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February 16, 2014, 04:14:56 PM on

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Hi everyone,

Subject of the post pretty much sums up my post. I'm currently trying to look for a new job in Bahrain, from London. It's been about a month and my usual tactics aren't working.

I'm a web designer cum email marketing specialist. 8 years of experience working for all sorts in London. So I've been searching for and contacting a bunch of marketing/ad/creative agencies. Registered myself with as many recruitment agencies and job sites as I can find. But haven't got any bite backs.

Has anyone got any hints or tips they could share? They'd really be appreciated!

Thanks :)

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Londoner looking for a job in Bahrain, usual avenues not working
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February 27, 2014, 02:32:57 AMReply #1 on

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Hello! Why don't you try a freelance job? Web design and e-mail marketing jobs do not depend on your location. You can work from anywhere. Try e-lance and freelance sites.
Probable I don't understand you but do you just want to move to Bahrain?
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March 07, 2014, 03:50:58 PMReply #2 on

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I'm looking to relocate to Bahrain. I've thought about freelancing/contracting while in Bahrain, but then I have issues with a work visa.

March 12, 2014, 08:49:05 AMReply #3 on

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May be you can get a tourist visa first? And then find a job in Bahrain and get a work visa?
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Re: Londoner looking for a job in Bahrain, usual avenues not working
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March 12, 2014, 04:31:30 PMReply #4 on

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I could do that, but most people/places advise that you land the job first before making the move.

March 13, 2014, 03:00:51 AMReply #5 on

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Surely, most people advice to have a job first before moving to another country because you must have money for living. But if you can have income enough for living in Bahrain for some time you definitely can have a tourist visa and live there as a tourist first. Spending several months in Bahrain you can decide if you like to stay in this country for longer period and I am sure you can find a job.
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March 16, 2014, 01:55:35 PMReply #6 on

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My OH is currently living and working in Bahrain. I've been over three or four times now, and know it's definitely somewhere I can live too. So a move is definitely on the books, just until I have a job.

Is it "easy" to convert from a tourist visa to work? I was led to believe it's not the "best" way to do it.

March 17, 2014, 03:13:08 AMReply #7 on

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Well, I guess it is better to consult with some visa agents regarding this question. If so you can try to find a job sending resume to different companies. Have you tried this?
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Re: Londoner looking for a job in Bahrain, usual avenues not working
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March 18, 2014, 04:56:17 PMReply #8 on

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I've got a massive list of recruitment agencies, job search sites and Bahrain based companies I've been emailing fairly regularly since the beginning of the year. Trying to keep at it.

March 19, 2014, 07:20:34 AMReply #9 on

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Keep trying I am sure you will find a good offer. Just do not stop.
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March 19, 2014, 04:26:18 PMReply #10 on

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March 23, 2014, 02:25:52 PMReply #12 on

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I was prepared to say yes, but looks like I HAVENT bookedmarked this among the many I have already, so thanks for the addition, Anna!

One question - I have my UK address in my CV. Of course, whenever I contact companies and potential employers I mention I am looking to definitely move to Bahrain. However, do you think having a UK address effects me negatively in any way? I didn't think it would but I'm now wondering if it maybe does.

March 25, 2014, 05:29:33 AMReply #13 on

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I guess that your UK address surely affect you because if Bahrain employers see that you are in UK they don't review your CV. May be it is better to point that you are living in UK now but want to move to Bahrain for living and working. Probable that will help you find the job faster.
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March 26, 2014, 03:12:35 PMReply #14 on

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Have been mentioning that.

Been going back over previous companies I have contacted and re-contacting and getting different results! Keep your fingers crossed!

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Re: Londoner looking for a job in Bahrain, usual avenues not working
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