Hiring Trends in UAE

by | Nov 30, 2021

In 2020 and 2021, the market trends took a turn for a wild shift that greatly affected the employment rates of several, if not all, nations. As the world is preparing to make a comeback from the challenges they faced during the global pandemic, jobseekers are the ones who quickly adapted to the changes.

In UAE, jobseekers need not only be persistent in looking for opportunities – one must also carefully plan and strategize his or her applications. Not only were jobseekers forced to completely reinvent their application strategies, but some also even had to revisit their career plans and make necessary adjustments to create a different approach in their job hunt.

Datasearch Consulting is an executive firm with an expertise in the APAC region, and recently has been focusing in the Middle East as well. We spoke to people in our network to find out how they have succeeded in landing a new position during the pandemic and here are some of the insights we got from them:

Capitalizing on Uniqueness

One of the aspects a jobseeker should think about is how he or she can stand out. According to coaching experts, jobseekers must first and foremost surround themselves with people who contribute to their professional development, they should be confident enough to know how to promote themselves, prepare responses on why they should get hired, and take their weaknesses as rooms for improvement.

As some markets took a dive and industries made the move to digital, many employers look for candidates who are multi-skilled and with positive attitudes that make for a headstrong employee amidst trying times.

Employers are now, more than ever, keen to prefer candidates who have reasonable/justifiable salary expectations and are excited to develop with the company. Employers also give a premium on people who are not only great communicators but are also quick to adapt with technological advancements. 

Demonstrating Honesty and Adaptability

Skills may be important, but integrity is equally relevant for employers. Candidates must always be honest and transparent in their reasons for leaving previous job posts. Additionally, candidates must show that they are able to quickly adapt to changes. Candidates must also provide value and focus on transferable skills learned from previous work experiences.

Negotiating the Salary

When negotiating for salary, candidates must consider the supply and demand factors for that role. If a candidate is competing against several others, then the candidate must think about the necessity of negotiation versus the necessity of getting the job.

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Being Persistent and having a Never-Gonna-Give-Up Attitude

Candidates must not get disheartened when they do not receive feedback right away. They should return to the drawing board, strategize again, and contact the recruiter again for feedback. Candidates must think of ways to keep conversations going to keep in touch with the recruiter.

Thinking Outside the Box

More appropriately, looking outside and into another sector. Candidates must showcase themselves to not only be attractive to an industry they are used to applying in. Exercise looking at the bigger picture and if the candidate is having difficulties landing a position in the current industry he or she is in, maybe it is time to look for opportunities in different industries.


Datasearch Consulting can help candidates in looking for future career opportunities. You can browse through other tips on our website or reach out to us at info@datasearchconsulting or head to our Contact Us page for any job seeking queries.

Farhan Khan is a Senior Consultant at Datasearch Consulting, a leading executive recruitment firm specialising in the Financial Technology & Market Data sectors.

You can download their FREE comprehensive guide on “The Complete Guide to Hiring Fintech & Data Talent – 5 Proven Steps to Secure the Best Candidates Possible” here. Alternatively you can view the Datasearch Consulting website or contact them directly on info@datasearchconsulting.com for a more detailed discussion.

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