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3 Mistakes Recruiters Make When Hiring Fresh Graduates and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Shobha Jaison September 8, 2016 0 Comment

Question: Hello, I’m the recruitment officer at a growing medium-sized company in Cairo. With the ever-growing talent pool in Egypt, and the fresh additions that enter the job market every year, we’ve decided to tap into the new talent pool, and hire a number of fresh graduates for various roles. Since most of them don’t […]

How Companies in the Middle East Can Build a Great Employer Brand

Posted by Shobha Jaison July 18, 2016 0 Comment

Question: I am the HR director of a medium-sized company in Amman, and was hired to revamp our employer branding in order to attract top talent to our growing workforce. What are the most important attributes of a strong employer brand, and what can I do to promote my company as an employer of choice […]

How to Help Your Employees Achieve Work-life Balance in Ramadan

Posted by Shobha Jaison June 26, 2016 0 Comment

Hi! We’re more than halfway through Ramadan, and I would like to make sure that I am doing all that I can to help employees in my company remain productive, without taking a toll on their life, or health. We’re a company that values life outside of work, so it is important that our employees […]

5 Tips to Boost Your Job Search This Ramadan

Posted by Sara Hammouri May 31, 2016 0 Comment

Q. Hi! I am looking for a job in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, and with Ramadan approaching, I fear I won’t be able to land a job until after. What are the best job search practices to do in Ramadan? And how can I ensure I at least land a job interview? Thanks! – Ali H  A. Hi […]

7 Soft Skills to Look for When Hiring Senior Candidates  

Posted by Shobha Jaison May 12, 2016 1 Comment

Hi. I am a recruitment manager at a medium-sized company in Egypt. We’ve recently been expanding, and now have the need to hire a creative director for our design department. In terms of skills, we know that we are looking for someone who can use specific programs, and has a certain amount of experience. The […]

An Employer’s Guide to Attract Graduate Talent

Posted by Shobha Jaison April 13, 2016 0 Comment

Question: I am a hiring manager at a large company in Abu Dhabi. With the graduation season coming up, I am interested in hiring some of the top graduates in the region for entry-level positions. What are some of the key factors to take into consideration when hiring fresh graduates? What are graduates looking for […]

How to Build a Successful Onboarding Program for Your New Hire

Posted by Shobha Jaison March 21, 2016 0 Comment

Question: I am the owner of a small delivery business in Abu Dhabi, and I am preparing to hire for over 12 positions ahead of summer. I need you to give me some guidelines so I can help the new employees adjust in such a way that they can understand the company business and contribute to the […]

6 Ways to Promote Ethical Leadership in Your Company

Posted by Shobha Jaison February 18, 2016 0 Comment

Q: Hi! I am the HR Manager of a medium-sized company in Dubai. Recently, the hot topic at work has been ethics, and how to encourage employees to act upon ethical and moral standards, in order to enforce a better work environment. I know that in order to do so, it has to start with […]

6 Ways to Develop a Low-cost Yet Effective Training Program for Your Employees

Posted by Shobha Jaison January 20, 2016 0 Comment

Q. Hi! I’m the HR director of a management consulting firm in Riyadh that employs more than 100 people. In 2015, our company did not grow as expected and cash flows were thin. We had projected a full training package for every employee in the company this year, but in light of the current situation, […]

Can I Give a Promotion Without Giving a Raise?

Posted by Shobha Jaison December 16, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi! I’m the owner of a small business in Riyadh. I would like to promote some of my top performers this year but don’t have the budget for an annual raise. Can I discuss the possibility of promoting a deserving employee but not increasing their salary due to current economic conditions? How do I […]

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