Why Ramadan is the perfect time to focus on your job search
Make sure your CV is up-to-date and is well written. (File photo)
Q. Hi! I am looking for a job in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, and with Ramadan approaching, I fear I won’t be able to land a job until after. What are the best job search practices to do in Ramadan? And how can I ensure I at least land a job interview? Thanks! – Ali H
A. Hi Ali, Well, I have some good news; Ramadan is actually the perfect time for you to focus on finding a job. Don’t believe those telling you that finding a job in Ramadan is harder than usual times; according to the ‘Ramadan in the Middle East and North Africa Workplace’ poll, June 2015, 60% of professionals say that hiring increases or remains the same in Ramadan!
So, take advantage of Ramadan and get the search started!
Below are 5 tips to help you land your dream job this Ramadan.
1. Don’t slack
You’re looking for a job, but so are millions of people out there! Make sure you’re always on top of your game; check the newest job postings, check other social recruiting sites, and if you have a certain company in mind, make sure to check their own website.
2. Take a look at your CV
Make sure your CV is up-to-date and is well written. Add your latest experiences, internships or certificates. Make sure you have a well written, mistakes-free CV. Your CV is what makes a company call you back! And because Bayt.com knows the importance of having a well written CV, today, you can use the CV writing services to get your CV written by professionals!
3. Your cover letter could be the key!
Stir away from generic cover letters; companies like to see that you’ve made an effort before applying. Write job role specific cover letters. This may take more time, but believe me; you’ll notice that more and more companies will start getting back to you!
4. Take advantage of your time
In Ramadan you’ll have more time on your hands; make sure you use it well. Ramadan is the best time for self-improvement. You can use Bayt.com’s Career Map to find out the skills most in demand. You can invest some time in taking courses and tests to show the employers that you’re constantly working on advancing your skills. We at Bayt.com offer you a variety of tests to take or courses you can enroll in.
5. Focus on networking
This is the time you can actually focus on building a network with other professionals in the industry or even the company you’re looking to move to. Bayt.com specialties offers you the chance to get to know other professionals, ask and answer questions and to shine in the eyes of employers!
By Sara Hammouri
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