Cairo dominates the Egyptian economy and there are few jobs for foreigners outside of the capital. Jobs fall into two categories:
Jobs paid in local currency (the Egyptian pound or guinay)
Jobs paid in foreign currency
The most lucrative jobs pay in foreign currency and are unlikely to be attained after entering the country. Once arriving in Cairo, you will be limited to searching for jobs that pay in guinay.
The Egyptian job market operates entirely on word of mouth. Very rarely is a job listing posted in Cairo's English-language publications. It's a good idea to print business cards with English on one side and Arabic on the other and hand them out at every opportunity. Knowledge of Arabic allows for greater access to jobs and networking.
Egypt usually uses a CV.. International companies stationed in Egypt may prefer a resume, but this should be specified in the ad. Prepare both a German and English versions of your resume only if you are fluent in both languages.
A cover letter usually accompanies a CV in a job application. In the format of a letter, it establishes your tone and intent. Also known as a cover letter, covering letter, motivation letter, or letter of motivation.
After you have completed your CV, it is time to search for jobs.
Online recruitment websites allow for customized job-searches and alerts of new positions. You can also submit a CV for hiring managers.
Writers may find work freelancing for English-language magazines in Egypt. The most prominent are Egypt Today and Business Today. Writers may also try the Business Monthly and the Al-Ahram Weekly. These jobs usually require some credentials or experience. Freelance writing is usually not very well paid in Egypt, typically around 8 cents. Writers may also be eligible for jobs as copyeditors.
Unlike many locations in the developing world, Egypt has many locals who are qualified to teach English. Native English speakers that specialize in one of these two fields rather than in general language skills have an easier time finding a position. Your best chance of finding a position is to arrive in Cairo with an adequate education, savings, and interview at possible schools.
You will need experience or certification d out from the crowd of capable English teachers. Language schools usually require applicants to have TEFL course certificates and a college degree. There are opportunities to volunteer teaching English to Sudanese refugees which offers valuable experience. Nursery schools are also a good option for native speakers as a love of children is more important than certification. Most schools will supply you the intent to employ so you can secure a visa.
It is also an option to work for yourself by giving private lessons. With the high amount of competition in Cairo, this is not as profitable an option as working for a school. The best way to get private students is to post advertisements in business newspapers, on bulletin boards, or offer your resume on expat site's like Easy Expat's job listings. Having basic native language skills will help expand your clientele as you can then work with beginners.
TESOL (also known as TEFL) is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. A TESOL certificate is the most common qualification required to teach English abroad. There are a wide variety of TESOL courses available, ranging from 4-week intensive, classroom based TESOL courses with TEFL International, to TESOL courses studied online. It is even possible to combine a period of online study with a shorter classroom based course. In addition to standard TESOL certificate courses there are also more specialized courses such as courses for teaching business English, or teaching English to young learners. There is also the more advanced TESOL diploma course.
Interviews are a chance for a company to get to know you before hiring you. Research the company before the interview to discover their missions and direction. Practice a basic "speech" about who you are and what you do. Try to use the same keywords you used in your CV. The initial job interview usually lasts an hour.
If you are in need of short term work of any kind, there are agencies that will find you employment with another company. As an added bonus, sometimes short term work can lead to longer contract.
A Work Visa is for people intending to work in Egypt. All foreigners wishing to work in Egypt need a special residence permit, regardless whether an employment contract has been concluded by an Egyptian or foreign company or whether the work is paid or unpaid. Activities of temporary and interim employment agencies also require a work permit. A work visa must be obtained before entering Egypt.
For complete info, consult the "Passport, Visa & Permits" section.
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