As with my previous post, I thought I’d address the question of finding a job in Qatar because I’ve also been asked frequently how one should go about doing this. I moved to Doha with a job and contract secured, as many people do, so I can just give you advice on what I’ve learned from being here for a while.
If you’re not based in Qatar and you’re looking to find a job here then the internet will be your main point of reference (however, most of these points hold true even if you are based in Qatar). One of the biggest Middle East job sites is bayt.com so I’d look there first. Other job sites which may be worth looking at are Gulf Jobs Sites, Gulf Talent and MonsterGulf. And you could just try searching ‘Qatar job sites’ and see what you come up with.
After the jobs sites, you might have some luck with the classifieds section of either the Gulf Times or The Peninsula. Then there’s good ol’ qatarliving.com and a new site that I’ve just found, Qatar Classifieds. There is a short list of some Qatar recruitment agencies here although, because I don’t have any firsthand experience with these, I can’t vouch for them and I’m not sure how current the list is but it could be a good starting point.
Moving on from there, you could try looking at the specific sectors that you are interested in and searching either job sites specific to these industries (oil and gas, biotechnology, health care, tourism, etc.), or specific company sites. For instance, if you are interested in the tourism industry then try contacting Qatar Airways. For the oil and gas industry, look at Qatar Petroleum, and with health care, try looking at Doha hospital websites, and so on.
As with many things in life, sometimes it’s ‘who’ you know and not ‘what’ you know so networking is key. If you’re searching for a job in Qatar and don’t yet have a LinkedIn account, I would definitely set one up and start following some Qatari companies or companies with branches in the Middle East. For all the ladies out there, I’ve also just become aware of the Qatar Professional Women’s Network who regularly host events and have some good advice for jobseekers on their website.
This list is by no means exhaustive and there may be many more options that I’ve not thought about or am not aware of. If you’ve had some success elsewhere and want to share then please leave a comment.
And I do have to add this…as much as I enjoy writing these posts, receiving comments, and trying to help out my readers as best I can, please don’t ask me to personally help you find a job; I really don’t have the resources or inclination (I have got my own life after all!) to be able to do this.