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.

Not all internships are created equal…..

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Did you know that for every job posted in the UAE, there are on average 400 candidates? That’s not including the thousands of graduates that leave university every year, looking for work.

We understand that universities aim to equip students with the best possible knowledge for life in the real world, but they cannot predict how the job market will be.

That’s why Nabbesh.com is disrupting the future of work by creating the region’s first platform for freelance, part-time and contract based employment.

Students can start earning money straight away and gain valuable work experience even whilst waiting for a full time employment offer to be finalized.

If you’d like to know more about how we’re empowering people to do what they love, visit  http://www.nabbesh.com/job-landing

Students are the Future of Work….

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Nabbesh was interviewed on DubaiEye 103.8FM today alongside Sara Khoja, partner at Clyde & Co to talk about the legalities of freelancing in the UAE and how to get started. The below is a summary of the discussion:

It’s no secret that unemployment is high in the region with a need to create 100 million jobs by 2020.  Particular risk segments are women and youth.   Certain countries have extremely low participation rates for example Saudi.  To enable participation in the workforce, Nabbesh offers the opportunity to find and apply for freelance and part time jobs.  With over 12,000 registered users and growing, its clear that a gap is being filled.

In the UAE, many people are here because their partner is here on full time work, they want to be proactive in working but often have certain restraints that prevent them from working full time in an office for most of the day.  Family and cultural considerations are often not taken into account.  Many of these people are highly educated with experience in other parts of the world and are finding ways to work through Nabbesh. Typically people are not fully aware of the jurisdiction surrounding non full time work.  Since December 2010 however there has been a move by the government to allow various types of work permits, freelance licenses, part time work permits and more.  The best way to get started is to think about how you want to work, for example fully self employed or part time, and this will determine the type of license you need.

SME’s are responsible for the majority of business in the region, and we see that trend on Nabbesh.  Many of the employers looking for talent have financial and time restraints where they either need to fill a job urgently for a particular campaign or they don’t have the budget for a full time person. Nabbesh has been quite successful in fulfilling posts within a very short time frame, in some cases as little as 24 hours.

For people who are looking to transition into freelance (people already on their spouses visa) or students who have graduated you can get part time work permits from the ministry of labour for 3 months up to a year.  If you already employed you can do work part time in the UAE but you would need a no objection certificate from the employer.

If someone is coming to the end of their job here in the UAE and looking for freelance – what should they do to ensure they can stay here?  Firstly the employer is under duty to cancel the work permit and residency visa, and the individual has 30 days to find another sponsor or leave the country.  Within that period they need to register as a freelancer, many freezones have freelance licences, they don’t require a huge capital investment.  The other way is to secure a part time job with an organization and work that way until you figure out what you want to do.  Many part time positions are advertised on Nabbesh and can be found easily using the search functions.  For employers they should have evidence of the freelancers being properly licensed, if not, the company would be potentially liable for employing people unlawfully and could be fined.

A recent Employee retention survey done for the MENA region showed that  55% of respondents wanted to leave their jobs immediately.  Freelancing will play a more important role moving forward as it gives people the opportunity to work on things they love, not on things they have to do to get by.  These days, where job security isn’t as tight as before, freelancing is a good way to maintain your income and keep your skills up to speed.  We recently wrote about what employers are most affected by, and being out of work for 6 months or longer was the most decisive factor for employers to pass over a candidate for potential employment.

In short, the opportunities for freelancers are growing daily.  We are making it easier for both individuals and employers to meet and do business more efficiently.  To find out more and to keep up with the conversation follow #freelancesummit on Twitter, and join us at the first Freelance Summit in Dubai at The Shelter, May 8th.

Got questions? Let us know!