7 Tips for Starting a New Job in Dubai

Excited because you got that elusive offer letter to your dream job in the city of skyscrapers, Dubai? Well, there is every reason to feel so. However, here are few points that you need to keep in mind before you take up the new job.

Dubai is a city with the tallest skyscrapers, the biggest shopping malls and the most luxurious hotels in the world. It is an oasis in midst of the vast Sahara deserts and hence a top tourist destination. Other than that, its reputation as one of the most preferred job destination owing to the tax free salaries and a westernized lifestyle precedes its name in the foreign shores. May be that is the precise reason that the majority of the population in Dubai is of expats, who have arrived here from all over the world to take up a new job. If it’s your turn, then here are the seven tips that will help you feel at home at your new workplace.

Prove that you belong here

One mistake that most people do is getting drifted in a sense of accomplishment after cracking the interview and getting the offer letter. Sure you got hired and it does call for a celebration, however there is nothing that you have actually done for your new company as yet.  The employer trusted you and now it’s your turn to prove that you deserved it. Consider the first three months as an extended interview, where every day you have to prove yourself. Work hard and smart and prove that you belong here.

Mix with the new culture

If you are an expat who has just landed in Dubai, chances are that there will be a stark cultural difference between what you already follow and believe, and what the city will present to you. Such times are to be dealt with sense and prudence. Instead of being rigid, try to assimilate and absorb the new culture in your daily activities. You do not need to become a new human being altogether, but a little change is not bad at all, especially if it helps you in the success of your career.

Ask questions

It is easy to keep mute and wait for your manager’s instructions to work. Not asking questions is one of the top mistakes that new recruits make when starting a job. If you are feeling in doubt then it is advised to seek clarifications rather than staying mum.

Dress for occasion

The way you dress is going to have an impact on your new boss and colleagues. If you land up at your new workplace with a shabbily looking beard and clothes and earn disapproval of your seniors on the very first day then it is only you who is to be blamed here. Dress appropriately for the job you have landed. You must have got some idea about the dress code followed in the company whilst giving the interview and if you are not sure then it is perfectly okay to ask from the HR regarding the same.

Choose friends carefully

Since there is little that you know about your new colleagues, it is advisable to not to rush in making new friends. Every organization has some star performers and your team also must have one. You should start with relationship building with that person at first and gradually move on to other people. Besides, refrain from divulging too much within first few months of joining the new office.

Try to stand out

Instead of getting lost in the melee, find ways to be recognized early on in your new workplace. Whether it is responding more quickly, working for late hours or always offering helping hand to others when needed, do anything that benefits the company and other employees and excel at that.

Speak less, listen more

For first few days of your new job try to listen more than you speak. Even if you think you have the best ideas in your kitty, it is advisable to practice restraint and keep them to yourself. Besides, the best way to win the trust of other people is give them a patient hearing.

Saurabh Tyagi is an expert writer having interest in diverse topics like education, technology, career and Web 2.0. He is a social media enthusiast and a self-confessed gadget-freak, who loves to follow the latest happenings in the tech world.

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