The Great Crew Change

The recent downturn in the oil and gas sector followed by the US shale boom and technological advances in the area of exploration & production (E&P) has led to unprecedented skills and challenges faced by companies today. Since 2014, companies understandably focused on cost reduction, including downsizing their workforces shedding over 440,000 jobs globally (1).…

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Back to the future of oil

With further pressure on oil prices in the short to medium future, many of the regional leaders have been exploring other entrepreneurial and innovative industries to supplement GDP. This has long been the case in the UAE, Dubai especially, with the transformation toward tourism and services; however other nations are following suit more actively. A…

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GCC countries grapple with unsustainable public sector staffing levels

New research has suggested that public sector staffing levels in the UAE are unsustainable as oil prices shrink government revenue and automation replaces the need for certain jobs to be carried out by humans. According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), government jobs account for 80 per cent of nationals employed in the GCC, which…

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Social Media Recruitment: How to Successfully Integrate Social Media into Recruitment Strategy

As the landscape of recruiting changes, different methods are needed to reach talent, and social media is a key channel. However, many HR and recruiting professionals are not equipped with the expertise to create a social media recruiting strategy. In a series of easy to follow chapters and manageable steps, Social Media Recruitment covers the…

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When The Dust Settles; Staying Competitive In The Abu Dhabi Job market

-by Andrew Bailey, General Manager – InterSearch Abu Dhabi There’s honestly no other place on this planet where the world’s population comes to work, other than the UAE. Almost every nationality is represented in some shape or form, along with the standard diplomatic officials and trade councils. As we know, the region has experienced tremendous…

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Non-oil industries growing steadily as UAE economy continues to diversify

Growth in other sectors expected to hit 3.3 per cent after widespread investment Non-oil growth in the UAE will hit 3.3 per cent this year, according to forecasts by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as the country continues to successfully diversify its economy. Overall growth is expected to be only 1.3 per cent because of…

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Reinventing Talent Management: Principles and Practices for the New World of Work

In this book, preeminent organizational scholar Edward Lawler identifies a comprehensive and integrated set of talent management practices that fit today’s rapidly evolving workplace. The world of work has changed dramatically, says Lawler. Organizations now operate in a global environment. New technologies continue to disrupt how, when, and where work is done and should be…

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Are Search Firms Expensive?

-by Harris Karaolides, General Manager – InterSearch Dubai A while back I had a meeting with the VP International of a small but dynamic European multinational company, very nice guy, one of his current projects was developing the Middle East market. This gentleman was desperately seeking a General Manager for their newly established Middle East…

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Abu Dhabi InterSearch Grows

After establishing ourselves as the first Executive search firm on Al Maryah Island at Abu Dhabi Global Market, our Abu Dhabi team has grown. We are pleased to announce and welcome both Asel Shilikbayeva and Kumar Chulliparambil to the business. Asel joins as Principal Consultant, overseeing the Oil & Gas / Energy sectors, and will…

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Should you invest in your stars or strugglers?

Some surveys suggest managers spend up to a day each week managing their poorest performers. This is despite receiving only marginal gains in productivity from this group. In uncertain financial times, can you really afford to prioritize your strugglers – or is it better to invest in your stars? According to McKinsey research (Harvard Business…

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