1. Provide a brief introductory statement highlighting your strength and supporting your application for this overseas assignment
First of all I would like to express my gratitude for the consideration. I welcome the opportunity to be considered for the lead recruiting and training consultant role at our newly created office in United Arab Emirates. I have more than 10 years of experience in the recruitment and development of technical talent; Five (5) years of experience have been obtained in my current role. I have had direct responsibility for recruiting technical talent and assessing their need for additional training and certifications. Although I have not travelled internationally for business purpose , I traveled quite a lot to Africa, Asia and Europe. My positions had taken me to many cities throughout the U.S. where I had a chance to work with different kind of people with different social,economical and cultural background.
I had a privilege to work with department heads to ensure that appropriate training and certification classes are arranged to meet specified employee and corporate goals. My current job responsibility requires me to overseas our upward mobility and career development programs. Specifically I am responsible to make sure that are clearly defined and communicated to all employees, and regularly evaluated to ensure that they are applicable to company goals as well as to the industry at large. I understand Every international venture it has its own benefits and challenges. Working with people from different backgrounds is not always straightforward It can be the source of the challenge and opportunity.
Being lead recruiting and training consultant in the newly created office in United Arab Emirates requires more than professional skills and experience it will require a unique set of personal, cross cultural and intercultural communication skills. I believe that I have the personality and the professional dimensions required to serve successfully as an expatriate in United Arab Emirates.
2. Discuss the likely implications of the key similarities and differences in cultural values and how they will either serve as relative strength for you or as areas upon which you are likely to need support. (Use Hofstede, Project GLOBE, and other research to help with the challenges and ideas for overcoming them).
Based on my research on the I have learned the following cultural values : * United Arab Emirates is an Arab country in the Southeast of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf. * Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language. * UAE oil reserves are ranked as the world’s seventh-largest and is one of the most developed economies in Western Asia. * Many human rights issues for non-citizens exist with companies’ and employers’ non-compliance with labor laws. * The culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab and Bedouin culture * Women are not highly regarded in the UAE * Highly disciplined society * Believe in team spirit and support each other
It is obvious there is a clear difference in cultural values. The most notable difference in cultural value is women right. In The U.S. women not only expect to be a part of the workforce but they also look forward to serving in leading roles and at very high levels.
Islam shaped the overall beliefs and shared value system in United Arab Emirates,as a result of that women do not hold high esteem. Generally speaking the United Arab Emirates society is a musclinely oriented society. Furthermore, a cultural study of United Arab Emirates Hofstede, revealed that the society score very high on power distance, Masculinity, collectivist and uncertainty avoidance categories .