We know the drill - you move to a new country, want a change in roles or simply to get a foot back in the door of your career.  You start with the best of intentions, sending off CV after CV and application after application and...nothing.  We know from a candidate and a client perspective that finding the right fit is hard work and, as one firms put it, transferable skills and personality simply don't come across from a CV!  

So that's why we created Talent Round Tables.

 Months in the planning, it was the first event of its kind in the region and was designed to help top talent in finance, procurement, sales and marketing to meet with four of the most progressive businesses here in MENA - Mastercard, Growth Partners, Nestle and Zurich.  In a format borrowed from the UK's 'speed dating' scene, 40 women were split into four groups and met with each HR Team across a morning at The Academy, Jumeirah Creekside.  And loved it:

What did the attendees make of it?

Yes, this event was fun and enabled networking and meetings of minds, but vitally we also opened up our talent pool to the teams there; meaning that each attendee had a better chance of being top of mind for any future roles available.  For many of the HR teams this was an excellent way to pipeline and find new talent for their organisations, and assess each person on an individual, rather than 'on paper', basis:

Our Talent Round Table event was a hit with women and clients looking to hire them...Here's what the HR Teams had to say!

We'd like to thank Jumeirah Group and HR Teams for making this event possible.  We hope to create more events like this to push the ideas of gender balance in the workforce as part of our commitment to the UN Women's Empowerment Principles in the UAE.  We'll release details of our future initiatives soon, so do follow us on Facebook and ensure you're signed up with us to be in the know first!

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See you soon, 

Team Hopscotch.