Recruitment Steps 2 - Preparing your resume

After you have done your research and are ready to look for available opportunities, it is time to prepare yourself. In this blog post we’ll suggest some helpful tips on putting together a resume suitable for international positions in the Middle East along with preparing documents you may need during this process.

Preparing your Resume

There is no right and wrong here, below are only our suggestions we’d like to highlight based on our experience:

  1. Try to give the hiring manager enough information about your qualifications and experience to explore relevant points: a length of one to eight pages is reasonable
  2. Make the CV easy on the eye. You might want to avoid using differing fonts and formatting in each section. Be consistent with the layout, spacing, structure, etc. throughout.
  3. Consider presenting your skills and experience in a given section as bullet points; straight to the point and easy to read.
  4. Avoid abbreviations, especially names of institutions and places of work. Try to spell out at least once (first time) then can use the abbreviation
  5. The CV is a statement of fact and you might want to consider including the following information:
    1. Education: State degree title, University/College attended, Country, date graduated and length of study.
    2. Experience: List in reverse chronological order, include month/year started and finished each job, try to leave no gaps. If for any reason you were out of work for a good while give reasons and what you were doing. Provide a short description of duties/responsibilities, equipment used, any special skills, etc. Provide information about place of work/facility (i.e. hospital, number of beds, unit size, and so forth  to describe place of work/practice).
    3. Professional License/Registration: license number and expiry date.
    4. Other items: publications, research, educational experience, management experience, awards, and so on as applicable and relevant.

Preparing required documents

The more prepared you are the smoother and faster the recruitment process will go from this end. You might want to consider preparing following documents to use when need to:

  • Copies of Professional license, registration, membership, etc.
  • Copies of Qualifications (i.e. undergraduate degree, higher education, diplomas, certifications, relevant transcripts, and so on).
  • Copies of certificates of training.  For Physicians; residency, internships, etc. For others, any other relevant courses.
  • Copy of your Passport.
  • Copy of your BLS.
  • Letter(s) of experience.
  • Any other documents you feel may be important to your career.
  • Speak to you references, so when required they can provide references at short notice.

It is very important to have good quality copies (using a flatbed scanner not a photo taken by a phone). Further down the line, when it comes to credentialing, the relevant licensure bodies will only accept high quality, clear copies.

Hopefully, this helps! In our next Newsletter Blog, we’ll suggest some Interview Tips.

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