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7 Soft Skills to Look for When Hiring Senior Candidates  

Posted by Shobha Jaison May 12, 2016 0 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 […]

Create a More Diverse Workplace in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Shobha Jaison November 23, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi! I’m the owner of a small business in Abu Dhabi. I’m looking for ways to promote diversity and encourage diverse thoughts in my company as I truly believe that diversity fosters creativity and innovation. Can you please give me some tips on how to build and nurture a truly diverse workforce? Thank you! […]

5 Red Flags to Watch for on a Candidate’s Cover Letter

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun October 21, 2015 3 Comments

Question: Hi! I’m responsible for recruiting new talent in a startup. I always receive a bunch of cover letters and I don’t have enough time to scan through all of them. At the same time, I know how much cover letters are important to evaluate a candidate for a job. Can you please give me […]

How to Attract and Retain Female Talent

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun September 15, 2015 0 Comment

Question from employer: Hi! I’m a recruitment manager at a multinational company based in Dubai. One of our major policies is workplace diversity. However, I find it difficult to recruit top-level female talent for our company as many of them are hesitant when it comes to applying for executive positions for fear of having to […]

Motivate an Underperforming Employee in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Suha Mardelli Haroun August 10, 2015 0 Comment

Question: Hi! I’m the owner of a family business in Abu Dhabi. We have 20 employees working with us, and sometimes it happens that one or two of them are having a bad day and not performing well. I know that losing their job will cause my employees and their families financial distress. So how […]

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