Five top tips for starting your job search in the Middle East
We receive a lot of interest in opportunities in the Middle East from Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health professionals and receive regular enquiries about the qualifications and experience required. We have talked to OHR Recruitment, who have advertised Middle East jobs on the jobs4medical website for many years, to find out more about the process. We are sharing their top tips to help you with your decision.
OHR Recruitment – Five tips for starting your job search in the Middle East
At OHR, we aim to find the best-suited candidates for our jobs. We recruit doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals to the Middle East – focussing mainly on the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia –who wish to explore new opportunities in the Middle East. We receive many applicants for each of our roles, and there are certain requirements to consider both at the time of application and during the interview process. To have the best chance at securing a job offer, we recommend starting with these top tips.
- Research the country and culture
Working abroad in the UAE and Saudi Arabia comes with many benefits – and with many differences! Before applying for our roles, it’s worth considering and researching what it might be like to live and work in the Middle East for up to 2 years, the standard length of a Visa and work contract. To find out more about life in the region, we recommend starting here. The more you can learn and understand about the culture before you begin the interview process with one of our clients, the more confident you will be, and the more attractive your application to one of our hospitals.
- Get your documents in order
Your medical qualification, training and personal documents will usually be required from the outset if you are applying for medical roles in the Middle East. These are therefore very important to have ready and available before you sign up with OHR. These can include:
· Medical education and training certificates
· Current medical registration, such as your GMC, NMC, or ABMS
· Any current Middle Eastern licensing you might hold, or be working towards obtaining, such as your Dataflow or regional licenses including DHA, DoH and SCFHS
· Scan of your passport
· Your surgical logbook, if you are working in a surgical and interventional doctor speciality
- The importance of licensing
Obtaining your Medical licensure in Middle Eastern countries such as UAE or KSA can take some months to complete. However, it is also incredibly beneficial. So, if you’re keen to explore these opportunities and would like to give yourself the best advantage, we would strongly suggest you begin the initial licensing application process (Dataflow) as soon as possible. The benefits of starting the process as you are applying for roles can include:
● Increased chances of obtaining interviews
● Getting ahead of the game if your ideal role comes up, as clients often look towards those who have at least begun or have achieved part of their license
● Demonstrating your commitment to working in the region
● Confirmation that you meet the client criteria before you apply
So why not start now? Find more information from us on the licensing process here.
- Consider your CV
In the Middle East, the criteria provided by employers can be extremely specific, much more so than in Western countries. With this in mind, it is crucial to review the job and all of its requirements as carefully as possible. This will help you to tailor your CV accordingly to demonstrate that you have the skills and experience that the hospital is looking for. For instance, for certain nursing specialities, there are a list of requirements that applicants must have. It would be advantageous to include how you meet these in your application. Do your research and your application should race to the top.
- Family matters
If you intend to bring your family with you to share the experience of moving to a Middle Eastern culture, there a few things to consider. Our clients are able to offer employees tax-free packages, which may include family-sized, shared or single accommodation, annual flights home, medical insurance, as well as transport to and from your workplace – which will usually be a new and exciting environment with state-of-the-art technologies and practices. In addition, the Middle East offers a range of exceptional international schools and a move to regions in the UAE or KSA will enable your family to become immersed in Islamic culture.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to start the search for your ideal job in the Middle East. Search the current vacancies we are advertising on on jobs4medical here.