The How Women FIND Work Jobseekers’ Conference & Recruitment Fair brought together women seeking employment in Qatar with HR specialists, recruitment agencies and employers.
Now in its fifth year, the How Women FIND Work Conference is a highlight on Doha’s event calendar as many women, despite having excellent experience and a wealth of skills, still struggle to find suitable jobs. Having recognised that this was an issue that affected many women of all ages and backgrounds, in 2012 the How Women Work (HWW) community decided that something needed to be done to help. The HWW community partnered with a number of respected local recruitment agencies, who were willing to share insights into how to get hired in Doha, and the How Women FIND Work conference series was born.
The conference has evolved into a popular event that not only allows women to learn more about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of getting hired in Doha, but also hosts a small recruitment fair that allows candidates to speak directly to recruitment agents and recruitment officers who are currently hiring.
This year to ensure that candidates’ expectations were met, HWW added a pre-screening application process which allowed candidates to know whether their profile matched the criteria that recruiters are currently looking for or not.
Commenting on the pre-purchase screening Carolin Zeitler, founder of HWW stated:
We added the pre-screening, so that candidates could make a more informed decision on whether they wanted to buy a ticket. Everyone is still welcome but we didn’t want to raise false hopes, it wouldn’t be fair to our participants.’
Several women who had been hired from previous events were present as speakers and company representatives this time around. Others told their stories beforehand, so that hopeful candidates could feel inspired.
Like Lisa Lindgren who had been hired at the fourth How Women FIND Work conference in November 2015 said:
When we first moved to Qatar I was happy to spend a few months of being a stay at home mum. However, as time went by, I was starting to get rather bored and felt I was ready to start working again. That’s when I came across HWFW and decided to volunteer for the cause. The day itself was very engaging. I met many interesting women and learned a lot about how to find work in Doha. During the conference I spoke to a GEMS representative, and two months later I started working with them! I’m so happy to have finally found a great job.’
The next event in the How Women FIND Work series is scheduled for November 2016. For more information on the conference and HWW group, visit hwwqatar.com.