Looking for a job in Qatar? Here’s what you need to know

Looking for a job in Qatar? Here’s what you need to know

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

If you are planning on moving to Qatar for employment or if you are in between jobs in Qatar, then this is for you. The job market in Qatar is relatively small. However, if you market your skills, qualifications and experience well, you can land the job you desire.  

Click here if it’s your first time applying for a job or read on to gain some invaluable insights on landing a job in Qatar.  

(1) Identify the field you want to apply and design your CV  

Make a list of career options that interest you (i.e teacher, doctor, salesman, content creator, accountant etc.) along with a list of your strengths, qualifications, experience and long-term goals. Choose the profession that best matches your strengths and goals.  

While doing this you could also explore the possibility of working two jobs. For instance, you could ask yourself – Can I do a daily wage job that pays the bills and work part time in a field that interests me? 

While Qatar primarily offers employment for daily wage workers, there are options for freelancers as well. The Qatar Living jobs page is an excellent place to filter your needs and look for a job that meets your requirements. Go to ‘view all filters’ on the Qatar Living jobs page and select your job level, employment type, experience and applicant location for the best options.  

Design a draft CV listing out the essentials. Tailor your CV for each job application to increase your chances of landing the job you desire. 

(2) Make a list of companies or institutions that interest you  

Hop onto job portals like LinkedIn or even social media platforms like Facebook to look for companies or institutions that interest you. You could also visit the Qatar Living jobs page and select the jobs category that interest you to get an idea of places that are recruiting.  

Understand the company’s culture and mission. You could do so by visiting the company website or social media pages and reading their bio. It is vital to be informed of what recruiters look for in job applicants before applying for a job.  

(3) Try walk-ins or email them your CV  

Once you have made your list, decide your method of approach. If the companies that interest you are not recruiting, you could still drop them your CV and ask them to get in touch with you when required. Cold reach can be fruitful if executed well.  

If there is a vacancy in a company that interests you, tailor your CV to fit the job description before applying. If required, write a compelling cover letter outlining how you could be an invaluable asset to the company.  

(4) Network  

Multiple networking groups are available for both men and women in Qatar. If it’s your first time in Qatar, join these groups and attend their events and workshops. Women in Qatar can look at joining the sessions held by Qatar Expat Women, Roots for women, Women Circle Qatar amongst others. Both parties can check out the social media pages of Qatar Living Jobs and connect with people in the comments.  

If you have friends or family in Qatar, you could ask them to connect you with prospective employers as well.  

(5) Decide on your salary  

Before attending your interview, decide on a salary that would meet your expenses and that would give room for some entertainment and savings. Make a costing sheet of your monthly expenses such as rent, transport, school costs (for families with kids), and food, before deciding on a reasonable figure.   

Have both an upper and lower limit of your expected salary. Plan on negotiating with your employer to reach a number that is satisfactory to all. Here’s a list of tips to keep in mind when negotiating your salary

If you are not sure where to start, here's a list of tips on finding the best job for you

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