Despite the many private sector opportunities available, government jobs remain the most coveted in the GCC. A recent report reveals that four out of five unemployed Saudis would prefer work in the public sector.
The shorter working hours (in many countries employees work six hours a day, five days a week), longer holidays and job security are some of the reasons why public sector jobs are preferred. The comfort level of working with people who understand and speak the same language is an additional plus.
As government sector jobs are in high demand, openings in the public sector can be hard to find. If you’re looking for a government job, keep these tips in mind:
Look for employment openings in the right place
The first step towards getting a public sector job is to find the jobs that are available. Most Gulf country governments encourage citizens to work in the government sector. The UAE, for instance, has an Emirates Nationals Development Programme (ENDP) that promotes nationals in both government and private sector openings.
Do your research
One of the biggest concerns expressed by employers in the Gulf is that candidates, especially new graduates, apply for positions for which they are unsuitable. People oversell themselves on their resumes, only to find their lack of qualifications or skills exposed at the job interview stage. To avoid such embarrassments, shortlist jobs carefully. Many openings may sound worthwhile and interesting, but you must realistically evaluate whether you are right fit for the job.
Tailor your resume to the job profile
Employers have specific expectations from a resume. The terminology used by public sector companies can differ from that of a private sector company or a non-profit organization. Agencies often use language which is specific to their trade and therefore, it is important to format your resume accordingly. Be sure to analyze the phrases and keywords in the job postings and include them in your resume. Use an expert resume writing service to help tailor your CV for the job you want.
Network online and off
Friends, family, college alumni and online networks can be tapped to find work. Attending workshops, conferences, seminars and taking professional group memberships are other places you may hear about job openings. Ideally, try and find someone connected with the public sector enterprise you are interested in working at to gain insights into the job application and interview process. First-hand information can help clarify any doubts you have about the selection process and give you a lead advantage when a position opens up. Remember, being proactive can help you find the job you want.
Prepare for the interview
Be sure to brush up on both your English and Arabic, as bilingual skills are very important if you want to score a government job. Research the company to understand its products and services and be prepared for technical questions as most interviewers expect you to come in prepared. Dress formally, and shake hands with an interviewer of the opposite sex only if they offer their hand first.
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