Practical Steps To Get An Expat Healthcare Job In The Gulf.

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Here's another question we get a lot: “How do I get a job in ...?” There are two parts to this answer which are equally important: of course, there's the part about finding the employer and getting the right job offer, but this is actually the very last step. The first part is all the preparation which you will need to put in, before you actually get a job offer. Below is a guide which lists all the necessary steps to take before you look for the actual job and get a job offer.


  1. Read about destinations and choose which one is right for you. Different countries in the Gulf offer vastly different work opportunities to expat professionals, have different features in quality of life, cost of living, and so much more. The first step to take is therefore to gather as much information on potential destinations before you take any other action. The internet is full of blogs and forums which can give you a good starting idea of what it's like to live and work in the different countries in the Gulf. Once you have gathered your first information and have a good assumption of which country would be right for you, you can move to the following steps.


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  1. Reach out to peers who are living and working there already. As much as reading from the internet can provide you some clues on the working conditions, it's only through interactions with people with first-hand experience that you can get the most important information. Your peers are either fellow country-men and women who live at your destination, or colleagues from other countries with your same professional qualification. Ideally you will speak to people who are both from your same country and your same career area. Through your network of friends and colleagues, try to talk or email people who can tell you as much as possible about the quality of work, the compensation packages, the cost of housing, transportation, schooling for your children or employment for your spouse. If you don't know anyone, try to get introduced, or even try to connect with people you don't know on social networks by searching for their location and qualification. If you introduce yourself politely enough there are strong chances they will spare some time to give you the advice you need.


  1. Visit the place. This is often overlooked. One of the best ways to enter the healthcare recruitment system is to actually meet the people. Find a reason to go to your destination country for a few days on a work trip, or even as a personal trip. Most Gulf countries allow tourist visits, which you can use to meet the people you need. There is great value in setting up meetings with hospital HR managers to introduce yourself, your peer contacts for a coffee or a dinner, visit healthcare facilities, licensing authorities or employment agencies (but make sure you choose only the most reliable and professional ones) . This can really give you the final clues as to if that destination is the right one for you. Furthermore, if you visit your potential destination beforehand you might notice important obstacles you wouldn't be able to see from afar, and have time to address them.


  1. START YOUR LICENSING! We cannot stress enough how important this is. Probably the single most important advantage you can give yourself in finding the right job offer is to have passed your licensing beforehand. Because most healthcare staff in the Gulf is expat, every country has setup some complex procedures to ensure that there is appropriate validation to the professional's license and everybody meets professional standards to work. Licensing can be long and difficult, and in some cases the professional might not be able to achieve licensing at all. For this reasons, hospitals and other healthcare employers strongly prefer to forward job offers to candidates who have already passed their licensing exams. This avoids offering the job to people who aren't licensed yet and wasting time. Also having undergone the licensing steps and verifications gives you the necessary credibility that your intention to come live and work in the country is serious. GulfSpecialists offers quick and cost-effetive licensing service to help you find a job faster. Find out more HERE.


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  1. Start looking for a job. This is the final step. I am not going to go in depth into how to look for a job, but there are basically two way to go about it: offline or online. Offline is the older traditional way, and is currently less and less used. It involves physically going to agencies, job fairs and employers and giving copies of your CV. Of course now everybody has shifted to some extent to the online channel. Needless to say, we think the most effective way to find a job online is to sign up as a candidate on (link), the Gulf's Healthcare Jobs Portal, to apply directly to employers and setup alerts for jobs that have your desired specifications!


Read about advice to find healthcare jobs online here.