When searching for a position in a new country, it is often difficult to know where to start. To some degree, recruitment agencies can provide a link in to the job market to at least provide you with some semblance of what type of jobs are on offer, and even at what salary. We have covered elements of the UAE Salary Components and, some time back, we covered how to get a job in our get a job area, but increasingly we get asked about which are the best recruitment agencies that operate in the UAE. What we have done is put together those agencies who we believe to be reputable in a simple spreadsheet. There is no real analysis to this - it is just a list of agencies with website details and information on how to apply for the jobs on offer through these agencies. We simply wanted to provide an indication on where to start your search if you are going through the agency route.
Points of Note
We took the agency details that provide recruitment focused on the UAE, and plugged these into the spreadsheet. Many of these agencies advertise in the Appointments Section of the Gulf News and Khaleej Times. Since those starting the job search from overseas are unable to get a copy of these papers, and these sections are not published online, we have have provided them to make your job search a little easier.
We have excluded certain job sites from this list simply because we are not sure that they are reputable. Sites that request payment from the candidate must be considered particularly dubious. A specific case would be jobsindubai (also known as Jobs in Dubai, jobsindubai.com, JID Network or Dubai Employment Centre). A simple search on Google for jobsindubai or jobsindubai scam will show some documented concerns of those looking for an elusive job in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. We would advise you to fully research any company asking for money to find a job for you whether they are called Jobs in Dubai, UAE Job finder or anything else. If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is just that.
Another concern that we ask you to be wary of are companies that list jobs of companies that you have not heard of, or are really just dummy companies. Make sure you research these in detail before you apply to them. You don't want to be pinning your hopes on an agency who actually doesn't have a job for you. Their main intent is to obtain as many CVs as possible to be able to offer a CV search facility for the employers.
Despite saying all this, the agencies that we have listed we believe to be reputable and will be useful in your search for a job in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. The majority of recruitment agents want to take help you!
A little common sense would mean that your jobsearch would involve a trip out to the UAE for a period of time to check out the market. You are not going to get a job (or it is very unlikely) from sitting at your PC signing up to agencies. If they want to interview you, or a potential interviewer wants to interview you, you need to be in the country. So, plan accordingly. Apply to the relevant agencies but there is no point applying to all of them, since if they do not have a vacancy relevant to your skills, they are unlikely to keep digging out your CV or resume. Remember, the client of these agencies are primarily the employer. The job searcher is secondary in this equation.
The main aim of the spreadsheet is to give you a starting point in looking for a job. You should also be looking at specific companies to apply directly. The spreadsheet is is merely an information source for those considering the move to give a general indication of who we believe to be reputable. There are new agencies starting up all the time, and non inclusion in the spreadsheet does not mean that they are not reputable. If you do have updates, especially if the data is wornf, let us know.
Feel free to spread the word with friends and colleagues or save the file to a communal shared area. If you have any suggestions, additions or corrections or, indeed, if you find a good agency please contact us and we may add them to the spreadsheet.
Any update to the spreadsheet will be applied to this file.
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