Top 4 tips when looking for a job in Tech in the Middle East

2nd October 2019

It is no secret that the most sought-after professionals in the Middle East are those in the technology and financial sectors. This is due to businesses being incredibly focused on improving their digital, automation and smart tech capabilities. For example, we at MCG&Co are currently assisting with building the Enterprise and Tech team for a global consultancy looking for experts in SAP, Oracle, Finance & Performance and Strategy & Transformation.

Now, although the MENA is known to be large and diverse and has a respectively complex relationship to the changes in tech, they are looking to achieve the highest potential from blockchain, fin-tech, online shopping and cyber security.

Because of this complexity, we have identified 4 tips to help you get started on your quest to land a tech role in the ME:

1.    Networking – One of the best methods to apply for a job in 2019 is via a personal referral by either a current or prior employee or can even be from an esteemed social connection. This is an immediate credibility -builder and can be achieved online and offline. Other than making sure your LinkedIn profile stands out, go out and attend tech meet ups, conferences, hackathons etc. and make those connections with your industry peers.

2.    Online Courses – Keep yourself up to date with trends and industry happenings as well as researching on tech forums or popular blogs. This will help with knowing the top skills that employers are looking for and proactively apply for free online courses or use YouTube videos that can assist with boosting those tech skills to help you stand out.

3.    Open source projects – Display your work and put yourself ahead of the competition. You can step it up by building your own projects and test and share them on places like Sauce Labsbitbar or anything similar.

4.    Soft skills vs. Hard skills – As Michelle Weise, CIO at Strada Institute for Future of Work rightly said, “the line between soft and hard skills is disappearing”, “what matters is whether a skill is human or can be performed by a machine”. Therefore, by enhancing your soft skills, you as a job-seeker can future proof your chance to be competitive. Skills like communication, ethics, critical-thinking or problem-solving are priceless when combined with technical knowledge. For example; Artificial Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence, logic and judgement etc.

All in all, the best way to emphasize your skill set is simply by not treating your LinkedIn profile like a resume but instead use it to share your professional journey to showcase what skills you excel at, what opportunities you are looking for, how you want to contribute to society etc. and you never know, this could be the reason a recruiter or future employer finds you and drops you a message. Good Luck!

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