Career experts say that during Ramadan, recruitment process can be slow in the Middle East. It is known that it is a time for personal reflection and introspection and it’s also vacation time for hiring managers and key decision-makers. This can slowdown the hiring process or some companies take a pause in recruitment activities also. For active job seekers, the delay can be disappointing and frustrating but for those candidates who want to start their job search can be confusing. For some job seekers it may be an obstacle but few other job seekers consider it as hiring fit. Hiring fit means you have maximize your chances of getting the job during Ramadan.
● Build your reputation: Take time during Ramadan to build your presence online and offline. Look for the ways to create your online brand on different platforms like CV, LinkedIn profile, social media, blogs, personal websites, networking events, interviews, social engagements or recruitment agencies.
● Identify your USP: The most successful job seekers have one thing in common that is to know their USP. A potential job seeker knows who they are, what their strengths are and the value they can add to any business. They have identified their top skills, unique experience, talents and achievements.
● Know how to sell yourself: You should know yourself that how to sell yourself with your CV, LinkedIn Profile, in an interview or a networking opportunity. Following are important points to sell yourself:
o Knowing what you have to offer (your USP)
o Knowing your audience
o Excellent communication skills
o Self-confidence / self-belief
● Design a targeted job search strategy: Create a list companies you want to work for, reasons and contact persons etc. It will help you ease your job search.
● Update your CV, LinkedIn profile and interview skills: First impression is the best impression. If your CV or LinkedIn profiles are not great then you will not be considered as an exceptional in any interview. Perform best in the interview.