Monday 22 September 2014

Living & Working in Qatar: Here's what you should know

The Sovereign Arab state of Qatar is known to be one of the most preferred destinations for people from all over the world due to its 5-star lifestyle. Home to an enormous reserve of oil and gas, it has an incredibly fast growing economy. In fact, Qatar was granted the title of the World's Richest Country of 2013 by Forbes.

Note to nurses & physiotherapists: we have a number of exciting opportunities to work in the thriving health industry in Qatar, with very attractive salary & benefits: learn more here and here. Interested? Get in touch.

However, travelling to such a destination may prove to be a drastic change from what you are used to here in Europe. So here are a few noteworthy details to help you prepare for such an opportunity.


  • Family Visas are only available to those earning a minimum of 10,000QR approximately 2257E.
  • A residence Visa takes about 2-6 weeks to apply for and is valid for 6months to 2 years.
  • Once you have acquired your Visa you must then obtain a residence permit within a week.
  • This process includes fingerprinting and medical tests checking for HIV, Tuberculosis and the like.
  • A couple are forbidden to live under the same roof unless married.


  • Drivers with a valid license from any country are permitted to drive a rented car for up to a week.
  • An international License will grant you permission to drive legally for 6 months.
  • You may apply for a Temporary License which allows for you to drive legally until you residence permit is processed.
  • There is a 0% tolerance for drunk driving.

Cost of Living

  • Whilst salaries are impressive and petrol is super cheap, cost of living may prove to be quite steep depending on your lifestyle habits.
  • Labour costs are quite cheap in fact its very common for one to have a live-in cleaner.
  • 90% of food is imported from countries such as Lebanon and Turkey which means that everyday goods are more expensive than what we're used to as well as the fact that fresh fruit and vegetables are hard to come by.
  • The cost of entertainment rose by 8.7% this year.
  • In terms of accommodation, the average 4 bedroom Villa goes for about 13,000 QR (2914E)a month; whilst a 2 bedroom apartment in West Bay or the Pearl costs around 12,000QR (2690E) a month.
  • Pork may be found in shops but is strictly for home use only.
  • Alcohol may be purchased and consumed in one's home provided that the person is in possession of an alcohol license.

Women's Rights

  • Women can drive in Qatar as long as you meet their requirements,
  • They can also work, providing that they have a women's work permit,
  • They are free to wear whatever you like as long as you chest, shoulders and knees are covered.

Health Care

  • Qatar has an extremely well resourced health care system which offers free emergency treatment to all citizens and residents in possession of a government-issued health card. 
  • This card can only be applied for once your residence visa has been processed so many people opt for private healthcare.
  • The government is however planning to introduce universal health insurance by the end 2015, meaning that every employer would provide its employees with health insurance
  • Further to this, the inhabitants of Qatar are generally very warm and welcoming, they are said to be friendly and very willing to help new visitors. If you are looking to enhance your career satisfaction and advance in your field a move to Qatar is a move in the right direction.

Monday 15 September 2014

Kickstart Your Finance Career

Malta’s finance industry is booming; it has truly become a hub of opportunity. Naturally, local students are continually and increasingly turning to the field of economic services as an aspired career path. Fresh minds are a dime a dozen in this line of business which means standing out from the crowd is an extremely difficult task to master.

Some expert advice can go a long way in helping you put your best foot forward and ultimately landing that dream job.
Take it from the top, kick start your job search then follow through with a first-rate application to start you off on the right foot.
  • Draw up some internal reports. Sit yourself down and have a good think about you goals and career aspirations. Locate where you are, where you want to be, and most importantly WHY you want to be there. Know the reasons behind your targets in order to catch sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Research. Find out which companies do what you want to do, create a target list of organisations and do you homework. Find out their missions, values, competitors as well as their financial history. Use social media to help; follow your role model on Twitter and gain first hand insight on his/her daily tasks.
  • Get help. Now that you know your targets you need connections to the industry. Seek help from professionals who can serve as the missing link to your chain and help get the ball rolling.
 Once you have a game plan you will need to update and fine tune your resume and covering letter. This is your first chance to make a good impression so dedicate a significant amount of time to its content and presentation.
Bear in mind that the goal of your application is to land an interview with the employer thus, tailor your resume to this particular occupation.
Here are some useful tips to guide you through this process:

Your Covering Letter, keep it simple:
  • your contact information,
  • the position you are applying for
  • how you heard of the vacancy
  • link your experience and credentials to those sought for by the recruiter
In terms of presentation your covering letter must be as readable as possible.  The employer skims through job applications for hours on end, make yours an easy read, by :
  • leaving spaces between one paragraph and another
  • use a basic font such as Times New Roman and Arial
  • make use of line spacing
  • keep to a constant format
Your Resume

Format should match that of your covering letter. Add a summary statement at the top of your resume highlighting why you are perfect for the job. Once again make it as digestible as possible;
  • allow breathing room
  • stick to the same font and size
  • keep bullets under 2 lines
  • use digits when writing about numbers
  • align your dates and locations to the right
  • make it as easy as possible for the recruiter to get to the most important and relevant information

And certainly, proof read, proof read, proof read. Read your application out loud to hear what it sounds like, then get an outsider's perspective on your writing. If no one is around resort to resources such as which can act as a proof reader for you.


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