The Case for Contract Employment

One of the most challenging decisions for many organizations in arduous market conditions is to pursue opportunities for growth while controlling their payroll.

Some would adopt a bullish approach and invest in recruiting talent that will help drive the company forward. Others will take a more cautious stand and bite the bullet hoping for better days ahead.

There is however a third avenue that more companies should consider: contract employment also known as temp, interim or freelance.

This form of employment brings several benefits to the hiring company under different aspects. Two important factors have to be considered before deciding whether this would be the route to go.

  1. The number one benefit for organizations is that contract employment brings a lot of flexibility to the hiring process; as most contract opportunities respond to immediate needs for project-based expertise with a limited time frame in mind. Once the need is no longer there the opportunity ceases to exist. If the need persists, then the contract period can be extended, renewed or the position converted into a permanent role.
  2. In many markets in the MENA region, one of the major obstacles to full-time employment has been the challenges imposed by strict regulations on:
    • the movement of people (visas, residence permits, etc..),
    • the growing list of related social benefits paid in addition to the employee’s compensation and,
    • the red tape and paperwork processing that goes along with the hiring of a full-time employee.

Temp or contractual employment can alleviate/defer or cancel these charges.

Several other factors would also apply and proper legal and financial advice should be taken before any commitment is made.

Here at SearchPath Arabia, we have developed the knowledge and expertise to be able to advise our clients on a broad range of issues pertaining to contractual employment. We provide them with many services to identify, recruit and bring on board expert employees to work on an interim, freelance or contractual basis.

The Obsolescence of the current Ad Agency model…

More and more “thinkers” and management gurus are debating the relevance of the current Agency model as they fail to adapt quickly to the changes in the business landscape and respond to the evolving needs of their clients. The disruptions of the digital revolution has not only changed the rules of the game but also created opportunities for new players such as management consultants and technology giants to enter the field.

Read on… https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/management-consultants-eating-ad-agencies-lunch-avi-dan?trk=hp-feed-article-title-like

A résumé expert reveals what a perfect résumé looks like

Some pertinent advice on resume writing that we very much agree with.

Recruiters have less and less time to go through the details of your resume and it is important to think about this when developing a summary of your credentials.

You have to start with a small section that highlights who you are, what you’re looking for and why you’re qualified to take on this role. If well written this paragraph will get the reader excited to learn more about you and spend more time going through your academic background and professional experience…Listen carefully . The tips are spot on…

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The 27 most damaging CV mistakes people make all the time

You’ve probably written and rewritten your CV so many times you think you know all the pitfalls that kill the chances of an interview dead.

But in a highly competitive job market, even the tiny details can make a difference, and it’s often the stuff we take for granted that’s liable to trip us up.

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Body language in job interviews

Is your body language costing you a job? If you want to get hired, it’s very important to pay attention to your body language during an interview!

Here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. Although your interview technically starts when you first enter the room with the interviewer, you could bump into the interviewer prior to that without knowing. This is why you need to be on your best behavior the moment you step on company property.
  2. Receptionists are often asked their opinions of people who just came in. Make sure you give a good impression from the beginning. Greet the receptionist, introduce yourself, then take a seat and wait for the interviewer to come in.
  3. Once your name is called out, shake your interviewer’s hand confidently. Don’t be overly aggressive with your handshake and don’t take away your hand away immediately.
  4. When you’re asked to sit again, make sure to sit up straight and keep your chest area open. This sends a signal that you’re open to communication.
  5. When talking and answering the interviewer’s questions, maintain eye contact and try not to move your hands all the time. Instead, show that you’re focused, calm, and confident.
  6. Once you’re done with the interview, stand up smoothly, smile, thank the interviewer for his or her time, and then wait for the interviewer to show you the way out.
  7. On your way out, don’t forget to thank the people who guided you to the interview room or helped you in any way, such as the receptionist.
  8. Once the face-to-face interview is over, it is customary to follow up by sending a brief, polite, “thank you” email to the person who interviewed you.