9 Tips for Nailing a Skype Interview

1. Make no EXCUSES

In case you’re making a request to do an interview over Skype, saying you’d rather use the telephone, or that you have a bad internet connection, or that you don’t have a Skype account is a bad move. Answering your first question in the interview by providing excuses is definitely a fail. You just have to find a way to make it work.


2. Use professional username

Do not use any username that is difficult to read or unprofessional that will leave a bad impression, better just use your name.


3. Dress up for the interview

Dressing up for the interview leaves a good first impression and helps you feel like having an in-person interview.


4. Choose a proper location

You have to think about your location that has to be a clean, quiet with good lighting.


5. Better use a headset

It is better to use a headset to block out any other noises coming from around you and to be able to talk and hear the interviewer clearly.


6. Maintain eye contact

You have to look at your webcam not the screen. Avoid looking at yourself in the bottom corner.


7. Fix all tech issues smoothly

Handle all technical problems that can happen during a Skype call and don’t be afraid to ask to hang up the call and try again if your Skype is freezing up. The way you will handle this type of stressful issues will show the interviewer your ability to work and handle pressure.


8. Prepare before the interview 

Try avoiding any technical issue by preparing everything before the interview like making sure the audio and camera are working.


9. Minimize interruptions as much as you can

Try to prepare a location where you can be least interrupted and that also includes putting your phone on silent mode and switching off all notifications.


Gianotti, M. and Gianotti, M. (2017). 9 Things You Need to Prepare for a Skype Interview | Koru. [online]Joinkoru.com. Available at: http://www.joinkoru.com/skype-interview-tips/ [Accessed 7 Aug. 2017].

Job Market Trends in Saudi Arabia

Anyone seeking employment in Saudi Arabia is well aware that the announcement of the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan outlines some dramatic shifts in its economy. Designed to help the country wean itself from oil, it means that the job market in Saudi Arabia is going to shift, as well.

How? According to one expert, “Jobs are going to be created for Saudi nationals going forward, [and] they are going to be increasingly in the private sector.” This is in line with what another business consultant has written of the job market in Saudi Arabia, explaining that it has “witnessed several rotations”.

Growing resilient to recession, it promises workers access to employment in areas such as hospitality, real estate, information technology, retail, and entertainment as well as more creative industries such as journalism, graphic design and even data entry.

As a recent report noted, “The competition in the Saudi Arabia market has given birth to several private sector organizations that are constantly on the hunt for people who can serve them with a right attitude, and skills in order to have an advantage over others.”

Like many other countries in the GCC, though, Saudi Arabia is in a bit of a bind as its population is lacking in the college training suited to many of these new or emerging fields. Fortunately, the kingdom has committed itself to the creation of 40 million new jobs by the year 2020, and expects roughly 60% of them to be private sector positions. Though a global leader in the oil industry, the aim of this area is also shifting with Saudi expansion into natural gas exploration, petrochemicals and power generation.

Another report from Hays also agrees with this, indicating that GCC hiring is going to see an uplift throughout 2017, with earnings positioned to experience the same five to ten percent increase as in previous years.

One area of particular interest on the global scene is the ability for startups to emerge in the current economy. Difficulty in finding funding seems to be diminishing as specialized venture capital firms appear. Though Saudi investors are still a bit risk averse, it is these venture groups that seem to be filling the gap and helping smaller businesses enter the Saudi job market. Additionally, the Saudi government is increasing support in the venture capital sector, demonstrating its commitment to the growth of the job market in the coming years.











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Tips for Finding Your Dream Job

Are you feeling tired from all of the time you spend on job oriented websites or sending resumes to dozens (or more) companies? Do you feel like you might be doing something wrong? If so, you are not alone. Many people seeking a job (whether it is their first job after graduating or just a new job and change in careers) experience what is called “burnout”. Are you feeling tired from all of the time you spend on job oriented websites or sending resumes to dozens (or more) companies? Do you feel like you might be doing something wrong? If so, you are not alone. Many people seeking a job (whether it is their first job after graduating or just a new job and change in careers) experience what is called “burnout”.

Often, it begins with someone using the most common job search tools and then beginning to respond to any employer requests for submissions. Yet, your job search fatigue may have started right with that first search engine request for “jobs” in your industry.

If you want to find your dream job, it is important that you know exactly what words to use as you look for it, and to be certain that it is actually your ideal job. In this article, we are going to briefly review the simple process of identifying your dream job and then using that information to conduct a flawless job search that gets you on the path you so desire.

  • Understand your priorities – Let’s say you want a private sector job in information technology. You have the education and training, and your dream job is…? It is up to you to take the time to actually write down five top priorities you have in your job hunt. It can be whatever you desire – pay, company mission, job responsibilities, growth potential…this is up to you. If you skip this step, you might interview with the right companies but the wrong jobs.
  • Take it to the next level – Use that list of priorities to begin making a list of job criteria that meets those priorities. For example, if you are in IT and you want a job with growth opportunity, but one that also has some creativity, these must appear in your criteria. Try to streamline this list of words to only a few, as this is what you will begin to use in any job searches. It is also helpful to know that this will enable you to cater your CV or resume to the job much more easily.
  • Use the criteria to do a search – Once you have committed yourself to this process, you will be able to more readily find jobs that line up with your goals and dreams. Read the job descriptions closely, and spend time applying strictly for those that meet your criteria.

It may seem as if you are being too demanding, or required to do a lot of research, but it is only when you focus a lot of energy and attention on finding the right job for your goals that you can win your dream job.





Sun, C. and more, R. (2017). 5 Ways to Find Your Dream Job. [online] Entrepreneur. Available at:https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/248750 [Accessed 16 Aug. 2017].

Top Tips for Preparing for a Job Interview

The job market in all parts of the globe is incredibly competitive, and this is true whether you are seeking an entry level job just after graduating or completing your studies, or if you are an experienced worker with years of knowledge available. This means that you need to be sure that your CV or resume is as effective as possible (which means learning what contemporary employers want to see when gazing at the document) as well as learning some winning techniques for a job interview.

In this article, we are going to look at several key tips that will help you get the job you desire, even in a highly competitive company. Before we look at them, we have some basic suggestions that can make things much easier for you, and these include:

  • Check your communication skills – Are you someone who speaks clearly, holds eye contact and projects confidence? If not, you must work on this before an interview.
  • Are you clear about your workplace skills – Your resume doesn’t (and shouldn’t) speak for you. Take time to itemize all of your workplace skills in your thoughts so you can draw connections as you make your way through the interview.
  • Master remaining calm – Body language always shows if we are nervous, so try to find ways to keep yourself calm during interviews. Preparing ahead is actually a great way to remain calm throughout.

After that, you should do the following steps to ensure the very best outcome:

  • Research the company AND the job – Too many people head into an interview knowing the details about the job and how they fit into that model. However, they may not know a lot about the firm. Know your interviewer’s name and job, learn about the company culture, find out the company’s mission…these are very important facts to have in your mind.
  • Relate – Though we said you need to be clear about workplace skills, before you head for an interview, take some time to actually list what the company wants, what the job requires and how your skills or experiences align with them. This allows you to be able to calmly speak about such issues when asked – and you will be asked.
  • Follow up – A thank you and handshake is good, but don’t forget to write a thank you note to the interviewer. This lets you reiterate your interest in the job and shows you are a conscientious person. Be sure you do this within one business day of the interview.

These may seem like simple tips, but many experts say that candidates that “looked good on paper” did terribly in interviews. You can avoid this by preparing using these tips.





The Balance. (2017). 7 Interview Tips That Will Help You Get the Job. [online] Available at:https://www.thebalance.com/top-interview-tips-2058577 [Accessed 17 Aug. 2017].

Top Tips for Writing a Winning CV/Resume

The idea of the CV or resume is to convey as much information as you can, while also convincing the recruiter or hiring professional that you are the best fit for the job. While other guides might tell you about the order of the headings, the spacing or the fonts that make good impressions, these lead to attractive resumes alone. What you want to create is a resume that wins you the interview and the jobs you pursue. That means you will want to take a different perspective on the entire process than you may have ever taken before.

What sort of different perspective? The experts tell us that “competition for top posts [is] higher than ever, your goal in preparing your resume is to communicate a clearly defined brand promise, which leaves no doubt about the value you bring to the table.” Did you see the key phrase in there? They are saying that you have to look at yourself as a “brand”, and show yourself as an answer to the company’s needs. It is actually a lot like marketing, which also seeks to convey how a product or service solves a consumer or business problem.

How do you do this? With the following tips:

  • Insert a Professional Summary – Instead of listing your personal objectives that seem so outdated or bland, use this part of a resume to explain what makes you different from other candidates, what is your brand’s “story”. It actually helps to do some research on each job you seek, identifying keywords that a hiring professional might use to describe the job, and ensuring those are part of your Professional Summary.
  • Expand on basic job titles – While any jobs in your past will have some sort of title, which is not always enough to support your goal of getting an interview and a job. Be sure that your job titles include words that showcase your skills – and especially those that your potential employer desires.
  • Keep education last – While you might be enthusiastic about a recent graduation or degree, employers do not put much value in them during initial screening. The amount of detail needed actually depends on the stage of your career. Are you new to the workforce? Itemize what you learned. Are you experienced and seeking a new job? Use summary information as it is your experience that matters most.
  • Your CV or resume has to be relevant and concise, if you use a Professional Summary, keywords, expand on titles to show how they make you stand apart, and don’t overemphasize your education, you will get more calls than ever.








Undercover Recruiter. (2017). 7 Tips for Writing a Killer Executive Resume. [online] Available at:http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/tips-writing-killer-executive-resume/ [Accessed 20 Aug. 2017].

Advice for Graduates Seeking Their First Job

Transitioning from the classroom or campus to the office is a big change, and it won’t matter if you are taking a job in the public or private sector. It is an entirely different world, and instead of doing your best on assignments and listening to professors, it is the time to apply all that you have learned. Naturally, it is important that you make all of the right decisions as you seek a first job, and that includes knowing just what sorts of jobs you should seek. While we could offer you some standard job hunting suggestions, we want to help you look for the ideal jobs first.

Obviously, you are going to look in the field or industry in which you had some training, and hopefully your school has some support in aligning you with potential employers. Whether or not you do get that sort of support in your search for a first job, there are some highly recommended tips from major business organizations like Entrepreneur and Harvard Business Review. These are universally applicable tips that can often make you stand out from the crowd of fellow graduates also seeking their first jobs, too.

Let’s look at them one by one:

  • Don’t try to look more knowledgeable than you are – In many parts of the world, people say things like “fake it until you make it,” implying you don’t need to be experienced if you are good at looking experienced. All of the experts say to avoid this behavior. Why? Not only will it put you at risk for failure at your first job, but it costs you many opportunities. After all, if you try to appear knowledgeable, you don’t ask important questions. If you don’t ask those questions, you don’t advance in your industry or career; you don’t get invaluable experience. Instead, think of your first job as the very best learning opportunity and choose jobs that can give you the information you desire or need.
  • Set the same sort of boundaries you set for yourself while studying – You didn’t study to the point of exhaustion (hopefully), and even if you did, you learned that it harmed rather than helped. Start your search for a career with a firm that is not going to expect longer than normal hours or force you into a state of constant overdrive.
  • Think and speak collaboration – It hardly matters what field you are in, the modern business world emphasizes collaboration as much as individual performance. As you seek your first job, remember to look for companies or positions that encourage this approach, and be sure you mention this during any interviews.

Don’t act like you are more experienced, choose a company that has realistic expectations of you and be clear about your desire to grow and work with others, and you should find the perfect first job.






Writer, C. (2017). 10 Tips to Help Graduates Succeed in Their First Job. [online] Entrepreneur. Available at:https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246721 [Accessed 22 Aug. 2017].

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6 Reasons an Employer Will Love Your CV

With the proliferation of online job portals, CV databases and social networking, it has never been easier to apply for jobs. This has resulted in an explosion in the number of CVs being received by employers. Here are a number of points to consider to help give your CV the best chance of success!


  • Your CV is short & concise (2-3 pages) and in the same colour, size and font. A typical line manager receives 100’s of CVs per job so making your CV as easy to read as possible will help your case.
  • Demonstrate loyalty to your previous employers. Companies often take past behavior as a predictor of future behavior and if your CV shows you have left your previous companies prematurely, prospective future employers may deduce you will do the same if they hire you. It varies depending on the role/industry, but typically it takes 1 year for a new employee to get fully on-boarded, so if you are changing jobs every year or every 2 years, you are demonstrating limited potential return for future employers.
  • Academic achievements and professional qualifications. While experience and an ability to “do the job” are key – the majority of decision-makers will take into account a candidate’s educational track record. Ideally you will have a primary degree and masters. For experienced candidates, a professional qualification demonstrates your commitment to your trade.
  • Keep your dates in chronological order, starting with the most recent first. You want to grab the reader’s attention and hit him/her with the most important information at the top the page. So, at first glance, the employer should know your latest qualification and current position.
  • Your CV should be tailored to each job you apply for. If you make your tangible past achievements relevant to the position, you will have a compelling case for your employment.
  • No mistakes. Grammatical errors and spelling mistakes in a CV send out all the wrong messages to employers. Regardless of experience and qualifications, simple typos or poor grammar can instantly remove you from the selection process. So take some time to review your CV or have it proof read by your recruitment agent, friend or colleague.


Barry Prost is a recruitment consultant who specializes in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management in the Middle East. He works for Propel Consult and is contactable at barry@propelconsult.com.

7 Ways To Mould Yourself Into The Perfect Candidate

  • A clear and concise CV.  A great CV will have no mistakes and be easy to read. Often employers will be reviewing hundreds of CV’s per day and for your CV to pass this stage it should be well laid out and presentable.


  • Align your strengths in the CV to what the employer is looking for. Tailor your CV to suit the job specification, ensuring you are being truthful at all times. You must be able to stand over and back up all claims/achievements using examples wherever possible.


  • 3) Respond promptly to any requests for information from the employer, such as additional documentation like a degree certificate.


  • Make a great first impression – whether it’s your CV or a 1st interview – employers are prone to making decisions very quickly – or at least forming opinions within the first 30 seconds. Be conscious of this when considering the presentation of your CV and your own personal presentation at an interview.


  • During the interview process, build rapport with the employer. An employer is looking to hire the best person for the job, but often this runs parallel with whom the employer gets on with best and who he/she feels will fit best into the team.  An interview process is a very short time frame to make this assessment, so take every opportunity to establish any common areas of interest or talk about non work related matters etc..  Usually these opportunities present themselves at the beginning or the end of an interview.


  • Avoid changing your expectations when it comes to salary package. If the employer offers what you have asked for, it will be a black mark against you if you try to negotiate at this stage. You should be up front regarding your expectations. If you choose to, an employer will usually respect you for pushing hard and making a case regarding your salary but once your expectations have been clearly communicated, they should not change.


  • Make yourself available. Long notice periods, eg 3 months or more, can be a turn off for employers. Once the hiring decision is made, they will want you to start ASAP.

6 Key Ways to Keep Employees Motivated

There is a direct link between a team of motivated employees and the success of a business. The awareness of this link is what leads to companies being more successful than others. Well-aware and smart business owners make sure to keep the motivation of their employees as a top priority. Do you know why you should follow in their footsteps?
Here is a list of 6 ways to keep your employees motivated:


  • Communication. 
    The best way to communicate with your employees is to actually hear them out and rather than talking to your people, you should be talking with them. Good communication creates a strong foundation for you and your employees and thus leads to them being loyal, productive and engaged


  • Professionalism.
    Setting a professional tone in a workplace is key to successful employee motivation. Professionalism encourages employee loyalty and pride. Teach your employees how to achieve and value professionalism by demonstrating good professionalism yourself.


  • Management Style.
    Adopting the leadership style as a manager has shown to maintain employee loyalty . Furthermore, managers who are leaders encourage successful employees because they value their employees.


  • Training Style.
    Here’s why businesses should focus highly on employee training.  Successful employee training leads to operational & motivational dividends, which encourages the establishment of knowledge which stimulates employees into feeling more self-confident which encourages strong leadership which cultivates employee loyalty which in turn boosts customer loyalty and finally leads to a successful business.


  • Recognition.  
    Recognizing the work that your employees do is key to keeping your employees motivated. A simple “thank you” and “good job” would keep any employee wanting to continue to do better. This will resonate motivational energy throughout your organization.


  • Fun. 
    Keeping the work tone serious, but also being able to have a little fun once in a while sounds more appealing than a no-fun zone office. Being able to joke around with your bosses and co-workers can establish a friendly working relationship thus leading to happier employees which in turn leads to motivated employees.

Keeping your employees motivated is not only the right thing to do, it’s good business as well.

Source: Blasingame, J. (2015, May 7). Motivating Employees Is Good Business. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimblasingame/2015/08/07/motivating-employees-is-good-business/#709cc4825ab0

How to Secure Yourself a Job After your Internship

How to Secure Yourself a Job After your Internship

By following these recommendations, you’re guaranteed to land a job:
  • Never show up late.
Showing up late displays a lack of interest in the job and a lack of respect to your employer. Overall, it is just not a good look. By showing up even a mere 5 minutes earlier than necessary, it indicates to your future employer that you care and that could possibly secure you a job.


  • Make Your Own Work
Internships are not necessarily well-defined roles. There aren’t as many tasks as you may think. Create little jobs for you to do here and there. Don’t stop looking for something to work on. If you actually have nothing to work on, ask anyone and everyone if they need help with their tasks. It will be greatly appreciated and give off a good impression.


  • Reek of Breezy Competence
Completing your tasks doesn’t necessarily mean a good job done. You should always triple check your work to ensure that they aren’t any minor mistakes and that it is the best job that you could have done. You should take the time to add maximum-value to a project/task.


  • Go Easy on the Phone Use
In today’s world, its almost impossible not to touch your phone for the duration of 8 hours or however long your working day might be. Make it your most important to minimize phone use. It is not necessary to check your phone every time you’re done with a task, or just wait till your lunch break to make phone calls and check social media outlets.


  • Network, Network, Network. Network. And, Network.
Networking is essential for being an intern. Whoever you choose to converse with at work, take the time to gather information, build a contacts list, and charm them in that 5 minute conversation. By asking simple questions such as what they do and don’t like about their jobs, how they got where they are today it could lead to you choosing a different path for yourself.


Remember, put your best foot forward and always make a conscious effort to do better and you may just land yourself a full-time position at your company!


Source: Brothers, L. (2017). The 5 Things You Can Do During Any Internship To Make Sure You Get Hired. Retrieved September 17, 2017 from https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-5-things-you-can-do-during-any-intership-to-make-sure-you-get-hired