collect the info about the recruiters as well. follow them on social media and also on LinkedIn. Networking will not only help you to attain more interviews, but it may also be fruitful in the future business too.

5.Upgrade yourself: Spend at least 60mins a day to upgrade yourself. you should wait to get hired to learn about the particular business. Ex. if you are an accountant learn about the local tax systems. if you are a banker walk into the branches for experience and product learning or if you don’t know typing learn online for free.

6.Keep yourself disciplined: 

Plan your visit, break into the month, week, and day. have time for every important aspect. not to forget job hunt is not the end result, it’s the process. and cannot keep yourself motivated all time but you can keep yourself disciplined.

7.Keep yourself entertained: Pushing too hard will drain you out, no interviews are after 6:00 PM and on the weekends. you are not a hermit, get out have fun. we need jobs to support life, not life to support job, Keep yourself entertained without being distracted. 

8.Eat healthy and stay fit: Being sick is something you will not enjoy, not only this will slow down your job hunt, it may damage your vault as well. take time for exercise, eat healthily, and stay fit.

9.Plan your future: If you can imagine it you can achieve it, take time to plan your future or at least 2 years of your stay in the country. remember you never gonna get the free time as much you have now to do this stuff.

10.Be your own accountant: 

As wisely said an accountant is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Keep a record of your expenses from day one. Remember, a dirham you save is a dirham you earned.

So those were the 10 commandments to follow to have a productive stay in UAE during the job hunt. stay tuned for more of those.

Have a  blessed and productive stay ahead.

Resume Tips

Are you currently looking for employment, or want a new job? Don’t wait for the New Year to come. You need to start your Job search now. Begin by sprucing up your resume and giving it a revamp to get you desired job.Successful candidates keep the pool of knowledge updated regarding the latest trends in resume writing. Each employer is hiring proactive and dynamic candidates for any job. The usual and old-fashioned resume reflects a dull personality, while extended in accordance with modern trends reflects the dynamic personality.

The Job marketplace is constantly evolving, therefore to get the ideal Job we need to continue into something different significantly every couple of years. A decade ago resumes were really long and unstructured. Today we have literally one paged, formatted and branded announcement of the candidates.

Here is some useful information that will help keep you up to date job market in the rapidly changing requirements as you enter the job market

There are many resume samples and resume templates you can find on the Internet to give yourself some inspiration and a leg up. However, you can also easily do it yourself by following the below steps.

Format and Layout – The future belongs to continued catchy themes. Customize your resume in the form of optimizing qualifications and experience. Do not use common models at any cost.

The aim – is always to understand the purpose of your profile before beginning to write it – the goal is to land an interview and if you keep this in mind, you have a good chance of ensuring that you write a good one and get the desired job.

Keep it professional – Your resume is a business document so it should be professional. This is no place for gimmicks, pictures, or funny e-mail addresses. Although you may think you look great in your picture or your e-mail address is funny, this is not required on your resume. You may think it looks great, but your employer may disagree. Stick to the facts and keep it professional!

Make it to the point – The more targeted your resume is, the better you have at landing a Job interview. Employers want to know exactly what you can do for the job. It is important you tailor each resume to each job. Get rid of any information that is not required for a particular job. This will alleviate the tendency to overcrowd your resume with too much irrelevant information.

Self Promote – Your resume is a marketing document. Promote and sell yourself! Do not be scared to sell your skills, accomplishments, and abilities. If you don’t tell the employer, no one else will.

Focus on what you can offer the Job rather than what the Job can offer you. Emphasize your skills especially the ones the job is asking for. An employer wants to know you have the relevant skills for that particular job.

Quality not quantity – Your resume is not a life story. Stick to the facts— using irrelevant data, waffling, and padding your resume are detrimental. Let your skills and experience do the talking for you.

Keep it Short and crisp – Forget about fancy fonts or clever uses of italics. Keep it simple. Your resume is not meant to be a work of art to be displayed on the wall. Not only can it be hard to read, but there are multiple scanning software programs that might be unable to read it, meaning it will end up being deleted before even being opened.

Have a Correct Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation – Every word program these days has spell check—USE IT! Poor spelling and grammar will immediately land your resume in the “deleted items” box. It is hard enough to get an interview—do not let yourself down with basic spelling mistakes. Re-read every word yourself, and get someone else to read it as well.

Keep it Consistent – Be sure your resume is written in a commonsense way—in order, logical, and easy to read. Be consistent throughout your resume with your margins, fonts, and line spacing. Don’t be scared to accentuate your skills or achievements with a different style of font or by using a bold font (but remember keep it simple. There is a fine line of going overboard when using different font styles). Consistency shows professionalism.

Unless you are directly asked about money, do not mention it. Keep your cards close to your chest. Do not rule yourself out before you even begin because of money.

Caliberly – Recruitment Expert

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