Although most hospitals post their vacancies online, if you
are applying for a position in a foreign country, there are
many obvious advantages to working with a recruiter.
• First of all, not all vacancies are advertised. Recruiters
are often told about confidential searches or upcoming
vacancies that are not posted on the employer's website.
• Recruitment companies are a one-stop shop for positions,
i.e., they will have vacancies in several different
hospitals, and even in several different countries. You can learn about openings at
hospitals in one or more countries in one convenient place.
• We have direct access to recruitment and professional
staff at our client hospitals, which someone without such a
relationship cannot match. We can get answers much faster
than you can.
• There is an overwhelming amount of information online
about working in the Middle East. Some accurate, some not. Because we recruit a high number
of staff and have nearly daily contact with our client hospitals,
our information tends to be the most current (unlike your
brother's friend's cousin who worked in Saudi Arabia 25
years ago in a different city in a different profession …).
• Some agencies, such as HZA, have staff members who have
lived in, worked in, and visited the countries for which they
recruit staff. They can provide more detailed and practical
• We are familiar with the work environment in the United
States, Canada and Europe, as well as with the environment in the
Middle East, so we can prepare you for the differences you
will encounter in working with colleagues who have not
worked in a Western environment.
• As we all know, emails go missing. We are in regular phone
and email contact with the hospitals, and will follow-up for
• "Timing is everything" — for example, if you live in the
Pacific time zone of North America, you are 10 to 11 hours
behind Saudi Arabia, and will have trouble arranging a time
to talk with hospital representatives. (And did you know
that the weekend in Saudi Arabia is Friday and Saturday?)
• Getting a work visa is a very complicated process. A
recruiter not only guides you, but does much of the work for
• While not all recruiters do this, we reimburse the major
part of your visa/medical expenses.
• If after you have relocated, you should run into
unexpected difficulties (depending on what those
difficulties are), we act as an advocate for you.
So when assessing a recruiter, don't be afraid to ask
questions: How long have you been in business? With which
hospitals do you work? Have any of your staff members have
visited the hospital? How many people have you recruited?
And just as important: Does the recruiter answer your
questions? If they don't have an answer now, do they offer
to find the information for you? Do they promise you things
that are too good to be true? Can they put you in contact
with people who are currently working at the hospital? Do
they return your telephone calls?
To end on a personal note, all of us in our office love our
jobs. Although our job is unusual and even difficult, we
believe we are offering an experience of a lifetime.