The diversity agenda is receiving strong government and social support in Saudi Arabia. Demand is strong for Saudi females and firms are struggling to source local female talent and have approached Propel Consult for support in finding these workers.

The country’s current talent pool is likely to grow thanks to educational provisions from government and Vision 2030 targets to increase female participation in the workforce from 22% to 30% across all sectors. The most in-demand female professionals are HR, while IT and in particularly e-commerce / finance is an incredibly busy area for hiring. Female candidates are receiving positive feedback from employers in terms of their attitudes and behaviors.

In our experience with expatriate female candidates, work visas/iqamas are difficult to secure as visa/ immigration processes have not caught up with the diversity agenda driving female employment.

Where we see some success in placing expatriate female candidates would be in the ‘government’ sector. These roles include: Finance Manager, Head of Legal, Architects, Senior Engineers and Project Engineers.

We have placed Saudi female candidates in our client companies in the following disciplines:

·        Urban Design

·        Urban Planning

·        Landscape Design

·        Interior Design

·        Architect

·        Civil Engineer & Project Engineers

·        Project Managers

·        Document Controllers


  • HR – all levels
  • Executive / Personal Assistants
  • Finance – junior and intermediate

In summary, demand is growing and supply is still the critical issue. While there is a growing talent pool  at a junior and intermediate level, there is a significant skills gap for Saudi females with 10+ years’ experience.

Contact Barry Prost, Director – with your comments or queries.


By Barry Prost

How to Achieve Your Full Potential

Have you ever gone home after a long day of work feeling like you are underachieving and not knowing how to reach your full potential? Every normal person has the desire to improve and achieve success in every area of life however we most people are unsure what their life goals and therefore feel like they are wasting their potential. Sometimes these goals exist, but they seem almost impossible to achieve. Reaching your full potential means making the most out of the life that you are living and seizing every opportunity that comes your way. This article will introduce a few steps that will help you achieve your potential.


Embrace who you are:

Self-awareness is an essential skill. You will never be satisfied in life if you are constantly trying to become someone else. Reaching your potential requires acknowledging your true self and trying to become the best version of who you are by defining your strengths as well as your areas of weakness and seeking progression.


Set Micro Goals:

Scientifically proved, setting goals makes it easier for people to get what they want to achieve. Write down a list of realistic goals and commit to it. Your goals need to be specific and small as it is easier to notice improvements and see results. Ticking off these small goals will also keep you motivated and lead to bigger achievements.


Be confident:

“There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do”. Self-confidence is a key to everything in life. This is not only limited to believing in yourself, but also to being optimistic. Negative thinking will slow down your progress and demotivate you. You should also never compare yourself to others as everyone has their own great potential. Instead, let those who have chased and achieved your dream be a role model for you and follow their path.


Do Not Give Up:

Nothing great in life comes easy, hence you should stay persistent and focused. There will be hard times and sometimes success may seem impossible but one thing to remember is that hard work pays off.


By Eman Al Mansoor

Basic CV Structure


  • Contact Information

It’s important to include the contact information at the beginning of the CV at the top of the first page, this information in including the full name, Email, Address, Mobile and land line number.


  • Education information

The Education information must be written after the contact information and Its presenting the name of the University/Institute you were educated, location, and years of graduation


  • Languages

List of Languages if you speak more than one language and the level of fluency.


  • Computer Skills

Computer Skills must be added with a list of programs that person is good at using.


  • Practical Experience & Expertise

It is necessary to include in the CV the work experience volunteer work, and it should be ordered from oldest to the current including the month /year of joining and ending.


  • Member Ship

The names & dates of member ship in which they participate, should be added.


  • Personal Interest
  • Interest and activities that person is good at, should be included.


By Aysha Ebrahim

How to develop your soft skills

Even if you possess the practical knowledge required to pursue a job, there is a big chance that you may not be chosen due to your lack of soft skills. Studies have shown that 75% of long-term job successes mainly require upon mastering soft skills and only 25% is dependent upon technical skills. The importance of soft skills has been increasing nowadays as the job market is becoming more competitive and everyone seems to be in possession of the hard technical skills. Therefore developing and training these soft skills are essential for one to achieve professional success. Fortunately, soft skills do not require talent, they are trainable and their development is limitless. Some of the soft skills employers seek in a candidate include leadership, teamwork, communication, adaptability, problem solving and work ethic. This article will introduce ways by which you can enhance and sharpen these must-have skills.


Stay positive:

Always remember that on one wants to hire someone that complains 24/7 and spreads negativity in the work place. Therefore you need to eliminate the negative thinking and always keep a positive attitude. Even when things get hard, remember that they always can get worse and try to motivate your colleague by being optimistic and reminding them to do so.


Have a sense of humor:

Humor is very important even though employees may not see it as important as the other skills. Having a sense of humor and being able to make a laughter every day will not only keep the stress away but will also make you more likeable by people at work. Thus always find the funny side in everything and make business-appropriate jokes every now and then.

Be an effective team player:

Keep an open mind and try your best to show support to your team member’s ideas even if you do not fully agree with them. Being an excellent team player says a lot about your ability to work with others and also leads to achieving the best possible outcome by working together as a team. Split the work among the team members evenly and do not try to do everything on your own as it is important for others to feel included.

Accept criticism:

It can be hard to react positively to criticism, but always try to listen carefully as sometimes you cannot tell where you went wrong and those giving you feedback have the best intentions for you. Try to learn from this person instead and improve your performance. Also be thankful and appreciate their time and effort helping you identify these mistakes.


By Ahmed Albarni



How to create a healthy workplace environment

A healthy environment at work is a win-win situation for both the company and its employees. It leads to bringing greater sales, improves the productivity of a company in many ways that it reduces costs of absenteeism, turnover and workers’ compensation. It also benefit’s employees on being more motivated, committed and makes them feel good about coming to work every day.

Many companies fail to practice good techniques to engage their employees. There are five aspects to look into when creating a healthy workplace environment:

  • Open and honest communication

An honest and open communication gives employees the feel that their opinions are of value to the company. It gives them a sense of belongness. Employees then would perceive work as a something meaningful where their contributions matter. To ensure that everyone is working within the mission, vision and the company’s goals. It’s important to have an open discussion every while and then to allow employees to share their opinions, views and perceptions. This promotes trust, respect and understanding between all company members at all levels.

  • Reward and Support

As a recognition of employees hard work it’s important to reward them to encourage them to continue these positive behaviors. Rewards can take two forms: monetary and verbally. Managers need to recognize and reward employees in order to promote the value of these employees within the company which will give them the eager to offer more and be more creative and motivated to achieve the company’s goal efficiently.

  • Team work

Maintaining a strong team spirit is essential for a healthy workplace environment. This sense of support and unity between organizational members helps in solving any problems that encounter the organization Managers need to educate employees to not only focus on themselves but work for the team as a whole. Having regular ice-breaking activities that involves teamwork would promote the acceptance of the differences in perspectives and between team members and would make their relationships stronger. When team members are strongly bonded, they will support whatever decision made as a team.

  • Work-life balance

When employees feel the sense of balance between their work and personal life, it would improve their job satisfaction. They would feel more confident to perform their best at work and it would promote creative thinking.

Managers need to understand that by giving employees incentives and rewards for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. For example, attending and leaving on time. It’s misleading to deliver the idea that good employees are those who put a lot of work and sacrifice their personal time to fulfill work related goals. It encourages the idea of workaholics who would prefer neglecting their personal life for work. Managers should deliver the idea of the importance and benefits of having a good balance between work and personal life.

  • Training and development

Training presents an opportunity to recognize employees’ weaknesses, improve their performance and to expand the knowledge base of all employees. Managers need to imped a training and development focused organizations. This would improve in enhancing and sustaining the productivity of an organization. A positive work environment must have routine trainings to improve efficiency and instill positive attitudes and behaviors among employees.



By Zahraa Madan