- Networking is essential for job-searching in the finance field, in the UAE.
- Many job positions are shared internally or through personal connections.
- Here are key strategies on how to network effectively.
The Importance of Networking in UAE
In the UAE, many companies don’t need to look outside the country for finance professionals, as talent is already available.
Many positions are not listed on company websites but are instead shared only internally or through networking.
“Networking plays a crucial role in the job-hunting process in the UAE. If you know someone who can help you in your professional journey then, of course, you can get into a big company easily,” says Conor McHugh, Founder of Alchemy Search, a specialist in financial recruitment in the UAE.
Moreover, networking enables you to take advantage of personal and business connections, rather than relying solely on your resume.
Here are some useful tips to network effectively in the UAE.
1. Attend Networking Events
- “Attend leadership groups, community events, and professional networking events to make valuable connections.
- If you are a CFO from another country and want to break into a new market, I suggest you join a CFO group or networking round table. You’ll not just meet the right people but also learn from them,” says Oscar Orellana Hyder – Head of Financial Services at Robert Walters Middle East.
2. Conferences and Seminars
- Attend conferences and seminars in your field to learn about the latest trends and developments.
- This is also a great opportunity to network with other professionals.
3. Personal Interaction
- “The best way about it is through Human Interaction. Reach out to them on Linkedin, have a phone call, or meet them in person to drop off your CV. Get a recruiter to listen to your story,” says Oscar.
- Visit the targeted country, which in this case is the UAE. If you want to work in the UAE, you have to show your commitment to the region.
- Check up on them every two-three weeks to be on their radar.
4. Utilize Social Media
- Optimize your LinkedIn profile to showcase your skills and experience.
- Join finance-related groups and follow news in the UAE to stay updated on industry and events.
- Send personalized connection requests to people you want to connect with and follow up with a message. Be willing to help others and offer your expertise and knowledge.
5. Be Kind
- Always be polite and respectful when interacting with recruiters and professionals.
- Building a good reputation and treating others with kindness can go a long way in networking.
- Don’t pester recruiters or other professionals with constant messaging or emails. Be mindful of their time, and respect their priorities. This can help you build stronger relationships.
6. Join Relevant Groups
- Look for societies or groups related to your nationality or interests.
- For example, there are Irish and Indian business networks in Dubai where you can meet fellow finance professionals.
Building a network takes time and effort, so be patient and persistent. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away, but keep working on building relationships.
It can not only help you make important connections but also give you an edge in your field.
It’s not just about who you know, but what you can offer to others as well. So after coming to UAE, try to network with as many people as you can and drop off your resumes in person and do the required follow-up.