CV Guidance
By: United MP Team

Writing an effective and creative resume that gets results can be a daunting task. But if a few simple details are taken care of, your chances of being shortlisted for the interview enhance significantly.

Here are a few tips which should benefit any candidate, irrespective of the industry or organization being applied to. Here is some basic advice to make a lasting impression:

  • Determine your job search objective prior to writing the resume and structure the content of your resume around that objective only. If you write your resume without having a clear objective in mind, it will come across as unfocused to those who read it.
  • You don't need to go into detail about every accomplishment. Strive to be clear and concise. The purpose of your resume is to generate enough interest in you, to have an employer contact you for an interview.
  • The language should be simple, the flow of language lucid and grammar absolutely correct. The format must be chosen carefully and consistency should be maintained throughout. Use a font size no smaller than 10.
  • To improve the presentation and comprehension, use bulleted sentences. Resumes are read quickly (a resume gets an attention of 30 sec on an average). This bulleted sentence format makes it easier for someone to quickly scan your resume and still absorb it. White space is important, it makes scanning your cv much easier, you can elaborate on bullet points during your interview.
  • To add life to your resume, use action words like prepared, developed, monitored, and presented.
  • Take the time to determine which bullets most strongly support your job search objective. Put those strong points first where they are more appropriate to be read.
  • Use the key words listed in the ad (where the vacancy is advertised) and match them with the contents in your resume, highlight your suitability for the job profile. Take a look at the company website, their mission statement and vision.
  • Use some technical jargon, specific to your industry. If there are terms that show your competence in a particular field, use them in your resume./li>
  • Accent the positive and leave off negatives and irrelevant points. Lead with your strengths. Focus on the duties that support your objective.
  • Rather than going into depth in one area, use your resume to highlight your breadth of knowledge.
  • If you have reported to someone important such as a vice president or department manager, say so in your resume. Having reported to someone important causes the reader to infer that you are important
  • Limit the length of your resume to 2 – 3 pages. Help the reader to scan your resume efficiently and effectively.
  • Since you are so close to your situation, it can be difficult for you to hit all your high points and clearly convey all your accomplishments. Have someone review your job search objective, your resume, and listings of positions that interest you.  
  • Covering letters are an effective introductory tool whereby you can outline your suitability for a specific role. This should be kept short and precise; if you are long-winded it will detract from the CV and candidature.

Use your resume to obtain an interview, not a job. Most prospective employers decide whether or not they want to interview you after reading the first few lines.

Relocating in Qatar
By: Marhaba Editorial Desk:

Here are some points to remember when moving to a new region, to aid with a smoother transition. Proving your identity in the initial setting up stages, especially with government and commercial transactions is commonplace. Try to make sure you have several copies of passports of each family member, marriage certificate, birth certificates and original educational certificates which have been authenticated in your country of origin. (And plenty of passport size photos!). Bear in mind that the rental accommodation market continues a trend of rising rent prices, you are advised to ensure your housing allowance will be sufficient during the contract stage of your employment.

Working in Qatar depends just as much on personal relationships as on the quality of the company or service. Networking and exchanging business cards is important. Men should wear suits, ladies should cover elbows and knees. Handshaking is common but when meeting Arab people of the opposite sex it is best to wait for them to initiate a handshake.

A few other cultural nuances to consider: don't rely too much on email; oral commitments at face-to-face meetings may be considered binding, written agreements may not; appointments should be reconfirmed on the day; while English is widely spoken, the language of government is Arabic; and finally, sit and talk with you host on general matters before approaching business.

Interview Preparation

Telephone interview
By: United MP Team

  • Research - Prior to the phone call, research their website at length. 
  • Why are you interviewing? - Know the reason why you would like to work at the company.
  • Laundry List - Have a list of accomplishments and pertinent skills in front of you and know why you are a fit for the job. If you cannot articulate this, you may not get to the face-to-face interview.  
  • Privacy Please - Schedule the interview at a time and number where you can be alone and talk freely. Land lines are better than mobile phones whenever possible.  
  • Resume at the Ready - Be sure to have your resume in front of you so you can follow along with your background as they ask you questions.  
  • Be Honest - Answer questions as directly as possible. If you do not know, say so. Be candid, friendly, cheerful and courteous. Confident but not cocky. If you sense that the other person wants to do lots of talking – let them. People like others who are interested in hearing them talk!  
  • Next Step? -- At the end of the interview, try to get a face-to-face interview. Ask what the next step is before hanging up the call.
  • Address Weaknesses - If you can, find out from the interviewer what they feel your strong points and weaknesses may be. This way, in the face to face interview you can reemphasize the strong points and address any perceived weaknesses.

Face-to-face interview

  • Be Prepared -Prior to your visit, educate yourself about the company – go through their website and write down several questions that come to mind. Be interested: Ask questions, have a list prepared but don’t talk about salary or remuneration. Look them up on Google. Know the reason why you'd like to work at the company. People notice when you have knowledge of their company and/or products. You should also prepare some questions that you would like to ask of the employer at the end of the interview. These should be questions that demonstrate that you have really thought seriously about the opportunity.
  • Punctuality - -Make sure you are clear about the location of your interview. Nothing says, "I'm not prepared" like getting lost on the way to an interview. You should also have the name and contact details of the person you are meeting so that if there are any unavoidable problems or delays you can call ahead rather than just arriving late. Arriving 20 minutes early is a way to ensure you will not be late.  
  • Practice – Practice your interview skills - that means answering the interview questions out loud to yourself as if you were in the interview. Running through your answers a few times builds confidence and assures yourself you will come across as articulate, efficient and prepared.  
  • 5 Resume Copies -Take at least 5 copies of your resume - you'll be prepared if they do not have copies.
  • Take Notes - Have a pen and paper handy for note taking.
  • Confidence -Firm handshake upon arrival and positive attitude throughout. Know the interviewer's correct title and the pronunciation of their name.
  • Be enthusiastic and friendly. Listen more than you talk (no single factor is more important in determining success in an interview).
  • Eye Contact -Look people in the eye when talking or listening to them.  
  • Just Listen -No single thing you can do will affect the interview more than just being a good listener. Listen to the questions asked of you. Answer them fully and directly. Do not talk too much. Never oversell your skill set.  
  • Salary –When being interviewed for a new position, do your best not to bring up compensation until the employer makes you an offer. If you're asked what your salary requirements are; say that they are open based upon the position and the overall compensation package. Or tell the employer you'd like to know more about the responsibilities and the challenges of the job prior to discussing salary.
  • Nothing Negative - - Do not criticize or come across as negative about your present or past employers or co-workers. Stay professional and avoid personal information unless it's "polite" conversation. 
  • After Interview -Immediately after the interview call the relevant consultant to discuss how you feel it went, what you did well, what you wish you had done differently and how interested you are in the role. This is a chance for the consultant to provide extra feedback to the client to further establish your suitability for the role. Write a follow up letter or email, regardless of how you feel it went. It is an opportunity to thank the interviewer for their time, recap on salient points, add points not covered, and express your level of interest and to leave a good final impression

What to Wear During an Interview
By: Marlynne Dela-pena

You finally received the call for a face-to-face interview but you were left with a dilemma of what to wear. A suit is naturally the safest way to go but bear in mind that organizations’ dress code differs from the other. Here are a few tips you can follow:

  • ASK - Ask the person who called or emailed you for an interview to what type of attire do they prefer, in that way you know what their dress code is.
  • DO NOT BE TOO CASUAL - You might get an impression that the interview is casual you can wear a decent pair of dark jeans and a polo shirt. No ripped jeans or grubby shoes please leave those at home.
  • ‘BIG BLINGS’ ARE NOT ALLOWED – Do not accessorize too much, a watch for men and an earring for ladies will be enough. The key is do not go overboard.
  • HAIR – For men please make sure you cut your hair before the interview and for ladies a sleek ponytail or properly groomed hair leaves an effect that you are serious about the job.
  • CONSIDER COLOR – – Avoid flashy colors stick with neutrals and dark, if you want to add color make sure use it as an accent. However if the organization is a high-end fashion industry use your best snazzy outfit.
  • BE MODEST - This is mostly for ladies, please no plunging necklines, no see-through shirts or dress. Remember first impression last.


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