In 2018, the opportunities for living and working around the world are growing exponentially, and more and more people are looking to expand their world by moving abroad. It can be hard to pick a destination, and even a career, but it is essential to weigh the pros and cons of each locale.
Dubai is one of the most loved places for expats because of its rich culture, its booming economy, its excellent infrastructure, and its excellent quality of life. All of these characteristics also mean it can be a very competitive place to obtain a job!
If you are interested in getting a hotel management job in Dubai, read on for four essential tips to help you make your dreams come true.
1. Refresh your resume.
Before you start applying for hotel management jobs in Dubai, you want to make sure that your resume is polished and up-to-date. Whether you are new to the industry or are a veteran in your home country, your resume is going to be vital throughout your job search.
Due to Dubai’s fantastic economy and expat lifestyle, many people compete for their part in the job market. Generally, hotels receive an abundance of resumes per open position, so you want to make sure that yours stands out from the get-go.
Whoever reviews your application doesn’t have a lot of time to spare, so you want to ensure that you are clearly yet efficiently demonstrating your abilities and your experience, as well as memorably presenting yourself.
The more effort you put into curating your resume, the better your chances are of standing out from the crowd.
2. Sign up for job boards.
If you don’t have any prior contacts in Dubai or the UAE, then your best bet for finding and hearing about job availability is through job boards. Many hotels utilize these online platforms to reach a broader array of potential applicants.
Through these dedicated hospitality job sites, you can connect with the newest hotel job openings in Dubai and investigate career opportunities, obtain industry insights and develop your professional network.
To “win” on the job boards, make sure you upload your resume as this gives employers the opportunity to find you. On your resume and in your profile, include relevant keywords, as many hotels like to be proactive in finding their future hires.
When it comes to applying, sign up for alerts from your favorite hotels, and only apply to jobs that you are genuinely interested in and are qualified for — otherwise, it is a waste of everyone’s time.
3. Continue to build your skill-set.
Even if you have your dream job, you still want to be continuously learning more about your position and your industry. Never stay stagnant, as there will always be someone else out there who is further committed to growing their skill-set.
If you know there are holes in your skill-set or are aware of courses that will make you more attractive to potential employers in Dubai, then make the commitment to your future and sign up for them!
You can continue to educate yourself through online courses, classes at local colleges, books, podcasts, and professional training seminars.
4. Don’t give up!
After applying for many jobs, and not hearing back, it can understandably feel demotivating. However, if you are set on moving to Dubai to work in hospitality, then you need to keep trying and not give up or sell yourself short.
As mentioned earlier, this can be a very competitive industry. However, just because you didn’t obtain the first few jobs, doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there for you. For each rejection, think about how you can approve your application, your skill-set, or your interviewing techniques. Use each attempt as a learning process and commit to becoming better with each round.
Furthermore, keep in mind that, usually, companies and hotels in Dubai only hire from January to March, as they typically suspend searches during Ramadan and the scorching summer months.
Have you ever considered moving to Dubai to work in hospitality? Have you ever considered moving anywhere abroad to work in hospitality? How did you make it happen? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!
Daulet Zhumagulov is the Founder and CEO at WeHoteliers, a specialized online hospitality portal in the GCC region where prospective and experienced talents can explore career opportunities and be discovered by the top employers of the industry. The company’s mission is to provide an efficient and modern platform that will focus on the needs and interests of hospitality professionals.