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Where are we going?
Dear colleagues,

I have taken my MSc. in Project Management last year and PMP certificate a month ago which I am proud of it. But I'm kind of exhausted since I've been applying jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi region ( I always wanted to work there ) the expected qualifications are overwhelming. Is this the problem with me or the contractors who expect 4 fluent languages, 5 management softwares, PhD, an extra brain, ability to see the future etc...

I have been managing construction sites over 7 years, but it seems like I will be unemployed in the near future, since I cannot read mind.

Wishing a better future to all... hope...

Oguz
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Oguz, feel with you.

I did 100 applications and 10 interviews before I found a job.
This process tests your resilience and patience.

Most jobs are found thru network contacts.

And yes, you can and should tune your approach. In my experience the cover letter is key, it links your capabilities to what the job poster wants, and it is the hook to get their attention for your CV.
Remember that employers are flooded with emailed résumés. You need to find ways to stand out in their mind. In some cases, it could be as simple as dropping a printed résumé in person to the hiring manager. It could be offering a free trial period.
Oguz -

I'd echo Thomas's advice to leverage your network. Unless you are a perfect match for a (usually) unrealistic combination of skills and experience, most recruiters and hiring managers won't contact you unless they already know you. As such, your best bet is to get someone who can speak credibly about your abilities to put your resume on a hiring manager's desk.

Also remember that many jobs are filled without them ever being posted somewhere.

And, be patient - it can feel like an eternity but you will land something eventually.

Good luck!

Kiron
You might find someone with significant hiring experience to review and help you re-write your resume.

If you are sending out a generic resume and/or it is more than a page long, those issues and many others can land you on the discarded pile in less than 30 seconds, since that's the average of a 1st review by a prospective employer. They don't have time to piece together your whole career and decode it to see if you're a good fit. You need to tell them why you are very succinctly.
I would also suggest you find out everything you can about the potential employer, nature of projects, key clients, carefully read the job advertisement. Then prepare all your application documentation specific to that employer and advertised position.

If you don't put in the effort don't expect them to.

Nowadays its expensive to hire people and even more expensive to get rid of the unsuitable ones. It helps to understand their recruitment risks and find ways to help them mitigate.
I agree with Thomas and Kiron. However, credentials like your diploma or certificate do not necessarily secure a job for you.
You may have already done this, but an interesting portfolio with lots of pictures that show the range of work you've done can be very useful and attention-grabbing (along with budget and schedule performance, etc).
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May 12, 2022 1:56 AM
Thomas Walenta
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Great idea Valerie. Stand out, visualize, inspire to read more.
Well, I appreciate your all precious thoughts. I am now getting close to my halfway of the career-life, but the problem is employers losing their sense more and more every day. World is changing and we have to adopt it everyday, and I'm okay with that but; these unrealistic, human-made standards discourages me, and I think I'm not alone.

We have started to feel side effects of Industry 4.0 in our sector, but I really don't feel like construction industry is going a bit further from where it stands currently, since the perspective is 'perfect candidate'.

PS: All of your advices duly noted. Thanks again, for kind and sincere feedbacks.
As some persons in this conversation said, most times obtaining a job depends more on your network contacts, this is, individuals that can present you directly to the company or hiring manager. Through a contact, the probability that your CV will be taken into account increases a lot.
May 11, 2022 4:51 PM
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You may have already done this, but an interesting portfolio with lots of pictures that show the range of work you've done can be very useful and attention-grabbing (along with budget and schedule performance, etc).
Great idea Valerie. Stand out, visualize, inspire to read more.

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