14 Ways for the Class of 2014 to Land a Job

Congratulations Class of 2014,  you’ve just entered the real world!  And while you may only be entering with one expensive piece of paper, “they” say you needed it to get the one thing you are looking for right now: your first job!  Sure you face a few challenges, but Nabbesh is here to help with 14 ways to land your first job!

1. Ignore so-called conventional wisdom that says you need experience to get a job.  We all started from zero at one point or another in our lives.  Even the most successful people in the world started somewhere, and you can too.

2. You’re one of the most tech savvy generations in history.  Turn that into $. That’s right, you can actually get paid to use technology and social media.  For example, you could help a company grow their customer base or communicate through social media.  Lucky for you, there is much demand for people with the tech skills you often take for granted.

3. Surf the net.  Don’t just pound the pavement!  While getting your first job requires hard work, the best way to do that is by using the internet to find either online or offline work.

4. No clue at what you want to do?  Here’s a little secret, you aren’t the only one. Many people that have been working for years are still looking for what they want to do when they “grow-up.”  Start with what you enjoy doing and don’t worry too much if you take the “wrong” job.  It’s all part of the learning process.

5. Try writing about your job search.  Believe it or not, blogging and writing is a serious profession.  If you have the “write” stuff, you may find you can turn writing even about your job search into some cash.

6. Intern or volunteer to gain professional experience.  If you’re willing to work in a company or for a start-up without being paid, and you prove yourself, you may be able to land your first job in a few months.  Before you think interning is beneath you, remember that Microsoft founder Bill Gates started as an intern.

7. Ask for advice.  Start with a few of your friends or family members that have been working for a few years at least.  Ask them to sit down with you and to share what they did right or did wrong to find their first job.

8. Work for a start-up.  At this point in your life you can probably afford to work at a startup, and you’ll gain a wealth of experience about running a business, even if your startup isn’t the next Google.  If you think its too risky, remember that risk is simply what you have (no job) and what you have to lose (not much).

9. Be honest with yourself about what success means to you.  To find a job you love, don’t forget success means different things to different people.  Bill Cosby, the famous comedian once said, “I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

10. Work for yourself.  What is it that you love to do on weekends?  Maybe you can monetize that.  If you love photography or digital design, you may be able to land freelance jobs in those areas or turn other hobbies into cash.

11. Happen to things.  Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.”  Don’t sit around and complain about the unemployment rates, make your first job happen by being proactive.

12. Be hungry and humble.  Older generations complain about how your generation is much more entitled than previous generations.  Fight this stereotype by being persistent, hard working, hungry and humble in your job search.

13. Diversification isn’t just good financial advice.  In today’s world, a diversity of experiences is very important if you want to truly stand out.  Maybe you studied engineering, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek a job outside of your major. Whatever you major in, you can work in another field which may give you a better perspective and insights into what your career “calling” is.

14. Passion over paychecks.  Don’t just find a job, create a meaningful life whatever that means to you.  Steve Jobs famously said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  Maybe you’re young, but work is going to consume so much of your life, so why waste a single moment?

Now go out there class of 2014 and get your first job!  Get started by creating your profile at http://www.Nabbesh.com and search for freelance jobs today.

Joe Akkawi: We’ve had over 10 jobs completed through Nabbesh!

Freelancers help businesses grow and expand. And in this new series on our blog we are sitting together with employers who are actively using Nabbesh to find out how that is done.

We are happy to launch it with an interview with Joe Akkawi, the Managing Partner of Paz Marketing  to find out how their agency has integrated freelancers within their DNA. Paz Marketing  is a MENA based integrated solutions agency for public relations, events, and social media to help brands connect with the correct audiences.

 

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1-      How has working with Freelancers helped you build Paz Marketing?

Freelancers have helped us fill certain gaps that extend beyond our core product offering. Sometimes the key to winning a business is offering a full communication package to our clients and there are certain proficiencies that we might lack internally. Nothing a good reliable freelancer can’t solve!

2-      How has your personal experience as an employee turned  freelancer turned entrepreneur helped you hire better freelancers?

It has helped me most with understanding how to manage timelines. Freelancers sometimes over commit to multiple projects due to need of income while we need to take necessary steps to manage clients expectations. Giving promises based on timelines you can’t control is dangerous and being a freelancer in the past has helped me project and estimate how much time a project might need.

3-      What are your top 3 tips for hiring freelancers?

  1. Take your time. Plenty of talent around. Pick the one that suits you best
  2. Never keep the relationship over email. It’s never personal and meeting the freelancer can give you insight about them and where they can help you more.
  3. Hold on to talent you’ve worked with before. Variety is nice but solid results are better.

4-      In which areas is hiring a freelancer better than a full-timer?

When a service needed is not a core offering of your business. It doesn’t make sense to hire someone for a role that will not generate business or revenue for your company

5-      In your opinion what role do freelancers play in the advertising & communications industry? 

Freelancers are seen as both an asset and a threat. As an asset freelancers can play multiple roles from design to consulting and development. It’s a very wide talent pool and can contribute to any part of the communication process. Yet freelancers pose a threat to agencies that lose clients to freelancers who offer humble services for more affordable fees. This has been on the rise in the UAE in the fields of web design, PR, and social media.  Everyone’s always looking to save. It’s the human condition.

6-      What UAE regulatory issues can one encounter when hiring freelancers?

There are two main issues:

a. Having a freelancer work in your office can lead to trouble if you get inspection on site and they don’t have a labor card.

b.   For companies that audit their finances, freelancers who don’t have correctly marked invoices are a nightmare for finance to work with.

 

7- We’d love to hear about your experience hiring freelancers through Nabbesh! What are your insights? 

Hiring through Nabbesh is organized, quick and efficient. We’ve had over 10 jobs completed through Nabbesh.com in the fields of SEO, SEM, Social, Consulting, Design and Artwork. We even build an affiliation with someone we hired for a job and he now consults on all our business.

The entire experience has been solid but on a general note, the region is struggling to find good Arabic speaking, writing talent. You might have to do some Arabic legwork yourself to get some projects off the ground.

Additionally with new pay-through-the-website feature coming soon, a lot of pressure on sorting out payments with freelancers will be alleviated. I’m also looking forward to a mobile app.

 

We would love to take this conversation further! Let us know your thoughts in the comments and connect with us on twitter

Why you’re not filling your Social Media Job

One of the top requested skills in the Middle East is Social Media, both for full time and freelance positions. In this post we discuss why it’s becoming harder to fill that position and how you can successfully fill your social media requirements if you are a business in the UAE or greater Arab Region.

1. Social Media is a very broad term:

Decide WHAT the person needs to be doing exactly.  Will they be creating content that will sit on social media sites? Will they need to make sense of the numbers from social media? Will they be creating and running social media advertising?

2. Secondary Skillsets:

  • If creating content – you may need someone who is bilingual.  Consider a Translator or Writer
  • If you need to optimize performance and want to understand analytics – you might find similar skills in a person who understands Google Analytics or has performed analytics for in house company data
  • If you need someone to run social media advertising and campaigns – you probably need someone to design the ads and other propietary photos / videos to share.  Consider a graphic designer to deliver this content for you

3. Multiple language Social Media

One of the unique factors in the Middle East is the fact that people use social media in their native tongue (Arabic) but can perform any other aspect of business on and offline in English.  Because of this, many companies decide to make each of their posts bilingual, posting both arabic and english at the same time. There are of course many other languages spoken in the Middle East (french, farsi, hindi, urdu etc) but the majority of times, arabic and english are the preferred languages.

You will find it hard to source a person who has equally strong language skills AND is proficient at the different skillsets mentioned above. Those types of people are in extremely high demand and very limited supply.

So what can you do to solve this problem? If you’re not finding a person you may decide to outsource to a dedicated company who can handle it for you.  Another more recent solution is from Qordoba.  Qordoba is a fast growing translation company and has just launched its social media translation package with affordable tiered rates.

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You can either:

  • create your english social media updates in bulk and manually send them to Qordoba for translation
  • post as you would normally, Qordoba monitors your accounts and automatically translates and posts for you in real time

The benefit of using Qordoba is that it allows you to have the best of both worlds at a great price, allowing you to get started with your social media quicker.

Nabbeshers who are posting jobs, get a 10% discount for the rest of June when using Qordoba Social Translation

Email:  translate@qordoba.com and use “nabbesh offer”  in the subject line

Don’t forget to post your jobs on www.nabbesh.com and follow us on our social media channels for more tips

www.facebook.com/nabbesh  and  www.twitter.com/nabbeshtweets

Freelance PR and Marketing – Kellie Whitehead

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Kellie Whitehead has been freelancing since 2005 across the UK and UAE, and is the engine behind www.mamaknowsdubai.com.  With 14 years of marketing and PR experience, she has rich industry experience coupled with a strong insight into the female, family and ‘mum’ demographic that is particularly hard to find within the region and much sought after by brands. It was this specialist expertise that was the catalyst for forming her UAE registered company Mama Media FZ.

Kellie works on a retainer basis with many agency clients, and directly with brands. As a working mother, freelancing was the only employment option when balancing her love of the industry with her family commitments.  Her knowledge of the social media space has contributed greatly to finding work through the various platforms but recently she is finding Nabbesh very useful for leads.

Through Mama Media she works with some of the biggest global names such as Samsung, Unilever and Philips helping them reach out through social media, events and content creation to their target demographic. A highlight of Kellie’s career was pitching against larger network agencies last year to win her biggest client to date, testament to her deep knowledge in the sector. Kellie thinks agencies can benefit from using freelancers more as they bring unique skillsets and specialisms that a full time employee may not have. This trend is apparent on Nabbesh with many people asking for content creators specializing in automotive, cooking, fashion and beauty products.

She identifies an interesting angle on networking and generating repeat business; which is that account managers do change agencies quite often but they tend to take their contacts with them.  Having a readily available and organized pool of freelancers to tap into can make an account manager’s work much easier, and she thinks Nabbesh is a useful platform to keep these connections alive. It also helps freelancers build a reputation as being able to show examples of work and get feedback from people is important in generating tomorrow’s business.

Get in touch with Kellie on her Nabbesh profile here http://www.nabbesh.com/DubaiWriter