We pride ourselves on our honest and candid approach with our job seekers and as such many of our candidates have returned to us again and again over the many years we have been recruiting within this market!  Our aim is to help our candidates feel comfortable and confident and our registration process includes one-to-one interviews whether they are they are taking that first step on the career ladder or whether you are a seasoned administrator. We take the time to understand candidates needs, career aspirations and what are the driving factors in searching for that perfect role.  We will make sure there is a good understanding of opportunities on offer, salary expectations in relation to experience and market forces and what can be expected from us in searching for the perfect next career move.


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Relocating to the region and applying from overseas 

Unfortunately, it is very difficult for us to assist candidates who are currently resident overseas. Our clients are usually looking for immediate availability in terms of a face to face interview and prefer to focus on talent already based in the country. The UAE is a regional hub and local knowledge is extremely important for many roles here.

We strongly urge you to do as much research as possible on the region, focusing on the cost of living in particular. Accommodation is expensive and the general cost of living is high. It is also important that you have a clear idea of the salaries on offer and the job market in general in relation to your skillset and experience. 

It is recommended that you visit the UAE for a minimum of at least two months in order to maximize on opportunities for yourself, as the job search within the region can be a lengthy process. 

There are a few tips we can offer to assist you with your relocation. These are intended as a guide only and are by no means exhaustive.

Local regulations and procedures change frequently.

  • Ensure all your latest educational certificates are certified and attested by your local and UAE government.

  • Contact your embassy for procedures.

  • Research the local job market within your sector to understand current local salary levels and benefits.

  • Establish the cost of living in terms of accommodation, transportation, socialising, dining out, schooling etc.

  • Bring passport photographs – lots of them.

  • Ascertain your visa restrictions with regards to your nationality. Contact your UAE or country embassy for costs and procedures.

  • Understand local culture, business practice, and general do’s and don’ts in the region.

Why undertake temporary or contract work?

Whether you are new to the UAE or need more flexibility in your personal life, temporary work is a wonderful way to explore new opportunities, industries and jobs. It can allow a newcomer to the region to familiarise themselves with regional business practice and meet new friends as well as giving them much needed local working experience. Short term assignments can help to build up the confidence of a job seeker who has been out of work for a while and don’t forget that many temporary roles can open the door to permanent opportunities!

We will only ever introduce you to a position and a client that is right for you; based on your experience and availability. The hours that you work will be monitored using a timesheet provided by Irwin Dow and you will be paid directly by the client. Once we have secured a temporary role for you, we will explain every detail to you so you feel comfortable; the hours, the location and directions on how to get there, the company culture and dress code and answer any questions you may have about the client or the job. And we will always call you on your first day to make sure that all is well and that you are happy.

We run a successful temporary desk at Irwin & Dow and if you are interested in temporary opportunities, then feel free to contact us for more information.