Bayt.com is the leading job site in the Middle East and Gulf today. Bayt.com job seekers represent all career levels, industries, and nationalities in the region. Bayt.com works with thousands of companies, from small businesses to large multi-nationals to governmental entities, helping them to successfully attract and recruit qualified professionals and executives every day.
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Summary: Bayt (which means “home”) was created by 3 Lebanese boys and one Jordanian in 2000 and is one of the leading aggregator job boards in the Middle East (which refers to: Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, the UAE, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Cyprus). Particularly active in Saudi Arabia, it is ranked 161th most active site. In 2008, it also set out to make a name for itself in the North African countries but most of its success comes from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, India and Qatar. How did Bayt become so successful? Quite simply: by faking it until they made it with a television advertising campaign. Today, they have over 12 million CVs in their database, 15 regional offices with contact information for each one. You can follow them on different social media and they even advertise other job boards to make sure you find what you’re looking for. Nevertheless, like most aggregators, Bayt is more successful in some countries than others.
Design: To be honest, the house-like logo did remind me of a real-state website. That said, it is easy to use with an appealing design. You’ll find photos and shorts bios about the employees, testimonials from companies (and there are many of them! Sorted by country) and clear information about posting jobs. The jobs themselves are filtered by various categories (with the number of available jobs per category indicated in brackets). It’s a shame adverts appear among the job offers.
The job board objective: Bayt wants to be the biggest job shopping center.
Recruiter observations: The good news is you can post 2 jobs per month for free and you can preview CVs that you chose with keywords (including when the jobseekers were last active; expect to see many female profiles without photos). More good news: the costs are available on the website. For some countries, additional information is available regarding who has applied to the job presented in the form of charts (years of experience, top job title, Education major of applicants, career level of the applicants and the nationality). Some countries (like Germany and Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Japan) don’t allow/provide this kind of information though.
Jobseeker observations: When you upload your CV, the job board then fills out a lot of your online form itself. Additional questions include: your visa status, your marital status, the notice period needed, the visa you would like and whether or not you have a driver’s license. You can also include recommendations, different membership to clubs and videos. Jobseekers can boost their visibility with offers which include who viewed the profile and getting to the top of the job application lists (among other things). Surprisingly though, you can’t upload your CV in Arabic.
The job offers: Currently 16 788 jobs, and mostly in the field of technology/computing, engineering, marketing, public relations and sales. As can be expected, most of the job offers are in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Reactivity: A chat window makes it easy to contact Bayt. Also, they send automatic e-mails and a follow up on your needs with e-mails and phone calls. It might be useful to know that the people handling your file are not only local, but also work on commission so they have every reason to call you back.
Special features: The blog (not all 3 versions are updated); CV database preview access; CV and job offer analysis (to see if you fit the profile); packages for jobseekers; the Youtube videos.
Verdict: In the North African countries, Bayt is yet to surpass the big local job boards but they have really built up their database and list of partners. Plus, their presence in a number of the countries in the area means they have a hands-on idea of what’s available and what’s needed. If you need a job in the MENA; go shopping on Bayt first.
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Bayt.com is aggressive in marketing its website, both online and offline. Campaigns target a wide audience, from online advertising (SEO and SEM), to newspaper partnerships, to participating in regional career and employment fairs. Bayt.com is also very active on its social channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
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