The Middle East is an attractive region for many executives. With no income tax, it means those in the higher echelon of the organisation keep a lot more of their pay. However, you first must land a job, which can be difficult, particularly at the executive level. The reason why executive positions are harder to land, is that most of them aren’t actually publicised. Many of them are in what is called the ‘hidden job market’ a term referencing the unadvertised vacancies many companies have. Many companies don’t publicise such openings for a number of reasons. They either want the opportunity to be offered first to a potential candidate within the company and then don’t want to publicly announce an opening so high up the corporate hierarchy. If there isn’t a suitable candidate within the company, they will go looking elsewhere, with the position given to executive search firms, recruiters or headhunters. The significance of the hidden job market as an executive highlights the importance to have a strong network of both online and offline connections. The best place to build your online connections is through the undoubted recruitment leader many HR, Recruitment and Headhunting professionals use, LinkedIn. Connecting with the key decision makers in such recruitment decisions is essential if you are to be found by the companies responsible for the filling of these vacancies. Thanks to arabianbusiness.com, they have released a list of the top 100 HR executives for you to connect with in the UAE. With HR executives from some of the regions largest companies such as Etislat, Emirates, SABIC, NBF and Abu Dhabi Ports, it’s a great start. Here is the top 10:
Although connecting with them can be advantageous, be careful with how you approach it. Creating value is essential when
speaking and reaching out with people such as these. Finding a way to create value in a cold message can be difficult so look for other ways. Maybe get someone to introduce you. Maybe someone
that works t that company? There are plenty of options. For more ideas you can click on this article. If you desire an executive position but haven’t had much luck, maybe it’s time you changed your strategy? Upload your CV below for your opportunity to speak to one of our Senior Relationship Managers and a free appraisal of your CV and job hunt strategy.